Our year-end preschool milestones
While each day is a fun new adventure at TLE®, the lessons and early childhood curriculum are preparing your preschooler to meet important end-of-year milestones—to ensure that your child develops at the right pace. For our preschoolers, some of those goals are:
- Be exposed to all the letters and sounds to develop a strong language foundation for preschool-level reading and writing.
- Complete journal entries that allow them to gain confidence in letter formation and handwriting as they progress throughout the writing process.
- Compare and group like objects by a variety of attributes, as well as become confident with maths concepts such as numbers 1-30, skip counting, etc.
- Be immersed in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) activities that invite them to think critically and experiment with hands-on learning.
Our curriculum components
L.E.A.P.® Books: Preschool 1 and 2
Our L.E.A.P home learning books have been designed to ensure that our pre-schoolers have consistency between their TLE centre and their home, supporting school readiness. This enables our little learners to build upon the experiences at their TLE centre exploring our enhanced themes and advanced STEM based curriculum. This enables our pre-schoolers learning to be effectively scaffolded, developing their knowledge and skills in their home environment. Parental partnership is part of our mission, an essential part of their educational journey in readiness for school. We understand the importance for our TLE little learners to have lots of opportunities to practice and rehearse newly acquired skills. The home learning environment is essential to this; therefore, we support our families with fun, exciting experiences, giving children the best opportunities to reach their full potential and continue to Learn, Play and Grow.
Journal Writing: Preschool 2
In My First Journal, children in Preschool 2 are building on the skills they’ve acquired from previous stages and learning the basics of expressing themselves using writing tools.
Our preschool curriculum
Fun With Phonics®
At this stage, the Fun with Phonics program builds on the phonemic awareness of the early stages and immerses the preschoolers in even greater activities. Knowing that each child is an individual, with their own abilities and ways of learning, our Phonics program caters to all learning styles.
Our phonics program teaches preschoolers the connection between letters and sounds through poems, rhymes and songs, but also through videos, and they have fun learning to act out the letter. Our goal is to meet the children where they are by giving them a variety of tools to expand their knowledge. By the end of their Preschool 3 year, children will be fully ready for reception class and be prepared to tackle reading as well as language arts.
Technology and L.E.A.P.® Interactive
We see technology as necessary knowledge for the modern world. That’s why our Technology and L.E.A.P. Interactive® early childhood education programs introduce our children to our proprietary L.E.A.P. Interactive board, as well as L.E.A.P. Interactive workbooks, giving them hands-on learning through cutting edge technology. Using digital tools, they apply learned concepts such as tracing, tapping and dragging, or circling to focus attention on lessons.
Lessons are brought to life through applications such as Google Earth™ and real-time videos that reinforce learning through exploration and discovery. These state-of-the-art digital tools let students travel through the world as they learn about places like Buckingham Palace, the Eiffel Tower or the Pyramids of Egypt without leaving the safety and comfort of the classroom.
Manners and philanthropy
As our philanthropic characters, Grace Greyhound and Charity Chihuahua say, “It doesn’t matter how big or small you are, it’s the size of your heart that matters.” Our manners and philanthropy programs work together to build a foundation of kindness and good behaviour in order to foster the desire to help and do good in our communities.
To build on those early manners, preschoolers are introduced to our philanthropy curriculum and learn the importance of donating to causes, helping raise funds for charity, behaving in public spaces and showing kindness and compassion to their peers, and the meaning of gratitude. Our goal is to form kind-hearted individuals who add value to their community and make a difference in the world as they grow up.
As part of their early childhood education, our preschoolers build on their skills in Sign Language for children, it becomes about more than knowing to ask for things or express emotions—they’re learning to sign in connection with their lessons about the world. When learning about travel, for example, parents are always amazed at how their children can sign words like “passport” or “suitcase.”
At the beginning of every month, those signs are printed and sent home with families to extend the lesson in Sign Language. The parents are also kept abreast of the Sign Language Alphabet as a resource and can connect pictures to descriptions of the sign language in order to practice communicating with the children.
We believe exposure to other cultures is an important part of a child’s early development—so we offer our Centres a choice of a Spanish or Mandarin programme, to immerse preschoolers in learning a foreign language.
Our proprietary foreign language characters help establish a connection between the language and its country’s culture. Tito Toro, our Spanish bull mascot, teaches basic Spanish words and how to explore Spain and its culture—like food, music, traditions and vocabulary. Ping Panda introduces the children to Mandarin, to the Chinese culture and its traditions.
Physical fitness programs
TLE® makes physical fitness an important part of education, teaching our children healthy habits that will last a lifetime. Starting at the toddler age, children are learning to move their bodies, as well as to keep their bodies and minds healthy by starting to identify healthy choices.
In addition to those foundational lessons, preschoolers will also engage in more advanced stages and learning to take ownership of their health—by tracking their own heart rate before and after exercise in order to understand the importance of cardiovascular health and learning to sort between healthy and unhealthy foods.