MEANS OF ASSESSMENT
In lieu of a Report Card, TLAP has a developmental checklist that encompasses the skills developed in your child’s age group. Assessment will be done twice a year (during Home Visit and PTC).
The Midyear Portfolio (after 3 months) and The Year End Portfolio (February) are files of Learning Objectives and accompanying pictures with brief narratives to inform the reader that the child is reaching (if not "has reached") his/her goals for the present school year. We do not subject children to exams and percentile grades, as these, we believe, do not fully describe the child’s progress/performance in school.
Developmental Milestone Checklists
A “Goodbye Letter” is a personal letter addressed to your child from his/her teacher. This will be given in March together with your child’s collected worksheets or year-end projects.
OUR PHILOSOPHY, GOALS AND TEACHING METHODS
For TLAP, education is not only about the three R’s; it is about creatively nurturing and developing the WHOLE child. This means that we are always conscious about addressing your child’s physical, socio-emotional and cognitive needs through a curriculum that integrates development in these aspects, knowing that each area develops in conjunction with the others. True learning takes place best when the curriculum meets your child’s developmental needs.
We believe that each child is unique and develops at his own pace.
We respect your child for who he is.
We believe that your child constructs knowledge though active exploration and sensorial involvement. Your child learns best when all five senses are stimulated during a lesson. Therefore, we believe that PLAY has an important role in the learning process.
The educator’s underlying goal is to help your child nurture his self-esteem. We believe that your child’s sense of self plays a crucial role in his development. Your child is more open to challenges and more willing to try out skills when he is confident about himself. Building your child’s self-confidence is the key to unlocking the potentials within. Another goal is to let your child discover the love for-- and the fun of learning. It is TLAP’s belief that your child has to enjoy what he does in order to reach new levels of learning.
Our goal is to provide your child with a comfortable, safe and stable learning environment that:
> communicates acceptance and respect to your child
> encourages exploration and active involvement through the use of different learning materials and through interaction with real people and real materials by providing developmentally appropriate experiences
We believe that the experiences of your child in the formative years greatly influence the formation of his character as an individual, even in the adult years. We define “character” as what the child thinks of and does even when no one is looking. It is our goal, therefore, to cooperate and collaborate with the family and caregivers for the benefit of the child.
TEACHING METHODS / CURRICULUM APPROACH
Our educational approach is guided by the principles of “Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs” as formulated by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), USA. As taken from the NAEYC Book. What exactly does this mean?
> A Developmentally appropriate curriculum provides for all areas of a child’s development in all domains: Physical, Social, Emotional and Cognitive.
> The curriculum builds upon what children already know and are able to do, to consolidate their learning and foster their acquisition of new concepts and skills.
> The curriculum integrates across traditional subject matter (math, science, language) to help children make meaningful connections and provide opportunities for rich conceptual development. As such, our lessons and activities will flow from one topic that is related to another, making your child’s learning experience seamless, meaningful and relevant. Rest assured that all basic academic/social concepts and skills are taken up. The speed and depth with which one teacher designs and tackles the class’ subject matter will differ based on her students’ interest, attention and their capacity to retain information.
> The curriculum provides opportunities for children to play and to learn through hands-on experiences. Children are active learners, drawing from direct physical and social experiences to construct their own understanding of their world.
> Play is the medium through which children learn and through which they express themselves, thus, TLAP gives them a lot of time to do just that.
TLAP believes that parent-teacher communication is priceless. Your ideas, suggestions and stories about your child are very welcome.
Your child’s work in school (namely his art projects and worksheets) will be compiled and sent home every Friday in a plastic envelope so you can see what your child learned for the week. You can also use this as an opportunity to review the concepts with your child. Return all worksheets every Monday so these may be neatly bound into a scrapbook at the end of the school year. The artworks that are sent home should be removed from the envelope and displayed at home.
You will receive a weekend email with logged anecdotes, observations, reminders or concerns that TLAP may have regarding your child. A "received" reply to signify that you have read the weekly report would be highly appreciated. You are more than welcome to keep an e-correspondence going with your class teacher/s!
PHONE CALL / TEXT UPDATES / EMAIL UPDATES / VIBER UPDATES
Your child’s teacher will call/text/email you to give updates regarding your child’s progress so please make sure you give your respective teacher/s your current contact details. This may also be an opportunity for you to express your concerns. You may check our “The Little Apprentice Preschool” page in Facebook for mass updates.
Your child’s teacher will visit you and your child at home in September. This will give us an opportunity to further establish a strong home-school partnership by being able to privately discuss baseline observations, parents’ comments and suggestions regarding the school, its teachers and policies, and to give the teachers a deeper insight into the present behavioral patterns of your child. If you opt to forgo this opportunity, do let us know in advance so that we can email you the reports and entertain your questions through phone/in school.