- LANGUAGE AND LITERACY DEVELOPMENT
- COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT
- CREATIVE/AESTHETIC DEVELOPMENT
- PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT
Language & Literacy Development
Literacy refers to the reading and writing skills that allow children to communicate with the world around them, enjoy stories and poems, and achieve what is expected of them at school. Language focuses on the oral aspects of communication: listening, speaking and interpreting non-verbal cues to communication.
The focus is on developing language as well as literacy skills. Children are provided with opportunities to express self, participate in conversations, ask questions and use their emerging reading skills to make meaning from print. Language is one of the most important areas of child development. Our communication skills set us apart and it unites us with each other.
Children are encouraged to explore the different interdisciplinary themes such as Physical Science, Social Science, Earth and Environmental Science and Life Science. They observe objects with curiosity, explore cause and effect relationships and apply this knowledge to a new context.
Theme teaching enhances children's concept development because it integrates learning from many different curriculum areas simultaneously. We integrate learning with life, through the use of 'themes'. Thus, the brain is stimulated to make connections to 'create'. As they participate in reading, math, science activities; they break the boundaries of traditional subject matter.
Creative / Aesthetic Development
Visual Arts - Art is a natural vehicle for children to express their feelings. They reflect their thoughts and emotions through their choices of colour, texture and media. The medium of art helps children's development in all the domains - cognitive, language, physical and social/emotional.
Performing Art - The focus is on understanding the elements of music, using instruments to accompany music or songs and using imagination and creativity to express self through music and dance.
Physical development includes fine motor and gross motor development.
Fine motor development: Children engage in activities such as threading beads, puzzles, sorting, etc. which provide opportunities for hands-on reinforcement of concepts and skills that have been introduced in a whole-group setting.
Gross motor development: Active play is important for health and well-being and for the development of emotional, social, language and thinking skills. This centre involves activities that lead to gross motor development - balance and laterality and eye-foot coordination.