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Sunday, 23 September 2018

Kindergarten Curriculum Program Overview

The KG programme at DAS follows the International Baccalaureate (IB), Primary Years Programme (PYP). The PYP is structured around the Programme of Inquiry, in which a set of transdisciplinary themes determine teaching and learning. Four transdisciplinary themes for KG1 and KG2 and six transdisciplinary themes for KG3 provide the framework for exploration of knowledge where teachers plan a wide variety of inquiry-based activities and the children’s own questions are incorporated into the class programme. Furthermore, our KG students are encouraged to think independently, make choices, become problem-solvers, express themselves creatively and work cooperatively with others.

The Kindergarten curriculum develops the students fine/gross motor skills, language, Science, Mathematics, visual arts, cooking and instilling Islamic values. Our curriculum is supported through implementing a wide selection of methodologies such as story-telling, poetry recitation, reading strategies and writing texts within the content of the units of inquiry. The curriculum also includes teaching the alphabet in terms of letter recognition, phonemic sounds and shapes in different parts of the word as well as writing the letters in the correct way and expressing their ideas through drawing and writing. By applying the Balanced Reading Program (guided reading, independent reading and shared reading) children who move up to grade 1 are able to read, understand and comprehend written text.


The first few years of the child’s life are the most crucial years in shaping the child’s characteristics in all aspects; physically, mentally and psychologically. Those aspects impact the child to become a thinking, passionate and interactive learner who makes a positive difference locally and globally and contributes to building the community. In order to accomplish this goal, we strive to develop and enrich our educational programs, engage teachers, parents and children in the educational process and keep them up-to-date with all the latest techniques designed for this age range.


Our Goal:

Considering their age, we aim to fulfill the children’s needs to become passionate, interactive, life-long learners in the rapidly changing world. Based on this goal, the Kindergarten educational curriculum is designed according to a scientific, mental and behavioural basis.


Religion:

The curriculum includes short Quranic surahs and prayers. We reinforce the curriculum by instilling Islamic values; practicing and relating those values to real life.


Language:

We are fully aware of the children’s needs for understanding, listening and expressing. In order to further their understanding of the world around them, children need to go through a wide range of experiences, dealing with different materials and ideas. These experiences build and develop the children’s language abilities.

Students learn language when they are using language through speaking, listening, reading and writing in order to understand and express ideas. Teachers provide opportunities for this to happen in a safe and stimulating environment in order to encourage risk-taking and learning. Our aim is to develop students’ ability to express themselves fluently, confidently and accurately in oral, written and visual communication systems.

Fine Motor Skills:

From arts, Math, and cooking to writing activities, we implement the use of different materials in order for children to learn how to move, control and coordinate the movement between their eyes and their hands.

Gross Motor Skills:

In order for children to learn how to move their bodies spontaneously without thinking, they must acquire gross motor skills. We teach them how to control their muscles to be able to jump, run and develop their ability to balance.


Science:

The science units mainly aim at furthering children’s understanding about the world around them and at encouraging them to explore and investigate. We offer a variety of opportunities for the children to experiment and interact with their environment. They go through various enriching, daily experiences where they implement and develop observation and comparison skills.


Mathematics:

In mathematics, we focus on children’s learning by implementing the educational strategies that support their thinking. There are three basic principles;

• First Principle: Encourage children to think actively of their answers.

• Second Principle: Encourage children to reflect on their thinking. They learn to think of how they got this answer for a mathematical problems.

• Third Principle: Encourage children to represent their thinking in words, images and symbols.

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