At Nanyang Kindergarten, we aim to bring out the full potential
of our children through a holistic approach as we believe in
the development of the whole child. We strive to provide an
inclusive environment by taking into consideration each and
every child’s unique strengths and differences. Our Kindergarten's
curriculum is based mainly on the Integrated Thematic Approach
supported by fun, objective-driven hands on learning centers.
Field trips are incorporated into our themes to encourage children
to learn from the world outside their classroom. Our children
are exposed to various activities in this conducive learning
environment which allows them to freely explore, imagine, create
and learn. The approach combines the traditional Chinese with
Western principles approaches of interactive learning experiences.
Pre-Nursery and Nursery Programme
Classes for Pre-nursery and Nursery are conducted entirely in
Mandarin. Our teachers extend our young children's learning
in language and numeracy skills as well as social skills through
hands-on sensorial methods and creative play.
Activities such as music and movement, art and craft, cookery,
drama, music and movement, physical development, sand and water
play were some features of the Pre-Nursery and Nursery program.
Other prominent features of the program activities include reciting
short rhymes, the recognition of simple Chinese Characters,
numberings and teaching of simple strokes of 'Bi Hua' and sing-along
Kindergarten 1 and 2 Programme
To develop our children to have a well-rounded love of language,
from listening and speaking to reading and writing, we are using
a phonics-based English program which covers basic language
and literacy skills that lead eventually to reading and writing.
It combines stories using big books, songs, rhymes, language
activities, reading, spelling and creative writing. We are currently
using the Australian Fitzroy reading program to introduce children
to the frequently used sight words that will help them to read.
There are 10 readers per year for K1 and K2.
Similarly, in Chinese, we are using stories, songs, rhymes,
language activities, reading, spelling and creative writing
to learn basic strokes and characters. We continue to emphasize
on oral and listening skills which we have been developing since
the pre-nursery and nursery level but more focus is given to
reading and writing skills to prepare the children for Primary
1.We are currently using the local Chinese story books to encourage
our children to cultivate the habit of reading in Chinese and
be familiar with Chinese characters. There are 10 readers per
year for K1 and K2.
Children are given a foundation in early math skills such as
counting, grouping, shapes, graphing and patterning through
everyday experiences that are relevant to their lives. The strengthening
of these mathematics concepts are reinforced through concrete
manipulative through games and activities. The teachers encourage
the children to develop Mathematical thinking by facilitating
questions to help them to observe, reason and problem solve.
Music and Movement
While elements of music and movement are integrated into the
teaching of English, Chinese and Mathematics, there is a separate
time set aside for the exploration of music and movement in
a creative and imaginative manner with a music specialist once
a week. During this music class, they will sing, play with instruments,
and have structured or spontaneous activities in nature that
permit a higher degree of expression and individuality.
Art and Craft
We encouraged aesthetic appreciation and creativity and integrate
art activities into our other activities in our program. Drawing,
handicraft, painting, collages are different mediums in which
our children can express themselves. Aside from that, there
is also a separate time set aside for an art specialist to conduct
art calligraphy lessons.
Computer Aided Education
We would like to give the children a good head start in their
learning journey. Computer Aided Education teaches the children
to master computer skills by educating them with the proper
and logical applications of computer technology. The children
build up their confidence, independence, enthusiasm and creative
thinking strategies that are needed for meeting new challenges
in a fun-filled learning environment. Our computer program incorporates
themes and traditional academic subjects that the children enjoy.
Each curricular unit features activities that are infused with
interesting themes and academic content in core subject areas
such as Language, Mathematics and Science etc.
"Holiday Camp" is one of the programs that are held
during the school holidays. The purpose of the holiday camp
is to give the child an opportunity to be independent in the
absence of their parents and learn to take care of his or her
own needs. Games, activities and field trips to various interesting
places are conducted to encourage the students to foster interaction
among their peers and work in a group as a team. This allows
them to grow into individuals with their own strengths.