Our curriculum & mission – Acacia
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Our Pedagogical Project

We believe that this period of the life is an excellent period to develop in a lasting way in your children
the natural and spontaneous ability to switch from one language to another.

Our educational system respects the following principles:

One day, one language

For each group, the children are immersed in an alternate bilingual environment, one day in French and one day in English. Our objective is to maintain a balance between the two languages in terms of time of exposure to the language.

English days and French day at the Yen Akat Centre
Early Years Section Horizon/Little Travelers sections Flying Start section
English Days

Tuesday, Thursday, Alternate Friday

Tuesday, Thursday, Alternate Friday Tuesday, Thursday, Alternate Friday
French Days

Monday, Wednesday, Alternate Friday

Monday, Wednesday, Alternate Friday Monday, Wednesday, Alternate Friday
One adult, one language
“An adult, a Language” is the principle that we are attached to. This allows the child to associate a language to an adult and to learn the two languages at the same time and without confusion. The children have two teachers, one French-speaking and the other English-speaking.
One week, one theme
For each of the three sections, a theme is taught each week in both French and English, this allows the child to discover little by little the different aspects of the world that surrounds him and increase his vocabulary conjointly in the two languages.

For Early years and Horizon Sections

The curriculum that we have put in place for the first two years of our nursery (Section Early years and Horizon) is based on the British Early Years Foundation – EYFS and also on the criterias of the French Organisation « Protection Maternelle et infantile »(PMI)), which authorised childcare in France. In conformity with these two references, we have put in place an educative project that will allow the child :

  • To understand community life rules ;
  • To feel in security, to live different experiences, to move towards independence ;
  • To awaken one’s intelligence
  • To discover and to develop one’s potentialities
  • To develop one personailty and one’s creativity
  • To establish relations with other children and adults
  • To live within a group.

For Flying Start, Little Travellers and Globetrotters Sections

The bilingual sections Flying Start, Little Travellers and Globetrotters of Acacia are for children aged 3 to 4 years old, 4 to 5 years old and 5 to 6 years old respectively. These classes continue the global educational project of Acacia which is to reinforce the bilingualism of the children and to develop in them a natural and spontaneous ability to switch from one language to another.

The program that we have created for these two sections followed the French Ministry of Education Curriculum for the first and second year in Kindergarten « Petite, Moyenne and Grande Section » and the British Curriculum for the K1 and K2/Reception, Year 1 program.

Our program consists of 5 learning domains:
  • Communication, Language and Literacy
  • Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy (Mathematics)
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World (Science)
  • Physical development and Body Coordination
  • Creative development (Arts and Crafts)
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

The objective for children enrolled in our kindergarten program is to allow them to join with no difficulty, at the end of the cursus of Acacia, the French School or an international school.

An individualized welcoming

Acacia Nursery offers each child and his parents an individualized welcoming. The staff makes sure that the separation, which can be a stressful time, is done smoothly and in the least traumatizing way possible for both parents and child. The teachers and assistants work in close collaboration with families by communicating daily with a correspondence book and by taking the time to interact and to recount the child’s day.

he teachers take care to establish, to develop and to strengthen the links of confidence with the children who are entrusted to them while at the same time respecting their educational choices, their cultural identity, and their values. A harmonious and open communication, without any skill rivalry, is essential in order for the children to feel safe and welcome. The staff implements everything to permit the child to join the group smoothly.

Socialization and autonomy

The mission of the nursery is also to initiate the child to live in a group and to anticipate his schooling. The child learns to respect others, to share, to accept limits, to wait for his turn…Therefore, he can structure himself and build his personality. Acacia Nursery works with children at their own rhythm and assists them smoothly towards an autonomy that will encourage and support their psychomotor, emotional and intellectual development.

Meal

Meals are moments of pleasure, of conviviality, of exchanges, of discoveries of new flavours and of new textures. The younger children are fed on request and the diversification with new food is made in relation with each family. Specific diets in case of allergies or food choices of families (halal alimentation, casher…) are respected. The team encourages the autonomy of a child who learns progressively and at his own pace to eat by himself and with cutlery. Meals are also a great time for socializing where we have to wait for our turn, listen to others, say “please” and “thank you” ,
and wash our hands before and after meals.

Emotional life and safety

Self-esteem and love take up an essential place in the development of a child giving him the strength to confront the outside world. Each member of staff knows how to be encouraging, whether by a look, with words, a cuddle or a reassuring gesture, so that each child feels loved and safe, but without taking the place of the parents. The nursery staff respects the privacy period when a child isolates himself, relaxes, dreams or plays alone. These free times are essential because they allow him to develop his imagination, his personality, and to cultivate his own gifts, thereby making the integration of acquisitions easier. Each child is unique and evolves at his own pace and it is essential not to compare him with another child. A child can keep his comfort blanket, if he wants to, during the nursery time.

Nappy and toilet training

Nappy changing has to be made with great respect of the child’s body and as often as necessary, watching over the good state of his skin and taking care of it if needed. The toilet training is an important step of the corporal and social development of the young child. Potty-chair and toilet training will be made progressively according to the physiological and psychological maturity of each child and in agreement with the parents. Training is progressive and without constraint.

For each of the three sections, a theme is taught each month in both French and English, this allows the child to discover little by little the different aspects of the world that surrounds him and increase his vocabulary conjointly in the two languages.

Early Years

Month
September My nursery: the first days, the ritual of the nursery, the nursery and its people
October Taste: food, textures, colors, shapes
November The body, the 5 senses, and Loy Kratong
December Winter, the family, Christmas
January King and Queen, friends and music
February Clothing, costumes, the carnival of animals, preparation for the carnival
March The city, the garden, transportation
April Easter, chocolate eggs, Songkran, water and its states
May Mother’s Day, farm animals, forest animals jungle animals
June Father’s Day, the ocean and the sea, the mountains, air and earth

Horizon

Month
September My nursery: the activities,places and people
October Taste: colors, shapes and Halloween
November The body, the 5 senses, and Loy Kratong
December Clothing,winter,Christmas and the family
January Music friends, clothing and accesories
February Parks and gardens,the carnival of animals,weather
March Countryside and nature,the city and transportation
April Water,Ocean,Summer, Songkran festival
May Mother’s Day, farm animals, forest animals jungle animals
June Cartoon Heroes,father's day,fire,vacation

Flying Start Little Travelers

Month
September My nursery: the first days, the ritual of the nursery, the nursery and its people
October The body,emotions, Halloween and witches
November The 5 senses Loy Kratong
December Animals from the poles,winter,Christmas,the passing of tome
January The Festival of kinds,living in the middle ages,kings and queen,the castle and its inhabitants
February Ground day, clothing, the carnival of animals, preparation of the carnival
March Land transpotation,Air transpotation,Sea transpotation
April Rules of the road,the day of chocolate,waterand its states,Songkran weather and the seasons
May farm animals, forest animals jungle animals,sea animals
June The circus : the tent the acrobats,the clowns the animals