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Foundation Course

Student Age: 3-7 years old
Class Names: Ants, Spiders, Bees, Caterpillars

Learning Focus: Students in our Foundation Program begin their mastery of the  English language by practicing native pronunciation and intonation through American standard phonics studies. They master all alphabet letters, age-level high frequency & vocabulary words and proper phrases. Foundation level students use weekly oral english review time, language arts games, songs and storytelling activities to practice expressing English in sentences.  At the core, students at this level develop a love for storytelling and become independent emergent readers!  Classes are typically 38 weeks in length and administered once a week for 2 hours each class.

Ants:  ( Kindergarten Level, Age 3)
This class is an initial English exposure class and is based on learning through Four-Subject Corners of activity play (Literacy, Imagination, Natural Science and Basic Math).  The children learn through group class, independent play, songs and structured activities.  By the end of the course, the students will begin to build their foundation of basic vocabulary, literacy, logic, dexterity as well as their understanding of the natural world.

Spiders: (Kindergarten Level, Age 4)  
This class is an intro to the alphabet, vocabulary and basic storytelling class.  By the end of this class, students will be able to say, sing, read & trace all capital and lower case alphabet letters.  They will become familiar with a larger index of vocabulary related to the alphabet and will use their vocabulary in songs, activities,sentences and chants.  In addition, they will begin the habit of listening and responding to story time.  They will learn how to flip through and talk about images in their own books  and use storybook words and phrases to answer comprehension questions.

Bees: (Kindergarten Level, Age 5)  
This class is a phase 1 emergent reading class, designed to expose students to the basics of phonics, spelling, the synthesis of 2 to 4 letter words, and proper writing forms. This class will teach basic skills of retelling and comprehending more content-focused stories. In addition, students will learn to read age-appropriate high-frequency words & phrases. Through phonics, students will master the skills of how to properly pronounce words, synthesize letters blends to make words and read short stories. Much of the words taught will re-emerge in the student's literature books in the Caterpillar through Butterfly levels. Students will gradually understand vocabulary meanings in context with their upper-level stories.

Caterpillars: (Grade 1 Ages, 6-7)
This class is a phase 2 emergent reading class, designed for students to complete their basic phonics study through the  synthesis of 3 to 6 letter words, continue to practice proper writing forms and basic reading comprehension.  Students will learn basic skills in grammar.  They will be able to find details of a book as well as comprehend, inquiry, analyze and retell content from stories using complete and proper sentences.  In addition, students will be able to read & recite Grade 1 site words while continuing to learn weekly English phrases.  By the end of the course, students should be able to read Grade Level 1 Emergent Readers text with purpose and understanding, write proper sentences and be able to recognize and name basic nouns and verbs.  Students of this level will have studied 180-200 high frequency words and 390 phonics and vocabulary-based words.