Integrated Kindergarten Course
In this day and age, there is no doubt that being the parent of a kindergartener comes with an immense amount of stress, as if being pulled in opposite directions. On one hand, we hope that our kids can happily enjoy their youth care-free and stress-free. However, it’s easy to also worry if our children might fall behind academically relative to their peers. For parents with children facing primary school entrance exams, worrying about the intense competition that they will face is completely understandable.
Ever since our founding in 1995, we’ve experienced multiple eras of educational standards and expectations: from the very traditional education styles of the past, then the more relaxed and free-form classrooms, to the present emphasis on well-rounded students with academic excellence, grounded with a strong foundation in extracurriculars. With such a high bar for success in this day and age, it’s common for parents to feel pressured and directionless. We believe that the stresses of children in the kindergarten stage is quite a bit lower than in primary school, which is why we emphasize taking advantage of this low stress period to start preparing our students for the future in a comfortable environment. This way, we can ensure that they are adequately prepared for the trials that lie ahead, but also reduce potential friction caused by studying between parents and children.
Our integrative programs (Chinese, mathematics, English) that are specially designed for kindergarten children have content that can be tailored to their current progress, focusing on “preparatory learning” as the primary motivation.
With a multitude of approaches including the use of fairy tales, folklore, and real-life situations we have created a teaching regime that sparks interest in learning in our students, and also sharpens their abilities to read, write, and think. Furthermore, we familiarize them with animated and descriptive words and phrases in order to help establish the foundations of their language abilities.
Listening and Speaking – Interactive educational model. Instructors lead each lesson solely in English. Classes are comprised of a special discussion topic, supplemented with pictures and light reading material. Aimed towards encouraging students to familiarize themselves with oral English, and includes listening comprehension as well as spoken fluency and pronunciation.
Reading and Writing – Traditional educational model. Contents include vocabulary learning, sentence structure, grammar, and reading comprehension. We aim to lead our students closer to grasping the basics that allow them to utilize English in everyday life, preparing them for primary school one step earlier.
Without relying on hands-on tools and learning devices (or counting fingers!), we have prepared lesson plans designed for K2 and K3 level children for learning the basics of mental math.
Basics of addition: increasing numbers
Basics of subtraction: decreasing numbers
Basics of “carrying” and “borrowing”: fundamentals of the decimal number system
We also have preparatory lessons for primary school entrance exams, and the contents include addition/subtraction exercises as well as application-based word problems. These provide the challenge of problem-solving, which are suited for students preparing to enter primary school, a head start towards primary school.
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