Teachers that make a difference
Berries first caught my attention with its comprehensive worksheets and their course structure which aligns with the Ministry of Education’s curriculum. Most importantly, the educators at Berries have the passion to teach. Berries ticks all the boxes.
My eldest child began his Chinese lessons with Berries and I witnessed how his results improved by leaps and bounds. I was not surprised when he scored stellar results in his PSLE. My second son, Evan, also started attending Berries since his preschool days. He garnered similar results for his PSLE. He was thankful that the teachers were always available and quick to help whenever he needed clarification. He especially enjoyed the small group discussions as it was helpful for completing his assignments.
I am appreciative that Berries has made the lessons enthralling for the students. Although Chinese enrichment centres are aplenty and a few ones are in our neighbourhood, the decision to allow our children to continue at Berries has never wavered through the years.
Journeying with Berries for 8 years
I first learnt about Berries at a roadshow in 2011. I was a first-time parent and did not really know about the enrichment schools in Singapore. I then signed up my four-year-old daughter, Fallace for a trial class. When she walked out happily after the trial class, I decided that this is the school for her. Berries then accompanied her through the next 8 years.
I have always believed two things are particularly important for learning, that is to captivate interest of the child and to have a comprehensive curriculum. I think Berries’ primary curriculum is just as good as their pre-school curriculum. The primary school curriculum was very effective in preparing Fallace for her PSLE, especially in composition writing. In fact, the materials are so useful that we kept them from Primary 3 all the way till Primary 6 and Fallace revises them constantly. The unique and interesting design of the materials also helped Fallace memorise the model phrases which are very useful for composition writing. Fallace completed her PSLE with excellent results, including an A* for her Normal Chinese and Merit for Higher Chinese.
Through the years with Berries
My daughter, Keira, joined Berries in her pre-school days but had to stop the lessons at Primary 2 when our family relocated to South America. During the time abroad, she had minimum exposure to the language. When we came back to Singapore two and a half years later, she joined Primary 5 in a mainstream school. It was not easy as she had to pick up composition writing skills almost from scratch. That was when I decided that she would need some help.
I decided to re-enroll her in Berries as Berries provides a conducive learning environment and I like the teaching style and pace. For the next one and a half years, Keira put in much effort and with the help of her teachers from Berries, she achieved stellar results in the 2019 PSLE by attaining A* for her Chinese paper. Keira really enjoyed her classes and she told me that it was the right decision to put her back in Berries.
Ever since she joined Berries,
she has been consistently improving
Adapting to Mainstream Education
Hajin joined Berries when she enrolled in mainstream school in Primary 3. My husband and I are Koreans and do not know Chinese. Berries became the only other environment where she can learn and practise Chinese. The content is taught in advance at Berries, which allows Hajin to better understand the lessons when it is taught again in school.
Ever since she joined Berries, she has been consistently improving. Hajin switched to the Higher Chinese class in Berries 9 months later and went on to do very well for her Semestral Assessment 2, attaining first place in her school with a score of 94 for her Chinese paper. She enjoys Berries classes more than before and I really appreciate Berries for its solid class content and the practices they give. Thank you to Berries and her teachers!
Excel In PSLE
I enrolled with Berries when I was in Primary Six. Within a few months at Berries, my Higher Chinese grade improved drastically from "Ungraded" to "Merit" and I was able to score an A* for Normal Chinese during the 2018 PSLE.
The lesson materials such as the composition handbook and key phrases provided were interesting and helpful. The incorporation of current affairs broadened our perspectives too.
My teacher was encouraging and helpful. The group-learning format fostered an enriching environment, where classmates spurred one another on. Most importantly, Berries has helped me to appreciate the Chinese language and I look forward to developing my interest beyond the academic context.