Children's language development through ages 2-6 is quintessential!
At Newton International Kindergartens we teach children the foundation of two instructional languages, half-day English and half-day Chinese. By entering a language specific environment children are able to absorb new languages adaptively and intuitively, without considering the environment foreign or uninvolving. Language is taught through themes, stories, music, art, math, role-play, experiments, walks around campus, sports and meal times. It is vivid and visual with focus on basic mannerisms, such as greeting each other in the morning and afternoon, asking questions and sharing information.
Newton's English curriculum is provided by renowned children's publishing house Scholastic Inc. from USA and builds sound & letters, vocabulary and phonetics skills. Teaching graduating students of K2 to read simple books and begin to write stories. It is important to understand that all children learn at different speeds and that successful language development is a cooperation between the kindergarten and family at home as incoming students have a varied level of language abilities, for some students when attending an International program, our instructional languages could be their 3rd or 4th language. fortunately, children are able to absorb, learn and communicate in up to 4 separate languages in their early years and get a unique linguistic advantage from an early age.
Guiding principles: Language help children express themselves, socialize, read and comprehend. It is the most essential social skill the human species possess and the most important tool for our students future life in private and in education - to be excellent communicators.
Background: When students enter kindergarten some can speak in complete sentences while others still give one-word answers or speak in phrases. Newton teachers have the responsibility of facilitating language skills in the classroom, but parents are responsible for creating an environment at home conducive to oral language development as well.