Welcome to Our Kindergarten
A sincere welcome to you as you considered enrolling your child in our kindergarten programme. We trust that your child’s involvement at our school will be a positive experience and that together, we may help your child grow, develop and learn.
The word kindergarten comes from the German language. Kinder means children and garten means garden. The term dates back to the 19th century. Friedrich Froebel (1782-1852) started the first kindergarten, Garden of Children, in 1840. According to Froebel, “Children are like tiny flowers; they are varied and need care, but each is beautiful alone and glorious when seen in the community of peers.” Froebel was an educator who believed in self-activity and hands-on learning for children. He also had a love for nature, science and mathematics. He felt children needed to be nurtured and caringly tended to like plants in a garden.
Here at St. Christopher’s Academy, we believe that children could develop and flourish freely through self- directed play under the guidance of the teacher.
It’s a time of tremendous social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development, and it can come and go before you know it. Pre-Kg may look like all fun and games but there’s an intense amount of brainwork going on. Here at St. Christopher’s Academy, we lay the groundwork for the future. Through their playing, singing and learning, they gain skills that ultimately help them learn to read, write, build their math and science skills, and become successful students.
LOWER AND UPPER KINDERGARTEN
Your child continues to develop a wide range of skills in kindergarten, including physical, social, emotional, language and literacy, and thinking (cognitive) skills.
Physical development: Playing outside and taking physical activity breaks during the day help children build healthy bones and muscles, focus better, and feel less stress. Doing puzzles, writing, drawing, and working with clay are some activities that develop children’s finger and hand control.
Social development: Teachers support children’s social skills by helping them work together, include each other in activities, make and keep friends, and resolve disagreements.
Emotional development: Make your child understand his/her feelings and the feelings of others. We help them to recognize, talk about, and express their emotions and show concern for others.
Language and literacy development: Children understand language and communicate through reading, writing, listening, and talking. Literacy is a big focus in kindergarten.
Our focus is on overall development of children through an integrated learning process.