Explore our Classes
The classes that are available and how we've designed them to be facilitated at Ancora Kids reflect our thinking and philosophy about how we might be able to fully engage your child during their time with us, coupled with the learning areas we feel are best suited to their learning & developmental needs. These include Science, Mathematics, Art, Language, Stories, Music, and Movement.
Kids are naturally curious about the world around them, and Science at Ancora Kids is designed to complement their natural desire to wonder, discover, and explore through play.
Science is useful for kids when they are allowed first-hand participation. Our Science curriculum is designed with this in mind, incorporating practical activities and hands-on experiments that puts your child in the front seat for learning. This makes learning about how their world works a great experience for your child, promoting both a love for learning and for Science.
It’s never too early to begin exposing kids to math concepts. Contact with math provides good building blocks for preschool children, helping them understand basic math terminology and concepts and allowing them focus on the application of math ideas and problems when they begin formal school. This is what we aim to achieve at Ancora Kids. To do that, we focus on:
Number sense – This begins with a child having a sense of what numbers mean and how they relate to other numbers. We then progress to skills like being able to count forward and backward. Number sense essentially refers to a student's “fluidity and flexibility with numbers,” (Gersten & Chard, 2001).
Numbers through representation or pictures – Visual learning is one of the most important methods children begin their learning journey with. Learning numbers through representation helps a child associate numbers with represented objects which could be physical toys, picture, etc. The use of representation makes math real to a child’s mind, allowing children to make connections between the real world and the math skills that are vital for academic success.
Geometry – Being able to recognize basic 2D shapes such as circle, square, triangle and rectangle, or even complex 2D shapes such as rhombus, trapezoid, hexagon and 3D shapes like cube, sphere and pyramids. Describing their properties and identifying these shapes in their everyday lives is an important outcome from our program. Our program is designed to work on understanding shapes as your child begin to understand geometry.
Math language – Providing an environment where the child is introduced to math vocabulary as they explore math ideas when playing with objects. Math vocabulary is important when your child is engaged in more complex mathematics in formal education. Your child is exposed to Math vocabulary naturally through our fun and enriching activities. The focus is to increase exposure to math words through everyday activities so that the more they hear it, the more they are able to use it
Spatial relationships - We hope to explore the concept of where objects are in relation to different reference objects through our daily activities. This can happen in music and movement, our sensory play time or during our dedicated STEM segments. Learning to understand spatial relationships will not only provide the foundation for more complex mathematical concepts down their education journey, but also helps children talk about where things are located in their daily conversation with the people around them.
Art is much more than just a tool useful for keeping kids occupied for short periods of time – it’s a great activity that caters for curious little minds. Art provides a great space for kids to explore how different materials (often daily objects) interact with each other and through various mediums, helping kids get an understanding of how their world works.
Art allows kids to develop their fine motor skills – through the grasping of pencils, crayons, chalk, and paintbrushes; through the handling of craft scissors and glue sticks – this helps kids with writing and other tasks that require controlled movements. Art also promotes cognitive development in kids, helping them to learn and practice skills like making patterns, and even learn the basics of cause and effect – like how putting a pencil on paper makes a line, and how putting the same pencil on the wall causes mummy to get upset. Kids can develop an understanding of simple math concepts through art – concepts like size, shape, counting, and spatial reasoning. As we ask our kids questions and have them describe and share their artwork and how they created it, we are also help them develop language skills.
Art at Ancora Kids will see your child creating unique pieces using a myriad of different materials and on diverse mediums, focusing especially on the process (and less on the outcome) of how each art piece was created. These activities are guided and open-ended, and are designed to engage your child’s imagination and creativity.
Stories are an immensely useful tool for teaching in any field, and a great way for kids to learn. Stories are not just useful to develop literacy for your child; at Ancora kids, we use stories to convey values, beliefs, attitudes and social norms, and in turn shape your child’s view of their world. We’ve selected our stories carefully based on the themes running across our classes. Story-telling isn't just about narration; our educators use age appropriate questions and discussions to gauge understanding, and to engage your child’s thinking, emotions, and imagination.
Studies have shown that music is highly beneficial for early development. Music activates every known part of the brain, acting as a catalyst to help children learn better. Children who spent time at music did better in subjects like language, reading, and math. Benefits of music exposure include having better fine motor skills, increased brain connectivity, and even increased spatial intelligence. Music lessons at an early age encourages brain plasticity, the brain’s capacity to change and grow.
This explains why music is such an integral part of the curriculum at Ancora kids. Our music lessons [what do we do in our music lessons?]. Music is also used generously in our other classes at Ancora Kids, so your child has regular exposure to music during their time here with us.
Studies have generally shown that sitting for prolonged periods is not good; Regular movement however, is highly beneficial to health. The benefits of movement aren’t just limited to physical well-being. Recent studies have shown that regular movement works wonders for the brain too, pulling in oxygen that energizes brain cells, enhances the growth of brain cells (in a process of called neurogenesis), and bringing about conditions conducive for the development of new synapses (in a process called synaptic plasticity)
We take regular movement at Ancora kids seriously, and design it as part of every class that your child participates in [Let’s list specific ways that we will do this for each class, and how we can make it into a routine]. We plan to eventually incorporate a mini-gym program to promote longer sessions of movement and exercise.