Kindergarten is a German word!

“All children have the miraculous power to transform into whatever they want to be.”

Kindergarten

Kindergarten is a German word! It reflects the German understanding of early childhood education: “Kindergarten” is different from “School”.

Our Kindergarten is open for all children between the ages of three to six. It is not necessary to speak English or German.

OUR KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM:

The Kindergarten places the child into complete focus. Each child’s development is promoted by an educational program which is both child-centered and play-based.

Children learn all the time! It is important that an educational program ensures that learning is a positive encounter. Kindergarten is not about worksheets and school desks. It is about experiencing, exploring and discovering, it is about smelling and feeling, it is about being active, and it is about getting your hands dirty.

Children are passionate about what they are doing, our program helps them to discover and foster their strengths. Our CHARAKTER Program and the close connection to our Primary School ensure that every child can make full use of their potential!

Bilingual Approach

Our Kindergarten is bilingual. Three educators care for one Kindergarten class. Our teachers are native English or native German speakers who interact solely in their native language while with the group. We offer phonetic programs in both languages. As a result, our children are confident and proficient language users who are ready for school at the end of Senior Kindergarten.

Connected to school

The Senior Kindergarten joins our combined Grade 1 and 2 of our Primary School twice a week. This is called “Eingangsstufe” (Entry Level Program). The “Eingangsstufe” helps Kindergarten students to slowly get used to the more academic approaches to learning. Students learn how to hold a pen correctly and begin to learn how to read and write. Best of all, they meet some of their future classmates!

Educational Value

  • Personal & Social Development
    • Recognize personal strengths and accomplishment
    • Demonstrate self-reliance
    • Identify and group their own interests and preferences
    • Learn and interact in a positive and respectful way with all cultures
    • Demonstrate consideration by helping others
    • Identify feelings and emotions and express them in acceptable ways
    • Portfolio work promotes sense of responsibility and quality
  • Physical Development
    • Gross-motor development through indoor and outdoor experiences
    • Fine- motor development through everyday experiences like dressing, eating, drawing, crafting and more
    • Demonstrate balance, ease and flexibility in movement
  • Mathematics & Science
    • Develop a number sense and numeracy skills through the “Zahlenland” program
    • Carry out simple measurements and use correct terms
    • Use language correctly to describe basic spatial relationships
    • Create and extend simple patterns using a variety of materials or actions
    • Describe some natural occurrences, using their own observations
  • The Arts
    • Use a variety of tools and materials in creating art works or make presentations
    • Use creativity in movement, mime and dance activities
    • Select pieces of their own art for portfolio collections
    • Show appreciation of folk songs and dances in various countries
    • Recall and repeat familiar songs, dance steps and rhyme
  • Cognitive Development
    • Using a variety of strategies to solve problems
    • Demonstrate self-control by following classroom rules and routines
    • Through our play-based learning students learn to express their feeling, ideas and experiences
    • Expressing wonder and curiosity about the world
  • Language
    • Fully bilingual program
    • One teacher, one language
    • Stories, songs and plays in both German and English
    • Follow directions and respond appropriately to familiar questions in both languages
    • Describe personal experiences and retell familiar stories using appropriate vocabulary and basic story
    • Make connections between own experiences and those of Storybook Characters
    • Reading Buddies: Grade 3/4 students visit Kindergarten to read with the children
    • Identify some features of books and other written materials
    • Write using a variety of tools and media
    • Write simple messages using a combination of pictures, symbols, letters, phonetic spellings, and familiar words
  • Health & Well-being
    • Name body parts and talk about their function
    • Identify nutritious foods
    • Rituals and eating routines
    • Practice appropriate personal hygiene
    • Demonstrate spatial awareness
    • Identify safe and unsafe situations, materials, and equipment
  • Connecting & Communicating
    • Weekly Newsletter
    • Parent teacher interviews
    • Portfolio work
    • Photo Gallery
    • Social events