For Children 2-6 Years Old
The most important aspect of our education program is the Virtues Program that is incorporated into our curriculum. The main goal of this program is to nurture the child to become a decent human being. These children will be better students at school and ultimately a better member of society. The program is extremely important at this stage of a child’s development because a child’s character is already established by the age of 6. Using the virtues program it will allow children to:
- Express themselves and communicate gently
- Solve conflicts and problems
- Discover and consciously assist development of their talents
Our program for 2-5 year olds allows the opportunity for young children to learn English. In today’s society, when globalization, internationalization and industrialization are key words, people are finding it a necessity to move to a foreign country or move back to their home community. English is now the universal language, and a child will need and use the language for the rest of their lives. It is much easier for a child aged 2-5 yrs. to learn a foreign language because their brain is ready for language acquisition.
Our Circle Time program is designed to teach children to speak English fluently in order to attend English speaking elementary school, or to maintain English fluency for English speaking children or for those who will go abroad.
The teaching plan is structured on a monthly basis. We provide the child with the unit and the virtues of the month. During the unit portion, we delve into the development of the child’s cognitive skills, and in the virtue portion, we focus on the development of the child’s morality and self-esteem. The native languages are important, because we want the children to be completely fluent and understand all aspects of our teaching. We will offer mother tongue classes where we will also review the concepts taught during the class, and provide them with additional clarification, if necessary.
Formal Circle Time begins at 9 am. During this time we have a diversity of activities for the children depending on their age and level of English development. We use music, finger play, books and TPR (Total Physical Response), while simultaneously teaching proper pronunciation and enunciation of the language. We also provide them with drawing time for the development of fine motor skills, and story time for language comprehension. We have additional worksheets for those children who are ready to read.
Learning does not happen only in the classroom. Ample opportunities are provided by the community for the children to use their acquired skills. Trips to the music conservatory, Art Centers, local museums, forests, and other sites are essential to the development of the child. We do social service activities such as singing at Retirement Homes on Valentine’s Day, and help clean our local park on Earth Day.
At our daycare we provide the children with ample playtime, essential for the development of the child’s social skills. We have playtime prior to the circle time so that the children can get into the language mode as well as converse and play with friends. Toys that help them develop fine motor skills and creativity are used in the classroom.
After our circle time we have physical education, to help develop their gross motor skills as well as coordination and balance. We have a third playtime for children in the afternoon while the children wait for their parents to arrive.