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The object of education is to, prepare the young to educate. themselves throughout their lives, Robert Maynard Hutchins. 2 A FR A M E WOR K FOR A KI NDE RGART E N C URRI C ULUM I N SIN GA PORE N U RT U R I NG E A R LY L E A R N E R S. 04 Overview, 06 Message, 08 Foreword, How young children learn. 10 What are young children like, 11 What is kindergarten education all about. 12 Aims of kindergarten education in Singapore, 14 Principles.
15 Principle 1 Holistic development and learning, 19 Principle 2 Integrated learning. 20 Principle 3 Active learning, 21 Principle 4 Supporting learning. 22 Principle 5 Learning through interactions, 25 Principle 6 Learning through play. 26 Putting principles into practice, 28 Practice 1 Starting from the child. 29 Practice 2 Fostering a positive learning climate. 30 Practice 3 Preparing the learning environment, 32 Practice 4 Planning and structuring learning activities.
34 Practice 5 Setting up resources, 35 Practice 6 Observing children. 36 Home school partnership, 38 A final word, 39 Useful contacts. 40 Acknowledgements, N U RTUR IN G E A R LY L E A R NE RS A FRA MEWORK FOR A KIND ERGA RTEN CURRICULUM IN S IN GA P O R E 3. human being, is the one who, understands, most about the. life in which, he is placed, Helen Keller, 4 A FR A M E WOR K FOR A KI NDE RGART E N C URRI C ULUM I N SIN GA PORE N U RT U R I NG E A R LY L E A R N E R S.
THIS book is written for all those involved in the education and. development of young children It explains the principles and desired. outcomes for kindergarten education which cater to children in the. immediate years before primary schooling, This curriculum framework includes the principles for. effective education, in the kindergarten which forms the basis for. life long learning, Informed by findings from local and international research the framework. suggests the different types of learning experiences that are considered. necessary in helping children grow and develop Based on the desired. outcomes for kindergarten education in Singapore this foundation will. ultimately help children construct their own meanings about themselves. and the world around them and aid them in becoming responsible. members of society, We hope that you will find the contents of this book informative and. helpful in your work with young children so that together we can nurture. and develop joyful life long learners, N U RTUR IN G E A R LY L E A R NE RS A FRA MEWORK FOR A KIND ERGA RTEN CURRICULUM IN S IN GA P O R E 5.
6 A FR A M E WOR K FOR A KI NDE RGART E N C URRI C ULUM I N SIN GA PORE N U RT U R I NG E A R LY L E A R N E R S. WE all know that every child has a spark We have the duty to kindle that. spark in all our children through love care and encouragement. The early childhood years are now well recognised for having great. influence on how an individual thinks and behaves through his school. years and as an adult Whether our children become self motivated. learners and face the world with confidence depends to a good degree. on the stimulation guidance and nurturing they receive early in life Our. preschool educators therefore play a critical role. Our aim is to nurture each child holistically, We want to nurture clear thinkers. We want to nurture men and women who express themselves with. assurance in language and in the arts We want to nurture Singaporeans. who are robust in health and who show friendship and respect for others. regardless of their backgrounds, This framework for a kindergarten curriculum highlights what we consider. to be key principles of a quality preschool education in Singapore It is. integral to our broader efforts in education to nurture a future community. of Singaporeans who lead fulfilling lives, The child who has his curiosity ignited in his early years who develops. an excitement about learning and interacts easily with others will have a. headstart in life Let s give every child a headstart. Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry and Education. N U RTUR IN G E A R LY L E A R NE RS A FRA MEWORK FOR A KIND ERGA RTEN CURRICULUM IN S IN GA P O R E 7. 8 A FR A M E WOR K FOR A KI NDE RGART E N C URRI C ULUM I N SIN GA PORE N U RT U R I NG E A R LY L E A R N E R S. THE establishment of a framework for a kindergarten curriculum by the. Ministry of Education is a significant milestone for Singapore It has been. designed to explain our views on what makes for quality kindergarten. education While the framework is not meant to be prescriptive it. nevertheless points the way regarding the type of learning appropriate. to children in the kindergarten years and equally important how teaching. ought to be carried out in the early years of a child s life. The principles identified in the framework are drawn from best practices. in early years settings They are well accepted tenets that undergird. early years education, These principles will, teaching and learning.
in a way that is best suited to, young children and. ensure that a firm foundation, is built for the next stage of learning. If learning is perceived to be both fun and enjoyable it would help set. the child on a journey of life long learning, In developing the framework we have drawn upon the expertise of early. education specialists as well as the wisdom of practitioners in the field. We are grateful to all for their contributions I would like to express our. special thanks to our external consultant Geva Blenkin Research Fellow. Goldsmiths College for her patient and invaluable guidance throughout. I hope the curriculum framework will serve as a useful reference point to. many in the field of early childhood education in Singapore. Ho Peng Ms, Director Education Programmes Division. Ministry of Education, N U RTUR IN G E A R LY L E A R NE RS A FRA MEWORK FOR A KIND ERGA RTEN CURRICULUM IN S IN GA P O R E 9.
HOW YOUNG CHILDREN LEARN, THE early years have a crucial influence on later development and What are. learning Quality early experiences have been found to make a difference. to the future achievements of children young, Young children are natural and active learners They enjoy. discovering, investigating, collecting information. sharing knowledge, These early learning experiences can be further enhanced by caring. adults who provide high levels of interaction to promote positive attitudes. to learning This is achieved through both play and structured learning in. an enjoyable and non threatening environment, 10 A FR A M E WOR K FOR A KI NDE RGART E N C URRI C ULUM I N SIN GA PORE N U RT U R I NG E A R LY L E A R N E R S.
What is The role of kindergarten education is to prepare children for the journey. of life long learning For such a sure start to be realised a major aim of. kindergarten kindergarten education is to support and foster the holistic development. education of the child, all about This involves the nurturing and acceptance of young children s. spontaneous natural and varied responses to the wealth and richness. of experiences and opportunities the child is likely to encounter on the. learning journey, Adult and peer support are vital to this process as children extend their. individual skills and knowledge of the world to more elaborate and. complex ways of learning doing and understanding, Early years education has been perceived by some as a preparation for. primary school However it is not just a preparation for the next stage It. is vitally important in itself It should not be confused with trying to. accelerate learning in the kindergarten years by providing children with. a simplified primary school curriculum, Kindergarten education aims. to promote a love for learning, A child who sees learning as pleasurable and challenging has a headstart.
on the journey of life long learning and looks forward to the varied. opportunities to explore and discover the many facets of our world. N U RTUR IN G E A R LY L E A R NE RS A FRA MEWORK FOR A KIND ERGA RTEN CURRICULUM IN S IN GA P O R E 11. AIMS OF KINDERGARTEN, EDUCATION IN SINGAPORE, WE want our children in the kindergarten years to enjoy observing. exploring and discovering the world To develop a thinking nation and. life long learners we need to nurture children from the start to learn to. think and to think to learn, Thinking cannot be developed in a vacuum Language and thought are. so closely related that we need to develop language abilities so as to. develop thought It is therefore paramount that a kindergarten curriculum. should lay a strong foundation for language skills. No educational programme is complete without a strong emphasis on. values No man is an island Children have to learn to interact with. others and to be aware of their own feelings and needs as well as the. feelings and needs of others Children need to feel confident and. comfortable about engaging in new learning experiences. Successful life long learning depends on, young children being given opportunities to. develop personal and social skills, These aims are reflected in the desired outcomes of education in the. kindergarten which are in line with those of the primary school. THE DESIRED, By the end of their education in kindergarten OF PRE SCHOOL.
children should EDUCATION, Know what is right and what is wrong. Be willing to share and take turns with others, Be able to relate to others. Be curious and able to explore, Be able to listen and speak with understanding. Be comfortable and happy with themselves, Have developed physical co ordination and healthy habits. Love their families friends teachers and school, 12 A FR A M E WOR K FOR A KI NDE RGART E N C URRI C ULUM I N SIN GA PORE N U RT U R I NG E A R LY L E A R N E R S.
This framework aims to guide parents and teachers to design a curriculum. which will foster in children the following dispositions and skills. Sound moral and social values, Good habits of working and playing with others. Positive self concept and confidence, A strong sense of curiosity about things. and objects around them, An ability to communicate effectively in English and. a mother tongue language, Physical control and manipulative skills. Positive attitudes towards a healthy lifestyle, Positive family values and strong community ties.
N U RTUR IN G E A R LY L E A R NE RS A FRA MEWORK FOR A KIND ERGA RTEN CURRICULUM IN S IN GA P O R E 13. PRINCIPLES, THESE principles are drawn from and are evident in good and effective. practice in early years settings The critical features of a quality. kindergarten curriculum are, A holistic approach to development and learning. Integrated learning, Children as active learners, Adults as interested supporters in learning. Interactive learning, Play as a medium for learning. Education is not, the filling of a, pail but the, lighting of a fire.
William Butler Yeats, 14 A FR A M E WOR K FOR A KI NDE RGART E N C URRI C ULUM I N SIN GA PORE N U RT U R I NG E A R LY L E A R N E R S. Principle 1 A holistic approach to development and. Holistic learning, development Every aspect of a child s development should be recognised and valued. Each one of us has different ways of learning with individual preferences. and learning and abilities These need to be recognised in order to maximise the. potential of each individual, Provision for children s learning at every level must focus on knowledge. skills dispositions and feelings Children should be given the. opportunity to explore and experiment with developing their. various intelligences, Six critical areas of learning experience have. been identified for this purpose, aesthetics and creative.
expression, environmental awareness, language and literacy. motor skills development, self and social awareness. N U RTUR IN G E A R LY L E A R NE RS A FRA MEWORK FOR A KIND ERGA RTEN CURRICULUM IN S IN GA P O R E 15. NURTURING EARLY LEARNERS A FRAMEWORK FOR A KINDERGARTEN CURRICULUM IN SINGAPORE 9 THE establishment of a framework for a kindergarten curriculum by the Ministry of Education is a significant milestone for Singapore It has been designed to explain our views on what makes for quality kindergarten education While the framework is not meant to be

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