Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) is a multi-disciplinary course that involves literacy, math, science, social studies, music, art, Myanmar studies and physical education. The focus of literacy is familiarity with the letters of the alphabet both the phonics and letter recognition (phonological awareness). Math focuses on developing beginning number sense with a focus on a one-to-one correspondence between numbers and objects, basic a/b and a/b/c patterning and identify and use common shapes. The focus of science is an awareness of the natural world and making basic observations about weather and other naturally occurring phenomena. Social Studies Program’ focus is on family, extended family, the community and community helpers. The focus in music is basic rhythms and repetition. The focus of art is to develop an awareness of different mediums and appropriate use of techniques and tools.
The following thematic units anchor the curriculum:
All About Me: focusing on the parts of the body, the five senses, the family, and immediate community.
Transportation: all modes of transportation: land, sea, rail, and air.
Animals: animals from different environments: jungle, safari, pets, farm, and ocean.
Food: six main food groups: vegetables, fruit, meat and seafood, dairy, and grains. Cooking simple foods.
Where Do I live: a culmination of all themes: what animals live in Myanmar, community helpers in Myanmar, food of Myanmar, forest and climate of Myanmar and its location in the world.
These themes integrate literacy, math, science, Social Studies Program, music, and art through whole group and small group activities, which are anchored by a daily circle and center time.
Pre-Kindergarten Myanmar Studies curriculum includes reading, writing, listening and speaking. Literacy instruction at the Kindergarten follows a development continuum. It is based on research that identifies the critical foundations for literacy learning. They will learn the alphabet, idioms, sound symbol relationships and will focus on the emergent communications skills in the areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students work at their appropriate levels of learning.
Pre-Kindergarten Physical Education continues to focus on development of large and fine motor skills. Students are beginning to apply skills in team based sports settings and are learning basic tactics for gameplay. Students are learning how to manage their own behavior and self assess their own development and also offer basic peer assessment for their classmates. Units for this course include Team Building, Fitness, Ultimate sports, Swimming, Invasion Games, Striking / Kicking & Fielding Games, Rhythm & Dance and Gymnastics.
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