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A Definitely Different approach to pre-school
When you talk about pre-school, most parents would assume it is for five- to six-year-old kids.
That, however, is not true as there are several stages a child goes through before he or she is ready for Year 1.
For the uninitiated, pre-school also encompasses nursery (between two and three years old), reception (four years ) and pre-primary (five years).
The ages may vary slightly. In some countries, children start Year 1 when they are six while others, a year older.
At Global Oak Tree Scholars (GOTS) International School, our pre-school programme includes nursery, reception and pre-primary.
“We have children as young as two signing up for the nursery,” said GOTS co-founder Veronica Shepherdson.
“Of course at that young age, their brains and body are still developing.
“So it’s more about having fun while learning.”
The timetable for the nursery and reception classes is similar. They start with circle time – where they sit in a circle with their coaches and share what happened after school the previous day.
This is followed by playtime before those in nursery start pre-writing classes while those in reception have writing classes.
GOTS International School Head of Pre-Primary Chithra Nair said the school is focused on play-based learning as the children learn even though they don’t know it.
“Our syllabus is focused on refining their fine and gross motor skills subtly.
“We don’t push them to read or write too soon. They must learn at their own pace and allow their bones to develop.”
Activities such as hip-hop and ballet are also taught as dance can teach them coordination and balance while gardening is used to teach them about taking care of Earth.
Arts and crafts also play an important role for nursery and reception classes as it helps develop creativity while maths and reading are slowly introduced.
Besides having the above classes, pre-primary scholars also have yoga and speech and drama as extra activities.
Students also learn English, Bahasa Melayu, Science and Mandarin.
“Everything is planned so the children are learning something in every activity they do.
“It is not just about having fun. It may seem like all they do is play but learning is going on,” said Chithra.
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