The pre-elementary level is composed of the nursery, kindergarten, and preparatory levels. Child-centered and developmentally appropriate curriculum, based on solid child development principles, is followed in all these levels. The curriculum provides a nurturing, supportive, and creative environment to enhance the child’s total development. The school’s well-rounded curriculum, with emphasis in language, math, science, music, and art, aims to develop a well-rounded child. Before the end of the school year, students have their music recital. All throughout the learning activities, the teacher acts as the director, facilitator, and guide.
Green Fields Integrated School provides a group learning environment where the child can feel secure and separate easily from parents. The thematic approach in teaching is being followed. Child-centered learning centers are provided throughout the learning process where play is an integral part. Class size is set low so teachers have the opportunity to carry out teacher-guided activities and to observe the child’s play and creative expression. Believing that each child develops at his/her own pace, low class size provides the child with the opportunity for one-to-one experiences with the teacher.
The pre-elementary curriculum addresses the child's development in the following areas:
In this area, a child’s intrapersonal and interpersonal skills are developed through varied and meaningful activities. He/she is given opportunities to learn about and develop basic life skills that foster independence resulting in confidence and a positive self esteem.
Specifically, the child:
Learns how to take care of his personal needs such as buttoning his shirt, tying his shoe laces, going to the restrooms, and attending to his school supplies, among others.
Learns interactive development skills (IDS) where he/she enhances his/her psycho-motor skills through proper movements of hands, feet and refined coordination of senses of hearing and sight IDS creates a harmonious correlation of the three domains of learning namely cognitive, psycho motor and affective.
Learns grooming skills such as combing hair, brushing one’s teeth, changing clothes, etc.
Is provided with classroom situations to learn problem solving skills.
Is exposed to learning activities that develop social skills such as sharing and taking turns, using acceptable words, and encouraging cooperative play, self-discipline and self-direction.
Learns risk taking skills, accepting and learning from mistakes, with the understanding that making mistakes is an important part of development.
In this area, the child is exposed to activities to learn about and demonstrate values and other character traits such as:
Respect for others
Sensitivity to the needs of others
In this area, the child learns to deal with self and others with acceptable behavior.
The development of large and small muscle dexterity is the form of this area where play is an integral part.
Recognizing that children are unique and learn at different rates and in different ways, the school provides a diverse curriculum where the child is given hands-on exploration. The child receives stimulation for creative mental development. Specifically, the curriculum focuses on:
Oral language skills
Recognizing numbers and number concepts
Performing basic operations on numbers
The curriculum is enhanced through the use of music and the arts in learning. The child learns music and art in various ways, such as:
Using different art media like crayons, paint, clay, and markers
Experiencing elements of art like colors, textures, shapes, and forms
Singing nursery rhymes
Moving and dancing to various musical tempos
Engaging in plays, acting out, role playing, and dramatization