Lower School

Preschool

Our fastest growing class, students enrolled in Preschool learn to love school through an English immersion program. Phonics, Math, Art, Music and Dance classes are held solely in English to enhance comprehension while the language centers of the children’s brains are functioning at maximum capacity.

In this year, students become familiar with themselves and the world around them.  They study the alphabet, letter recognition and sounds, and numbers 1-10. Students also learn skills necessary to thrive in the more structured Kindergarten class. They learn to follow more complicated sets of directions, and to ask and answer questions about their environment. Students at this age begin to hone their handwriting skills and further develop their social relationships with adults and peers. No examinations are administered.

Teachers and Teaching Assistants

Each Preschool class is taught by a qualified native English-speaking teacher. Every Preschool classroom is assisted by at least one Khmer national Teaching Assistant.

Requirement

  • The only prerequisite for enrollment in Preschool requires that students are at least three years old.
    Students can study part-time for three hours per day, or full-time.

Objectives

In Preschool, students learn to:

English

  • recognise the letters of the alphabet, naming them and mimicking the sounds
  • learn phonics for the single letters through Total Physical Response (TPR)
  • learn concepts of print (i.e. Left to right, top to bottom), hold a book properly
  • use phonic knowledge to begin decoding of words and read aloud
  • use study materials like pencils and crayons correctly

Maths

  • recognise numerals 0-10
  • count reliably up to 10 objects
  • say and use number names in order and in familiar contexts
  • counting and ordering the numbers from 1-10
  • read, write and order number form 1-10
  • interact with play items that encourage measurements
  • shop with money
  • know some different sizes (small, medium, large)
  • know same and different; more and less, night and day

Activities

  • Listening to stories and storybooks read aloud
  • Learning alphabet and phonics
  • Morning circle: students practice talking about themselves and their environment, the weather, the days of the week, colors and shapes
  • Fine motor skills practice: students participate in a variety of activities that prepare them for the more writing-heavy Primary School. Writing with pencils, coloring with crayons, and participating in hands-on experiments trains tiny hands to cooperate with the mind
  • Art: students learn English while they learn to express their creativity, color in the lines, and use their imagination
  • Music: students fortify their English lessons with lighthearted songs and dance. Children at this age benefit from a multi-sensory approach to learning. Associating new words and concepts with actions and/or sounds is very helpful for young learners.
  • Free play time
  • Guided play time
  • Hygienic practices: students are taught to wash their hands before they eat and after they use the bathroom, to brush their teeth after meals, and to bathe after play time

Kindergarten

Our Kindergarten class balances more serious phonics, math and classroom skills acquisition with guided play, arts and crafts, and educational activities. Science classes are incorporated into the weekly schedule, and time is allotted each week for students to spend in the library. All classes are conducted solely in English.

Monthly Assessments and end-of-term examinations are administered to monitor students’ progress, however students at this age are eager to learn and ranking students according to their scores is strongly discouraged. Young learners in Kindergarten must be encouraged to take chances and make mistakes.

Teachers and Teaching Assistants

Each Kindergarten class is taught by a qualified native English-speaking teacher. Every classroom is assisted by at least one Khmer national Teaching Assistant.

Requirements

To enroll in Kindergarten, students must be at least four years old and not older than five.

Objectives

In Kindergarten, students learn to:

English

  • recognise all the letters of the alphabet, naming them and sounding them phonetically
  • respond quickly to the correct phoneme sound
  • read simple one-syllable words
  • extend their vocabulary and explore the meaning and sounds of new words
  • introduce blends and identify these sound blends in words
  • be able to narrate picture books with vocabulary learned
  • increase conscious awareness of rhyme and beginning sounds of words.

Maths

  • recognise numerals from 1-20 and count reliably
  • place numbers in order and say which is one more or one less than a given number
  • show an awareness of money
  • use the language of time – o’clock
  • use language such as more or less, greater or smaller, heavier or lighter to compare numbers or qualities.
  • talk about, recognise, and recreate patterns

Activities

  • Morning circle: students practice talking about themselves and their environment, the weather, the days of the week, colors and shapes
  • Fine motor skills practice: students participate in a variety of activities that prepare them for the more writing-heavy Primary School. Writing with pencils, coloring with crayons, and participating in hands-on experiments trains tiny hands to cooperate with the mind
  • students learn English while they learn to express their creativity. Students are introduced to the many mediums of artistic expression
  • Music: students fortify their English lessons with lighthearted songs and dance. Children at this age benefit from a multi-sensory approach to learning. Associating new words and concepts with actions and/or sounds is very helpful for young learners.
  • Story time: students at this age should be able to predict the topic of a particular story, follow a storyline, answer questions about the story, and to discuss their opinion of the story verbally and on paper
  • Practise correctly writing both capital and lower case letters and simple sentences