Kindergarten: a natural space for children

Play is how children learn in kindergarten. Sometimes they play by themselves, sometimes they play in groups and sometimes they play in activities organized by teachers and adults. The space is designed at their scale. We are firm believers in the idea that the environment is the second teacher and put a lot of effort into ensuring that kids have materials and resources for constructive and inventive work.

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The ‘Kindergarten Curriculum Framework’ emphasized that while early academic competencies in numeracy, literacy (reading and writing), or science are necessary and should not be overlooked, the enduring effects of social and emotional competences are of even greater importance for the holistic development of a life-long learner

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Kindergarten children learn mostly through play. There are few formal lessons. However, through each activity and play, children will naturally learn important concepts in Mathematics and Literacy, as well as develop socially and emotionally.  There will be mirrored activities in English and Arabic to reinforce vocabulary in both languages. 

The overarching theme in Hadiqa is the Garden.  The teacher and the two teaching assistants will incorporate practical activities on the Farm into their teaching schedule, with a focus on growth and respect for nature.

There will be six learning areas:

Aesthetics and Creative ExpressionMotor Skills Development
Science: Discovery of the WorldMathematics
Language and LiteracySocial and Emotional Development
Six Learning Areas

The teacher creates learning experiences fusing the principles of:

  • Constructivism: allow children to construct their own knowledge
  • Facilitation: to be facilitators of learning
  • Authentic learning: to use “realia” and quality interactions with new knowledge
  • Integrated approach: to work with other teachers to create holistic learning experiences
  • Engagement: designing lessons through purposeful play

Many of the thematic units will introduce the child to STEAM.

Various physical activities will round out the children’s large and small motor skill development and self-confidence. Cooking and preparing food will also be an important aspect of kindergarten, as children learn math, science, nutrition and health through the cooking experience.

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Published by Jason Preater

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