Little Tiger is a total Chinese immersion program, unique in the Austin area. Students develop their Chinese language proficiency through a thematic and content-based curriculum. Subject areas include language arts, math, social studies, science, art, music, life skills, etc. All instruction and activities are conducted in Chinese. Children will learn to understand and express themselves in Chinese through exposure; students need not have any prior exposure to Chinese to take part in the program.
Our daily schedule is carefully designed to promote children’s learning and development through a balance of child-led and teacher-planned activities.
Below is a sample daily class schedule:
|8:30||Arrival, Free Choice Activities
Those children who arrive prior to 9:30am select an activity to pursue. A variety of toys, games, and activities are available to the children, all of them geared toward enhancing their growth and development.
Children are given an opportunity to share any news or special experiences. During this time we also sing interactive songs, such as “Wheels on the Bus” and “Five Little Monkeys” in Chinese. We also discuss the day of the week, the month, the year, and the weather. Each day, one child marks each of the calendar components.
|9:50||Learning Centers (Language Arts/Math)
Each morning, the children participate in language arts and/or math. Some days, teachers guide students through a planned activity based on our current theme or skill focus. Other days, students are divided into groups or pairs to complete different specifically designed tasks. Other days, the children are given materials to work on their own independent projects. Extra assistant teachers provide additional classroom support during learning center sessions, lowering the student:teacher ratio to allow for greater attention to each student.
|11:10||Outdoor Play and Gardening
Children must spend time outdoors every day, often more than once per day, as long as the weather permits. Children spend a half hour getting fresh air, playing, and developing important gross motor skills through physical exercise. Students also work on gardening projects in our fenced play area.
Every day, children are provided with naptime. Children who no longer nap may choose a quiet activity to pursue independently. There are books, puzzles, educational games and a variety of toys available for quiet play.
Children clean up their nap mats, after which they have snack time. As in the morning, snack time is used as an opportunity for speaking and listening, exposure to new vocabulary and phrases, and so on.
|2:15||Learning Centers (Art Adventure/Chinese Music Bravo, Music and Movement in Spanish, Science & Discovery/Children’s Theatre, Life Skills)
Art is a very important part of a child’s experience. Children learn to use crayons, magic markers, paste, glue, paints, scissors, and recycled articles for creating art. Through art activities, children are also introduced to works of art from a variety of world cultures.
Children are exposed to music and practice singing, keeping time, using simple rhythmic instruments, and dancing. Each week, students participate in a special program, Music and Movement in Spanish.
|2:45||Outdoor/Indoor Activities (Yoga , PE, etc)|
Students gather in a circle for a short dismissal routine and say good-bye to friends for the day.
|After||Extended after-school care|