Who am I in my family and community and how do my family and community form me?
Peregrine's Dragons (Mandarin immersion kindergarten) program provides a balance of academics, intellectual challenge, and play. Children are exposed to rich content and intellectual stimulation, while having opportunities to learn as young children learn best, through play and exploration. Using a constructivist approach, teachers provide opportunities for children to discover their own answers about the world rather than simply giving the answers. Skills are taught in a meaningful, integrated manner.
All subjects are taught 75% in Mandarin and 25% in English. Students learn to listen, speak, read, and write in both simplified Mandarin and English.
READING AND WRITING
Writer’s Workshop empowers children to see themselves as writers through a developmental, individualized approach, emphasizing phonetic spelling. Writers begin to value writing as a new form of self-expression, experimenting with different kinds of writing as they work and play (e.g., lists, letters, signs, plans, notes, weekly “Owl News” narratives, and stories). Illustrations are of equal importance to young writers at Peregrine.
Math in kindergarten provides a student-centered, hands-on environment for students to explore and discuss the meaning of mathematics. It is a time to expose children to the concept that math is all around them.
The main objective of the kindergarten social studies curriculum is to foster development of critical thinking and to build community among the students. Kindergarten is the year children typically spend getting to know themselves and the community in which they learn. Children become more conscious of their surroundings and their place in them and want to have ownership over their space and feel close to it. By assuming the role of social detectives, children learn to observe, record findings, gather evidence, interview, deliberate, and conclude. These high-level thinking skills form the foundation for lifelong learning and fulfill children’s intellectual needs.
As play is child’s work, kindergarten students have daily time for indoor and outdoor play. Through play, students develop social skills such as collaboration, cooperation, empathy, and self-regulation. Child-initiated play allows students to pursue individual interests and passions in the company of peers. It also provides opportunities for creative thinking, problem-solving, creation, and application of prior learning. Play also provides a context for children to apply newly acquired skills, such as writing and mathematical concepts. Kindergartners are active constructors of knowledge, and unstructured play not only offers a platform for such construction but also provides teachers great insight into student growth and development.