The world’s first Hi-5 edutainment preschool will be opening in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2015 where they will be bringing the Hi-5 House experience live to classrooms for children 18 months to 6 years of age. The school will also be offering a range of enrichment classes for infants from 6 months to children 9 years of age.
Hi5 House is opening its very first pre-school and learning center called Hi-5 House of Learning (“Hi-5 HOL”) here in Kuala Lumpur at the end of the year. Through play and discovery learning, children aged between 18 months and 9 years old will be able to enjoy the Hi-5 House experience in preschool classrooms and build the foundational skills for school readiness the Hi-5 way.
Hi-5 HOL’s curriculum offers a multi-faceted approach to learning based on influential theories including Gardner’s and Piaget’s theories of child development. Through movement, music and creativity, Hi-5 HOL presents a rich, playful and fun learning environment augmented by video clips, songs, and stories from the award winning children’s program!
“This curriculum has been in development for over a year with the collaboration of early childhood specialists Helen Martin and Dr Catherine Martin and we are ever so eager to share it with the children of Malaysia who we know are avid fans of Hi-5 House. By merging the Hi-5 brand with an educational platform, it is our hope that we will be able to encourage learning and school readiness in a fun Hi-5 way!” – Julie Greene, the Executive Creative Director of Hi-5 World
What sets Hi-5 HOL apart from other preschools is its unique learning model. Each week, children will be greeted by a video message, specially recorded for the children, from the Hi-5 House cast. And throughout the week, children will explore five segments in Hi-5 House series with a central topic each day. For example, Monday is Shapes and Space day that focuses on Visual Learning. Tuesday is Wordplay day that focuses on learning English language and literacy. Wednesday is Puzzles and Patterns day that explores Logical and Mathematical concepts. Thursday is Making Music day and explores musical concepts. Finally Friday is for Sharing Stories where children learn about Literacy and develop Social and Emotional Awareness.
“Hi-5 HOL is a fun-filled platform for young children to enjoy and discover all aspects of learning. On screen, Hi-5 projects a buoyant environment that we believe children will learn best. Now, we want to replicate that environment and present it live in the classroom. In Hi-5 HOL, children get to live the Hi-5 House experience in their everyday journey discovering the world and themselves.” – Datuk Jared Lim, the Chairman of Hi-5
Hi-5 HOL will offer age-targeted programs including Pre Nursery, Nursery, and a series of enrichment activities for children with different inclinations and interests.
Hi-5 HOL is located in a spacious 10,000 square feet school compound in Damansara Heights featuring a variety of facilities such as an outdoor obstacle course playground, indoor playground, and heated salt chlorinated swimming pool, rock climbing wall, gymnastic room, music room, book room, kitchen for cooking.
Telephone: +603-2095 991
Address: 22, Persiaran Damansara Endah, Damansara Heights, 50490 Kuala Lumpur
Hi-5 was launched in Australia in 1999 and for the past 15 years has been one of the leading international TV shows for children. With five dynamic and talented performers Hi-5 engages children aged 2-8 with music, movement, problem solving and play. As well as entertaining children in a positive fun loving manner, it also teaches in an integrative way and with its foundation of expertise in early childhood learning it was a pioneer in the genre of “edutainment”.
The children’s musical group is well known globally, reaching an estimated global audience of more than 10,000,000 children across Europe, North America, Asia and Latin America with its tours, music and TV shows. The Hi-5 TV series has consistently been one of the top three most successful pre-school television shows in Australia & Southeast Asia for the past 10 years and enjoys huge success in non-English speaking regions like Latin America as the No.1 pre-school programme. Hi-5 has a total of 635 half hour episodes featuring the Australian cast. A new Hi-5 TV series will be released for global distribution later this year.
Hi-5 has won three Logie Awards for Most Outstanding Children’s Program, five ARIA Awards for Best Children’s Album, five Australian DVD and Video Industry Awards an APRA Award, an AMIA Award and a Helpman Award for best Children’s Live Theatrical Show.
About Hi-5 House of Learning
Hi-5 House of Learning is a learning centre for preschoolers where a specifically created curriculum draws on materials including clips, songs, and stories from the internationally celebrated children TV series Hi-5 House. The curriculum has been developed by Hi-5 House’s experienced team of education specialists and influenced by theories and approaches of renowned developmental psychologists including Jean Piaget (theory of cognitive development), Howard Gardner (theory of multiple intelligences), Lev Vygotsky, Loris Malaguzzi (Reggio Emilia Approach), along with other renowned teaching methods namely Dalcroze Eurhythmics and Laban Movement Analysis.