Core Curriculum

 

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

At our Kindergarten, students acquire skills and knowledge related to language systems and communication.  We place significant emphasis on the connection between the spoken and the written word, particularly as encountered in students’ personal and social lives.

To help students develop their listening and speaking skills, they engage in daily activities that encourage them to understand the content of a story, gradually leading to phonological awareness. Reciprocally, to develop writing and reading skills, the emerging literacy approach helps our students to understand the social role of writing. At the same time, activities related to reality, which are authentic and make sense to them, prompt our students to try to decode messages in their surrounding environment. They learn to read and write while playing.

At our Kindergarten, the objective of Mathematics lessons is to help students develop thinking processes that utilize characteristics of mathematical science.  Through experiential activities and play, students lay the foundations for the development of mathematical concepts.

The development of personal and social skills is the main objective of our educational program. Our goal is for students to recognize themselves as unique individuals with special abilities and importance.  To be self-sufficient, to accept their feelings and control the way they express themselves, to take initiatives and to express their views freely. 

The main objective of Natural Sciences is for our students to learn to explore experiences and problems and to become aware that scientific knowledge results from social practices that are governed by specific rules and procedures.

Our students become familiar with and understand the basic functions of digital media and educational software, necessary resources for the digital age of the 21st century.  Availing themselves of an environment equipped with interactive whiteboards, computers, iPads and an audio library, each day students use technology for information management (Google), to express themselves and communicate (painting and drawing software, Skype, email, digital cameras, iPads), and as a programming tool (Bee-bot, Osmo).

The Arts are part of the daily teaching process as in recent years they constitute a significant innovation in preschool education.  Music, drama games, visual arts, dance and movement are used as instruments 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, to express their thoughts and feelings in a unique way.

Included in the Core Curriculum are the special courses listed below, conducted by experts in each subject, whose aim is to cultivate the aforementioned objectives.

 

Drama Games

Drama Games contribute to the socialization of our students through the various roles they are called upon to undertake. These roles are taken from either their daily lives or from the subject they are exploring in class.  It is a game that engages children with their senses. Role-playing and improvisations enhance spontaneity, communication, and teamwork while cultivating emotional intelligence.

Music-Kinetic Education

In Music-Kinetic Education lessons, students develop rhythm, cultivate their expressive abilities, become familiar with different music genres and participate in choir and percussion ensembles.

Psychomotor Education

Psychomotor 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.