Hisaya International Preschool's Butterfly classes are for children 3 - 4 years of age.
Speaking and conversation skills
Reading and spelling skills
Math and science concepts
Pattern recognition and reasoning hand-eye coordination
Fine Motor Skills
Manners and social skills
We expand on basic skills learned in the Caterpillar class. We graduate from single letters and basic phonics to sounding out words and reading sight words. We learn how to count beyond 20 and introduce basic addition and subtraction. Students will also learn basic geometry and how to write numbers. During our daily core skills block, we will use books, games, songs, and manipulatives to help enhance the learning process. We encourage the children to discuss concepts behind the different themed vocabulary words each week and ask questions about them. We also allow them to talk about own experiences with and feelings about things that happen throughout the day.
We have weekly themes that cover a large variety of subjects. These themes include: body parts, emotions, family, clothes, school, in the home, food, fruit, vegetables, nature, weather, farm animals, ocean animals, zoo animals, transportation, and shapes. In addition to these themes we also have themes that will be done at least once during the year. Seasons and hy-giene are examples of such themes. For each of these themes we have a set of corresponding vocabulary, images, songs, and crafts to help the children to be able to remember them.
Social skills for preschoolers are dependent on three different abilities; emotional self-control, empathy, and verbal communication. At Hisaya International Preschool we base our social skills set on these three areas, helping to guide the children to become socially competent and able to flourish in social settings.
Throughout the year we will be using different texts to compliment the learning we are doing in the classroom. In addition to the following texts we will also be using worksheets from various educational websites.
School Zone: Big Kindergarten Workbook (April- January)
School Zone: Big Workbook Alphabet (February-March)
A typical Butterfly day:
|| Morning free play: Important for helping develop relationships and allowing the children to pick up and learn to use language creatively and fluently (together with Caterpillars and Porcupines).
|| Morning circle time: We learn how to answer basic questions about ourselves, like our name and age and favorite things. We also learn about the things around us like colors, days of the week, months of the year and how to talk about the weather.
Special Study time: This could be a story or a little bit of time working together on an iPad game.
|| Worksheet time: We use this time to practice proper grip of pencils and work on reading, spelling, math and problem solving. (See download page for workbook contents.)
|| Park time: together with Caterpillars and Porcupines.
|| Afternoon free play: This is a time when the kids like to use the language and concepts they have learned in class to talk to each other in the context of play. Imagination play and cooperative play are common at this time. This is also a time when the students work on their social skills and manners. (Together with Caterpillars and Porcupines.)
|| Theme and Craft: This is when we discuss our weekly theme and use craft to give the children hands on interaction with the concepts.
|| Cleanup and get ready to go home
|| Afternoon pick up time
| ★ Optional After School Day Care + Study Program:
|14:20 – 15:00 / After School Day Care
15:00 – 16:00 / After School lesson time 1
16:00 – 17:00 / After School lesson time 2
|| Evening Pick-up time
| Learn more about the After School Program