Monday to Friday: 10:00a.m to 2:00 p.m
and with additional 15 minutes grace period
As countries across the globe are interconnected to one another, being multilingual has become essential in today’s world.
Malaysia is a multicultural country where people are used to learning multiple languages including English, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil. Lately, many parents from different races and backgrounds are encouraging their children to pick up different languages.
Of recent, due to China’s fast economic growth, the Mandarin Language is making great importance as the upcoming second most important language in the world.
At Mandarin Lighthaus Preschool @ Lil’ Faculty, we offer Mandarin preschool session from ages 4 to 6 years old. When learning a second language, it is always beneficial to start at a young age as children have ability to pick up tones, pronunciation and word recognition. By mastering a second language, it teaches you that there are several ways of expressing an idea and results in the ability to achieve greater divergent in thinking.
As more languages are showing equal importance, it is necessary to implement the habit of learning a language that is different from what we are used to.
Our Mandarin immersion, Montessori inspired program aims to develop the whole personality and character of the child. Children learn to self-regulate, concentrate for longer periods of time, treat the environment and others with respect, and attain a high self-esteem through mentoring, achievement and effective communication. Our main goal is to assist Children in developing their Chinese language abilities during their language sensitive period. Emphasis will also be on self-help skills, fostering independence, psychomotor development, language acquisition and structured social interactions. Our Montessori classroom is designed to help all children reach their fullest potential at their own unique pace. It is unique in their committed creation of a child-directed versus a teacher-directed education. Our curriculum is culturally and linguistically appropriate and is based on children’s interests and proven child development practices. This programme combines sensory and fun activities such as Montessori Work Cycle, Music & Movement, Art & Craft, Words Cards & Games together with the following 5 key areas of Montessori inspired activities:-
Practical Life activities are to help children develop independent, muscular coordination, concentration, while enabling them to feel capable and self-reliant members of the community. These activities can be categorized into four different groups: Preliminary Applications, Applied Applications, Grace and Courtesy, and Control of Moment. In the Preliminary Exercises, the child learns the basic movements of all societies such as pouring, folding, and carrying using materials like chopsticks, using Chinese tea pot, molding glutinous rice (Tang yuan). In the Applied Exercises, the child learns about the care and maintenance that helps every day life. These activities are, for example, the care of the person, care of self (i.e the washing of the hand, basic Chinese embroidery) and the care of the environment (i.e dusting a table or outdoor sweeping). In the Grace and Courtesy Exercises, the children work on the interactions of people to people. Some activities includes bowing to elderly people, table manners and greetings. In the Control of Movement Exercises, the child learns about his own movements and learns how to refine his coordination through such activities as walking on the line, Chinese dance movement, Basic Kung fu and Tai chi movement.
Sensorial Exercises cover every quality that can be perceived by the senses such as size, shape, composition, texture, loudness or softness, matching, weight, temperature, etc. Montessori categorized the sensorial exercises into eight different groups: Visual, Tactile, Baric, Thermic, Auditory, Olfactory, Gustatory, and Stereognostic. Sensorial activities such as incorporation of Traditional Chinese Musical Instrument and the eight sounds of these instruments will be introduced; used various Chinese based material such as kuachi, mooncake for classification of size, colours and shapes.
Math is a concrete experience in the Montessori classroom. The Math area allows the child to develop his thinking, reasoning, and problem solving powers. The direct aim of the Math materials is to help the child work toward more abstract thinking. The materials are designed with such precision that they allow the child to work with the concrete until he internalizes the process through tactile and visual contact and can work independently in his mind. In Mandarin Lighthouse, all arithmetic is conducted in Mandarin (Chinese) terms.
Mandarin Lighthouse emphasize the importance of making Mandarin a “living language” and not just merely as an examinable subject. The language learning experience in Mandarin Lighthouse brings the children beyond classroom learning. Our Mandarin language programmes focus in shaping the children to speak, read and listen.
Language comes hand in hand with culture. As language is arguably the most important component of a culture, you can’t say that you’ve master mandarin without understanding the Chinese culture and it’s background. In MLC, your child’s learning process is inclusive of activities that help promote an early awareness of the chinese culture, traditions, literature and history. For example, chinese legends like 孔融让梨 (Boy who share his pear) where kids learn about the ethnic and moral of sharing.
Our children are offered many opportunities to engage in a wide range of materials and resources that extend and challenge their thinking, which in turn encouraged them to be competent thinkers and communicators. On top of the Montessori curriculum, students explore traditional subject areas through units of inquiry. These subject areas are organised around themes that provide the framework for the exploration of knowledge and with series of exercises and work sessions. Example, if the theme is on the subject about ‘Float or Sink’. The Directress will explain the meaning and reasons of the topics. Children will be given a task to find few items from home and conduct a simulation in school and share with the group. Then, all children are encouraged to develop a short summary or a sketch summary of the items they brought to the school with a summary explanation of what they have observed and understood.
Through the inquiry-based approach, ourchildren cultivate an understanding of essential concepts, attain important skills and knowledge, develop individual attitudes, and learn socially responsible actions.
Our preschool program is tailored for children ages 4 to 6 years old, and does not require that its students have prior knowledge of Mandarin Chinese. And we prepare your child for Chinese primary school.Our school admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin – as long as they are willing to learn Mandarin Chinese! Through meaningful and relevant content and engaging activities, children acquire Mandarin fluency and the disposition to be life-long learners.