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Our Curriculum

Learning through Play

While it may look like our children are simply playing all day, our curriculum is purposely designed to promote all aspects of their development. We emphasize the following skill areas:

social and emotional skills

morals, values, and ethics

physical development

academic concepts

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Social and Emotional
Skills

An important part of early childhood development is teaching our children how to function in a group setting. We model and nurture such behaviours as sharing, turn-taking, collaborative play, indicating need appropriately using words like “please” and “thank you”, and following classroom rules. We also encourage our children to learn self-care skills such as feeding themselves and using the bathroom independently.

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Morals, Values, and Ethics

Holistic character development is an essential addition to academic excellence. We teach our children sound age-appropriate Christian principles based on the Bible. We model and teach our children honesty, integrity, respect for all people, assertiveness in humility, cleanliness, and punctuality. 

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Physical Development

We teach our children to build body awareness, balance, and gross motor skills through outdoor and indoor activities such as jumping on trampolines, dancing, and playing musical chairs. We help our children develop fine motor skills which are important for writing.  From teaching them to develop and maintain a grip of different types of toys to activities such as scribbling, colouring, drawing, cutting with child scissors and glueing, we prepare our children for coordination, proper grasping of crayons, pencils and eventually, writing.

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Academic Concepts

We focus on supporting our children to build the necessary academic foundation for successful school life. The key building blocks for academic development include:

 

Language and Cognition

Language activities help children develop language, acquire vocabulary, and build writing and reading skills. Through everyday conversation (where teachers speak with, listen to, and help children to name and identify everyday objects around them), storytelling (where teachers read to children in group and individual settings), and fun activities like Circle Time (where children learn rhymes and sing songs with accompanying actions), our children gain confidence in speaking and expressing themselves verbally.

Literacy

Childhood reading skills begin with knowledge and understanding of phonics. Using a hands-on approach, we teach our children to recognise the sounds of the letters of the alphabet and how to combine those sounds to make words. As our children grasp the relationship between phonic sounds and words, writing naturally evolves, first by arranging letter blocks into words and then by writing out letters by hand. The ability to read then follows spontaneously from the fun way of learning the skills of sounding letters, blending the sounds, and forming words. We have a wide collection of children’s reading books to help sustain our children’s interest in reading for knowledge and fun.

Numeracy

Identification of numbers and counting is key to understanding basic arithmetic. We use fun games, activities, and hands-on learning materials to introduce our children to counting, numbers, shapes, and puzzles. Our children are taught to recognise patterns and match relationships – skills that are later used to understand addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. In learning numeracy through play, they also learn to love science and mathematics.

Creativity and Art

Arts and crafts give our children a creative outlet to express themselves and share their thoughts. Artistic expression also facilitates learning in other areas. For example, grasping crayons, chalk, markers and paintbrushes helps our children to develop the fine motor muscles they need to start writing, dressing themselves and performing other tasks that require controlled movements.

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