The Language Arts program is composed of reading, phonics, writing, and oral communication. The program builds on skills introduced in Early Childhood years 1 and 2. Lessons place a strong emphasis on phonics, comprehension and fluency, writing application. Stories, poems, and songs are a vital part of the program, building the children’s understanding of language in both oral and written forms.
Students learn to read, write, and order the numerals from 1 to 30. Students are introduced to the concept of addition and subtraction using practical materials. They begin to tell time, recognizing time on the hour and half past the hour. They learn sequences and the cyclical nature of time with regard to days, weeks, months, and seasons. Students are taught to recognize and define simple 2- and 3-dimensional shapes. They study the concepts of length, weight, and capacity. Craft activities reinforce concept development.
The children are encouraged to use a systematic methodology in science to observe, question, reflect, and record their observations using appropriate adult-modeled vocabulary and diagrams. They learn these concepts through hands on investigations and experiments. The science curriculum also promotes a positive and responsible attitude toward physical and mental well-being.
Students develop an understanding of time and change by discussing their personal history. They move from their personal story to that of their family, their school community, and the outside world. They also construct simple maps and gather information about their home countries. The students celebrate and share their diverse cultures and national traditions as a way of enhancing international understanding.