Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The Keys Edge: 5 Reasons Why We Love The Holiday Camp

School holiday is over and we are back to normal routine finally. The children are still trying to switch back to their studying mode once again. Anyway, I am so glad the kids had an enriching June holiday. 

Firstly, I must thank the kind folks from The Keys Edge (the enrichment arm of The Keys Academy) for giving my kids a chance to attend this wonderful holiday camp.  They have learnt so much during the 5-day camp (something which they do not get to learn during their normal curriculum) and told me that they wish to come back and attend other camps in the future. When my kids tell me something like these, at least I know it's worth to spend the money to send them here to learn something which they enjoy. 

Here are the 5 reasons why we love the holiday camp at The Keys Edge:

1. Great Location
The Keys Edge is located at level 2 of Odeon Towers. It is easily accessible by car or by mrt (City Hall Mrt Station). For older children who are taking the public transport by themselves can actually reach there within walking distance from the mrt station.

2. Great Learning Environment
The interior of the school is clean and spacious. Each individual room is divided by see through glass panels which allow you to see what everyone is doing when you walk pass all the classrooms.

3. Course Transparency
From a parent's perspective, it's good to know what the kids have learnt at the camp every day. I was given a sheet of paper by the staff from the reception (the activities they have done for that day) while waiting for them to come out of their classrooms.

4. Camp Duration + Meal Provided
The duration of the camp is 5 hours per day which I find it is just nice for primary schoolers. If the duration is too long, we might afraid they will probably be too tired to concentrate. If the duration is too short, we might worry that they will have difficulty to absorb what they have learnt.

To save the hassle for parents and children during lunch hour, the school is very kind to provide meals for all students. Thus, we do not have to worry about preparing any food for them to bring during their lessons break. 

5. Interesting Courses
My kids were having a hard time choosing a camp because they wanted to join all the camps. As far as I know, The Keys Edge has added a few new interesting camps starting from July 2016 onward. Children will be spoilt for choices with the range of camps available there.

In the end, YQ chose CSI: Murder Mystery as her top priority choice because she loves to solve the mystery. She enjoyed the field trip to the Supreme Court as well. As for YS, he decided to learn about the latest technology about 3D printing. When children are learning what they love, it will intrigue their interest even more.

At the "crime scene" whereby the children were taught how to study based on the evidence left by the killer.

They did their experiments in the science lab to finalise on their findings. 

On the last day of the camp, parents were invited to be the judges for their case conclusions.

YS was very interested in latest technology. Look how focused he was when the course trainer was teaching him on how to use the software.

On the last day of camp, the children did a final presentation together on how to market their specially designed chess sets to the public.

Thanks to their course trainers, YS learnt how to design a house, a key chain, a screwdriver and chess sets.

At the end of the day, I have to get reviews from my kids coz they were the ones attending the camp right? I gave them a very short Q&A to obtain their honest reviews :) 

YQ (aged 9) attended CSI: Murder Mystery
Q: What have you learnt from the camp?
A: I learnt to use science in the investigations and did a lot of experiments to find the truth of the murder case.
Q: Do you like the camp? Why?
A: Yes, I like it a lot because my teacher lets me and my friends to play music, dance, do experiments and sing. My friends are all kind and funny.

YS (aged 11) attended Silicon Valley 101
Q: What have you learnt from the camp?
A: I learnt how to design 3D objects through the software (123D Design). I designed some chess pieces, a house, a screwdriver and a keychain. I had a great time and hope to go to other courses at The Key's Academy.
Q: Do you like the camp? Why?
A: I like the camp as it helps me to understand the 3D printing process. The camp is very interesting and educational.

For more information about the camps available at The Keys Edge, you can check out their website at www.thekeysedge.com


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Disclaimer: The children were sponsored to attend the 5 days holiday camp at The Keys Edge. No monetary was compensated, all opinions are our own.

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