In Kindergarten children have longer attention spans and are be able to sit for longer periods of time. They also have more developed social skills. If they have gone through our Playgroup/Nursery years they will be more confident in using English. Our curriculum helps create eager learners looking at expanding their imagination. They will begin to experience themes and activities that seek to broaden their horizons. Our learning days will ensure they get a chance to converse and connect with peers and adults with confidence. Also get an opportunity to be able to read Level 1 and 2 reader simple books.
Letterland – Phonics And Language Development
In Kindergarten too we follow the LETTERLAND teaching methodology which has been endorsed by researchers for over 25 years; namely that learning to read and spell is a process that works best when all aspects of a child’s intelligence are involved.
Children make an early acquaintance with all the a –z sounds and shapes in the first few months if in K1 ( JK) and in the first few weeks in K 2 ( SK). We work on the principle that more you revise the sounds stronger the base of phonemic awareness. In the kindergarten children move to word building – learn to read and write simple words – in K 1 they learn to string three letter words and learn word families of vowels a e i o u like -at, -an , -am as well -up, -up -um. In K 2 (SK ) they move on to sounds formed because of consonant blends and diagraphs with fun stories and activities.
They will learn
- Recognition and writing a-z, A –Z capitals
- Letter sounds – with an emphasis on beginning sounds
- Vowels and their importance
- Word Building – 3 letter words ( ability to read and write will be the focus)
- Blends and Diagraphs
- Sight words( ability to read and write will be the focus)
- Read simple books
Letterland Emphasizes Phonic Skills, Whole Word Recognition, Development of reading and spelling, Sentence awareness, Reading & Comprehension and Creative Writing
Math is approached at The Learning Curve with a sense of adventure so that everybody wins! We want kids talking about math, reading about math, writing about math, and sketching about math. The more they learn to think mathematically, the easier and more natural math becomes for them. We need math to do just about everything. Do we know that we need MATH to do just about everything – to cook, to spend money, to travel, to stitch clothes, share pizza amongst friends? When kids approach math with a shared sense of adventure and challenge, everybody wins!
The teacher explains concepts with the support of wonderful stories – we use series of MATH BOOKS for children like MATHSTART series books and also do fun activities to understand concept like GRAPHS and FRACTIONS. We use visual learning strategies to teach important mathematical concepts. One-to-one correspondence – “One for you and one for me”, one little bear in each boat etc. Children do fun activities and learn with concrete objects so they are clear about CONCEPTs be it shapes, colours, sizes – sequencing, number and number operations like addition, subtraction, counting – simple, backward, counting in 2’s, 4’s , 5;s and 10’s, before/after etc. The focus is not only on worksheet but also on understanding concepts with hands-on activities.
They will learn
- Counting : simple forward and backward , before and after, more or less
- Early math concepts like Shapes, Sizes , Colour identification
- Match, Sort , Pattern on basis on Shape Size and Colour
- Ordinal numbers and Number names
- Number Operations – Addition and Subtraction, Number bonds
- Telling Time and Calendar
- Data collection basics and fractions
Evs And Science
We often hear the phrase “children are naturally scientists”. How do we guide their journey of discovery? We describe with words, we read stories, of course, and show pictures, and sing songs. We also focus on observation – Watching the leaves fluttering on the trees, investigate toys and model, Crawling or walking over and around objects, carrying objects, eating, stacking, filling up and dumping, picking up heavy objects, Construction or doing Building ‘houses’ or other structures in play planting seeds, Early Science emphasizes things around us plants, animals and natural world and phenomenon. They will learn
- Seasons and Weather
- Types of animals found in different habitats
- Our Earth : Habitats and Climate Zones Landforms like Desert , Rainforests, Moutains and Plains
- Vertebrates and Invertebrates
- Solar System
- Our World
- Life cycle of Animals like Butterfly , Frog
- Our Body
- Our Food and Keeping Healthy
Music And Movement
Music and movement is a daily activity in our kindergarten classrooms. Music and movement promotes active involvement in developing vocabulary and mastering a wealth of skills and concepts. We try and sing songs related to al themes we study. So if we are doing 5 SENSES we sing a song on senses with action. Music and movement supports our academic curriculum.
The activities designed use a variety of sensory lessons to engage the learner and make learning fun. We use real instruments and we explore them – we have bells, castanets, tambourines, clarinet and we love making music. We listen to several different styles of music: classical, folk , songs and of course children still like nursery rhymes!
Movement and exercise is an important part of a healthy, developing brain. Physical activity can just be part of your child’s everyday play. And it isn’t difficult to incorporate physical activity into our kindergarten days.
We like to stretch as Stretching makes little bodies more flexible and keeps muscles long. Knowing how you can use your body gives a child good self confidence and we incorporate a lot of movements in our PE activities , which make children follow instructions , play team games ensuring they JUMP SKIP HOP RUN …CATCH THROW and many more fun activities. Along with equipment free activities we also use equipment like Obstacle course, balance beams, parachutes to ensure movement for children. Children of this age group have a lot of energy and are continuously on the move. When children get dedicated time to play they enjoy, bond developing social skills and are healthier and more attentive.
Active Learning Experiences
Learning is most effective when children are actively involved and engaged in carrying out tasks that are meaningful to them. Our kindergarten Active learning activities are the perfect way to help kids comprehend the concepts covered in Math, Early Science or Letters. Our activities are mostly designed to be hands-on activities that will arouse their curiosity and spark their creativity. We have plenty of activities that are great for fine motor practice. What’s more, our writing and number activities provide a solid foundation for early elementary reading and math.