Mandarin Immersion Preschool
Preschool Program and Curriculum
Our long-standing Chinese for Children After-School Classes brings extended learning opportunities to our preschool students in a familiar environment, and supports the needs of working parents seeking after school programming. A variety of activities in Mandarin Chinese, arts, music, STEAM, etc. will be available to our preschool students at a discount. See an oped written by our Head of School on the benefits of an early education program with Mandarin language immersion.
We structure our daily program around the following learning areas: Language Arts, Art, Music and Movement, and STEAM. Occasional field trips and special programs are also an integral part of our academic program.
Our curriculum is designed to support growth in cognitive, linguistic, social/emotional and fine and gross motor skills, measured against established benchmarks for children aged 2 ½ to 4. In a nurturing yet structured setting, young children in Nursery Class begin with activities centered on constructive play and games and, in Pre-K, grow into increasingly academic activities in preparation for elementary education. Our students will build positive relationships with teachers and fellow students and develop the motivation and ability to learn.
All course instruction is in Mandarin Chinese with the goal of helping children achieve age appropriate Mandarin Chinese fluency at the end of the two year enrollment. A balanced introduction of culture and wisdom from the West and the East will also be integrated in the curriculum.
Early Literacy Language Arts: Through class routines and story time, students start to engage in a world of Mandarin Chinese language that is relevant and meaningful to their daily lives. Nursery Class is focused on providing abundant language input, with the expectation that students will respond with basic verbal skills. For our Pre-K Class, students will build the ability to express themselves with more sophisticated vocabulary and sentences. Students will also learn to write simple characters in Mandarin and develop an understanding of the connections between the meaning, pronunciation, and pictographic writing symbols.
Art: Encouraging exploration of colors, dimensions and materials with imagination and fun, art projects are designed to advance children’s creativity and foster a love of artistic expression. Students also learn to practice focusing, fine motor skills, and working together as a team. Chinese art forms such as brush painting, calligraphy and woodblock printing will be introduced at the age appropriate level.
Music and Movement: Because Mandarin is a tonal language, learning Mandarin naturally tunes students’ musical ears. Engaging with music from the West and East will be an integral pathway for students to learn movement, rhythm, singing, dancing, and Mandarin Chinese itself. In addition, students will be introduced to Chinese instruments including the Qin (琴), Zheng (筝), and Pipa (琵琶), among others.
STEAM: Numbers, shapes, patterns, plants and animals, geography and the solar system; there is much from STEAM to explore for our preschoolers. Games, hands-on activities, observations and lab projects are designed to help children understand the world surrounding them and instill a love of science and discovery.
Field trips and special guest programs will be added to the regular program throughout the semester. Children will explore the many cultural destinations New York City offers. Special guests such as children’s book authors, early childhood experts, artists, and musicians will be invited to enrich our curriculum.