In Kindergarten, the emphasis is on learning through doing, and the children are active in work, play, song, and movement. Kindergarten is a warm and home-like environment, with materials that help children learn about life.
In Kindergarten, we emphasize:
Imitation: Children this age learn through imitation. The teacher may perform various meaningful, practical activities that the children will watch and imitate in a variety of ways.
Play: Play is the quintessential activity of children. It is the serious work of childhood. In play, children learn to experience the possibilities of life.
Movement: Children need to move their whole bodies. The Kindergarten is designed to encourage large-scale activity and play.
Fantasy and imagination: We encourage and nurture a child’s capacity for fantasy and imagination through storytelling, songs, puppetry, poems, and more.
Natural rhythm: Children need familiarity and predictability in their lives. We maintain a daily, weekly, and seasonal rhythm throughout the curriculum.
Learning readiness: We emphasize learning readiness activities to build social skills, fine motor skills, large motor skills, listening skills, memory, spatial skills, and more.
Social development: We emphasize social development and cooperative learning, such as learning concentration, courtesy, social habits, classroom habits, and spatial awareness.
The Kindergarten curriculum includes:
- Music, games, and finger play to develop rhythm and counting skills
- Hands-on activities such as gardening, cooking, nature walks, and seasonal activities to introduce science, math, and geography skills, concepts, and vocabulary
- Multicultural stories provide an introduction to social studies
- Auditory activities, visual discrimination, and organizing of time and space to prepare for 1st grade readiness
- Songs, stories, puppetry, and poems to develop listening skills and memory
- Knitting, sewing, and workbench activities (hammering, measuring, and sawing)
- Beeswax modeling, painting, fingerplay, lacing shoes, and buttoning to develop fine motor skills
- Interactive play, baking, and circle time to develop social skills
- Play and activity to develop large motor skills
- Gardening, farming, and time in nature to foster a sense of wonder