LANGUAGE AND 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.
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.
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.
At Kangaroo Kids, assessment and observation is closely associated to the curriculum goals and learning objectives (that are stated in the plans), rubrics on the worksheets and report cards. There are three steps - collecting facts by observing, analyzing and evaluating the facts and using this data for future learning.
In our curriculum, instruction and assessment is based on the Multiple Intelligences Theory to ensure that it is fair and authentic. This also completes the teaching – learning cycle.
Kangaroo Kids focuses on strengthening parent-child relationships. A child in a Toddler Programme is mandatorily accompanied by a parent who actively participates during the sessions whereas; a child in a Toddler Transition Programme may be accompanied by an adult who only guides them when they exhibit challenges in performing a task.
The Enriched Curriculum abounds in creativity since it is based on modern educational research and theories.
Kangaroo Kids has over two decades of experience in nurturing preschool children. We have now extended our expertise to daycare as a response to the society trends. Our daycare structure creates a responsive environment for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and kindergartners. The predictable sequence of events provides a sense of order for children, teachers and families. Young children need a schedule that is regular, predictable yet flexible to meet their individual needs. Our curriculum is a blend of freedom and structure that caters to children’s unique interests.