Let's Play Mandarin
A Unique Place for Children to Socialise in Mandarin
Why The Early Chapter?
Language fluency requires learners to fully embrace a language as a communication tool. Language is best learned by using it in our daily lives and activities, rather than through a traditional classroom approach.
Mandarin Chinese fluency can open many opportunities and the language is now widely taught in schools. But few school learners can articulate in Mandarin like a native speaker.
The Early Chapter is a clubhouse / playgroup that immerses children in Mandarin as they embark on a world of exploration, creativity and camaraderie. Children learn and use the language during play and a host of fun activities. We aim to create an enjoyable and effective learning environment.
Happy Faces of Our Students
Joining the Club
We use a token system to allow parents to purchase and book most of our activities. Each token costs $52.80.
We also have certain programmes that are paid for in cash.
There are several different ways to take part in our activities:
When: Tuesday to Sunday
Children can join individual, scheduled activities at a cost of one token per activity.
Our activity schedule can be viewed here.
Advance booking is required and places in each activity are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
Play and Learn
When: Tuesday to Friday
Children can take part in a half-day or a full-day of activities, with an option of lunch provided.
A half day costs two tokens without lunch and three tokens with lunch. A full day includes lunch and costs five tokens.
For ages 1 to 3 years old
When: Tuesday & Thursday; and Wednesday & Friday
All groups: 09:30am-12:30pm
Play Groups are activity structures specially designed for pre-school children. They start children on their Mandarin learning journey. They also help them get used to the idea of weekly classes before they begin school and to deal with separation anxiety.
Children taking part in Play Groups attend two sessions each week. Sessions run from 9:30am to 12:30pm. The sessions are conducted in pairs, with one pair taking place on Tuesday and Thursday, and another taking place on Wednesday and Friday.
Parents can sign their children up for:
- One term (10 weeks), costing $1,518
- Two terms (20 weeks), at a discounted cost of $2,868
Play Groups cannot be paid for with tokens.
Play Group terms in 2023:
- Term 1 – 10 January to 24 March
- Term 2 – 28 March to 1 June
- Term 3 – 4 July to 8 September
- Term 4 – 12 September to 16 November
Primary 1 Bridging Course
For ages 5 to 6 years old
When: Saturday or Sunday
This is a 12-week, 12-lesson course to prepare pre-schoolers for Primary 1. This course has a unique curriculum separate to our regular activities. It is especially useful for children who did not learn Han Yu Pin Yin in pre-school.
The cost of each course is 12 tokens.
Primary 1 Bridging Course dates in 2023:
- Term 1 – 10 January to 1 April
- Term 2 – 8 April to 24 June
- Term 3 – 1 July to 16 September
- Term 4 – 23 September to 9 December
1 to 1 Coaching
For ages 3 to 10 years old
When: Weekdays only
1-to-1 coaching is a great choice for children who have difficulty settling down and concentrating in a group environment. The child gets the undivided attention of one of our teachers and the session is tailored to your child’s needs.
The cost is two tokens per hour.
Birthday parties and customised playdates
For children aged 1 to 10 years old
When: Tuesday to Sunday
Our members can invite their children’s friends to join private parties or playdates conducted in Mandarin. These sessions can use one or more of our regular activities and can also be customised at parents’ request. Parents are encouraged to join the fun!