Preschool is divided into five different stages: Beginner, Pre 1, Pre 1-A, Pre 2 and Pre KG. The Junior Level Classes consist of Beginner, Pre 1 and Pre 1-A, and the senior level classes include Pre 2 and Pre KG. The Preschool English Programme is for children of ages ranging from 3 to 5. Children of these ages need a special kind of training to give them the best foundation in their early childhood education.It is a very crucial time for them to make the best start inlearning English as well as Myanmar and Chinese. The Preschool lasts for 24 months, and is divided into five stages to facilitate learning.The first stage centres on hand, eye and brain co-ordination with the aim of developing synchronized and co-ordinated movements. During this time, the children are not taught to write the alphabet.Instead, air strokes are practised as a prewriting activity. This stage lasts for four months. In the second stage, the children colour in more detailed pictures, draw and take part in educational games.They also learn to trace the Myanmar and English alphabets before freehand writing is introduced.
This period lasts for another four months. The sole aim of these lessons is to train the children’s fingers to follow messages transmitted from the right side of their brain to their eyes. It is only in the third stage that the Myanmar and English alphabets are taught to be written freehand. This stage also lasts for four months. In the two final stages, writing, considered as one of the most important language skills for the learners of English as a foreign language, is continuously taught alongside reading, listening and speaking skills. Each of these periods lasts for six months.
Computing is introduced to the preschool children from the beginning and each child is provided with a computer to work on. Naturally children are more interested in playing games, so the computer learning programme is centered around fun and challenging educational games. The computer room is constantly kept updated with the latest technology. Through field trips, children learn about places that they have never been to, and animals and flowers they have never seen before.
Lastly, they are taught to express what they have learnt and discovered orally and in writing. Preschool children also learn how to tend to their own problems and needs, look after their belongings, be well dressed, behave well and have excellent manners. ILBC aims to give the students the best education and to improve their moral and physical discipline. The School also runs a healthcare programme supervised by a team of ILBC doctors. To ensure that the children’s diet is healthy, their tiffin carriers are checked daily by the doctors. Eventually the children at ILBC Preschool will be fully equipped and ready to continue their learning at ILBC or the state schools.