Our curriculum is driven by the children’s interests and includes plenty of exploration, investigation and reflection.
Children are given many opportunities to engage in open-ended play and to interact with natural materials, tools as well as their environment.
Lessons are based on a series of thoughtfully selected storybooks, and include songs, rhymes, art, games and a host of delightful activities.
- Language & Literacy:
Children will enhance their language skills through stories, songs, rhymes and dramatic play. They will develop letter recognition, phonemic awareness and letter formation skills.
- Creative Expression:
Children will be encouraged to be curious and innovative, and will engage in art, music and imaginative activities.
- Logical Thinking:
Children will explore mathematical concepts using a hands-on approach. They will acquire counting, matching and sorting skills and learn about shapes, colours and patterns.
- Motor Skills Development:
Children will have opportunities to play and improve their skills of coordination, control and manipulation.
- Social Development:
Children will learn to respect others and interact confidently with their peers.
Weekly tips for parents:
- Read to your child every day. Make this a loving time when the two of you can cuddle.
- Choose books that are related to your child’s interests.
- Let children choose their own books once they start showing preferences.
- Let your child re-read the same book as many times as they wish.
- Read in a fun way. Read with humour and expression.
- When reading aloud to your child, choose books that you like, as your enjoyment will be contagious.
- When reading to your child, hold the book so that he or she can see the pictures while you read.
- Engage your child so he or she will actively listen to a story. Ask and answer questions.
- Encourage your child to predict what will happen next in the story.
- When discussing stories, ask for specific information. This shows your child that you expect attentive listening.
- When reading to your child, spend some time looking at the cover and illustrations. Ask your child to describe them.
- Tell your child how much you enjoy reading with him or her.
- When looking at a book together, draw your child’s attention to the way writing works.
- Know when to stop. If your child loses interest or has trouble paying attention, put the book away for a while.
- Chat with your child whenever possible – when you’re waiting in line, driving or taking a bus.
- Give everything a name. Play games that involve naming or pointing to objects.
- Carry out your daily chores with your child and narrate what you are doing.
- Ask your child imaginative questions, such as, ‘If you had wings, where would you fly to?’.
- Compete with your children to see who can come up with the silliest story in under one minute.
- Teach your child simple songs with many repetitive words.
- Share fun facts with your child by saying ‘Guess what?’.
- When your child talks to you about his or her day, be sure to listen and give your undivided attention.
- Record your child singing a song or repeating a rhyme. Children love hearing their own voices on tape.
- Avoid using baby talk. Don’t dumb down your speech, as children learn by example.
- Help your child associate sounds and words with people, activities and objects.
- If your child mispronounces a word, simply repeat the word correctly in your reply and move on.
- Do not expect your child to repeat a word correctly after just one example.
- Correct grammatical errors consistently, but be discreet. Don’t make your child self-conscious about speaking.
- Build your child’s vocabulary by using different words to describe the same thing whenever possible.
- Inspire your child to be descriptive by asking open-ended questions.
- Encourage your child to read aloud or recite something that he or she has memorised.
- Don’t expect perfection. Be ready to praise effort, even if it falls short of the goal.
- Do not allow others to tease your child about his or her speech.
- Refrain from interrupting your child during his speech attempts, or telling him to slow down or start over.
- Speak to your child in a calm and unhurried manner.
- Give your child many opportunities to speak to older children and adults.
- Let your child order his or her own food at a restaurant or fast food joint.
- Avoid answering on behalf of your child when other adults ask him or her questions.
- Reward all efforts to talk. Smile, nod, repeat what you did understand, follow with a clarification or question, and rephrase if necessary.
- When giving instructions, give your child time to listen and encourage a verbal response.
- Encourage all family members to take turns to listen and speak.
- Ask your child to describe what is happening on his or her favourite television programme.
- Ask your child to tell a story using a wordless picture book.
- Take a walk with your child. Collect interesting items such as unusual leaves and make a scrapbook that he or she can talk about.
- Talk about the written words you see in the world around you. Ask your child to find a new word every time you go on an outing.
- Have fun telling stories with your family. Begin with ‘Once upon a time…’ and let everyone take turns to continue the story.
- Encourage your child to stand and recite a rhyme or tell a story while you are seated and gradually add more family members to the audience.
- Encourage your child to imitate animal sounds or common environmental sounds, and to associate them with words.
- Let your child practise thinking in categories. Begin at a basic level by using pictures of ‘things I like’ and ‘things I don’t like’.
- Play games involving spatial terms, such as ‘under’, ‘in front of’ and ‘behind’.
- Children like to play ‘bigger kid’ games. Simplify the rules and let them play according to your new set of rules.
- Use snack and meal times to increase vocabulary. Talk about how things taste and use verbs such as ‘suck’, ‘sip’ and ‘gobble’.