OUR EXTENDED-DAY & LANGUAGE IMMERSION PROGRAMMES
(Revised for August 2017)
THE MONTESSORI EXTENDED-DAY
The extended day is an ideal programme that affords children a longer day, in addition to their regular morning or afternoon session, offered singularly or as a combination, with a language immersion programme (please see below). The programme involves content over and above what is done, during the regular sessions. It allows the child more time to explore parallel academic activities in the various areas of the Montessori curriculum and, in the case of the language immersion programmes, concentrated exposure to a language. Further, these programmes help a child to adjust to the full day at school he/she would experience in primary school.
LANGUAGE IMMERSION PROGRAMMES
‘BIAN DANG BAN’ AND HINDI PROGRAMMES
The curricula for the ‘bian dang ban’ and Hindi programmes are very similar to the extended day programmes where vocabulary building and communication skills are further enhanced through music, poems, drama, arts and crafts. The ‘languages’ are taken to a higher level when we discuss and present Botany, Geography, Zoology and units related to cultural activities and lots more, emphasizing the conversational aspects of the languages. Stroke and character recognition in Mandarin and the Hindi Akshar and Mathra recognition together with writing skills are also part of the above. These programmes are also suitable for children who do not come from Mandarin or Hindi-speaking environments.
‘EARLY BIAN DANG BAN’
In response to requests we have had and given our continued efforts to offer to the students of Montessori For Children an alternative learning experience in Mandarin, we have introduced a programme - "Early bian dang ban" - for children who are between the ages of 3 and 4. This is to complement the existing 'bian dang ban' programme, developed especially for younger children to strengthen their spoken vocabulary skills through songs, poems, rhymes and through the use of the Exercises of Practical Life and Sensorial materials. Simple conversational phrases such as greetings, colours, parts of the body, number-based activities, etc. will be part of the curriculum.
We will be glad to suggest combinations you could choose from, to optimise your child’s experience in the ‘Extended Day Programmes’. A pre-enrolment interview with the relevant language immersion teacher may be arranged, through the office.