Transdisciplinary approach to knowledge
At our bilingual kindergarten, we implement the latest pedagogical trends, placing the student at the heart of the educational process.
We attempt to provide a comprehensive, integrated and interdisciplinary approach to knowledge, perfectly in line with the everyday experiences of children, through a close look at transdisciplinary themes/units.
Children have an opportunity to make connections between different experiences, to observe and to experiment. Each of their inquiries is tackled from different spheres of knowledge and through all areas of development (Language, Mathematics, Personal and Social Development / Physical Education, National Sciences, Technology, the Arts).
Areas of Development
Students acquire skills and knowledge related to language systems and communication. Significant emphasis is placed on the connection between the spoken and written word, particularly as encountered in students’ personal and social lives. Students develop listening and speaking skills by engaging in daily activities that encourage the understanding of the content of a story which gradually leads to phonological awareness.
Reciprocally, to develop reading and writing skills, the emergent literacy approach helps students understand the social role of writing. At the same time, authentic activities prompt students to try and decode messages in their surrounding environment. Students learn to read and write while playing.
The arts are part of the daily teaching process as in recent years they constitute a significant innovation in early childhood education. Music, drama, visual arts, dance, and movement are used as a means to achieve different goals in all learning areas. Through the arts, students practice their skills and are motivated to learn. They are empowered and encouraged to be innovative and express their thoughts and feelings in a unique way.
The special courses listed below are included in the curriculum. These courses are taught by experts in each subject area with the aim of cultivating the aforementioned objectives.
Drama contributes to students’ socialization through various roles they are asked to undertake. These roles are taken from their daily lives or the subject they are investigating in class. Role-playing and improvisation enhance spontaneity, communication, and teamwork while cultivating emotional intelligence.
During music lessons, students develop rhythm, cultivate their expressive abilities, become familiar with different music genres, and participate in choir and percussion ensembles.
Physical EducationPhysical education lessons help students strengthen their perceptual and motor coordination through games involving imagination and creativity. Additionally, visual-motor coordination is developed, as is balance (both static and dynamic) and a sense of space and time. Students also have an opportunity to practice lateral movement skills.