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Young K / Kindergarten (4+ years old)

If you would like your child to participate in this program please fill out our registration form.

Language Arts
Oral Language, Reading and Writing: Great importance is placed on the “learning process” to develop patterns of learning. At our school, literary skills are developed not just to decode words for reading and writing but to foster comprehension, sequence, vocabulary, creative thinking, memory skills and to appreciate literature. These are skills necessary for the study and learning of any subject throughout the student’s lives. All literature chosen is in its original unabridged format.

  • Reading aloud and story telling by teachers

  • Children tell their own stories

  • Reading, copying, illustrating and familiarization of poems and stories

  • Language games

  • Playacting: drama and recitation

Rhythmic Writing
Dorothy Ling was a musician and one of Laura Soulages’ professors during her teaching training in Argentina. Ms. Ling created a musical approach to writing that helps develop many skills. The children start by drawing patterns on the blackboard while following the rhythm of the music. They draw patterns with straight or curved lines which, as the year goes on, become more complex. After a year or two of working on the blackboard, children start doing rhythmic writing on the blank pages in their books. Students develop handwriting, hand-eye coordination (they copy an example that the teacher draws on the blackboard), concentration, a sense of space (left-right and top-bottom) and focus. This activity puts order to their whole being transforming scribbles into forms. Children experience writing with their bodies, not just with the intellect, understanding how individual parts of their scribble relate to the whole.

Foreign Language Immersion
Foreign Languages are learned by singing folk songs, play-acting, traditional games, reading aloud (original prose, poetry, and folktale) and speaking to the children as a mother would at home. This natural approach helps the students to also master other foreign languages later in life.

  • Writing and drawing in blank books

  • Familiarization of vocabulary through poetry and songs

  • Reading original prose and poetry

  • Traditional songs

  • Traditional games

  • Art activities

  • Playacting

Mathematics
The math work emphasizes the development of logical thinking through creative math and authentic experiences. The teacher sustains an attitude of “discovery” in tune with the students. This helps students to find their own way to solve problems. Children are introduced to math through rhythm, movement, games, puzzles, blocks, and counting pebbles, seeds and shells. They measure when baking, playing with water and sand, and gardening. Origami, jump rope, hopscotch, knitting and beanbag counting games develop math concepts. These activities improve coordination, concentration, and counting abilities.

Certain concepts are learned using concrete elements and games. Geometry is absorbed and spatial sense is developed by practical experiences such as origami, painting, dancing, rounds, and playing with blocks and wooden forms.

  • Recognition and writing of numbers

  • Counting: ascending and descending scales

  • Estimation and comparison

  • Addition and subtraction

  • Introduction to time, money and measurement

  • Fractions

  • Writing numbers and simple operations in blank books

  • Math games

  • Daily mental calculations

  • Mazes

  • Board games

  • Simple origami and collage (geometry)

Natural Sciences and Social Studies 
The teachers sustain a permanent attitude of “discovery” and experiential thinking during the class. Great importance is placed on the quality of materials.

  • Hands-on experiments

  • Gardening

  • Special classes: oral presentations

  • Writing and drawing in blank books

  • Geography features

  • Countries

  • Cultures

  • Weather and seasons

  • Plants

  • Animals

  • Universe

Special Classes
One day per week, children have the opportunity to present a “special class” in nature and science in general. They show books with photos and discuss their contents with the class. By preparing their special classes children learn about the subject itself and also learn how to research, study and create an oral presentation. Although some help from the parents is needed for research and reading, children make their own illustrations to show and explain.

The Arts
The teachers accompany the process with the purpose of developing an artistic attitude in the students. Children create their own works of art.

  • Painting and drawing

  • Felting

  • Finger knitting

Physical Education

  • Traditional dances

  • Traditional games

  • Creative movement

  • Outdoor Play

  • Yoga

Special Activities

  • Baking: Breads, cookies, cakes, rolls and pizza

  • Festivities

  • Guest speakers

  • Field trips

 

If you would like to participate in this program please fill out our registration form.

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