KINDERGARTEN

Kindergarten, being a child’s first experience in the formal educational system, can be an anxious time for both children and parents. Which is why we have taken special care to create a warm, welcoming and cheerful atmosphere, in which children feel secure and happy. An environment that makes them want to come to school each morning.

Classrooms are bright and spacious, opening into enclosed garden spaces that allow children to explore the world of grass and sand and flowers. A special children’s playground provides sample space for supervised play. The private park abutting the school, part of the residential campus in which the school is located, is perfect for nature walks.

Teachers become one of the most important persons in a KGs life. Our teachers live up to a trusting child’s expectations —caring, friendly and fair; yet firm and discipline-conscious when needed.

A carefully selected range of toys, learning aids, craft materials and books complete the picture.

And with the confidence that our KG children gain in this nurturing environment, their transition to primary school becomes a smooth and happy progression.

A Love of Learning

Ideally, learning at the kindergarten stage should be an experiential, enjoyable experience…one that leaves a child with a lifelong love of learning.

Leading educational specialists and child psychologists believe that the best learning takes place through playing, listening and asking questions. Not to mention observation, reflection and exploration.

At The Samha International School, experiential learning is encouraged and facilitated through enlightened, child-friendly teachers; individual attention to children; group discussions and interactions and carefully selected books and learning aids. Our method of learning is to first listen, then speak, then read and finally write. Children are encouraged to learn about themselves and the people and things around them, including abstract concepts. The emphasis is on anxiety-free learning rather than reading and writing by rote. Nature, singing and painting are a much-loved part of everyday school life.

Children learn other important lessons too: to share, abide by simple rules, get on well with other children and accept the authority of kindly adults.

Our Goals

There are many things we want our young charges to gain in their years at our Kindergarten, amongst which the most important are:

A healthy self-confidence and a positive self-image.

Respect and concern for other children and adults.

A sense of wonder and curiosity about the world around them.

Facilities

Spacious and safe classrooms that open into enclosed garden spaces with sand pits and greenery.

Children’s playground with swings, see-saws and slides.

A private, landscaped park that abuts the school.

A range of toys, craft materials and learning aids.

Age-appropriate books and audio-visual material, selected by experts, to stimulate the imagination and encourage pleasurable learning.







ADDITIONAL INFORMATIION

Kindergarten Program
Kindergarten children work with very special Montessori equipment in classes filled with activity and discovery which includes both the development of one's own individuality and group participation in the following areas:

PRACTICAL LIFE EXERCISES
Children learn freely with adult help how to button their shirt, tie their shoes, clean house and other activities. Good manners are also emphasized and children learn to say "please" and "thank you."

SENSORAL EXERCISES
Building imaginations with real Montessori Sensorial Materials teach children to use their sense of touch, feeling, taste and smell as a key to the basic understanding of reality.

MATH
Children learn to perform counting, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division exercises by using and handling Montessori mathematical materials such as rods, beads, spindles, cubes, cards and counters, etc. which also teaches them to visualize the whole structure of our numerical system.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Children trace letter shapes, listen to the sounds, play word games and learn to read by matching up words and pictures through phonetics and word building. Reading and writing are keys to help synthesize their knowledge of our English language.

SENSORAL EXERCISES
Building imaginations with real Montessori Sensorial Materials teach children to use their sense of touch, feeling, taste and smell as a key to the basic understanding of reality.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE
The children are taught basic words in Spanish and French.

GEOGRAPHY
Montessori teachers focus the child's attention on maps and globes. Hands on experiences are emphasized in order for them to experience a study of the earth and its natural phenomena.

SOCIAL STUDIES
An awareness of other cultures is presented through photographs, maps and stories to illustrate the problems and needs of people in the world and to help the child appreciate talents, joy and beauty of different world cultures.

MUSIC/ART
Poems, nursery rhymes and songs give the child a beautiful experience. It connects language with the movements of the body. The children use crayons, paper and art supplies.

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