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Kindergarten 1

Kindergarten 1 is the student's first introduction into school life and we aim to provide a firm foundation in the basic skills which will engender a rounded education whilst at the same time nurturing the student through their early learning experience. Our goal is to foster in the students an initial love of learning and exploring the world around them through the medium of structured play.

This period of early years learning is by necessity not as structured as the others but by the end of the school year we expect the students to have achieved the following:

1) Communication, language and literacy

A. Listening

- Listen attentively to a speaker? not interrupting and giving relevant responses.
- Listen for rhyming words? through simple nursery rhymes i.e. Jack and Jill.
- Play games involving sounds? e.g. students draw a picture relating to either a letter sound or word that they are given.
- Follow music in games? e.g. The Hockey Cokey.
- Follow simple directions given orally? e.g. stand up, sit down.
- Know names of classmates and teachers.
- Respond to questions or other conversation? e.g. How are you? I am fine.

B. Speaking

- Express ideas? define the world around them and verbally express feelings and emotions.
- Participate in creative drama, puppetry and role-playing activities? e.g. animal action games and re-enactment of certain jobs such as a fireman.
- Participate spontaneously in speaking situations ? comment on situations without prompting and gain confidence in speaking.
- Start to use polite language - e.g. Please and Thank you.

C. Reading

- Interpret pictures and sequence pictures to form a story? students will identify the main theme or subject from a given picture then be given a selection of pictures out of sequence. At the most basic level this could be a sequence of seed-shoot-tree which the student has to sequence to form a growth story.
- Distinguish likeness and differences in colours, shapes, letters and direction? through visual models, matching games and letter jumble activities.
- Follow left to right sequencing? linked to story sequencing and visual models provided by the teacher.
- Match initial letter sounds with pictures e.g. C for cat.
- Learn the usual sounds of consonants and vowels a to M beginning with phonemic awareness then progressing onto the letter names utilising games, songs and other phonemic awareness activities.

D.Writing

With the initial stages of writing we focus very much on encouraging students to express themselves fully on paper whilst gently encouraging the correct usage of both the writing instruments and writing styles to foster good writing habits in the future.

- Hold writing instruments correctly.
- Write from left to right.
- Use an acceptable sitting and hand position when writing.
- Trace the basic strokes used in writing numbers and letters.
- Begin to write the lowercase letter of the manuscript alphabet.

2) Science/Health

- Name a range of animals from a photograph,or a drawn image and identify and mimic characteristics of selected animals- initially introduced in a Farm topic and reinforced through songs such as Old MacDonald and role play of animal characteristics.
- Identify basic dwellings of some animals? matching exercises verbal and visual.
- Match baby animals with their parents.
- Name and characterize the basic objects and elements that surround us? basic naming of objects through visual, oral and tactile means.
- Identify the parts of the body? songs such as Head and Shoulders and exploring the body thorough tactile art exercises.
- Begin to define good and bad habits.
- Understand how to care for skin, eyes, ears and teeth? through physical modeling and songs such as This is the way we wash out hands.
- Follow good safety habits? e.g. not running, tying shoelaces etc.

3) Mathematics

- Classify objects according to color, size and shape? utilizing both physical and pictorial models and basic sorting games.
- Classify objects by other common attributes - e.g. people girls and boys.

- Identify sets that have the same number? initially through physical models e.g. three blocks matches three blocks and then through pictorial representations.

- Identify which of two sets has more or fewer objects.

- Solve a problem by using a physical model.

- Identify sets of objects from 1-10? pictures, counting games and songs are used throughout to encourage counting and an interest in innumeracy.

- Write the numerals for sets of 1-5 objects.

- Order and identify numerals 1-5 flashcards with numbers and sequencing worksheets.
- Identify basic shapes and relate to shapes seen around us? e.g. circle = sun, square = house.

4) Social Studies

A. Social Awareness

- Identify individual family members from pictures? initially through stories about families and then the parents will be encouraged to provide pictures of the student's family to discuss and create visual models from.

- Take responsibility for caring for room and belongings whether at home or at school.

- Practice good manners whether at home, at school or in public? e.g. using polite language with teachers, proper eating habits etc.

- Demonstrate sharing.

- Cooperate in a group.

- Identify appropriate and inappropriate behaviour for the home regarding safety and manners through visual modelling of correct behaviour and realisation of consequences through positive reinforcement.

5) Music

- Distinguish between tone and noise.
- Respond to music with large, free movements through constant use of music games, songs and enthusiastic visual modeling.
- Participate in action songs and singing games.

6) Art

Art is used continually throughout the integrated curriculum in virtually every aspect of the learning process but it is useful to state the basic objectives here.

- Work with a variety of art media and processes.

- Work freely and with a large degree of creative expression.

7) Physical Education

- Kick a stationary ball.
- Participate in classroom and outside group games following directions? e.g. running, basic football and other activities.
- Begin to develop a love for swimming and participate actively in pool activities? pupils are encouraged to join in with swimming activities from their first entry into preschool.

8) Thai Language and Culture

- Correct use of Thai greetings and behaviour e.g. Sawadii Ka/Kap and correct use of the Wai.
- Begin to explore the letters of the Thai alphabet starting with basic pictures and letter sounds e.g. Gor Gai, Kor Kai etc.
- Know some common fruits and flowers.
- Say some numbers and colors.