The first few years of learning have the greatest impact on a child’s lifelong development; therefore The Learning Curve approach is to introduce the child to new concepts and ideas in an engaging manner. A team of specialists guided by Patricia Koh, a renowned international figure in early childhood education, have designed our curriculum, so that the child benefits from teaching methodologies that are world-class.
Our curriculum revolves around the concept of ‘multiple intelligence’, that each individual posses a unique blend of eight types of intelligences, as accepted worldwide and encapsulated in Dr. Howard Gartner’s model. These eight types of intelligences relate to a natural ability with words, numbers, painting, music, physical activity, nature, people, and the sense of self.
Following this model, we have designed a 3-hour school schedule in which children have time for honing their natural ability with plenty of learning activities, physical activities, music and movement as well as time for meals or snacks. When children enjoy what they are doing, they learn faster and grasp concepts better. At the Learning Curve classrooms, the learning journey traverses play, activities and fun.
Your child will discover the joy of learning!
The Learning Curve curriculum and activities are designed for the holistic development of the child – physical, social, cognitive as well as emotional development. By planning activities that allow the child to explore the physical environment, exposing them to music everyday, engaging them in group activities as well as allowing time for child-directed activity, we ensure your child develops into a well-rounded individual. Equally, your child will learn concepts in environmental science, math or language through stories, experiential activities, interaction with concrete objects or pictures, rhymes, games and fun activities. At the Learning Curve every type of learner – auditory, visual and kinaesthetic – will discover the joy of learning.
Components of our teaching curriculum
Free choice, Music and Movement, Physical Experiences (PE), Letterland, Math and Environmental Science (EVS) are components of The Learning Curve school day. Free choice, Music and Movement and PE are part of the daily routine. Furthermore, in Playgroup and Nursery, we cover one new concept a day – this could be a concept in Math, Letterland or EVS – while in Kindergarten, we tackle two concepts a day. Every concept session is followed by an active learning activity where children engage in hands-on learning experiences through which they learn more about the concept. In this manner, each topic in the curriculum is reinforced with Music, PE, Art & Craft, Teaching Aids and books. For example, when learning about farm animals in class, the children also play with farm animals during playtime, colour pictures with farm animals and do craft work on the subject.
Music, Movement And Physical Experiences are an integral part of our curriculum and are used in a creative way to reinforce the classroom session. Our classrooms immerse children in a rich variety of musical experiences that include songs, finger-rhymes and playing of musical instruments. Children experience the outdoors playing in the garden, on the swings or when playing team games. This approach is particularly helpful for children who are kinaesthetic, visual or auditory learners.
Letterland is a unique, phonics-based approach to learning the alphabet. The Letterland concept is based in storytelling, which intuitively transforms plain black letter shapes into child-friendly pictograms and Letterland characters. 26 lively songs sung to well-known nursery tunes provide early learners with a great introduction to the alphabet. How to write and form the 26 letters is then taught through 26 songs that each teach letter formation. This is emphasized with beautiful worksheets and pattern-writing sheets that help children learn to write letters the fun way! The Letterland concept has become a global standard for pre-schoolers, and helps teachers explain the complexities of written English, with its many rules and even more exceptions, in a child-friendly way.
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Math concepts at The Learning Curve focus not only on numeracy, i.e. basic number concepts, but also on concepts like patterning, sorting, matching, ordinals, fractions and much more. We begin with Early Math, focusing on shapes, opposites and colours along with numbers. Children learn to count to 10 in Playgroup, and are able to count up to 20 and identify ‘before’ and ‘after’ numbers by the time they move up to Nursery. Older children at the Kindergarten level are able to grasp the fundamentals of fractions along with basic operations like addition and subtraction. All concepts are learnt along with concrete activities so children measure, pattern, sort and match to learn the concept and start enjoying their number journey.
Environmental Science concepts are taught at the Learning Curve in a manner that indulges children’s natural curiosity about the world around them. Children like to explore, question and discover their physical and social environment in the manner of an experiment lab. Our curriculum starts with a focus on the self, like ‘myself’, being healthy, body parts, mother, father, etc., thereafter introducing concepts of the social environment, like relationships and community helpers; later followed by an introduction to concepts of the physical and natural environment like pets, farm, seasons, calendar, vegetables, transport, etc.