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.
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.
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.
Underlying Principles of KKEL Curriculum
Strong emphasis on the domains of development that are designed to match the way children develop and learn providing children with opportunities to learn and practise newly acquired skills.
Theories of child development
Combination of theories by educationaries that build independent, confident and thoughtful learners - Maslow, Erik Erikson, Jean Piaget, Vygotsky, Maria Montessori, Neil Fleming, Friedrich Froebel, Reggio Emilia
Directed to take children from a lower order of thinking involving remembering and application to a higher order of thinking involving analysis, evaluation and synthesis/ creation
Multiple Intelligences &
Learning Styles (VARK)
Focuses on involving all 8 intelligences allowing children to demonstrate their understanding of the content
Integrated, Interdisciplinary and Theme based learning
Integration of reading, math, music, movement, and interpersonal relations into a theme based curriculum.
Brain Research, Energy and Neuroscience
Influences the subconscious mind as learning is combined with fun (releasing dopamine) subconsciously building gratitude, habits of self, creative thinking etc
Integrating Technology To Reinforce Learning - iPads
iPad apps for Preschool year 1 & 2
ABC Alphabet Phonics
Interactive game where the letter is called out and the child has to select the corresponding letter.
A few commonly used sight words with pronunciation and spelling.
Touch & Learn - Emotions
Groups of pictures and children have to guess which picture represents the emotion.
Alphabet bubble to recognize letters, alphabet song, memory game, abc paint, virtual typewritter for pre-writting skills.
Kids Song Collection
Nursery rhymes with the words and the song.
Piece puzzles, magic draw (children have to colour the picture), virtual colouring book, maze challenge
Animal zoo match up
Animal Zoo Interactive Flash Cards
Interactive flash cards with the animal nameand the 'sound'.
For ages 1-3. Interactive flashcards. They also have: baby animals etc - free versions
Has levels - 3 piece, 4 piece and 6 piece puzzles
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.