Preschool & Kindergarten
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Good Morning, Attendance, and Song Time
Teachers, staff, and students will perform a formal greeting to begin the school day, followed by a quick and fun activity to record attendance. The monthly song and dance will be demonstrated and performed by everyone. Students will have the opportunity to suggest dance moves and explore ways of moving to the music.
Circle Time, Theme Chat, and Letter Talk
Students will begin Circle Time by holding hands to form a circle and sitting down on the classroom rug. After some casual chat and warming up, the teacher will introduce a theme that ties into activities throughout the week, for example: “Police, Doctors, and Firefighters”. They may use pictures, videos, music, sounds, or role-play to build interest and get students excited about the topic.
Next, the class will begin Letter Talk. The teacher will present the class with three or four letters that will be studied formally and used in activities throughout the week. Students will be encouraged to associate sounds, shapes, and words with each letter to make phonics study both memorable and enjoyable.
Value Introduction & Review
On Monday morning, an important value will be introduced to the students, for example: sharing, patience, or politeness. Throughout the week teachers and students will observe and guide each other to achieve the value, and on Friday morning students will be praised for their effort.
Phonics Game & Workbook
Students will play an exciting game designed to improve their knowledge of the letter names and sounds. After the game, they will sit at a table with their teacher and complete a page of their Phonics Workbook. The workbook contains simple activities that build hand strength, strengthen letter-sound association, introduce basic vocabulary, ask students to hunt for letters, or practice the correct method of writing them.
Math Demo & Workbook
Students will participate in basic math activities that encourage them to observe the size, shape, color, and number of things they see around them. Matching, sorting, and making patterns are just a few of the ways we will get children interested in Math. Students will also be encouraged to find their own methods of solving problems. The math workbook will serve as review of skills practiced in Math activities.
As a group, students will enjoy using their English to choose a snack, and practice good table manners. During Snack Time, teachers will chat with students and encourage them to chat with each other.
Once students have visited the bathroom and washed their hands, they will change into their outdoor clothes and begin warm-up exercises. The routine will build strength, flexibility, balance, and group unity.
When the exercises are completed, the students will be led to a nearby park or taken to a local area of interest. They will learn new language, play games, do sports, explore, and play. Students will be shown the correct way to safely use any playground equipment present.
On rainy days, the students will remain indoors and begin P.E. class. Teachers may set up equipment such as mats, beams, hoops, tunnels etc. to promote movement and exercise. Students will explore ways of moving over, under, around, and through obstacles. Additional games such as dodgeball, soccer, balloon volleyball etc. may be played when the classroom furniture has been rearranged and padded to maximize safety.
A teacher or student will pick a book to be read aloud. The book will be shown and read by the teacher, who will encourage participation and ask questions to engage students and check understanding. When Story Time is finished, the teacher will guide students to wash their hands in preparation for lunch.
Teachers and students sit and eat lunch together every day. During Lunch Time, students demonstrating good table manners will be complimented to promote polite behavior. Students will be encouraged to talk about their food, the day’s events, or whatever interests them. When students have finished eating, they will expected to brush their teeth. Students will be instructed and reminded to brush their teeth properly and rinse their mouth afterwards. Teachers will check students’ teeth to promote and encourage good personal hygiene.
On Fridays, students may pick a book from our School Library to borrow over the weekend. Parents are encouraged to read and discuss the books with students at home. Books may be borrowed for up to one week.
Arts and Crafts
On Mondays and Friday, students will have Arts and Crafts time after lunch. Once or twice per month, they will construct a themed craft, for example a Valentine’s Day card or Christmas decoration. At all other times, students will express themselves using crayons, pencils, paint, paper, card, foam, scissors, glue, sponges, play-doh and other exciting materials.
Show and Tell
On Tuesday afternoons, students will begin Show and Tell. Students will be encouraged to bring a toy, book, photograph, or other interesting object to school for presentation to their teacher and classmates. The activity will provide an opportunity for students to discover new language and share their interests. Students will be encouraged to ask and answer questions such as “What is it?”, “Who is that?”, “Where did it come from?”, “How do you use it / play with it?”, and “Why do you like it?”.
Cooking Time / Adventure Time
On Wednesday morning, students will have Cooking Time or Adventure Time. Once or twice per month, the class will learn to cook a themed recipe, for example “Halloween Cookies” or “Summer Picnic Sandwiches”. Students will learn basic food preparation skills such as cutting, spreading, measuring, mixing, pouring, baking etc. They will encounter new language by talking about ingredients and how food tastes. Food that is ready to be eaten will be served at Lunch Time, and parents will be advised to pack a smaller lunch than usual to prevent children over-eating.
The alternative to Cooking class is Adventure Time. The teacher will guide students on an exciting adventure, using their imaginations to become interesting characters and overcome challenges. Students will hunt for things, solve problems, and complete missions that are related to the week’s theme. The class might need to go outdoors, do science experiments, or build things. The purpose of Adventure Time is to give children a time and place to use their imaginations, expand their creativity, direct their own story, and “learn through doing”.
On Thursday afternoon, students will have Music / Rhythmic class. The class will explore making music, using instruments, moving in time to music, exploring patterns and different ways of expressing ideas through sound.
At the end of every day, the teacher and students will sit down and review the day’s events. Before students are given their homework, the teacher will explain how to do it. Finally, students, teachers and staff will say goodbye to each other before preschool finishes for the day.
Language Class Kindergarten Exclusive
Kindergarten-age students will begin a formal study of English Grammar during Language Class. As a group, they will discuss themed language using a workbook, identify and correct common mistakes, and begin to write sentences.
Science Class Kindergarten Exclusive
Science Class enables students to explore science in a fun and engaging way. The teacher will lead students on a quest of discovery, to uncover mysterious forces like magnetism, gravity, and static electricity. Students will enjoy a practical demonstration before conducting their own experiments, predicting outcomes, and recording their results.
Reading Time Kindergarten Exclusive
We ensure that students have the time and space to read when they become ready. At the beginning of Reading Time, the teacher and students use mats and classroom furniture to build comfortable “Reading Zones”. When the zones are ready, students are guided to choose interesting and level-appropriate books for reading semi-independently. Students are encouraged to talk about what they have read, and are rewarded for establishing positive reading habits.