“Run, jump, dig, explore, talk, build, tear down, pour, yell, saw, hammer, paint, ride, imagine, sing, wonder, measure, ponder, play, reflect, be alone, examine, experiment, express, daydream.”
THREE YEAR OLD KINDER
The three year old programme provides a flexible environment that caters for the individual interests of the children. When working with the three year old group.
we work with a strong social focus as this is a crucial time to foster skills such as sharing, turn taking and beginning to understand other people’s feelings and needs.
We work on building their confidence as this is a big step away from home and a perfect time to start learning independence.
We encourage children to be responsible for their belongings and to learn how to dress themselves.
We also develop skills in the other domains of development such as physical skills and intellectual skills.
FOUR YEAR OLD KINDER
Four year old kindergarten is a very important year for children as it is the beginning of your child’s formal education. “Play” is the main focus as this is the way children learn. The Kindergarten is set-up to develop all facets of a child’s development. These include:
Puzzles:provides practice in pre-mathematical skills i.e. size, shape, colour, number, classification and pattern making – all vital for problem solving and developing language skills.
Painting:allows children to freely experiment with colour, line, shape and size – developing fine motor and pre-writing skills.
Building:playing with blocks and using construction sets teaches spatial relations, balance, design, mathematical concepts as well as working co-operatively in small groups.
Books:fosters a love of literature and appreciation of the written language as well as developing pre- reading and pre-writing skills.
Sensory play:allowing children to play with sand, dough, water is an open ended activity allowing children to talk about how things feel, smell and look as well as expressing their own feelings in a non-threatening way.
Music:movement and dance allow for creative expression through the use of the children’s bodies in a free and uninhibited manner. Through the use of song, instruments and activities focussing on beat, rhythm and tone, children develop confidence and self-esteem.
Outdoor play:while children are climbing, swinging, balancing, jumping etc. they are developing co-ordination, co-operation and gross motor skills.
Dramatic play:while role playing and pretending, children learn how to co-operate, take turns, interact and talk about their feelings and respect the feelings of others.