From learning the sounds that make up words, to figuring out what the words mean and determining how to combine them into syntactic strings that have meaning within a culture or environment; mastering language use is a major achievement for such young children.
Children will be exposed to a variety of language experiences. Teachers will provide opportunities for them to express themselves freely and to participate in real life experiences that include reading and writing.
The following are the skills that children will have achieved by the end of Kindergarten:
Listening & Speaking Skills: In Kindergarten children begin to participate in collaborative conversations; they use strong communication skills including verbal expression of emotions as well as descriptive language to express their ideas. They express curiosity and share their feelings and thoughts. They enjoy listening to stories and retelling them especially ones with interesting characters and easy-to-follow plots. They role play, create and make up songs and stories. They successfully follow multi-step instructions
Reading & Writing Skills: At this age children recognize the letters of the alphabet in written form and are able to connect sounds with the letters. They start to blend sounds into words. They try to read in everyday situations for example signs and labels etc. Children moving on to primary master more advanced phonics skills like forming CVC words, words with blends and long vowels to prepare them for reading & writing in their primary years.
SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Children over the preschool years start to develop a better understanding of who they are, as well as beginning to understand and relate to others. At Kindergarten, teachers create an environment to foster a child’s social and emotional skills. They begin to play games, where they learn turn-taking and sharing, as well as how to adhere to the rules. What children learn through these playful interactions is many-fold!: They learn to interpret others’ perspectives, to regulate their responses and interactions, manage impulse control, increase both their ability to wait and to demonstrate patience, as well as their ability to share an object or event.
Here are some of the developmental social-emotional milestones for our Kindergarten age group:
They will express their needs, wants and feelings clearly with confidence
They will understand cultural and religious diversity
They will recognize the importance of self-respect, confidence and interpersonal skills
They will demonstrate ways in which they can enhance their health and well-being
They will develop an awareness about their environment
In preparation for children to be ready for a wider education, there is a gradual shift from ‘free play’ to a more ‘structured learning’. At Kids Kingdom child-guided as well as adult-guided learning within a play-based environment are used to enhance children’s numeracy skills. At this age children are counting up and beyond 40; they understand the concepts of more than, less than, what comes next, which number is missing in a sequence, ordinal numbers and so on. For shapes, measurements & patterns; children are able to identify and draw 2-D shapes, repeat a pattern, create a pattern, compare objects in regards to size, weight, length and volume. Spatial awareness & time are also important skills that children learn at this age. Children also begin to understand statistics & probability (likelihood or chance of an event happening) and data handling (collect and compare data of themselves and the environment).
MUSIC & MOVEMENTS
Music & movements is incorporated into our early childhood education as it plays a big role in development, social interaction and language growth in young children. Playing music and moving to a beat provides fun and stimulating experiences for young children.
Children will participate in a variety of hands-on science projects related to the theme of the month; through which they are able to use their senses to learn more about their world. Children will be motivated to become naturally inquisitive about the world around them and teachers will help enhance their knowledge and thinking skills. Children will identify living and non-living things, classify different kinds of seeds, develop an awareness of dinosaurs and fossils, identify forces like push & pull and objects with magnetic properties and lots more!