Kindergarten Tiddly Link

Kindergarten

The kindergarten program is for the ages 4 to 7, and consists of 6 levels, each level studied over about 6 months. The program provides for 2 hour lessons, which can be divided into one hour blocks. This enables both continuous and serial delivery, so the very young learner program can fit into a general kindergarten curriculum, or be taught more intensively at a language centre.

 

Designed by Experts

The Tiddly Links program is a highly specialised course designed by “early years learning” experts from the USA. It is designed for class rooms of 15 – 20 students, and can be used for larger groups. The methodology used is a combination of native English-speaking communicative approaches, and incorporates classic Montessori approaches which encourage an holistic learning experience.

 

The Montessori Experience
  • A focus on the “special needs” of children, characterised by an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a child’s natural psychological, physical, and social development.
  • Students have choice of activity from a prescribed range of options.
  • Uninterrupted blocks of work time.
  • A “discovery” model is used, where students learn concepts from working with materials, rather than by direct instruction.
  • Students have periods where they enjoy freedom of movement within the classroom.

 

The Tiddly Link program includes:
  • Student Books: For use by the child in class.
  • Materials Books: For use by the teacher and child, and contain materials for special activities.
  • Parents Books: A guide for parents on how to assist the child’s learning at home.
  • Teacher Induction Books: A preparation guide for teachers, on how to use the course and materials for optimal student learning.
  • Special assessment: The early levels of the course have no formal assessment, as is consistent with a Montessori approach. Assessment at these stages is through in-class teacher observation.
  • Guided homework: activities and exercises for completion at home.
  • The Tiddly Links course provides a complete English course for pre-school students, and is foundation preparation for the Up Link course.