1. Educational Approach

  • Integrated-cum-Thematic Approach
  • We emphasize on the all-round development of the child.
  • We believe in learning through play. Children are given ample opportunities to socialize with other children and take an active part in meaningful and enjoyable learning experiences.
  • Child-oriented learning is geared towards a child’s developmental needs, interest and enjoyment.
  • Opportunities for children to develop conceptual knowledge and acquire lifelong skills, good values and language fluency.
  • School-readiness skills are essential, with emphasis on “progress” rather than “product”.

2. Curriculum Overview

  • At Sonshine, we nurture each child through a dynamic and relational curriculum that is based on the following 4 components: 
    1. Values
      • The foundation
      • Children are nurtured with values such as love, be a blessing, choose what is right over what I like, being patient for good things to happen, learning to “let go” and not hoard, learning to forgive, giving our best in what we do, learning from the past, choose people over money
      • What we do: Sharing through stories, songs, games and craft
    2. Skills
      • Ability to help them function well
      • Skills nurtured includes
        • Positive attributes (curiosity, creativity, resilience, resourcefulness)
        • Thinking (critical and logical)
        • Problem solving (observation, classification, inference, prediction)
        • Questioning (who, what, when, where, why, how)
        • Communication (expressive, receptive)
        • Social (cooperation, empathy, leadership)
      • What we do: Project work during June
    3. Disposition
      • Inherent qualities to achieve
      • Children are nurtured with qualities such as perseverance, reflectiveness, appreciation, inventiveness, sense of wonder and curiosity and engagement
      • What we do: Weekly program called Let’s Sonshine when children cover a broad range of activities including discussion of current affairs, nature walks, community walks to bless and engage, etc.
    4. Knowledge
      • Context to understand the world
      • Foundation for Primary School
      • Literacy sub-component
        • Integrated learning of 6 domains
          • Language and Literacy, Math and Logic, Discovery of the World, Social and Emotional Development, Art and Creative Expression, Motor Skills Development
        • Multi-sensorial learning
          • Cookery, Games, Craft, Activity Sheets, Videos
        • Synthetic Phonics using Jolly Phonics Program
          • Helps children to synthesis words and progress to spelling and writing
      • Math and Logic sub-component
        • N1: Sensory Mathematics
          • Based on Vygotsky theory with lots of hands on experience to help children understand concepts
        • N2-K2: Origo Math
          • Written by Prof. Calvin Irons, Lecturer of Mathematics at Queensland University in Australia, renowned author of Early Children Math program
      • Mandarin sub-component
        • Love for learning
          • Thematic based on multiple intelligence, lots of songs rhymes and oral practice, hands on activities
        • Foundation in Mandarin
          • Mandarin strokes 笔画, single words 单字, nouns, side strokes 词汇偏旁部首
        • Chinese culture appreciation
          • Idioms and stories 成语故事,Tang Poetry 唐诗

3. Enrichment Programmes

  • Speech & Drama by Right on Cue
  • Music by The Eighth Note
  • Art by Natural Explorer
  • Science by Natural Explorer
  • Flair Programme by MOE/AECES

4. A Day at Sonshine

Children are engaged in a variety of individual, small and large group learning experiences to meet their learning and development needs. A typical day at Sonshine is shown below (actual class schedules may vary). 

  • Morning:
    • Health check upon arrival
    • Free choice activities (Dramatic play, blocks, construction, art and craft, manipulative toys and reading)
    • Breakfast
    • Assembly
    • Integrated learning experiences (language & literacy, numeracy, aesthetics & creative expression, social & emotional development, motor skills development, discovery of the world)
    • Reading programme (word recognition, pronunciation, reading skills) 
    • Outdoor Play/Music & Movement
  • Afternoon:
    • Lunch and shower
    • Nap
    • Tea break
    • Health check
    • Integrated learning experiences (language & literacy, numeracy, aesthetics & creative expression, social & emotional development, motor skills development, discovery of the world)
    • Reading programme (word recognition, pronunciation, reading skills)
  • Evening:
    • Free choice activities (dramatic play, blocks, construction, art and craft, manipulative toys and reading)
    • Integrated large group activities (music and movement, gross motor skills, purposeful play)
    • Departure (home)