Pre-School 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. 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, and community and community helpers. Music lessons focus on basic rhythms and repetition. The focus of art is on 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-School Myanmar Studies is focus only on listening and speaking. Students are very young so they work at their appropriate levels of learning such as singing poems, pointing and taking about Myanmar alphabet. Drawing and coloring will help their future writing skills, They will also do Myanmar performances to help the learning of future Myanmar Music and Dance course. These performances will be perform at the Myanmar Ceremonies and students will appreciate and enjoy the learning of their culture and language, too.
Pre-School Physical Education begins to focus on the 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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