At Aiwin, the child develops as a whole through a good balance of child-initiated and teacher-planned learning experiences and most importantly through hands-on experience and purposeful play.
We teach a thematic-based curriculum. Themes provide a more fun and natural learning environment allowing the students to make sense of the different types of skills they are being asked to apply every day. Aiwin has 4 general themes taught over 4 semesters as follows:
|Spring Semester||Who I am.|
|Summer Semester||How great we are.|
|Fall Semester||Earth, our home.|
|Winter semester||The stars, our neighbors.|
Phonics and phonology
We offer our students solid training in the sound structure of English to better understand the connection between letter and sound.
In the early nursery class, children learn the language pretty much like native speakers do, without effort. They listen to loads and loads of rhymes and word play in songs and picture books. They develop as “a whole” and grow confident in the care of our very loving and friendly teachers. Early nursery students spend a great deal of time learning manners, how to follow daily routines and eventually take care of themselves.
Much as in the early nursery class, we continue to give the students the stable routine they need while providing more encouragement for independence. Although the nursery children are also taught through the use of play, songs, pictures and games, the level is a bit higher. Perhaps, the most notable difference between the Nursery and early nursery is that nursery students begin to learn and use some of the academic skills that a preschool student needs such as grabbing a book and sitting at a school desk.
In the preschool class, students start developing good learning habits and positive self-esteem. They learn “how to learn”. They do loads and loads of singing, playing, drawing and pretending both with their teachers and peers. They take a greater role in arts and crafts projects as they gain better control of small objects like crayons and scissors. Children begin to learn the concept of letters and sounds, colors, shapes and objects, numbers and counting and socializing and sharing.
In Junior K, the students become more familiar with books, increase their vocabulary sharply and learn more ways to use language and numbers. Their reading and writing skills are reinforced by our phonics and phonology program. They learn the social skills they need to get the most out of school – how to pay attention in class and interact with peers and adapt to new environments. The teachers encourage the children to develop mathematical and scientific thinking by facilitating questions to help them to observe, reason and problem solve.
In Kindy, we start to introduce the students to new challenges equivalent or almost equivalent in complexity to the ones they normally face in First Grade. We cover the basics of literacy and numeracy while making sure that the children build lifelong good feelings about learning and school. At this stage, we aim to help the child explore all the building blocks that, in first grade, will essentially make them versatile, fluent readers and mathematical problem-solvers.
About our Japanese class
We believe it is critical that our students learn their mother tongue during infancy to form their cultural identity and sense of belonging. Therefore, we use a special Kanji program to help the children to acquire the reading and comprehension skills in Japanese. In addition to learning Hiragana and Katakana, they learn the unique characteristics of the Japanese customs and culture.