5 Levels preschool programs
Owlets get to learn in a clean, spacious environment that encourages creativity and independence. They are nurtured to be enterprising and confident. We equip Owlets with numeracy and literacy skills to confidently navigate the future. With FAR and WIDE (Farm in the City, Articulate with Confidence, Reduce-Reuse-Recycle, Wise, Independent, Determined, Enterprising) as our guiding motto, we aim to let our children grow up well. Classes are spilt into Active Learning/Project Sessions and Extended Day Programmes, with huge doses of creative play and artwork in between to keep the energy levels up:
Our youngest Owlets are always buzzing with activity. They get plenty of arts and craft, music and movement, stories, rhymes and fun project work. Our PG group get plenty of gross motor activities to hone their skills. Fruit, vegetable and recycled material printing linked to their class theme are the norm. They get to colour with crayons and brushes to hone their fine motor skills. Their gross motor skills are also tested at our indoor jungle gym as well as obstacle courses tailored to build their confidence. They learn their basic Letterland sounds and get to recognize the alphabets. Children are exposed to colours, shapes and objects in their daily life. Music and movement form a big part of their learning together with lots of story time. Do not be surprised that midway through their year, they already know how to eat by themselves.
Storytime and rhymes learnt in PG come into play now, the children will be more appreciative of the content. The N1 class will learn to interact and speak with their peers more. Children will start their imaginary play and role play. Children start learning to share and take turns. Children will hone their grip with crayons and art brushes with all sorts of colouring and tracing activities. Games that reinforce number-recognition, colours, shapes and letters will be used. Songs and rhymes from Letterland will be used to help children recognize the letters. Likewise they would start learning the mandarin characters and their vocabulary will be slowly increased.
By now our children would have fair understanding of the basic alphabets and numbers. Their colouring skills would have been good (all within boundaries. Written exercises will be slowly introduced to this group. Children will be able to slowly learn the basic words in the songs and rhymes during Music and Movement classes. Sequencing and counting will be slow introduced to the owlets. Correct letter formations will be taught and they will be given ample opportunities to express it via brush, crayon or even pencil). The vocabulary will be built up slowly, children will start to pay attention to the words during story time. Later in the year the children will start to express themselves when given a project theme – with guidance from our teachers/facilitators.
When the Owlets are in K1, they will start to debate with one another, exchanging ideas and expressing preference. Their linguistic skills will be bi-lingual (English and Mandarin). Project Learning will be a lively discussion now as Owlets will start to enthusiastically participate in discussions and activities. Our experienced educators merely need to set the stage for our children for the debate and the children will take charge from there. Roleplaying during class will see our children building up the confidence and communication skills. Letterland will teach children word recognition, reading and comprehension. The children’s sight words will be greatly increased now. Likewise their mandarin word recognition will be boosted as children also slowly learn to write more complex characters. Children will have a longer attention span and soak up the challenging work posed in Language Arts, Creative Arts and Current Affairs.
Our K2 Owlets will now be able to comprehend and express themselves confidently in both Mandarin and English during Project Learning sessions. They will enthusiastically speak their minds during team based problem solving. They will be able to read by themselves (bi-lingual) and work on solutions – splitting up their work and even teaching their peers. Creative Writing – where owlets are given the opportunity to create or modify a story will see interesting storylines from our budding writers. Owlets will also learn about the intricacies of rhymes and poems – even coming up with their own versions. During Current Affairs sessions, owlets will try to analyse, brainstorm and find their own answers. Maths concepts are built up for our little Owlets. Our Owlets will have regular spelling sessions. Likewise there will be (听写) and Hanyu Pinyin will be slowly introduced to our Owlets to prepare them for life in Primary 1 in the later part of the year. By now Owlets will be able to speak confidently in front of an audience. Speech and Drama sessions and Show abd Tell would have built up their confidence and their ability to articulate with confidence.
Active Learning/Project Learning Sessions
During Active Learning/Project Learning sessions, children are taught in a bilingual environment. Classes are tailored to be engaging and involving for the children.
Extended Day Programme Sessions
During Extended Day Programmes Sessions, children’s learning is further enhanced via a broad range of activities that are developed in house to support the core Active Learning sessions.
Home Green Science consists of 3 components:
(a) Home – Home Economics, our little Masterchefs get to whip up cakes, cookies, sushi, mooncakes, salads and all sorts of goodies to share.
(b) Green – Green Arts and Crafts, the use of recycle materials to construct projects and Active Learning theme-based handiwork. Our Owlets get to learn to be resourceful and save the environment at the same time.
(c) Science – Science Projects. Owlets get to do all sort of science-based experiments. From colour changes, planting/harvesting to explosive volcanoes, our children get to learn the science that makes our work go round.
A blend of music and movement keeps the spirits up and aids our children’s linguistic and motor skills. From drums to triangles and clappers, our little Mozarts and Pavarottis get to practice their skills in school with a whole range of musical instruments.
Our older Owlets get to keep abreast of current national and world affairs and get to brush up on their language skills too. Children learn to be more socially aware and discover the world around them.
Making their own rhymes, word-fishing, self-made scrabble, self designed crossword puzzles, Bingo, Word Detective, Treausre Hunt with word clues – the children literally play with their words. Owlets will learn to manipulate their words with ease.
The marriage of creative art and craft with language. The children dream and design their own word games. The little fingers buzz while the children create their own version of games such as snakes and ladders, chess etc.
Our older children listen to a story and then review the story – deciding if they need to change certain outcomes This is how our children learn to be great copy-writers, deciding if the story suits them else they simply rewrite the ending. Likewise children are given pictures and scenarios and they decide on the story.
Owlets get to learn culture together with their language.
Excursions / Field Trips
In Project learning, field trips are organised to enhance follow-up learning. Our curious Owlets go out on field trips to expand and broaden their horizons every semester. We advocate learning with no boundaries. Before each trip, owlets will prepare for the trip. The trip objective is reviewed and Owlets are given tasks during the field trip. It is during these excursions that owlets experience first-hand what they had learnt in class. It is through these field trips that owlets get a more complete perception of the world around them.
Inclusive Enrichment Classes (Phonics and Home Green Science)
Jolly Owl Schoolhouse have carefully tailored two inclusive enrichment classes which will endow our little ones with important skills and knowledge – Letterland Phonics and Home Green Science ™ :
Letterland Phonics - the science of words and sounds. Owlets learn to read and pronounce words by learning the phonetic value of letters, letter groups, and syllables. It helps build a strong English foundation. The Letterland phonics system is widely recognized as one of the best and used at Jolly Owl Schoolhouse to support and enhance our Owlet’s learning of English.
Home Green Science ™ (Home Economics + Green Arts and Crafts + Science) is a carefully designed inhouse enrichment programme. The objective is to equip our little Owlets with skills to take care of themselves and the environment. It encompasses 3 broad range of activities:
Owlets get to cook up a storm in our fully equipped kitchen that is equipped with combination oven, induction cooker hob, large freezer etc. Father day treats, mooncakes, sushi, dumplings and other yummy goodies are regularly churned out by our hardworking and enterprising Junior Masterchefs. Parents get to taste these “priceless” goodies. As the saying goes – the only way to a parent’s heart is via the stomach, our Owlets learn to do that from a tender age.
Children are encouraged to bring recycled materials to stock up our school recycling corner. Our Owlets imagination and resourcefulness is utilized for this lesson where waste is turned into useful or pretty artwork. Besides learning to save the environment via the 3R’s (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle), the owlets are also able to creatively express themselves. Children are taught to work with what limited resoures they have on hand.
Playing with colours, planting/farming, growing salt crystals, understanding how a magnifying glass works, designing a periscope, charting plant growth, diffusion, what floats and sink– these all constitute science that makes the world tick. Owlets are given the chance to understand and feel first-hand how things work. It is through these science experiments that stoke the fire of curiosity in our Owlets. From a tender age, owlets are exposed to science which will form a backbone for enquiry based learning. Children will be able to form a thesis and perform experiments to validate their ideas.
Optional Enrichment Classes
Jolly Owl School House have chosen various enrichment classes to equip, enforce and strengthen our Owlets with additional knowledge and skills. These course will help to support our Owlet’s Core Learning and Extended Day Programmes. Contact us to find out more about the interesting courses we offer to our owlets and see for yourself how our owlets learn.