Young K / Kindergarten (4+ years old)
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
Playacting: drama and recitation
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
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
Writing numbers and simple operations in blank books
Daily mental calculations
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.
Special classes: oral presentations
Writing and drawing in blank books
Weather and seasons
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 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
Baking: Breads, cookies, cakes, rolls and pizza
If you would like to participate in this program please fill out our registration form.