WHO ARE WE?

Dreamkids - The World’s Glocal Preschool

 

“Think globally, Act locally.” 

 

“Glocal” is a concept in education used to connect global and local contexts. It is associated with familiar terms such as global citizenship education or education for sustainable development.   

 

Glocalized Learning focuses on blending and connecting local and global contexts when teaching and learning concepts that apply across different scale levels in fields such as sustainability and environmental science. Learning becomes effective locally because children can better relate to the content and material through familiar examples. The focus becomes on discovering the connections between the local issues and the global concepts studied during class.

 

In Dreamkids, children learn how they can practically apply sustainable development concepts that affect their local communities. In this way, they are more likely to take meaningful actions because they have an easier time grasping locally and culturally relevant concepts.

 

For example, children could learn about climate change by understanding weather patterns in their region; they could learn about world hunger caused by desertification and create a local food drive in their communities, or they could learn about the importance of recycling by tracking a product that they use every day through the product lifestyle.

 

We believe that changing attitudes and values is not enough, and for education to be effective, we need to show children how they can act on behaviours. In addition, we need to remove any barriers to taking action. For children, behaviours are greatly influenced by personal factors and peers, so they need to see their peers, teachers, and school communities promoting and taking the same action. We seek to achieve this through the following four steps:

 

  • Learning and understanding concepts through global themes and trends

  • Using examples in real-life contexts and experiences

  • Taking meaningful action

  • Reflecting

 

With our specially designed Dreamkids Glocal Education, we seek to nurture happy and empathetic global citizens and problem solvers who want to make the world a better place.

 

Our Dreamkids Glocal Education consists of 3 key components:

 

1. Dreamkids Future Ready Education

It is our flagship programme that is specially designed after years of research and study of successful people in the modern

world, to nurture our preschoolers the success mindset and 21st-century skillsets necessary for them to impact the community and the world. 

 

We adopt the Sustainable Development Framework and Inquiry Frameworks in our Nursery 2 to Kindergarten 2 classes. Both frameworks focus on bridging connections to the real world.

 

Sustainability is becoming more critical for everyone, and sustainable actions help make a difference in society. Recognizing our children’s potential roles as agents of change implies that learning should relate to conservation, recycling as well as an appreciation of the world we live in.

 

2. Dreamkids Happy Eco-system

There’s a saying - “It takes a village to raise a child”. In this new world, the “village” is the community that we live in because this is the context of how our children perceive the “world” to be. By constantly getting our children to engage the community beyond just parents and teachers, we drive human connection, which is key to developing our children to have high IQs and EQs. 

 

3. Dreamkids Character Building Education 

It is built based on our belief in 先做人、后做事, essentially meaning that the education of our children starts with these - values. It means that children should be taught how to be good human beings first, as learning is never complete with just acquiring knowledge.

 

A unique element of this programme lies in “East Meets West”, which we develop based on the fusion of Eastern and Western values and cultures, nurturing our children to be useful global citizens. 

OUR MISSION

"Raising happy children who want to change the world through their big dreams and little actions to make it a better place."

Dreamkids - The World’s Glocal Preschool

 

“Think globally, Act locally.” 

 

“Glocal” is a concept in education used to connect global and local contexts. It is associated with familiar terms such as global citizenship education or education for sustainable development.   

 

Glocalized Learning focuses on blending and connecting local and global contexts when teaching and learning concepts that apply across different scale levels in fields such as sustainability and environmental science. Learning becomes effective locally because children can better relate to the content and material through familiar examples. The focus becomes on discovering the connections between the local issues and the global concepts studied during class.

 

In Dreamkids, children learn how they can practically apply sustainable development concepts that affect their local communities. In this way, they are more likely to take meaningful actions because they have an easier time grasping locally and culturally relevant concepts.

 

For example, children could learn about climate change by understanding weather patterns in their region; they could learn about world hunger caused by desertification and create a local food drive in their communities, or they could learn about the importance of recycling by tracking a product that they use every day through the product lifestyle.

 

We believe that changing attitudes and values is not enough, and for education to be effective, we need to show children how they can act on behaviours. In addition, we need to remove any barriers to taking action. For children, behaviours are greatly influenced by personal factors and peers, so they need to see their peers, teachers, and school communities promoting and taking the same action. We seek to achieve this through the following four steps:

 

  • Learning and understanding concepts through global themes and trends

  • Using examples in real-life contexts and experiences

  • Taking meaningful action

  • Reflecting

 

With our specially designed Dreamkids Glocal Education, we seek to nurture happy and empathetic global citizens and problem solvers who want to make the world a better place.

 

Our Dreamkids Glocal Education consists of 3 key components:

 

1. Dreamkids Future Ready Education

It is our flagship programme that is specially designed after years of research and study of successful people in the modern

world, to nurture our preschoolers the success mindset and 21st-century skillsets necessary for them to impact the community and the world. 

 

We adopt the Sustainable Development Framework and Inquiry Frameworks in our Nursery 2 to Kindergarten 2 classes. Both frameworks focus on bridging connections to the real world.

 

Sustainability is becoming more critical for everyone, and sustainable actions help make a difference in society. Recognizing our children’s potential roles as agents of change implies that learning should relate to conservation, recycling, and an appreciation of our world.

 

2. Dreamkids Happy Eco-system

There’s a saying - “It takes a village to raise a child”. In this new world, the “village” is the community that we live in because this is the context of how our children perceive the “world” to be. By constantly getting our children to engage the community beyond just parents and teachers, we drive human connection, which is key to developing our children to have high IQs and EQs. 

 

3. Dreamkids Character Building Education 

It is built based on our belief in 先做人、后做事, essentially meaning that the education of our children starts with these - values. It means that children should be taught how to be good human beings first, as learning is never complete with just acquiring knowledge.

 

A unique element of this programme lies in “East Meets West”, which we develop based on the fusion of Eastern and Western values and cultures, nurturing our children to be useful global citizens. 

OUR APPROACH

What if learning was fun? Fun Learning is based on the thought that to learn, the learner needs to be intrinsically motivated. Therefore, the subject matter to be learned must be presented in a playful, exciting way that will invite and motivate them to get carried away. Once this happens, the learner will start loving what they are doing – and learning is fun and efficient when you love what you do.

The FUN in Fun Learning stands for motivation and passion that occurs when you are in a state of flow or deeply concentrating. In this context, fun is not a synonym for frivolous or being entertained passively - it describes a deeper sense of meaningfulness, belonging and being appreciated. For learning to be fun, failure and mistakes should be a natural part of the learning process. At best, it can be fun to fail, but at least it has to be very OK to make mistakes.

 

The most optimal circumstances for learning are when we feel safe, when we are appreciated for who we are, when we have permission to be autonomous and experimental when we can use our physical capabilities and intellect, and when we work together. As learning happens, failure is not perceived as negative or dramatic.

 

Fun Learning acts as a vehicle to ignite passion and interest and to guide the learner to a path of persistence and commitment - to the will to learn. Through Fun Learning, we take care of the overall well-being of our children.

Our Children

New skills are learned in a fun and innovative ways. Children are engaged and active in the learning process through play. Dreamkids strives to turn young learners into lifelong learners. Both parents and teachers are challenged to read, sing and talk with the child daily and to allocate adequate time for free play.

Our Parents

Fun Learning promotes the overall well-being of children. Investing in early childhood education will pay off: it will make the whole society stronger by empowering tomorrow's global citizens. Studies show that putting time and effort into early childhood education leads to healthier, better-functioning individuals. We plant the seeds of a bright future by helping our children reach their full potential.

OUR VALUES
BE GRATEFUL
​感恩

Gratitude goes beyond saying “thank you”. It is the invisible force of Dreamkids, and brings out the best in every individual. We want to teach our children that things happen for a good reason. Being grateful is the source of unlimited strength, resilience and keeps us humble. 

BE CALM & MINDFUL
​平静

Life is full of challenges, and these problems may cause tremendous stress or pain. By practising calmness and mindfulness, we can embrace our realities, reflect and deal with them with enhanced open-mindedness, higher level perspectives, equanimity and creativity.

BIG HEART
​大爱

Compassion, empathy and the ability to love unconditionally are what make us different from machines or A.I. High tech, high touch. As technology brings us exponential growth, practising big love through building meaningful relationships and doing meaningful work, is key to living a happy and fulfilling life.

OUR SOCIAL PROJECTS

Project 1 - DreamBox

In 2017 - 2018, we delivered a Dream Box to Aceh, Indonesia. DreamBox is a joint initiative by Dreamkids and Hopebox to provide education for children in third-world countries by building schools using freight containers. We believe that by giving every child, especially those living in poverty, the opportunity to gain new knowledge and learn valuable skills, we can unleash their full potential, inspire them to dream big and eventually become change-makers in their communities. A shout-out to all who made this meaningful idea a reality - Thank you for your persistence, despite the challenges faced!

Project 2 - The HEART Enterprise

In 2019, we adopted The HEART Enterprise as our Corporate Social Responsibility Project. The HEART Enterprise is a social enterprise set up to make an impact on individuals with special needs, in particular, autism. We worked on The Bicentennial Bears National Day Project, where our K1 and K2 children worked with trainers from The HEART Enterprise to sew 54 Bicentennial Bears. These bears were displayed in Wisma Atria over 11 days in August (8 to 18 August) for Singaporeans and tourists to view them in close range. At the end of the exhibition, the bears were adopted to raise funds for The HEART Enterprise's Purposeful Living Community Village.

Project 3 in 2021 - Care Packs for the nurses at Changi Hospital

We delivered 80 care packs to our frontline heroes at Changi Hospital yesterday. We thanked the sponsors and parents for their support and generosity in making this event a success. "You truly make a difference, and we are incredibly grateful!"

Project 4 in 2022 - Care Packs for the Construction Workers

It was a week-long preparation, as the N2 children had to prepare the care packs for the construction workers!

They decorated care packs for the construction workers by painting the bags to form a heart shape - to show their love and appreciation for the construction workers! The children, too, packed the goodies for the construction workers. They were excited to express gratitude to the workers working near the school's construction site.