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Kindergarten 2

The work carried out within Kindergarten 2 is a direct progression from the foundation work carried out in the previous year, expanding upon the ideas and concepts explored in the early years.
By the completion of kindergarten 2, the children will be able to achieve the following:

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1) Communication, language and literacy

A. Listening

- Listen attentively to a speaker.
- Recognize the importance of being a good listener? constant reinforcement in class time with correct models given and examples of information missed through not listening.
- Show courtesy when others speak? e.g. not interrupting.
- Recognize and classify some words with common initial sounds? e.g. cat, car, can, call etc.? word games, pair matching exercises and nonsense poems used to reinforce.
- Listen for rhyming words? through use of rhyming games and traditional rhymes e.g. Miss Molly had a Dolly, Incy Wincy Spider etc.
- Play simple games involving sounds.
- Follow music in games.
- Follow simple directions given orally.
- Listen to stories and songs on tape or read by a teacher? questions are given after to show that the student has been listening and the student is encouraged to question throughout the story.
- Know names of classmates and teachers.
- Respond to questions or other conversation.

B. Speaking

- Speak clearly and distinctly? plenty of speaking practice is given whether in story-time or show and tell to boost confidence and encourage clear speaking
- Taking turns in talking and listening to others
- Express ideas in sentences e.g. It's a big red car rather than simply red car.
- Use polite language.
- Participate in creative drama, puppetry and role-playing activities.
- Participate spontaneously in speaking situations.

C. Reading

- Interpret pictures.
- Sequence pictures to form a story.
- Distinguish likeness and differences in colors, shapes, letters and direction.
- Recognize that printed words visually represent the spoken word? demonstrated through story reading and name writing plus additional exercises.
- Follow left to right sequencing.
- Match words with pictures? basic three letter words e.g. cat.
- Recognize some number and color words.
- Match initial letter sounds with pictures.
- Identify the main idea in pictures.
- Predict basic outcomes? simple What happens next scenarios both verbal and visual.
- Distinguish between real and imaginary events.
- Learn the usual sounds of consonants and vowels a-z.
- Remember what was read through question and answer sessions after story time sessions.
- Develop a love of books and an eagerness to read.
- Begin to recognize basic sight words? taken from the Dolch sigh word lists.
- Recognize their names and begin to recognize the names of their classmates.

D.Writing

In preschool 2 students should be quite familiar with the correct formation of the lower-case alphabet and will begin to recognize and write basic words.

- Capitalize proper names and the pronoun I.
- Write left to right.
- Hold writing instruments correctly.
- Space letters and words correctly.
- Place letters properly on the line.
- Use an acceptable sitting and hand position when writing.
- Trace the basic strokes used in writing numbers and letters.
- Identify and write correctly the uppercase and lowercase letters of the manuscript alphabet.
- Write their own names.
- Enjoy producing clear, attractive and legible handwriting.

E. Spelling

- Notice that words are composed of different letters in sequence.
- Know the alphabet in sequence.

2) Science/Health

A. Animals

Students will get the chance to care for and observe a selection of animals dependant on the season, current topic and availability. In the Spiders and Insects topics for instance a small habitat is set up in the class for observing a range of different insects.

- Name and classify a range of animals.
- Identify and mimic characteristics of selected animals.
- Identify dwelling of selected animals.
- Form a basic awareness of the food that certain animals eat? through observation and guided study.
- Name some products we get from animals.
- Match baby animals with the parents and examine the life cycle of selected animals - e.g. the butterfly life cycle from egg to Butterfly.
- Draw pictures and describe weather conditions.
- Classify samples of matter -e.g. water, tea, milk = liquid.
- Distinguish and classify a variety of physical attributes such as shape, size, texture and odor.
- Identify the parts of the body and begin to define function? e.g. hear with our ears, smell with our noses etc.
- Keep track of growth in height and weight during the year this is charted and recorded from the students. entry into preschool so that they can observe their own changes and growth.
- Define good and bad habits and how to improve them.
- Discuss the importance of good eating habits, exercise and sleep.
- Understand how to care for skin, eyes, ears and teeth.
- Follow good safety habits.

3) Mathematics

- Identify left and right through song (e.g. The Hokey Pokey) and games such as Simon Says.
- Classify objects according to color, size and shape.
- Classify objects by other common attributes.

- Recognise and continue a basic pattern - initially with shapes and pictures then expanded to include numbers and letters e.g. 1 2 3 1 2 3 ?etc.

- Identify sets that have the same number.

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

- Solve a problem by using a physical or pictorial model.

- Identify sets of objects from 1-10.

- Write the numerals for sets of 1-10 objects.

- Order and identify numerals 1-10.
- Recognize and match words with numerals for numbers 1 to 5.
- Identify and state comparatives and superlatives relating to size and shape ? through stories such as Goldilocks and the Three Bears? big, bigger, biggest etc.
- Identify basic shapes and relate to shapes seen around us.
- Draw basic shapes from verbal and written instruction.
- Place similar shapes objects into sets.

4) Social Studies

- Identify and accept responsibility as a family member - defining the role of the family through discussion and then re-enacting through role-play games. Students are also encourages to care for the younger members of the preschool unit and to see the unit itself as a family.

- Identify role and function of the family and its individual members.

- 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.

- Identify family recreational activities? e.g. shopping, watching T.V. etc.

- Demonstrate sharing.

- Cooperate in a group.

- Identify appropriate and inappropriate behaviour for the home regarding safety and manners.

- Begin to define and express expected behaviour from both self and teachers.

- Identify places within the school building - school tours are given on a regular basis and the students are encouraged to talk about what they have seen and the functions of various rooms.

- Identify some of the teachers and administration staff.

- Identify basic occupations from pictures and state the simple function of that individual ? e.g. doctor = takes care of sick people.

- State what work is performed by known individuals e.g. parents.

- Identify the correct behaviour for use with strangers.

5) Music

- Sing with expression.
- Distinguish between tone and noise.
- Develop attentive listening to music.
- Respond to music with large, free movements.
- Participate in action songs and singing games.
- Keep a steady beat on rhythm instruments.
- Learn the words and tune to a basic range of age-appropriate songs.

6) Art

- Appropriate use of art materials.

- Work independently and cooperatively in producing art work.

- Work with a variety of art media and processes.

- Create recognisable objects utilising art media.

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

7) Physical Education

- Develop a degree of ball control with regard to catching and throwing.
- Kick a stationary or rolling ball.
- Participate in classroom and outside group games following directions.
- Develop a love for swimming and participate actively in pool activities.

8) Thai Language and Culture

- Correct use of Thai greetings and behavior.
- Be aware of the importance of the King and Queen of Thailand and show respect for customs and traditions.
- Identify the Thai flag.
- Know the letters of the Thai alphabet.
- Know some common fruits and flowers.
- Say numbers and color.