Welcome to the Emerald Class. We are the "big guys"
of our PreSchool, and we start our day with a story and discussion.
Our teacher encourages us to retell the story in our own words,
predict the ending, or offer alternatives, which helps with
our pre-reading skills. A variety of table top activities
are then set out for us, including arts/crafts, play-doh,
cutting, puzzles, sorting trays, colouring, drawing and worksheets.
We have a large floor space for construction materials and
floor puzzles. The computer and sand/water play is always
available for us to use, as well as the playhouse and dressing-up
We have circle time twice a day, where we practice counting,
recognising shapes and numbers, and days of the week. Our
later session includes singing our favourite songs and experimenting
with the percussion instruments. We learn the alphabet phonetically
using the LetterLand
method, which makes it lots of fun. There are lots of exciting
books, tapes, videos and worksheets to go with it!
Each term we follow a different topic, ranging from 'transport'
to 'living in Bahrain'. During circle time we discuss the
current topic, sing appropriate songs and rhymes, and we often
visit relevant places of interest. We particularly enjoy
our trips to Al Areen Wildlife Park for our animal project,
and a visit to the Bahrain Yacht Club to study beach life.
Our school year
ends with a graduation ball for all the children who are leaving
nursery school. The girls dress up in ballgowns and tiaras,
and the boys wear their tuxedos! We have a sit down formal
lunch of chicken nuggets and chips, and we make all our own
table decorations. We dance to waltzes and disco music and have
lots of fun!
The children usually begin the Emerald group when they are
around 3 and a half years old, and remain with me until beginning
their reception class in the primary school of their choice.
There are usually around 30 children in this group, and there
is an adult:child ratio of 1:5. The most important aspect
of this class is encouraging the children's independence for
the next stage of school, for example doing buttons and laces
up, going to the toilet and washing hands unaided etc. Additionally,
development of speaking and listening skills and levels of
comprehension are of prime importance. By the end of the school
year some children will have reading readiness, and may begin
to read using the Ginn and Oxford Reading Tree schemes. It's
a wonderful year, and the children usually have a very smooth
transition from preschool to 'big school'.