There is a great deal of evidence to suggest that early childhood is the easiest stage of an individual's life to acquire mastery in a language. To take advantage of this window of opportunity, we implement an enriched English program taught by English native speakers, consisting of both instructional and situational language and literacy experiences, such as small group activities, shared reading sessions and dynamic role-play routines.
In addition to English, we also place great emphasis in teaching Chinese to the children, in particular, Cantonese as well as Mandarin. The children are introduced to Chinese characters which they will learn to pronounce, write and recognize. Our Chinese curriculum was specifically designed to target high-frequency word lists that children will encounter in primary school. Both English and Chinese are kept practical and repeated often and the children are encouraged to improve their language skills through games, songs, stories and activities while having fun with their teacher and friends.
Our kindergarten have organized pen pals and Christmas gift exchanges with many primary schools in Texas, New York, Las Vegas, Wales, Australia, etc. We try to enrich the students’ learning by incorporating many activities with children around the world. Many of these friendships continue till this day.
Our annual musical drama is a highlight at York. Every year, we hold a musical puppet show whereby teachers dress up as magicians, astronauts and other fantasy characters and act out a musical play for children.