Hisaya International Preschool's Porcupine classes are for children 4 - 6 years of age.
Speaking, listening, and conversation skills
Reading and spelling skills
Pattern recognition and reasoning
Fine Motor Skills
Manners and social skills
In this level, we increase our focused academic period from one morning session to a session in the morning and a session in the afternoon as the students’ ability to sit and focus more throughout the day increases. We provide a focused study time for math, science, geography and physical education. We also continue our study of sight words and sounding out words and begin working on reading sentences. We start to encourage the students to challenge reading short stories on their own and provide a small library of leveled reader for this purpose. 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, playground, 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 hygiene are examples of such themes. For each of these themes we have a set of corresponding vocabulary, images, songs, and activities 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 First Grade Workbook
Houghton Mifflin Reading Book
Houghton Mifflin Reading Practice Book
Houghton Mifflin Vocabulary
Houghton Mifflin Science Book
A typical Porcupine 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 Butterflies).
|| Morning Academics:
Special Study time: This could be a story or a little bit of time working together on an iPad game.
|| Park time: together with Caterpillars and Butterflies.
|| 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 Butterflies.)
|| Afternoon Academics:
Tuesday: Physical Education
Once a month, Friday Art is replaced by a Show-and-Tell opportunity.
|| 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