The American curriculum for kindergarten students involves a multitude of learning experiences that are grounded on a meaningful understanding of early childhood development. These practical experiences are established daily within an integrated process curriculum that follows common core standards for Language Arts, Mathematics, and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for Science.
Our program adopts the ‘Whole Child’ Model that integrates six pathways for child development and growth, namely; the Academic, Cognitive, Ethical, Physical, psychological and Social Emotional aspects. At DIS we provide a caring, happy and stimulating learning environment that encourages children to grow in independence and fulfill their potential. Outdoor play areas are designed to accommodate Physical Education facilities, sand, water, role-play and various action-learning opportunities.
We use flexible instructional strategies based on our students’ needs and potentials; assessing different learning standards, and stimulating activities that engage students, as well as permit room for learning opportunities through inquiry-based exploring. Students are exposed to concrete, real-world activities to enable their knowledge of the space surrounding them. Students actively learn through purposeful play, while being exposed to deliberate guidance through entertainment.
At DIS Kindergarten we teach:
1. English Language Art and literacy: Listening and Speaking – Reading – Writing to enhance their English language proficiency (Wonders)
2. Math: Counting and Cardinality- Operations and Algebraic Thinking – Measurement and Data – Geometry to help students prepare for math (My Math)
3. Science: Physical Sciences – Life Sciences – Earth and space sciences. (Inspire Science)
4. Social Studies: values, ethics and our community (Treasures)
5. Technology: Basics for safe and productive use of technology
6. Social and Emotional Learning:
Our program encourages children to demonstrate positive attitudes, social skills, critical thinking, ability to solve problems, independence, an awareness of health and safety practices, and an awareness of their surroundings in order to build a foundation for lifelong participation in and appreciation for healthy living.
7. Physical education: Gross Motor Skills and Gymnastics
8. Creative Arts: drawing, painting, and cutting, pasting, and playing with dough…etc.
9. Performing Arts: Music – Dance – Role play and Drama