We strive to instil our students with as much knowledge as possible, making them more than adequately prepared for entrance into grade one. This is done through immersion into topics while utilizing numerous teaching methodologies. Each of our tactics have been proven to be beneficial on their own, but their use in conjunction allows for an even greater retention of material.
Here are some of the strategies we use:
ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS
Our English Language Arts Program includes our high expectations in reading, writing, listening, speaking and grammar. Our young learners will be able to learn on how to use language to effectively communicate their ideas, feelings and experiences.
The Math curriculum contains concepts that come from the five major areas: Numbers and Operations, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, and Data Analysis and Probability. These are taught through differentiated instruction, based on each child’s individualized learning needs.
The Science Curriculum is centered on the five senses as well as environmental interaction. We are committed to an integrated, hands-on and balanced approach to science education where scientific concepts are taught and children learn how to observe, predict and describe what they sense through practical exploration.
The Art program aims to improve creativity, enhance a positive learning experience and appreciate the area of art. Whether though drawing, colouring or arts and crafts, our students are challenged to explore their imagination and be as creative as possible.
The aim of the music program in our kindergarten is to appreciate, understand and explore the world of music. Children attend music class once or twice a week for 30 minutes. Our young learners listen, sing, play instruments and improvise while moving, describing and evaluating to increase their knowledge and passion of music.
The curriculum focuses on basic musical concepts; melody, rhythm, harmony, tone and expressive qualities.
The aim of the physical education program is to develop cooperative social skills, improve physical fitness and skill levels, enhance positive learning experiences, and encourage a desire for life-long fitness through games and varied physical movement.
We are proud of our indoor gym area, but we also participate in outdoor activities when the weather is suitable. Activities vary from individual to team games and challenges.
ICT (Information Communication Technology)
The ICT program exposes children to computers. The children utilize age appropriate software that corresponds to the pre-school or kindergarten curriculum. Children learn basic computer skills as they have their computer once or twice a week. This is an excellent way to get them used to using computers while practicing and enforcing other skills taught within a range of other courses.
Life Skills (Personal and Social Education)
In this program we provide opportunity for the children to do purposeful work in order to assist them in their development. They will also experience real life situations for them to adapt properly to their environment. We have some exercises which focus on social grace and courtesy, care of the environment and development of motor skills. This primarily aims to develop youngsters’ concentration; help them to become independent; to establish order and develop a good self image and a sense of responsibility.
The period of life between the ages of three and six years covers a period of rapid physical development. It is the time for the formation of the sense activities related to the intellect. The child in this age develops his/her senses. Thus, the Sensorial Development program will greatly assist in the development of the five senses with the use of self-teaching materials developed by Montessori. These materials also stimulate deductive reasoning and classification skills. Our young learners will become more developed in terms of becoming a problem solver.
The Cooking program enhances the child’s mathematical concepts. Our young learners will be able to develop social skills through taking turns and sharing. This will also utilize their five senses (sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste). Done in a safe environment, they will learn how to measure and mix substances, and to create some basic meals. The best part is getting to share and enjoy their creations.
This is an enrichment program in which we use the educational materials developed by Friedrich Froebel. His materials are called ‘Froebel Gifts”. Froebel’s method allows children more freedom to experience and the chance to learn at their own pace at the time of their most rapid intellectual development.
The range of levels included in this methodology allow for a learner to gradually increase their skills without pressures or demands. They are carefully instructed and demonstrations are provided so that they can grasp concepts as easily as possible.
This program aims to provide children with some educational games developed by educational specialists for them to develop fine motor skills, concentration, problem solving and strategic thinking. The children will be able to develop the spirit of teamwork and enhance their literacy, numeracy and spatial skills.
All of our games are proven to be effective and have been imported from various nations. They are used in conjunction with specific skills and concepts so that our students may add further abilities to their knowledge.
CA program is an extension of other core subjects. There are centers created that provide extension activities in Math, Science, English and Art. Our children enjoy the activities prepared by the teacher and are encouraged to work independently at the center of their choice.
This is a great way for teachers to ensure that all students have fully understood the curriculum, and to get a constantly updated idea of their strengths and weaknesses. Furthermore, this also allows us as educators to see what methodologies are most effective when teaching certain areas so we may be able to adjust anything if need be.