K1 Speech and Drama with Public Speaking
Our K1 kids have much to look forward to at LoveKids. The themes explored in our classes are sure to excite and engage our kids and to keep them wanting more! Over and above what they learn in school, the lesson plans prepared for our kids at LoveKids have EQ skills incorporated into them. EQ and IQ skills are deepened in tandem, within an environment that helps them relax and have fun.
Our variety of themes include Animal and Science Facts, as well as Disney Classics. Kids even learn about Current Affairs, to help them stay attuned to the events taking place in their contemporary world. Weaved into these themes are relevant EQ skills like teamwork, communication, decision-making and social skills. These skills are crucial to the holistic development of the children, transforming them into adept and effective communicators as they grow.
Key Areas Covered In K1 Programme
Phonics and Reading
Working on Diction
- Kids are taught to cultivate the practice of pronouncing accurately. Words introduced in each lesson are chosen to teach kids the technicalities of accurate pronunciation. Kids learn how to pronounce diagraphs, consonants and middle consonants accurately. They learn how to segmentate longer words for more precise articulation.
Working on ‘Sight Words’ and Building Vocabulary
- In our classes, kids work on ‘sight words,’ frequently exposing them to commonly used words to help them build a strong foundation. They are simultaneously introduced to new words, expanding and strengthening their vocabulary at a young age. Kids with a wider vocabulary are better able to express themselves, helping them grow in self-awareness and confidence. Kids are also taught to match new words learnt to the corresponding images in their hand-outs, which they receive every lesson.
Reading and Processing Words
- Kids learn to ‘track words’ through Reading Aloud. This helps to strengthen fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination as they practice. They are inculcated with the practice of pointing to words as they read. This helps them develop proper directional tracking; the ability to read from left-to-right and in a straight line. They are slowly weaned off the practice of ‘tracking’ as they advance in Reading Aloud.
- Our kids get used to public speaking through drama-based activities held during each class. Week after week, they are required to present what they have learned through Drama, when they assume different characters and personas.
Stepping Up in a Group for Oral Presentation
- Kids develop their public speaking skills further through formal group presentations. They learn the importance of their individual voices when they present as a group. They also cultivate EQ skills like teamwork and active listening.
Solo Oral Presentations / Reporting ‘Live’
- Moving beyond the comfort of presenting as a group, our kids will also be required to present before an audience on their own. They learn the skills that will help them keep their audience engaged. Our kids have the chance to take on roles that are centred on Public Speaking. Some examples include their presentations as ‘Reporters’ reporting ‘live’ from specific locations. These roles are explored and expanded upon further in our year-end shows.
Drama as a Learning Tool
Teaching through drama is an excellent way for young minds to absorb what they are learning. When kids are introduced to drama at an early age, it creates a positive mindset towards acquiring knowledge.
Drama is used to reinforce EQ skills that are taught in class. These include Social Skills, Empathy, Presentation Skills, Teamwork and Decision Making. These are important soft skills and values needed to develop our kids holistically. This is learnt in a classroom setting through educational drama. Kids dramatize real life situations and role play characters. These experiences allow them to understand themselves and others at a deeper level. EQ is crucial in allowing kids to form an emotional connection with what they learn.
Cultivating EQ allows our kids to grow in self-awareness and manage their emotions, a much needed skill as they face challenges in their life; both academic and relational.
In addition, they learn about characterisation through improvisation. As kids assume different characters in each class, they learn how to imagine character nuances. This trains them to think about possible actions and words associated with a certain character. This practice will be greatly beneficial to them in the long term when they are required to write compositions. It conditions them to think deeply and provide good links and sequencing in their stories.
Drama to Build Public Speaking Skills
Drama gives our kids the opportunity to improve on their public speaking skills. They stand before their peers or a live audience and present and perform what they have learnt, with confidence. These learned presentation skills are put to good use when they are formally assessed in school during their “Show and Tell” and Oral Examinations in Primary 1.
Drama to Build Confidence
In the classroom, our kids use drama and improvisation to think on the spot and out of the box to understand what the literature means and create scenarios where problem solving skills are tested.
When kids play a character and problem-solve during drama time, they experience a surge in their confidence as they accomplish a meaningful task each week. In time, this experience of building confidence in the classroom will be brought into the real world.
Lesson plans and literature used in our curriculum incorporate EQ skills which are taught and applied through educational drama. K1 kids will be introduced to specific EQ skills, relevant to their range of experience. Through this platform, kids enact real-life scenarios and learn how to respond well in different situations. Kids are given a space to process and understand their experiences and learn to acknowledge and manage their emotions constructively. In addition, they form an emotional connection with what they study, which allows for more effective learning.
Hands-On Motor Skills
Fine motor skills test one’s ability to coordinate movement. In learning, this is seen in one’s ability to synchronize the use of their hands and fingers with their eyes. Kids are tested on their fine motor skills through simple writing exercises and illustrations.
Writing and Illustrations
- Writing is introduced to assess and develop kids’ fine motor skills. Writing comes in the form of simple written hands-on illustrations which are related to and reinforce the lesson for the day. Some of these illustrations appear in speech bubbles, in the form of dialogue between characters.
Assessing Response to Instructions
- Kids are assessed on their ability to process and respond to instructions. Through hands-on work, teachers can determine whether they are able to process what is being taught and instructed.
Expanding on Lessons at Home
Expanding and Analysing ‘Why’
Kids are introduced to and taught a wide array of EQ skills. The teaching of EQ skills stands as a priority in LoveKids. EQ skills and social skills cultivate self-awareness, self-regulation and self- motivation within a child, traits that are vital for success and happiness. Some examples of the EQ skills taught include Communication skills, Empathy, Teamwork and Decision-Making.
These EQ skills are interwoven with the lesson plan. As kids dramatize the story within the lesson, they also learn how to enact different EQ skills, which allows for better understanding. For example, complex EQ skills such as Empathy are better grasped through dramatization.
What is taught in the classroom will allow the children to digest at their own pace. In time, children will be able to apply all they have learnt to other areas of their lives.
Through this, children will learn to feel confident, be motivated, and believe in themselves! Most importantly, we want all these to come from within!
Confidence On Stage
At K1 level, kids are exposed to both performance and public speaking in the year-end show. For example, they are given the opportunity to perform as reporters who are required to use a microphone as they present. As they present and perform in front of a live audience at an early age, they gradually grow in confidence.
They learn to manage and overcome their emotions in front of an audience. In time, this will lead to a breakthrough within themselves where they learn how to present with ease before a group of people.
IQ + EQ = Life Skills
What Parents Say
“Time flies. My dearest daughter has been with LoveKids for more than 8 years. There are many more years to come as she will be continuing her secondary journey with LK Academy. I can still remember how desperate we were then – with a 3 year old girl (my daughter) who was traumatized by her short stay with her first Childcare Center. We were very blessed to meet Teacher Nonis, who changed my daughter’s life. My daughter had serious separation anxiety issues. She also had problems articulating in English then. In Primary 1, she had problems understanding English and Maths questions. We were so worried that she may not be able to cope in school. With Teacher Nonis’ guidance and encouragement, Rui Teng has proven herself. Not the cream of the crop but a shining star in her own, unique way. We started to notice the change in her when she was in Primary 4. Things started to change in a good way. She was awarded Good Progress in Primary 4. She achieved one of the Top 3 in her Primary 5 class and this year (2020), she was one of the Top 3 in her Primary 6 class…
JESLYN, Mother of
Rui Teng, P6
“My wife and I enrolled our son for LoveKids’ Speech and Drama class when he first attended kindergarten. He had great fun and learned many things in the process, in particular, about expressing himself and learning not to be too shy, about drama and the arts etc. His speech and pronunciation also improved a lot as well. When our daughter started Nursery II at Kindergarten, we signed her up for Speech and Drama class without hesitation. After seeing how our son enjoyed the Speech and Drama class, we wanted our daughter to experience the same amount of learning and fun as well. So far, there has been absolutely no regrets and she is having a great time as well. The teachers have been wonderful and our children have learned so much from them. We will not hesitate to recommend anyone to sign their children up for the Speech and Drama class. Our heartfelt thanks to all the teachers!!
VINCENT AND SIEW YEE,
Parents of Ethan
24A Maju Avenue