Curriculum

Reading Language Arts

Our primary goal at the Early Learning Center is to instill a love of books and pre-reading strategies which will help lay the foundation for a life long joy of learning. The Early Learning Center language and literacy program is developmental, and skills are sequentially built from preschool to pre-kindergarten.

At Singapore American School, children come from a variety of backgrounds and bring with them their own set of language experiences and abilities. Because children have different needs, developmental levels, and learning styles, the teachers provide a variety of language learning opportunities. Skills are introduced to children within a meaningful context of literature and are adapted to children's interests and abilities.

Mathematics

Our goal at the Early Learning Center is that children will develop a positive approach to mathematics and gain self confidence in their abilities. The program is developmental, experiential, and child-centered.

Mathematical concepts are integrated into curriculum themes and are flexible to reflect children's interests and abilities. Children learn early mathematical concepts through free exploration and discovery, manipulation of concrete materials, experiential learning, and direct instruction. A natural progression of skills is evident from the preschool to a more formalized program in pre-kindergarten. The development of these concepts is derived from activity oriented classrooms where there are many opportunities for the children to integrate mathematical concepts into their daily lives and relate them to the world around them.

Science

Education in early childhood should sustain children's natural curiosity and allow them to explore their environment to improve and develop an understanding and appreciation of science, technology, and health. It will lead them toward making informed choices in their personal and social lives. Concepts are developed through manipulation of materials within the children's immediate learning environment. The activities are child-centered and reflect children's interests, needs, and abilities.

Children are provided with opportunities to explore, experiment, and discover with hands-on materials in a rich and stimulating environment. The children develop new skills and processes such as observation, prediction, classification, comparison, investigation, exploration, examination, and problem solving. The curriculum also integrates art, music, field trips, cooking lessons, guest speakers, and audio-visual aids to help promote children's understanding of science concepts.

The program focuses on the concept of change. Children acquire knowledge and insights which are necessary in carrying on daily activities. Emphasis is placed on using ideas rather than on the mere accumulation of facts. They are encouraged and guided to experiment with many different methods in order to develop problem-solving and decision-making skills. In addition, young children are encouraged to ask questions, to look for answers, and to be aware of what is going on around them.

Library

The Early Learning Center library is an extension of the elementary library located in the main area of the elementary school. The purpose of the ELC library is to provide a convenient location for fiction and non-fiction library materials. Appropriate materials are permanently housed in the ELC library and some are on a regular rotating loan from the elementary library. For a bigger selection, parents and students are always welcome to visit the elementary library where they also enjoy check-out privileges (parents may check out books from any library at SAS).

All students in the Early Learning Center will participate in a library session each Wednesday with the Early Learning librarian. Students will enjoy a story or activity and browse for a book to check out for one week. Library books are due each Monday. Students will receive a special library bag from their teacher to protect the book from wet drink bottles and help teachers keep track of books checked out and returned.

Parents are encouraged to help their child remember to return their book to avoid disappointment on library day. ELC library hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and Wednesday from 7:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Social Studies

The Early Learning Center social studies program incorporates an integrated curriculum that strives to enhance children's awareness of themselves, their cultural heritage, their surrounding environment, and the world in which they live.

The curriculum fosters the children's sense of belonging to their own culture and educates children about the cultural diversity of others. Concepts are developed through manipulation of materials within the children's immediate learning environment. The activities are child-centered and reflect children's interests, needs, and abilities. Children are provided with opportunities to explore experiment and discover with hands-on materials in a rich and stimulating environment. The curriculum also integrates art, music, field trips, cooking lessons, guest speakers, and audio visual aids to help promote children's understanding of Social Studies concepts.

The program also teaches children that they are part of society. This includes learning about all human needs. Children are encouraged to talk about their perceptions regarding how these needs are met. They are encouraged and guided to experiment with many different methods in order to develop problem-solving and decision making skills. In addition, young children are encouraged to ask questions, to look for answers, and to be aware of what is going on around them.

Modern Languages

The Early Learning Center Chinese program aims to expose young children to another language thereby enriching their cognitive, cultural, educational, and social development. Learning another language in the early years introduces children to the experience of communicating differently and allows children to see there is more than one way of looking at the world.

The program is theme-based, incorporating the topics being taught in their mainstream classes. Social greetings, family, animals, foods, colors, number, and action/direction words are presented to the children through songs, stories, and games. Portions of the Chinese classes will be integrated with perceptual motor classes, so the children will learn action and direction words as they participate in the fun room activities (i.e. crawl under, jump over, walk around, toss the ball).

While it is not expected that the children will become fluent Chinese speakers in pre-school and pre-kindergarten, they will become aware of the different sounds and patterns of Chinese as well as develop a functional vocabulary.

Perceptual Motor

Our goal in the Early Learning Center perceptual motor program is to provide a healthy, fun, and challenging introduction to large motor experiences.

The goal of the perceptual motor program is to enhance motor capabilities of young children by providing sensory enriching experiences through physical activities. These activities will focus on children's ability to interpret sensory input and perform fine and gross motor skills. The program also encourages language development, self-expression and creativity through a theme-based approach with the use of puppetry, literature, music and creative dramatics. It promotes cooperation, sensitivity to others, spatial awareness, safety, and respect for rules.

The children will also have the opportunity on a daily basis for outside play where they are encouraged to engage in varied physical activities of their own choice.

All conscious and controlled movement depends on one's ability to interpret sensory information. The manner in which children receive and process information directly affects their overall school performance. Perceptual motor lessons help children acquire the physical skills and fitness that are essential for the total development of the child. Goals are achieved through the use of planned movement experiences that include balance, body awareness and coordination activities while emphasizing spatial and directional awareness. Imaginative play is encouraged through the use of puppetry, story themes, games, and role-playing.

All students participate four times weekly in the perceptual motor program.

Music

The goal of the Early Learning Center music program is for children to have a positive experience, gain pleasure, and express themselves creatively through a variety of musical activities.

In the early learning program, music is an integral part of daily activities. Many skills are introduced across the curriculum through songs, finger plays, creative movement, dancing, miming, dramatization, and musical instruments.

Children are encouraged to become actively involved, to interpret music in their own style and to make up new words, melodies, and movements. Through these experiences they also become aware of musical concepts such as tone, volume, melody, rhythm, and tempo.

An Incredible Place

Testimonial

The early learning center at the school is an incredible place. The teachers are energetic, caring, thoughtful, and fun. The kids are encouraged to use their imagination and learn through inquiry. We are amazed with the projects they have worked on, including constructing a city and designing and sewing dresses. The facilities are beautiful – set up perfectly for children to explore and learn. The teachers also provide many opportunities for the parents to spend time in the classroom, as mystery readers, to work on special projects, and of course for class celebrations.

Nicole Krause, SAS PARENT

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