Curriculum

The philosophy behind our curriculum is that young children learn best by doing. Learning is not just repeating what someone else says; it requires active thinking and experimenting to find out how things work and to learn firsthand about the world we live in. In their early years, children explore the world around them by using all their senses (touching, tasting, listening, smelling, and looking).

Gradually children become more and more able to use abstract symbols like words to describe their thoughts and feelings. They learn to “read” pictures, which are symbols of real people, places and things. This exciting development in symbolic thinking takes place during the pre-school years as children play.  Play provides the foundation for academic or “school” learning. It is the preparation children need before they learn highly abstract symbols such as letters (which are symbols for sounds) and numbers (which are symbols for number concepts). Play enables us to achieve the key goals of our early childhood curriculum. Play is the work of young children.

Subject area descriptions are based on what students are expected to learn (provincial learning outcomes). Classroom programming may vary and parents are encouraged to discuss specific details about their child’s programming with the classroom teacher.

In all grades, students develop skills in literacy and communication, working with others, solving problems, and using technology.

 

Learning objectives

The purpose of the educational program of our kindergarten is to assist the balanced personality development of children and to help them develop physically, emotionally, mentally, and socially. Children grow up in a climate of freedom, security and develop self-awareness, autonomy, sense of security and experience the pleasure of learning. They participate in activities proposed by the teachers or suggest activities by themselves.

 

Music

Our Kindergarten students begin to develop the foundation for future musical involvement through a wide range of musical experiences. They participate in musical experiences such as walking to a steady beat, singing along with others, joining in singing games, listening to music that expresses different moods, playing simple rhythm and melody instruments, and so on.

 

Visual Arts

Our Kindergarten programming encourages exploration and invention in the visual arts. Kindergarten students make art by drawing, painting, molding clay, weaving or stitching with fibers and fabrics, constructing three-dimensional objects, and so on. The children begin to develop an appreciation of art through viewing classroom displays of prints and posters, their own and others’ work, and natural and crafted objects around them.

Greek Language

The language of instruction in all classes is Greek. We encourage children to listen, speak, view, represent, read, and write at different times and in different ways. Classroom learning reflects “everyday” experiences where children learn to choose and use appropriate materials for real purposes.

At the end of Kindergarten, children can do many of the following learning activities/tasks:

  • Talk and think about their own experiences, stories, and new ideas; and listen actively to others’ ideas and feelings to help set classroom and personal learning goals.
  • Learn that objects, things, and “talk” can be represented through pictures and print; enjoy hearing an adult read aloud picture books, chants, songs, and nursery rhymes; and talk about or show what they have seen and heard from print and videos.
  • Help to ask solid questions for class projects; and find answers from own experiences, others, objects, pictures, books, and videos.
  • Know that messages are created through talking, drawing, singing, and writing; and share “stories” and ideas with classmates.
  • Learn to participate in making class plans; and think of ways to help others.

 

English Language

Our school pays special attention to English teaching so that our children acquire good oral command of English in a natural way.

 

Mathematics

Kindergarten students:

  • Count from 1 to 30 and 10 to 1 starting from anywhere.
  • Describe and compare quantities to 10.
  • Show the numbers 2 to 10 as two parts.
  • Make connections among everyday situations, other subject areas, and mathematics concepts.
  • Solve problems.
  • Develop understanding of numbers and quantities.
  • Identify, reproduce, and create repeating patterns using objects, sounds and actions.
  • Demonstrate awareness of measurement through comparison.

 

Physical Education/Health Education

In the combined physical education/health education curriculum, children develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes for leading physically active and healthy lifestyles.

Kindergarten students:

  • Recognize concepts related to cooperative play; personal and general space (moving without bumping); body awareness; quick and slow speeds; stop and start signals; and moving around, over, under, and between objects.
  • Explore the basic movement skills (e.g., running, hopping, jumping, underhand throwing, catching, striking, bouncing, kicking, balancing) by participating in a variety of physical activities.
  • Recognize and follow safety rules related to physical activities, footwear, and playgrounds.
  • Identify behaviors that are safe/healthy or unsafe/unhealthy.
  • Identify daily habits (including daily physical activity, personal and dental hygiene, healthy eating, and adequate sleep/rest) for healthy living.

 

Science

Kindergarten students are actively engaged in “doing” science and developing related skills and attitudes, as well as extending their understanding of science concepts. In addition, they make links between science and daily life and appreciate both the power and limitations of science. They develop the following skills, attitudes, and understanding about the nature of science:

  • Recognize that learning can come from observing and investigating.
  • Observe, using a combination of senses.
  • Construct an object or device to solve a problem, based on specific criteria.

 

Nature & Science

Children interact with wildlife, plants and other resources to create a developmentally appropriate and meaningful outdoor experience. Growing plants indoors to watch seeds grow and later planting them outdoors in the gardens of our school.

 

Social Studies

Our Kindergarten students explore who they are in relation to others in their world. They become aware of how people live, play, and work together in order to meet their basic needs. They are encouraged to express interest in the experiences of others and discover their connections to the people around them.

 

Technology

We recently added iPads in the Pre-school classrooms as different apps contribute to cognitive development and for intervention.

 

Trips

We usually make 14-18 trips a year. These educational trips are linked to the themes being taught.

 

Assessment & reporting

A continual assessment record will be kept of the children. Parents receive a report on their child’s development and achievements twice a year. An evening for parents is arranged to view a display of your child’s work and discuss his/her progress. Children assessment ensures that the educational process is being controlled and students conquer their goals and objectives, pursued by the kindergarten. The aim is to assess the learning effects update teachers and parents and plan the next steps for learning.

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TOPICS / ACTIVITIES

07:00 – 08:00

FREE ACTIVITIES
(Team, creative  activities such as drawing, working with soft stuff , mosaic, role plays, experiments, activities aimed at learning the ABC and basic mathematics, skills – developing activities, play with the toys and the equipment of the classroom).

08:00 – 08:45

Α΄ TEACHING PERIOD
(Greek language, science, mathematics, environmental studies, P.E, religious studies).

08:45-09:15

English (daily)

09:15-09:45

Washing up, breakfast

09:45 – 10:30

BREAK

10:30-11:15

Swimming (2/W),Tennis (1/W),Dance class (1/W Vattis Art dance school),Dance – music – drama (1/W Kitty Katz Club),Gymnastics (1/W): Move with control & co-ordination: walk, run, crawl, jump.ICT (1/W), etc.

11:15-11:30

Outdoor activities

11:30-12:10

Β΄ TEACHING PERIOD

12:10-13:00

Lunch, nap for children who stay in the afternoon, quiet activities

        13:00- απόγευμα

QUIET ACTIVITISFREE ACTIVITIES

 

The program of the nursery is flexible and a teacher can choose a topic for class discussion or to adjust the program to the needs and the interest of her pupils.

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