TLC’s classes offer monthly curriculums to introduce age-appropriate vocabulary such as body parts, colors, numbers, shapes, directions, emotions, and time. Students do interactive group games, hands-on activities, and puzzles that vary by monthly holidays and seasonal themes. By having changing themes, they are able to make their learning more relevant to their lives.
Baby Basics Class--6 Months-2 Years 6 Months
In this class, students will engage in fundamental learning activities like nursery rhymes, stories, interactive games, vocabulary, and basic phonics. Due to the lack of verbal communication skills in this age group, baby classes are driven by a highly visual and tactile format in order for each child to retain information better. Through song and attractive themes such as animals and food, students will start developing phonemic awareness before they even know it. Finger play and hands-on activities using various props such as blocks or small toys will introduce concepts like numbers, size, shapes, and colors, simultaneously providing opportunities to improve fine motor skills.
Learn to Read Class—2 Years 6 months-6.0 Years
These classes focus more on children’s reading development. Understanding the patterns in phonics early on makes learning to read less daunting and more enjoyable. Becoming a skilled reader is the 1st and a crucial step towards academic success, as well as for the development of effective communication skills.
This class will teach English using the following aspects of literacy development:
- Phonemic Awareness and Phonics
Singing songs and reciting rhymes helps to develop early literacy skills, as the brain builds connections between the sounds heard and words being sung. The capacity to learn to read correlates to how well a child can perceive speech rhythms, by associating certain written letter patterns with their corresponding rhythms in speech.
- Sight words and Fluency
Sight words, many of which require memorization in order to be mastered, will be introduced via flashcards for reading fluency training. Analogies will also introduce new sight words and vocabulary, while enhancing reading comprehension and thinking skills.
By completing the full TLC curriculum, students can be expected to have mastered 5,000 words and be able to read first grade level books with fluency. Additionally, they can speak English at a natural pace and recognize 300 sight words to write simple journals, equivalent in ability to a student of the same age in America.