About the ISR Kindergarten
KG 1 Overview: A Typical Day
Our KG 1 children (3–4 year olds) and teachers begin our day with outside playtime in the mornings (weather permitting). When the bell rings the children come for line up. We put on our house shoes and wash our hands for morning circle time. This includes singing, dancing and listening to some stories. After circle time we enjoy a healthy morning snack together. We continue with lessons in English, math and German. After lessons, we have both indoor and outdoor playtime.
We also enjoy music as well as Mindful & Motoric Movement lessons. We attend library where the librarian reads us fun stories and we complete some coloring activities based on these stories.
We go to the cafeteria for lunch and after lunch our quiet time period begins. Our afternoons are filled with music, dancing, games, arts and crafts, a second snack time and indoor/ outdoor playtime.
KG 2 Overview: A Typical Day
Our KG 2 children (ages 4–6) and teachers begin our day with outside playtime in the mornings. When the bell rings the children come for line up. We put on our house shoes and wash our hands for morning circle time. This includes singing, dancing and listening to some stories. After circle time we enjoy a healthy morning snack together. We continue with lessons in English, math and German. After lessons, we have both indoor and outdoor playtime.
During the week we enjoy music as well as Mindful & Motoric Movement lesson. We also attend library where the librarian reads us fun stories. KG2 students can check out a book from the library on a weekly basis.
We go to the cafeteria for lunch and after lunch our quiet time period begins. Our afternoons are filled with music, dancing, games, arts and crafts, a second snack time and indoor/outdoor playtime.
KG Language and Reading Programs
The SABIS® Reading Program
The SABIS® Reading Program begins in our kindergarten classes. Through the guided instruction of phonics, letter shapes, and more complex letter blends later, these essential components lead to a solid foundation in reading skills.
In addition, our kindergarteners visit the library once a week where they have an opportunity to build lifetime habit of reading enjoyment by first listening to our librarian, who through her magic story telling skills, inspires our little ones to eagerly check out their own books to take home.
As the kindergarteners move into primary school, students gain further experience through a guided reading program that includes the SABIS® Class Readers and the Accelerated Reading (AR) Program. While the SABIS® Reading program ensures the essential skills such as phonics recognition, word building skills, reading comprehension and expression are developed, the AR Program exposes our budding readers to a wider variety of topics and reading practice.
Welcome to our German Department! From “A” like Apfel to “Z” like Zebra, our kindergarteners learn German letters and words in a fun and playful way. We work together on pronouncing the sounds, writing out the letters and using our creativity to make a small piece of artwork that goes with each letter.
In a kid-friendly and playful way, we learn the numbers, colors and other themes. In addition to the traditional German songs, rhymes and games, we also learn about the regional celebrations in Germany.
In German class, native German speakers are mixed with children from different countries so that we all can learn with each other and from each other.
German Language Screening of 4-year-olds
In keeping with the annual German language screening of 4-year-olds (“Spracherhebung der Vierjährigen”) prescribed by the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, the team of kindergarten teachers continue to do an outstanding job of preparing students with the language skills they need for formal schooling.
Reporting Student Progress
Parents receive one report per term consisting of comments, but no grades. There are three terms lasting approximately 12 weeks in each academic year.
The end-of-term report is an in-depth record of student performance over the whole term.
Education is a partnership between home and school. We value parent involvement at every level and encourage open communication with parents. We will send parent communication, weekly class updates, and reminders by email or hard copy.
Take Home Folders
Your child will be given a bag. Please check these folders nightly and return them in the morning. All important papers and finished work will be sent home on Friday in this folder.
Individual parent-teacher conferences are held via pre-scheduled appointments twice each school year (in autumn and spring). Parents are encouraged to schedule appointments at other times with the kindergarten teacher or year group leader during the school year, if needed. Parents may also request a meeting with the academic coordinator and school director at any time at 02131 40388-0.
Please feel free to call or email the school if you have questions regarding your child. We are always happy to schedule a conference to discuss any issue or concern you have regarding your child.
- These are the preferred channels. We do not advise sending letters with students.
Preparation for Grade 1
By the time kindergarteners approach the time to start first grade, they already are used to the school building, behavior guidelines and speaking English and German. They are usually quite excited to be joining the big kids in primary school.
In addition, we begin preparing how to sit like grade 1 students in term 3 of KG2. This involves changing our tables from circle shaped group tables to single rows.
We also start using the main school playground in term 3.
A special visit day for KG2 students is organized in May. The children get to sit beside their new grade 1 friends and take part in a grade 1 lesson. This helps the children to become familiar with their new teachers and school environment.
Our experience has shown that this has greatly assisted in creating a smooth transition from kindergarten to primary school.
On the first day of grade 1, the first graders and their families can join the traditional German Erster Schultag (first day of school) ceremony, where they are given candy and school supplies in a big, decorated paper cone called a Schultüte. They will meet their teachers and be taken to their new classrooms.
Acceptance into KG1 is determined by age. Children must be 3 years old by the 30th of June of the year of enrolment. Children born after the 30th of June but before the end of September of the enrolment year must first be assessed, in person, for their individual “readiness” before acceptance can be decided. KG 1 children are typically 3–4 years old.
KG2 acceptance is determined by similar criteria as that used for KG1, except that the children must be one year older; that is, 4 years old by the 30th of June of the year of enrolment. KG 2 children are typically 4–6 years old.
Arrival and Departure Procedures
Normal Arrival Procedures
- Children may arrive anytime between 07:30 and 08:15am.
- Parents are asked to check-in their child(ren) immediately upon arrival with a supervisor on the playground or to a designated indoor area when the weather is inclement.
- It is recommended that all kindergarten students be present for the opening activities, which are scheduled during the morning homeroom period starting at 08:20. Please note that our facilities are not open to students or parents before 07:50am.
Late Arrival Procedures
Students arriving at school any time after 08:20 must first sign-in and obtain a ‘late pass’ (located at the table set up on the ground floor corridor outside of the cafeteria) which should be given to the class teacher on entering class.
Normal Departure Procedures
- Kindergarten classes end at 15:20. Parents may pick-up their child (ren) after 15:20. Kindergarten students may be picked up from the playground or from their classroom when the weather is inclement.
- In the event of ‘wet’ weather, KG 1 and KG 2 students will remain in their classrooms until 16:00.
- Parents should sign-out their child with the supervisor on the playground or in the classroom.
- Kindergarten supervision begins at 15:20 and ends at 16:15. Any child who is still in our care after 16:15 will remain in the kindergarten for Extended Care Program which ends at 18:00.
Early Departure Procedures
KG News & Events
There is always something exciting happening in kindergarten! Check your child’s home folder for our KG Times Newsletter, our website news, Weekly Update and bulletin boards for the latest news and events.
Summer school programs are fun for kids and helpful for working parents.