The value of sensory development in the preschool years

Classes are from The value of sensory development in the preschool years to Friday: 9. 00am to 12 noon and 1.

Our preschool caters for children who are beginning their first independent schooling experience. Initially the main goals of the program are independence, confidence and the development of a positive attitude towards preschool. Gradually the children are introduced to a more structured timetable and a combination of play-based and teacher-led activities that will help them develop the skills necessary to successfully transition into the next phase of their education. Preschool children move through developmental ages at differing speeds. A ll members of staff contribute through open, positive and supportive relationships where young children feel that they are listened to, promoting a climate in which young children feel safe and secure, using language of encouragement to raise self esteem and modeling behaviour which promotes effective learning and wellbeing within the school community. The focus is very much on making each task and activity child-led and engaging their interest through play while developing, numeracy and literacy skills and their knowledge and understanding of the world.

With progression to the older preschool class, the curriculum becomes more , preparing the children for entry into primary school. The children’s play becomes more rule-oriented and develops autonomy and cooperation. Our children leave us as confident achievers, well prepared to tackle the next steps in their education. Our younger students enjoy having a space of their own where they can experience the joy of creating art works and playing with play dough, water, sand and other tactile and sensory materials. Initially, separation is a primary focus for many children, and the teacher’s role is to gently guide the children into the social world of preschool. Their confidence levels grow and they become involved in dramatic play and music and movement activities.

Ladybugs are embarking on an important transition from participating in mostly adult-directed play to self-directed play and exploration. Exploring their own opportunities for learning is a pivotal part of their transition. The teachers play an important role in empowering the children to engage in imaginative and creative play and to explore different materials. As Ladybugs, the children’s social skills also bloom, as they learn about sharing, taking turns, and the value of cooperative play.

Government schools local private schools, international schools and private independent schools in Hong Kong. Butterflies are becoming skilled organisers and tireless negotiators who appreciate fairness, reason and logic. Much time is spent exploring their wonderful ideas and making sense of the world around them via group discussion and hands-on experiences. Thematic units are longer and more complex, incorporating multiple mediums and often requiring group planning and cooperation.