The Pre-Kindergarten programme, designed for children 4.5 to 5.5 years of age, moves from play-based activities to learning activities. Children are engaged in project work and units of enquiry that address social, geographical, historical, and environmental issues. Children develop their fine motor skills and become more aware of print, showing an interest in reading and beginning to identify some letters and words.
The Jolly Phonics programme teaches children letter sounds in a multi-sensory and enjoyable way, which encourages children to read and write words. In the Pre-Kindergarten stage, our teachers review levels one to three and add level four, introducing workbooks when appropriate. Children use various activities to recognize and form letters, as well as blend and identify sounds.
Growing with Mathematics
In the Pre-Kindergarten programme, educators will cover levels one to twenty-four of Growing with Mathematics. The programme integrates the best practices of Mathematics education and early childhood education. We introduce Math vocabulary and, where appropriate, reinforce the concepts through workbooks.
At the Pre-Kindergarten stage, children begin recognizing letters and their sounds, so White Lodge introduces the GINN reading programme. This programme uses a systematic and progressive approach with a set of high-frequency words at each level. In Pre-Kindergarten, children work through levels one and two, with six core books and twelve supplemental books in each level. Educators incorporate group discussion and basic comprehension skills, and children progress based on their ability and interest in reading.
Science helps children appreciate, understand, and respect the scientific approach to understanding the world. As children develop, they become more inquisitive, so this programme is designed to stimulate and challenge them. We introduce level one at the Pre-Kindergarten stage, with investigative and explorative units that replace the sensory activities from earlier stages.
At the Pre-Kindergarten stage, we prepare our students for more formal learning and basic skills to allow them to graduate to a local primary or international school. Children will practice their conversational Mandarin throughout the day, as well as taking 20-minute formal Mandarin lessons daily. Most children will have a full-time Mandarin teacher at this stage.
The Bahasa Malaysia programme at this stage involves more writing and communication, to prepare the children for the primary school environment.