As this is usually the child’s first school experience our initial focus is to make the daily separation a smooth and easy transition for both child and caregiver. The teachers’ efforts create a fun, loving and comforting atmosphere, one that every child can adapt to easily and feel safe and secure. Before long, the children look forward to coming to school and enjoy playing with their friends. We make it easier for them to take that first big step into discovering the outside world! The academic goals are; numbers 1-10, introduction to the alphabet, colors and shapes and writing left to right lines.
As their name implies “Busy Bees” are an active group. The task ahead is for them to learn to control their very busy energetic selves, sit down and concentrate for 20 minutes and become self-sufficient in daily activities such as eating lunch and going to the bathroom. By encouraging children to do things on their own, teachers help the transition from babyhood to childhood to be a happy and rewarding time. By the end of our program the Busy Bees will have learned how to count and write the numbers 1-30 and read, write and pronounce all the letters of the alphabet. They will be all set to get started on the exciting programs waiting for them in the next class, the Ready Rabbits.
At this age children are growing rapidly, both mentally and physically. They are eager to be more independent. This independence sometimes leads to disagreements with their friends so learning to use their words and “talk things out” is an important step to becoming an independent individual. Teachers are always there to encourage, guide and support the child. The academic goals are; counting, recognizing numbers from 1 to 50, beginners Phonics including rhyming words, recognizing and identifying first and last letter in a word and beginning to read simple books. With the high teacher to student ratio each child is able to receive individual instruction and attention soon a Ready Rabbit becomes able to hop to the next stage… the Clever Cats.
Children at this age are “challengers”. They demand a lot of themselves & their teachers. They are energetic, enthusiastic and have an insatiable curiosity. Many of their questions require some research by the teachers but at J’s we are always happy to go the extra mile to satisfy their amazing desire for knowledge! Seeing the children’s eyes glowing with excitement and their confidence growing makes teaching so rewarding. Academically, these children reach the level of first grade in language arts, reading and math. This provides a head-start for a smooth transition to international elementary schools.