1Social – Emotional
Children’s emotions and early relationships are strongly connected with behaviors and their later development and learning. The contents for Social-Emotional Development include the following living values and life skills such as:
I. Regulating their own emotions and behaviors: children are aware of themselves in relation to others, able to get along with, and therefore learn from peers, helping each other in learning.
Language skills are essential for children’s success not only in school but also in life as well. Language development at this stage includes ability to comprehend and use oral language. The learning objectives therefore include:
I. Listening and understanding increasingly complex language: children must focus their attention, listen with a purpose, and quickly and accurately recognize what they hear.
The level of children’s progress in reading and writing is one of the best predictors of their academic success in later years. 5 objectives for literacy development help children with:
I. Demonstrating phonological awareness.
7Scientific and Technological
It is important for children at kindergarten entry, as the school believes, constantly to expose themselves to and explore nature, gaining new understanding through experimental activities, and at the same time, to benefit from using basic scientific tools. The contents of this development area will help children with:
I. Using scientific inquiry skills: including making focused observations, posing meaningful questions, making predictions, selecting appropriate techniques and tools, reflecting on experiences and communicating their findings.
II. Demonstrating knowledge of the characteristics of living things: learning major concepts through regular contact with nature, expanding their curiosity and observation skills and practicing nurturing behaviours as they care for living things.
V. Using tools and other technology to perform tasks: on personal computers, Ipads, etc.
Children will get involved with such creative arts as music, drawing, fashion constructing, drama, dancing etc. These arts with help them with:
I. Exploring the visual arts:: creating art products and expressing their ideas about colours, features, designs, patterns, materials etc. through which develop their presentation skills and creative minds.
Physical Development includes children’s gross-motor and fine-motor skills, awareness of the body, personal safety and self direction. The learning content of this area includes:
I. Demonstrating travelling skills.
Cognitive Development is connected with the way children think and how they use their background knowledge to learn about the surrounding world. In its turn, the child’s background knowledge affects the child’s information processing, memory and language acquisition, etc. So the cognitive development content will help children with:
I. Demonstrating positive approaches to learning: with the ability to collect information with a purpose, observe, question, focus and exercise learned knowledge.
IV. Thinking symbolically: using symbols and images to represent something not present.
Children’s early mathematical knowledge and skills are considered predictive of their mathematics success throughout their later years in school. The contents of mathematicswhich develop in these years include:
I. Using number concepts and operations.
The purpose of social studies is to help children learn how to be critical thinkers, and active members of a surrounding community. The content of this area will help children with:
I. Demonstrating knowledge about self and family, the ability to express personal needs, expectations and emotions via personal storytelling.
10English Linguistic Acquisition
In reality, bilingual children are more creative learners and quicker problem-solvers both at school and in life. As shown in much research, the preschool years are the most favourable time for children to begin learning a second language and to be more likely to attain a near-native proficiency, compared to those beginning learning later. The objectives of this development area help children with:
I. Demonstrating progress in listening to and understanding English: including hearing, recognizing, distinguishing and connecting sounds to objects and activities around them and thus developing their English vocabulary.