Ilham Childcare is dedicated to the enrichment of young children and is proud to have one of the first programs in the country dedicated to teaching digital literacy at the preschool level as part of our mission to ensure every child gets the holistic education they deserve.
About out classes
We teach digital literacy at the N2-K2 level on a weekly basis. Our classes allow students to explore aspects of digital technology through immersive programs. The goal of our classes goes beyond simply teaching our students how to stay safe online, though that’s an important component that helps students succeed and allows them to build the skills they need as they continue to grow.
Every week students will learn about the steps necessary to create content through personal experience. We want to expose children to computers, cameras, and audio so they can create photography, videos, and stop-motion animation to start.
Why we’re teaching digital literacy
Technology is an important part of our world today and it’s important to teach children how to use it correctly because it’s critical that they understand the role it plays in their lives. It’s normal for parents to be rightfully concerned with things such as screen time, online and digital safety and monitoring of the content their children watch.
Digital literacy can help children understand that technology isn’t simply about going to school online, playing games, seeing memes, or watching funny videos—though there’s a place for that as well. Our program intends to teach children how to use good judgment and understand other aspects of technology and how it affects them daily.
It’s important that students understand what artificial intelligence, facial recognition, and fingerprint recognition can do. Technology and coding aren’t simply present in computers, laptops, phones, and tablets. Many homes now use assistants such as Alexa to manage tasks through voice command. Apps of all kinds also allow people to use the internet to control temperature, use wireless printers and even set up home security systems.
Someday, our students will have to learn how to do banking and other tasks related to technology that will help them be successful. Truly, digital literacy can help everyone understand the world around us and we want to make sure our students learn these values in a fun and safe environment.
The Singapore school system often starts teaching digital literacy in primary school. That’s a great way to help students acquire knowledge about this topic, but we believe that teaching students at the preschool will help them be better able to read and write using written, audio, and visual language before then.
Teachers and staff at Ilham Childcare are trained to educate our students, foresee their needs, and treat them and their families with respect. Our classes are only for children under the supervision of one of our instructors. We make sure to keep our classes small so we can carefully guide students and pay close attention to their progress. Instructors at Ilham Childcare focus on steering children in the right direction and ensuring everyone has a chance to ask questions. No Ilhamite is left behind.
We’ve chosen any and all content with great care to make sure it’s fun, educational, challenging enough, and age-appropriate. Of course, it takes years of study and practice to truly grasp all of the ever-evolving concepts of digital literacy. Our introductory course is meant to provide children with the foundation necessary to help them succeed at primary school. Rest assured, we make sure our instructors also love the topic at hand!
What happened during our first class
Because of its newness as a topic, our digital literacy is still in its pilot state, but our students and community have taken to the programme quite well. The teachers supervised our first class and showed students how to take each other’s pictures. Students enjoyed sharing the camera, and it was clear that they’ve all been taught how to share and wait for their turn.
We plan to expand on this curriculum, testing the programme, and adapting it as necessary once we see what helps our students most. As always, our interdisciplinary teaching method is geared toward helping students learn new skills, while also enriching the interpersonal skills.