ELFA INTEGRATED THEMATIC CURRICULUM (EITC)
A STRONG BILINGUAL CURRICULUM INTEGRATING SUCCESSFUL LEARNING PRACTICES
The Singapore ELFA Preschool in Serangoon adopts an integrated thematic approach with strong emphasis on Chinese language acquisition, in line with guidelines provided by the Ministry of Education, Singapore. The uniquely designed story-based curriculum is jointly and localised by a panel of advisors from China and Singapore, headed by Prof Zhu Shi Yuan, former Head of Early Childhood Department in Beijing Normal University. It encompasses six learning areas for the early learners – Language and Literacy, Numeracy, Aesthetic and Creativity, Physical, Social Emotional and Environmental Awareness.
Professor Zhu has lived in Singapore for more than a year and has been training Chinese early childhood teachers in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia for more than 10 years after her retirement from the University.
ELFA Learning Framework: Our learning framework comprises four broad themes, with six distinct components to help children connect to the real world. Large group discussions allow for the teaching of thematic concepts and skills. Theme-related children’s literature are carefully chosen to promote children’s language and literacy skills. Inclusion of Chinese moral stories also help to shape positive values and build young children’s character. In addition, Chinese Speech and Drama taught by our specialists immerse children in a culturally-rich Chinese learning environment, which further strengthens the children’s confidence in the mastery of the Chinese language.