The arts are fun for kids. They teach kids to be expressive. They help kids learn and develop important characteristics they will need as adults. When kids are encouraged to express their thoughts, emotions and feelings and take risks in making something that represents their identity, they learn how to make important choices and decisions – which is essential for young children. Even more important for adults.
Named after a song by the English rock band the Beatles, Yellow Submarine is not a traditional preschool, but an art university designed for children. Co-founded by a former architect, Julia Bakar, Yellow Submarine seeks to offer a place of learning that teaches practical life skills while fostering emotional, physical and cognitive development.
“Children learn best when they are given appropriate responsibility, allowed to make errors, decisions and choices, and respected as autonomous learners. As adults, we are to learn to recognise them as individuals who have feelings, ideas and are able to form relationships with others,” – Ms Julia Bakar, principal.
Taking its cue from a CoRT thinking method. Popularly known as “The De Bono Code” developed by Dr Edward de Bono at Cambridge University, Yellow Submarine aims to develop a skill in practical thinking and encourage students to look at thinking rather objectively.
Yellow Submarine offers five principal areas of learning. Architecture, Culinary, Fashion Design, Music & Movement, and Arts & Crafts. Each lesson is taught by qualified teachers with at least a diploma in Early Childhood Education or related field.