The Kindergarten curriculum is enriched with special programs in order to enhance students’ skills, values, attitudes and aesthetic cultivation to the greatest possible extent.
Special Educational Programs
The acronym STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) refers to an integrated and unified teaching approach for each of these five components. Following the latest global trend, our Kindergarten has adopted this approach for its academic program. Teachers work collaboratively to empower students to develop their creativity, imagination, critical thinking and problem-solving skills to the fullest. The procedure is as follows:
- A question-problem-speculation is raised by students or teachers.
- Solutions are proposed and the best one is chosen.
- Students design their proposed solution and then select and organize their tools.
- Following their proposed plan, students construct their idea and test to see if it works or whether it requires tweaking in order to achieve the desired result.
- Students present their construction to the rest of the team
The cultivation of moral values is developed in our students by observing the attitude and behaviors of adults (parents, teachers, et al.) as well through teaching. The Honor Code program integrates values and principles into school life each and every day. Through experiential activities, students are made aware of the value of friendship, of solidarity, of gratitude, of self-respect (physical and mental health), of respect for others, of diversity, as well as respect for animals and the environment.
The Artist of the Month program gives students an opportunity to acquaint themselves with important artists and their work and to become inspired by art in order to create works “through their own lenses.”
Students are given an opportunity to present themselves and their respective families to their group. Thus, they organize information they want to communicate; they develop presentation skills; they learn to listen to the presentations of others and to ask pertinent questions in both languages.
The Kindergarten Library is a unique gateway to knowledge as the programs it offers and its collection help to develop reading appreciation, as well as communication and research skills. It also promotes the concept of interculturalism by giving students an opportunity to get to know the whole world and to express themselves through the pages of books.
Its objective is for students to become familiar with recreational reading, to sharpen children’s critical thinking skills, and to help develop their imagination.
The Library is part of the Kindergarten’s pedagogical – educational program and, as such, Library time is built into the student’s weekly timetable. It operates during all school days for both students and staff and is a lending library. During Library period, librarians read or narrate fairytales to students.
Through special activities, students are exposed to and become familiar with all forms of speech (written or spoken) in both Greek and English. They also have an opportunity to attend selected events based on transdisciplinary themes, as well as presentations by people from the realm of books (writers, illustrators, etc.) whose goal is to generate future bibliophiles. The “Book Games” program, which has been implemented in recent years, gives parents a monthly opportunity to also get involved in promoting reading appreciation, while students are more involved in the research process.
The head librarian collaborates with class teachers, as well as with the PYP Coordinator, in planning educational activities, as well as in designing Interdisciplinary Research Units.
Every one of our Kindergarten students has his/her own Library Diary, the cover of which the student has personally drawn and colored. In it, the student keeps of record of the books he/she has borrowed while attending Kindergarten and the recommended activity that was implemented with each book.
The Library provides Reading Appreciation lessons for students in Kindergarten sections. Reading Appreciation is a pleasant time for students who, in addition to recreational reading, become acquainted with research activity that, naturally, has been adapted to their age and abilities. In particular, Kindergarten students become familiar with the way the Library collection is organized, the steps needed to locate and then evaluate information about a book using both print and online sources. Depending on the topic their class is studying, they look on their own for information contained in books, which allows them to develop critical thinking as well as social skills as they are asked to work with classmates. During this teaching period, students also learn about information that one finds on a book cover and other bibliographic data. Lastly, they practice reading comprehension exercises and learn to use digital resources to which the Library has access.