Children learn best by active participation in the Kindergarten Program. It is through active involvement at Kinder that your child can learn to:
- Play freely
- Gain confidence and independence
- Develop concentration through varied experiences activities
ie. stories, discussions, puzzles, collage, block building, clay etc.
- Develop positive relationships with other children
- Exercise creative abilities
- Learn to co-operate with others
- Recognize & resolve his/her own conflicts
- Develop use of large muscles through climbing, swinging,
- Develop small muscle skills& co-ordination through the
use of manipulative equipment: threading, cutting etc.
The kindergarten teachers will be planning and preparing learning experiences to help your child develop in all of the following areas:
- social development - learning to live, play, work and co-operate with others.
- emotional development - developing independence and learning to cope with being away from the family environment, coping with conflict, developing self-esteem and so on.
- physical development - learning and practicing gross motor skills such as running, climbing, crawling, and fine motor skills such as drawing, painting, and using scissors.
- cognitive development - learning and practicing thinking skills, problem solving skills and using logic.
- language development - learning to use language to communicate needs and ideas, practicing listening skills and written.
- language skills - recognising written language and developing writing.
Close observation of each child allows the staff to identify interests and strengths, which are then incorporated into the program.
Each group has its own folder that is on the bench in the foyer. This details the current program and interests that the children are following. Please do take time to look in this. Please do feel free to ask questions about the program. Any suggestions are most welcome.
Each child has his/her own portfolio /book. They are easily identified with the child’s photo on the front cover. In the book you will find samples of your child's drawings, early “writing”, photographs of your child at work and interacting with others, and learning stories. Family members and children can add to their portfolio by contributing samples or photographs, making comparisons between the child's experiences and responses at home and at kinder, and adding their own Learning Stories from home.
The portfolios can be found on the shelves in the main kinder room. While the portfolios contain no confidential information, it is important to note that the portfolios belong to each child and their family.
Only through permission of the child and parents may you view another child's portfolio.