The Kindergarten 1 programme has creative play and the multiple intelligences of children as its underlying philosophical basis. Thematic activities and learning materials from Key to Learning foster the different developmental areas of the children.
St. James’ Church Kindergarten is the first preschool in Asia to use Key to Learning and St. Andrew’s Anglican School is the first preschool in Thailand to use this programme.
Key to Learning is an early childhood curriculum based on the educational and developmental theories of Vygotsky. Children will pick up language and numeracy skills, as well as social skills through an integrated process of learning through creative play.
Our English programme aims to develop children’s literacy skills and competence in the language.
At this stage, we help children with alphabetical letter recognition using a fun and interactive way. Basic phonetic sounds of the alphabetical letters are also introduced.
Our Mandarin programme aims to expose our children to conversational Mandarin using nursery rhymes, songs and games in a fun and interactive way.
Music & Movement
While elements of music and movement are interwoven into the teaching of English, Chinese and Mathematics, there is a separate time set aside for the exploration of music and movement.
Our Music and Movement programme uses a kinaesthetic approach that helps children internalise the music process and builds their creative expression. Through fun and creative music and movement activities, children will be engaged and immersed in meaningful English experiences.
Children will be involved in singing, movement, musical games, body percussion and appreciation of songs.
Art and craft, construction, cookery, dramatic play, music and movement, outdoor activities, physical development, sand and water play, and story-telling sessions are all features of the K1 programme.
Key to Learning modules covered at the Kindergarten 1 level:
Cultivates the essential skills required both for writing and creative artistic expression. Develops “art vision” and introduces different symbolic tools – composition, rhythm and colour
Develops mathematical language and goal directed behaviour. Children analyse the structure of objects, plan, articulate their plans and execute them using building blocks.
Develops the ability to analyse the external, visual qualities of objects using sensory standards such as colour, shape and size. It builds the foundation for the development of mental abilities.