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Frequently Asked Questions

Q1:What is the purpose of the ESO Textbook?

A1. About 18% of young people in Singapore suffer from depression[1], which is related to the social and emotional education of children from 0 to 6 years old. This fully demonstrates that the education in social and emotional enlightenment for young children is a vital part of early childhood education, which will greatly affect their future growth path.

This widespread problem in society aroused Dr Huang Qiang’s interest to create this textbook. Under the advocacy of Dr Liu Yunhua, Professor of Economics, Dr Huang referred to Dr. Joseph’s paper, ‘Enhancing Emotional Vocabulary in Young Children’, and effectively applied her research results on young children’s emotional vocabulary into practice to compile this book for children. Ms. Alice Zhao Xin skilfully supported the animation designs in the social and emotional education textbook to create a vibrant feel and bring the illustrations and text to life. Dr Huang look forward to this textbook that combines theory and practice to contribute to the growth of children. This is the first textbook in the contemporary era to systematically apply Professor Joseph's research results to the practice of early childhood education. This textbook also incorporates the research results of other talented early childhood education experts to meet the needs of children's social and emotional education and fill the gaps in the early childhood education resources.

Q2: What age group is the textbook designed for?

A2.     Textbook Level     For age range

​                   1                       1.5 to 3

                   2                        3 to 4

​                   3                        4 to 5

​                   4                        5 to 6

While this textbook is labelled as suitable for children aged 1.5 to 6 years old, it can actually be beneficial for older children as well. The main reason is that this textbook introduces emotional vocabulary that should be understood by children within the age range of 1.5 to 6. However, our research indicates that many older children have not fully mastered these emotional words, making this book equally educational for them. In short, regardless of the age of the child, as long as they have not yet grasped the emotional vocabulary covered in this book, they can attempt to read it.

Q3: What teaching methodologies or strategies are incorporated in the textbook?

A3. The BOOK is to use the pedagogy of Problem-oriented teaching (POT) to inspire students to think and express emotions with words, expressions, and actions.


Q4: What are the types of social and emotional development teaching activities in the textbook?

A4. Story telling followed question & Role playing followed question. Other creative activities suitable for children of this age (require headquarters approval in writing)


Q5: What is the advantages and contributions of this book for children?

A5. 1. Improve the relationship between children and adults and prevent child violence

  1. Improve the relationship between children

  2. Promote children's social and emotional expression, recognition, and reaction capabilities

Strengthen children's sense of identity and belonging to the family, school, and community


Q6: What is the advantages and contributions of this book for parents?

A6. 1. Strengthen parent-child communication.

  1. In the process of children's social and emotional development, parental parenting methods that show care and empathy are the key factors to prevent children from violence and make them grow up healthily.

  2. Promote family harmony.

  3. Subverting the traditional concept of using corporal punishment to educate children.


Q7: What is the advantages and contributions of this book for society?

A7. 1. Avoid or reduce child violence incidents

  1. Increase social positive energy

  2. Improve the level of civilization of all mankind


Q8: Are there any real-life examples or case studies included in the textbook?

A8. There are many short stories in each section.


Q9: Do social and emotional development teaching activities need video recording?

A9. When the teacher thinks an activity is creative, she can record it first and send it to the headquarters to decide whether to release it. If you are not sure, ask the manager of the center.

Q10:As the core target, how many social-emotional vocabulary shall be taught to kids in textbook level-1? 

A10. 16


Q11: How long should the textbook level -1 be used to teach children from 1.5 to 3 years old? 

A11. 1 year.

Q12: How many minutes per week day shall be arranged  to engage your class to the activities of social-emotional development ?

A12. 30 minutes.

Q13: How many weeks later should the teacher take regular tests for each child involved in learning?

A13. 3+1


Q14: How to test the teaching effect?

A14. 1. Use "Children's social and emotional development and learning effect test table" at:

  1. Follow the instruction of "3. Learning effect test" in "How to use this textbook?"

If you are not sure, ask the manager of the center.

Q15: Are there success stories or testimonials from parents who have used the textbook with their children?

A15. Many preschools bought the textbook level-1 and under learning journey.

Q16: Can ESO Textbooks Promote Healthy Screen Time Habits and Manage Digital Distractions in Kids?

A16. Sure. When children are told the stories using this paper book by teachers of parents, they will spend time in the learning instead of watching the screen.


[1] Anastassia Evlanova (2019). What is the State of Mental Health in Singapore? ValueChampion,

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