EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER CURRICULUM
Welcome by the Early Childhood Center
Welcome to Yangon Academy Early Childhood Center page. We hope that by going through our website you will get a picture of our vision, aims and the values we uphold. We also hope that you find our school the right school for you and your child.
At Yangon Academy Early Childhood Center we will work on self-help skills, small and large motor skills, letter and number recognition, communication, and several other cognitive and social skills while also developing the children to become confident and independent members of an ever changing and challenging society. We will cover these areas using a variety of methods to ensure that learning is always fun and interesting for your child.
Please enjoy finding out more about our school on our website. If you would like to have more information, please contact us through the school office, we would be delighted to help you.
EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER CURRICULUM
Yangon Academy Early Childhood Center (YA ECC) provides your child a unique, safe, loving and a stimulating environment filled with fun activities and opportunities to nourish your child’s curiosity and love for learning; an environment that is your child’s home away from home.
We offer a child-centered program that is appropriate for children who are two-, three, and four-year-olds. Our goal is to provide a positive school experience, one that will stimulate learning through exploration and play while encourage independence.
We have highly experienced staff whose dedication and sole purpose is to take care of your child’s unique learning styles. They have the passion and love working with preschoolers. They plan activities to stimulate learning through exploration and play while encouraging independence.
Yangon Academy Early Childhood Center (YA ECC) provides opportunities to children to explore different areas which interest them with structured freedom. The focus is on learning, not teaching. Teachers act as facilitators, helping the children understand concepts and solve problems through hands-on activities and projects. Our activities and projects are designed to value the process more than the finished product, allowing children to be creative and inventive.
Our program’s objectives are to
- Make a successful transition from home to school
- Feel comfortable, secure and loved in school
- Develop social competency with peers and adults
- Develop a positive self-concept, respect for others & their ideas
- Encourage each child to play and work well independently and in a group
- Provide opportunities for self-expression for each child through language, dramatics, art, music, and play
- Stimulate imagination, develop an interest in learning and exploring
- Provide opportunities for large and small motor development
- Introduce the concept and use of numbers and letters through a variety of experiences
Yangon Academy Early Childhood Center (YA ECC) offers three programs namely Pre-Nursery, Nursery and Pre-Kindergarten. Parents have an option of enrolling their child to our half-day or full-day program.
1. PRE-NURSERY (Year child turns 2)
Our Pre-Nursery program capitalizes on the nature of children to be active, curious and inquisitive. Toddlers are exploratory learners who learn through multi-sensory stimulation. Learning experiences emphasize interactions and exploration, which will help children make better sense of the world around them. A warm, conducive and stimulating environment that is rich in responsive interactions and relationships is the key to promoting and developing the children’s expressive language and communication skills, affective and physical growth. Routines and transition are important aspects of the learning process and they support the children’s efforts in adapting to group setting, and in developing self-help skills.
2. NURSERY (Year child turns 3)
Our Nursery program continues to reinforce the development of expressive language, communication and vocabulary skills. Gross and fine motor skills development are more actively promoted alongside personal, emotional and social development. Carefully structured experiences as well as experiences occurring through daily interactions with people, manipulation of materials, play situations, routines and transitions continue to support children’s language, social-emotional and cognitive growth. Children in Nursery begin to acquire increased awareness of numbers, engage in concepts and processes of math, explore sounds and letters of the alphabet and develop interest in books and reading. Their control and coordination of the fine motor skills increase their ability to manipulate materials and to engage in early pre-writing experiences.
3. PRE-KINDERGARTEN (Year child turns 4)
Emphasis shifts from emergent strategies of the early years to purposeful acquisition and understanding of content, skills and concepts leading to integrated learning experiences across multiple disciplines.
Our Pre-Kindergarten program reinforces children’s increasing competencies in
- using language as a tool for learning and communication
- Reading, phonics and numeracy skills are introduced to promote the children’s emergent capacity for language, skills and concepts learning.
- Physical skills are more sophisticated now, enabling children to take on greater challenges in physical pursuits and engage in pre-writing and writing experiences.
- Expectations for personal and social development continue to be prioritized resulting in even greater autonomy and independence, enhanced self-help skills, emotional self-regulation, self-concept and confidence.
AREAS OF LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT
Prime Areas of Learning and Development:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development: making relationships, building self-confidence and self-awareness, managing feelings and behavior
- Physical Development: Moving and handling, health and self-care
- Communication and Language: Listening and attention, understanding and speaking
Specific Areas of Learning and Development:
- Literacy: Reading and Writing
- Mathematics: Numbers, Shapes, Space and Measure
- Understanding the World: People and communities, The World, Technology
- Expressive Arts and Design: Exploring and using media and materials, Being imaginative
Activities include the following:
- Circle Time
- Indoor/Outdoor activities using theme units
- Literacy – phonics, reading, writing skills
- Hands-on Science
- Hands-on Social Studies
- Music and Movement
- Arts and crafts
- Little Chefs
- Field trips specifically for Science and Social Studies
- Practical Life Exercises (scooping, pouring, beading, dressing frames exercises, etc)
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