Kindergarten – Playgroup, LKG & UKG
Learning and development of children takes place in totality. All the domains of development i.e. physical, motor, cognitive, language, socio-personal, emotional and creative and aesthetic appreciation are interrelated and take place simultaneously.
The theme based curriculum of Kindergarten enables young children to relate to the real world based on what is experienced in class. We use both the Play-way and Montessori methods of facilitation to achieve this goal.
Details of the Kindergarten are listed on our KiDeens website.www.kideens.com
The KiDeens Curriculum is designed to foster learning through Play and exploration. During the school day we facilitate opportunities for children to explore, learn, and have a social interaction through a variety of daily activities. These include
- Well planned sensorial activities
- Activities to develop fine and gross motor skills
- Puppets, rhymes and stories to develop vocabulary , listening and communication skills
- Pretend play to develop imaginative skills
- Regular daily opportunities to enhance verbal articulation
Its is broadly divided into 3 areas explained below
1. Literacy: In the English language ,through Rhymes and stories we commence with learning of letter sounds ( Jolly phonics method ) in Toddler/PG class and progress to blending, simple sentences, story sequencing, opposites, rhyming words,cursive writing and reading exercises by the time the children graduate from UKG.
They are also introduced to Vowels and consonants of the 2nd language ( Hindi/Kannada) in LKG and UKG
2. Numeracy: Using various Montessori Learning tools and other manipulatives introduce children to shapes, blocks and puzzles in the early years. These are further enhanced to include matching, sorting, grouping and patterning. In playgroup children are introduced to numbers 1-10(Identification, quantification and sequencing) which extrapolates until 100 numbers along with number names, comparison of numbers along with basic addition and subtraction. This includes related topics like time, money, pictographs and Sudoku.
3. Discovery: Every month has a theme around which vocabulary, colours, lifeskills , stories, field trips and science experiments makes discovery sessions the most interesting classes of each day at KiDeens.
Sports:Our Sports curriculum ensures that children have a better balance, correct posture and gait which help the child develop a healthy body. This includes free play, planned outdoor games, sand play and other age appropriate exercises.
Dance & Music: A fun hour, every week dedicated to dance and music. This inculcates a sense of rhythm in the delicate minds of children
Art & Craft: Children explore colours and textures through simple craft and sketching. Integrated into core subjects.
Classrooms: Colourful, theme based classrooms are filled with Manipulatives and equipment which are:-
Events : Multiple events including colour days, competitions with Moms and Dads, cultural events for every festival allows ample opportunities to explore every child’s talents are nurtured and celebrated.
Assemblies: Weekly assemblies conducted by every grade and section once every week displays performances based on that months theme.
Playing with puppets: The importance of playing with puppets confirmed by numerous authors and researchers, it is used in the process of education early child development. We at Kideens believe that puppets are an edge between entertainment and education. They can both teach and persuade. They come to life as characters as soon as their creator starts moving them. Kideenites witness many puppet shows in a year . The puppets used for the shows are handmade and painted by the a team of teachers. Many puppets are Marionettes made out of light wooden boards. They have arms that the storyteller can move. All puppet shows are done in our very own puppet theatre. A team of talented teachers tell the story with a melodious voice. The stories are carefully selected so that they are matched to the developmental needs of the children.
Story Time: Story time at KiDeens is interwoven into the syllabus and appear at various stages in the lessons planned.
Listening to stories encourages children to use their imagination and immerse themselves completely in another world, whether it’s funny, exciting, or a little bit scary! This ability to create a “movie” in their mind will help them with comprehension as they learn to read – and will help them come up with ideas when they begin writing.
Stories give children a strong connection to their family and their heritage. Stories may provide them with a connection to a place that is far away or people they would like to know better.
Stories are a rich way to strengthen your child’s language skills and vocabulary, whether it’s in a first or second language. Tell your stories in the language that is most comfortable to you.
Storytelling enforces reading skills by helping children become familiar with different parts of a story, such as characters, sequence, and the plot.
Telling stories can be a gentle way to share a lesson or talk about a difficult topic with your child. These story sessions translate to life skills at a later time in Primary school.
Role Play: An extension to story time Roleplay adds theatrics to the lesson taught.
An old suitcase appearing in the classroom with something glittery partly revealed is more stimulating than a shiny new toy! It poses questions as can you. What’s inside, who does it belong, to where did it come from, what shall we do?
Imaginative play is more than children having fun. It has a crucial part to play in their intellectual and social development. The ability to make one thing stand for another, to picture things that are not there, are critical features in the growth of both thought and language. Role play is used in all learning centres( Literacy, Numeracy and Discovery) both at introduction and evaluation of various modules conducted in KiDeens.
PE: Playing games is healthy, fun and physically invigorating. At our school, outdoor activities and physical education go hand-in-hand with the rest of the curriculum. Sport is practiced in its many forms and in all its diversity at KiDeens.
We believe that playing sport is not just about physical activity but is essential to the holistic development of an individual. Keeping this in mind, we have partnered with professionals to give professional coaching to our students. For this we have created an integrated sports curriculum that is suited to the physiological development profiles of children and is aimed at creating physical fitness and increasing confidence.
An integrated sports curriculum that incorporates age-appropriate props intended to emphasize skill development through physical activity. The larger objective of the integrated sports curriculum is to help build a healthy, fit and physically active generation.