During the early years of children’s lives, their cognitive development peaks, and they begin to learn foundational skills in language, motor skills and social interaction.
Our Kindergarten program combines core content areas such as Literacy, Math, Science, and Social Studies with co-curricular subjects such as, Art and Physical Education to provide our students with a well-balanced, developmentally appropriate set of experiences that promote creative thinking, support curiosity about learning, and develop global awareness.
The curriculum taps into this enormous capacity, providing young students with research-based learning opportunities that promote their reasoning, creative thinking and inquiry skills. Aligned with the learning standards of our KG program; the American-based curriculum at our kindergarten section emphasizes hands-on learning, engaging physical and mental activities, and a holistic approach that addresses each developmental domain; creative, emotional, intellectual, physical and social. Young learners are thus able to build a solid academic foundation and a love for learning that carries into elementary school and beyond.
Assessment is a vital part of KG to ensure that we are providing a balanced curriculum and children are being given opportunities to develop their knowledge, skills, concepts and attitudes at an appropriate level.
The Literacy program in Kindergarten follows a balanced literacy approach which includes Reading, Writing, and Word Study and based on Californian Common Core Standards, the program provides students with important tools to listen attentively, to speak fluently, to read and comprehend, to compose, and be clearly understood. The integrated approach defines the curriculum with a form of authentic, literature-based instruction.
Math in kindergarten is all about the basics. They will learn how to count, recognize numbers up to 10 and sort objects. Using concrete props, they will learn the concepts of more and less, ordinal numbers, basic addition and subtraction, creating patterns. They will start to learn about time and calendars and cover these regularly in class. Teachers often start the day by having a student come up to the board to pin the calendar day, the day in the week and the weather on that day.
Science is all about starting to make sense of the world around us. Children learn about plants, animals, good health habits, the weather and keeping track of the weather, and about the five senses and basics about their bodies. Teachers will conduct simple science experiments in class. Kindergartners can remember more information and can now use that to make connections between things and group things together.
In social studies the year start with the focus on “me”. They learn about their immediate and extended families, learn their address and phone numbers and share information about themselves and their interests.
Art and Music is an integral part of the curriculum and this is integrated into other subjects and therefore not taught as a discrete subject. This allows the learning to be hands-on, creative, exploratory and provide free play and expression. This gives the students the opportunity to develop their fine motor skills, cognitive skills, language and Math skills.
In PE the children develop their smart motor skills, physical fitness, games, aerobic exercise, rhythmic skills, basic ball skills, athletics and gymnastics. Whilst also providing the opportunity to develop resilience and peer relationships.
These Ministry of Education (MOE) subjects are also taught in KG although this is not a requirement.
In Arabic children learn to develop their knowledge and skills in listening, writing and speaking. Through Islamic Studies children learn about the Quran and Islamic principles and beliefs.