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A Typical Day in Kindergarten

Kindergarten Starters

Our K-Starter children (3 year olds) and teachers begin our day by putting our belongings away and putting on our house shoes for morning playtime. A morning song indicates it is time to join our morning circle. This includes singing, dancing and listening to some stories. After circle time we enjoy a healthy morning snack together. We continue with circle times in English, numeracy, and German. After our circle time, we have both indoor and outdoor playtime.

We place a big emphasis on developing the children’s social and emotional skills, which help the children communicate their needs and form relationships with their peers.  We read books, sing songs, and play games to reinforce these soft skills.  We also incorporate centres into our day, to aid in developing specific skills. Developing independence is also encouraged, and a lot of time is spent reinforcing the child’s confidence in completing tasks on their own.

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 colouring activities based on these stories.

We eat lunch with our friends in the classroom. Here children practice setting and clearing the table, using utensils and developing their table manners. After lunch our quiet time period begins, where children lay down on mats to rest. Our afternoons are filled with music, dancing, games, arts and crafts, a second snack time and indoor/ outdoor playtime.

KG1

Our KG1 children (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 colouring activities based on these stories.

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We eat lunch with our friends in the classroom. Here children practice setting and clearing the table, using utensils and developing their table manners. After lunch our quiet time period begins, where children lay down on mats to rest. Our afternoons are filled with music, dancing, games, arts and crafts, a second snack time and indoor/ outdoor playtime.

KG 2

Our KG2 children (ages 5–6) 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.

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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 children 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 learning, 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.

kg lettersAs 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.

German

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.

Parent-Teacher Communication

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.

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.

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Enrolment Ages

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

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.

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Summer School

Summer school programs are fun for kids and helpful for working parents.

Sports

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School Supply List

Please refer to the supply list sent to you at the beginning of the year. To ensure your child is prepared for class, please label their belongings to avoid confusion. Check with your child during the year to make sure they still have the supplies they need.

Things You Can Do At Home…

…to help your child at school:

  • Ask your child about school and take an interest in what they are learning.
  • Read to your child.
  • Make sure they get enough sleep.
  • Make sure they have enough healthy snacks. We have a very active day. (They have time to eat a snack in the morning and afternoon snack and a hot lunch is available in our cafeteria.)

KG Parents: Morning Meet Ups

Please feel free to join other parents every morning who gather in the main school to chat and grab a coffee at the kiosk, near the cafeteria (When you leave the Kindergarten area, go straight and pass through the glass doors.).

It is easy to meet people. Just introduce yourself in whatever language you feel comfortable. Most parents speak at least some English and German. Since we are an international school, you will also find families who also speak Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Polish, Turkish and many other languages.