What are the 4Qs?

You would be most familiar with 2 of them, Intelligence Quotient (IQ) and Emotional Quotient (EQ), but here at TLE, we not only develop IQ and EQ, but more importantly, Executive Function Quotient (EFQ) and Resilience Quotient (RQ). More about the 4Qs here.

Why is it important for my child to have the 4Qs?

The 4Qs are the basic foundations for children to thrive - more important than just academics. If a child can do advanced math, speak 3 languages or receive top grades, but can’t manage their emotions, practice conflict resolution, or handle stress, none of that other stuff is really going to matter.

How does this help my child in school?

Most teachers say that our kids enter P1 reasonably ready academically. What they lack is the ability to manage themselves (losing water bottles, unable to finish tasks on time), interact well with their classmates (resolving conflicts) and cope with failure. Our 4Q programme will help your child to be ready all round.

Why doesn't my kids already have these skills? It sounds a bit like common sense.

Babies aren't born with these skills, but have the potential to develop them. The window for EFQ to flourish is between the ages of 2-6 years old and with early guidance, they can gain self-regulation and be more independent. The ubiquitous use of gadgets today impedes the develop of Executive Function in our children, which is causing them to be lacking in these skills.

What is Executive Function Quotient (EFQ)?

EFQ is a group of mental skills that allows one to make decisions, set goals and get things done. It includes skills like planning ahead, being organised, being able to control your impulses and initiating tasks.

Why have I not heard of EFQ and RFQ before?

Don’t worry, you are not the only one! Despite having been researched for over 60 years, many teachers have not heard of Executive Function skills. It has been kept in the domain of neuroscience, but is slowly making its way into mainstream education. It is the latest buzzword among educators in the US as they have found that this is the key piece of the puzzle to unlock classroom learning. For children to learn well, it is much easier if the child has a positive attitude and is unafraid to try, fail, and try again. If they have the ability to stay focused, are able to self-regulate and be in control of their emotions they have a headstart in learning anything in life.

Aren't these skills innate? How can you teach them?

Babies are not born with their skills but have the potential to develop them from 5 months onwards. The window where EF flourishes is between the ages of 2 to 6 years old. Don't miss this golden window of opportunity for your young child to develop these crucial skills.

Won't these skills automatically develop as they grow older?

Executive Function skills are based in the pre-frontal cortex of the brain, and it is not something that happens automatically. Our classes help your child to develop them better and better with every term.

Maybe my kid is just naughty!

Sometimes it may be a discipline issue, but in many cases, it is because their EFQ is not developed which leads to their inability to regulate their impulses, carry out tasks properly or follow rules or instructions even if they wanted to. Thus, it is not that they are naughty but they need to develop their EFQ.

How long does my child need to attend classes before I see changes, and will these changes last?

At different levels, there will be different skills a child needs for that developmental age. As a child grows, he will need to develop more sophisticated skill sets to meet higher demands. It would be a lie if we told you that you'd see an instant change - we are not miracle workers. As with every skill, it takes time to develop competency. Some parents have seen improvements from the first term with us, and when they stay on, they continue to see positive changes term after term.