To let parents have a better understanding of our K2 curriculum, Marymount Kindergarten organised a parents’ briefing on 2nd March 2019. Ms Marie Rose Ng, our principal warmly welcomed our guest speaker, Mr Wilbur Wong, principal of Monfort Junior School, Ms Tan Poh Cheng, our Executive Director and parents,
After the opening prayer by Ms Ng, Ms Eden, our K2 HOD and Mrs Choong, our K2 teacher shared with parents on the different learning areas and how they are integrated into our daily lessons. The six learning domains (Language and Literacy, Numeracy, Aesthetics and Creative Expression, Motor Skills Development, Social and Emotional Development, Discovery of the World) were described and explained in detail. Mrs Choong also introduced our new WOW (Wonder of Words) program which was taught at the start of this year. Ms Tan added that the books in the WOW program were carefully chosen for children’s enjoyment and emphasized the importance of reading to the children. This year, we also added Jolly Music and Discovery of the World lessons to our program. Comparisons between the Kindergarten and Primary One curriculum were shown to the parents and this was helpful for them to have an idea of the Primary One syllabus. Zhang Laoshi, our Chinese Department HOD then elaborated on the Chinese curriculum and how it has helped the children to prepare for the transition to primary school.
Mr Wilbur Wong explained to the parents the importance of getting their children emotionally ready for primary school as it is a big change from preschool to primary one. He gave the parents some questions to ponder on such as ‘Does my child know how to make friends?’ Does my child ask questions when in doubt? ‘Does my child know how to take turns and share? Can my child buy food from the school canteen and take back the correct change?’ He also mentioned that children need to develop confidence and independence. Parents can start training their children to buy their own food when they are out together. Mr Wong also emphasized on some dos and don’ts when choosing a suitable primary school.
The K2 briefing ended promptly at 12pm after the Q&A session. It was indeed an enriching and fruitful session for parents as well as teachers!
By: Ms Ting TingPhotos for K2 talk 3 Mar 19-compressed