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Learning to read begins before children start school. Since infancy, children develop language and other early literacy skills that will help them learn to read. Parents are child’s first teachers. Millennium Reading Curriculum is a safety net designed to promote literacy learning and reduce the number of students struggling with reading and writing. At Millennium Schools we ensure that children need to master the reading fundamentals, such as associating sounds with written words. We also make them able to develop and use all word identification concepts and skills, as well as comprehension strategies such as recognizing confusion, adjusting one’s strategies, and identifying and summarizing main ideas and important details. Through different activities we make sure to develop the following skills in your child; important literacy and pre-reading skills, social and emotional competencies, brain development, oral language skills, phonemic awareness and letter knowledge.
All children use art as a means of exploring and coming to terms with their world. It acts as a vehicle for expressing ideas and solving problems, encourages aesthetic development and poses intellectual demands on children. Children are encouraged to explore a variety of materials and craft skills and the value placed on children’s artwork may be seen in the care with which it is displayed around the school. From the start, children are encouraged to develop the skills of listening and performing, being introduced to a variety of songs, musical instruments, sound and music. Older children are helped to develop these skills and use music in ways related to other curriculum areas.
According to the Millennium Music Curriculum, the effect of music education on language development can be seen in the brain. Musical training physically develops the part of the left side of the brain known to be involved with processing language, and can actually wire the brain’s circuits in specific ways. Perhaps the basic reason that every child must have an education in music is that music is a part of the fabric of our society. Music is a magical gift we must nourish and cultivate in our children, especially now as scientific evidence proves that an education in the arts makes better math and science students. We at RMS believe that Art and music are key to student development. Involvement in the arts is associated with gains in math, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking, and verbal skill. Arts learning can also improve motivation, concentration, confidence, and teamwork.
Millennium Schools Music, and Visual Arts curriculum frameworks and implementation resources are intended to support, promote and inspire the growth of all students as artistic learners as they journey towards becoming creative, artistically literate; adults and citizens who will truly enrich their own lives and the lives of future communities. Our curriculum and professional support includes supporting syllabus implementation across creative arts and developing professional learning opportunities and online resources for teachers. In Millennium Schools, the curriculum is presented through extended “main lessons” which focus on one subject in depth. This approach differs from other instructional approaches that allot equal time to every subject. Teachers are free to include whatever activities they feel will work best for the children in the class. In high school, students are taught by subject specialists rather than a class teacher. However, the “main lesson” structure remains.