Theme-based reading and pre-writing lessons cover the following units: letters, sounds, syllables, words, and sentences, fairy tales with re-enactment, making and re-telling stories in sequence (beginning, middle and end), and making connections (relating the story to personal experience.) Pre-writing skills include: understanding that print conveys meaning, associating print and spoken words, and sharing stories orally or through drawings and writings. Evaluations of student progress are made through assessment tests and continual teacher observation.
Science units include: living and non-living things, animals and plants, and how things move. Social Studies units include: self, family, school and community, my environment, and my country (flag, traditions, holidays). Evaluations of concepts learned are made by the teacher, based on the student’s participation in projects, discussions and activities.
This course focuses on helping children develop their English language skills. Children will sort words by sight and sound, use pictures, demonstrate one-on-one correspondence with words, and recognize rhyming words. They begin to learn to read unfamiliar words by using their phonetic skills to decode the first, middle, and last letters of the word. The children will learn the upper and lower case letters of the alphabet and their sounds. Basic grammar rules and sentence construction will be introduced. Students will participate in writing activities, retelling stories, and sharing and discussing ideas. This course sets the foundation for children to begin to read independently. Evaluations are made through monthly assessments and observations on a daily basis.
This course focuses on beginning math skills through the use of concrete materials. Children recognize numbers and count objects to thirty using one-to-one correspondence. They learn how to make reasonable estimates, sort by shape, color and size, identify basic shapes and colors, and copy and extend patterns. They identify and use tools for measuring, such as clock, ruler, calendar, scales and thermometer. Children begin to work with addition and subtraction concepts. Evaluations are made both through assessment tests at the completion of each unit of study and teacher observations on a daily basis.
The Science program includes the following: differentiating between living and non-living things, the Earth’s composition (land, water, air), parts of a plant and what it needs to grow, the make-up and movement of objects, and the three states of matter (solid, liquid, gas). Social Studies focuses on the development of the children‘s awareness of their family, community and the world and their role and responsibility in each environment. It also stresses personal health and hygiene. The significance of holiday traditions and the celebration of each is an important aspect of the program. Evaluations of concepts learned are made by the teacher, based on the student’s participation in projects, discussions and activities.