Our Curricular Approach
At Callidus Preschool, we provide a responsive curriculum that keeps current with the changing learning needs of children.Our integrated curriculum is structured and founded on the principles of the following approaches:
No two children are the same. Every child is unique and each has his or her own profiles of intelligence. Diversity of talents and uniqueness are respected, celebrated and nurtured in our school. A wide variety of meaningful learning experiences will be provided to meet the different learning needs of children.
Young children are curious and have an insatiable need to learn about their world. Our program encourages them to acquire new skills and knowledge through inquiry and exploration.
Our teachers act as coaches, guides and facilitators of children’s learning. Their role is to provide children an array of meaningful and engaging learning experiences and resources. Through project work, children are encouraged to apply the scientific skills : observation, investigation, experimentation, prediction, analysis and explanation as they make discoveries and construct knowledge on their own.
Active and Holistic Learning
Children are active by nature and they need active participation in the learning process with their five senses and whole body. Research has shown that active learning approach is more appropriate and effective for young children - the hands-on experiences allow them to grasp concepts, and to acquire knowledge and skills more easily, as compared to the traditional direct-instruction approach.
Our program provides the hands-on experiences that children need to connect their learning to real-life situations. Besides the use of concrete materials in classroom activities, authentic learning experiences are also provided through field trips or learning journeys. These activities provide the opportunities for children to reinforce and extend their knowledge and skills beyond the classroom.
Learning through Play
Research has shown that children learn best when they are given:
- Active participation
- Hands-on experiences
- Concrete or authentic materials
- Sensorial experiences
Play provides all these features to the young learners. Through play, children develop holistically, i.e. all domains of their development - physical, cognitive, social and emotional domains are enhanced. As children have a short attention span, play keeps them focused, motivated and engaged by making learning fun.
Our Teaching Strategies
Child-centered education forms the core of our program. Our educators play a big role in supporting children's learning and development by:
- planning and organizing meaningful activities that aim to develop children holistically
- nurturing their unique talents and intelligence profiles with developmentally appropriate activities.
- cultivating the spirit of teamwork by providing them the opportunities to work with others through group projects or peer-learning
- facilitating their need for constructing knowledge through discovery and purposeful play.
- scaffolding their knowledge and to build the self-confidence in mastering skills despite challenges
- planning and organizing inquiry-based activities that aim to build higher order thinking skills.
- building a character of resilience and perseverance through the process of mastery in daily activities
- building a character of compassion and empathy through participation in community projects
- Inculcating independence through the daily activities which involve practical life skills