Kindergarten Curriculum

In kindergarten, the primary language is English. However, every individual at Keystone Schools believes in the importance of early learning. For this reason, it aims to encourage students to learn for life by preparing a learning environment suitable for their development. Here, students learn to be part of a loving community while enjoying fun activities at school. In addition to this, students in kindergarten; also experience the advantage of acquiring problem-solving skills, developing their creativity, building their self-esteem, and being in an environment where collaborative learning is at the forefront.

Keystone Schools adopt a holistic educational approach and focus not only on the cognitive development of students but also on their physical, personal, social, and emotional development. This holistic approach offers students opportunities to interact with their natural environment. Along with these interactions, we provide possibilities for our students to observe nature and be respectful of their environment.

Our utmost priority is to enlighten our kindergarteners’ lives so they can develop their social and emotional skills. Through in-class and outdoor activities during school days, students are nourished with an environment where they can enquire and learn through collaborating with their teachers and classmates.

KIS kindergarten’s integrated English curriculum prepares our students for primary school and beyond. We aim to develop all language skills. Our students also begin French as a second language from age four.  



Kindergarten Lessons

English Language Arts (ELA) is the study and development of language arts.  The learning fundamentals at ELA are as critical to the child’s social and emotional development as any other curriculum area.  The skills learned through the language arts are important in themselves and essential for success in other fields of study and life outside of school.  At our school, we are constantly exploring different ways of imparting spoken and written language to children in a meaningful way.  We aim to encourage children’s love of literacy that will remain with them in the coming years and to help them understand its purpose in their daily lives.



During early speech and language development, children learn essential skills for developing literacy (reading and writing).  For example, long before children start primary school, they encounter line work and writing visually (photographic memory), learn letters and interact.  Gradually, children combine what they know about line work and written images and become ready to learn to read and write.  Understanding how to hold the pen correctly and using the page from top to bottom and from left to right are the elements that will help students write correctly.  In addition, they learn the letters of the alphabet, their sounds, and how to write each letter.

 

Phonetics training helps the reader match sounds. This skill allows readers to decipher words and helps develop an aspect of word recognition. Children need to learn letter-sound relationships because English uses letters from the alphabet to represent sounds. Learning specific phonetic rules helps children find new words by generalizing them from words they know how to read. In addition, children learn about the sounds each letter makes and how a change in letter order changes the meaning of a word.  

 

Our children must encounter enriched mathematics experiences that support the natural development of mathematical skills and encourage further research on the subject covered by experiments, observations, tools, and materials. Numbers are constantly present in kindergarten life and the learning process. Counting tools such as calendars, digital and analog clocks, calculators, beads, stones, and reeds support addition, subtraction, and counting. Number sense is crucial to success in mathematics. It explains that the child understands that the numbers represent quantity. In our kindergarten, our children see the relations of numbers with each other, understand how numbers are put together and separated, and have an intuitive sense of the number system. They work by sorting and grouping objects into clusters and explaining and extending simple patterns. Our children explore simple measurements using non-standard units. For example, analyzing how to classify objects by weight (heavy/light), capacity (amount more / less), and work with length (long/short). Thanks to their analysis, they are beginning to be able to use rulers and their standard units of measurement. They have a basic understanding of time concepts and use graphs to collect, analyze and present data.



In kindergarten, our children are introduced to the scientific research process. Our kindergarten learning environment is full of opportunities for children to study, inquire, and research. It contains various materials that allow them to find out how the world works with observable physical evidence. They can also record their observations and prepare detailed theories about their environment. We believe kindergarten children are natural explorers who learn by participating in meaningful real-life experiences, examining, inquiring, inventing, and interacting socially. As a result, our classrooms are replenished with incentives that allow children to experiment,  think creatively, and solve problems. 

 

Kindergarten Enriched Program

Being bilingual is always considered an advantage; KIS enriches a child’s education by opening it up to another culture and language. The skills our children develop as they acquire an additional language support their first language skills in reading and writing. For example, French is taught as a second language in our kindergartens, and our children are introduced to new words to express their feelings and needs and improve their verbal skills. In addition to various visual materials such as flashcards, pictures, and videos, songs, games, and stories are also used in the lesson to encourage dialogues and conversations where our children can use new words in context.



Our music lessons develop complex thinking, effective communication, aesthetic awareness, collaborative skills, and taking responsibility in our students. These skills are valuable components of a confident child. Our students get acquainted with music by singing and experiencing various instruments with our professional instructors. They learn to hold the rhythm and the difference between loud and soft voices. They recognize music’s artistic, cultural, scientific, and mathematical foundations. They find the opportunity to get to know and develop their voices by singing alone, being a part of the kindergarten choir, singing in a group, and singing with others. Our children also discover musical instruments individually and in groups.

Our kindergarten physical education program develops an understanding of the attitudes and skills that will enable each student to develop a lifestyle in which regular physical activity is practiced, and the balance between the psychomotor, cognitive, and emotional domains supports the overall development of our children. Fundamental movement skills such as locomotor, non-locomotor, manipulative, body management, movement concepts, and developmental games are included in our course content, accompanied by our expert trainers. In addition, our children are discovering the essential elements of rhythm and rhythmic activities and health and wellness principles. Team sports, customized training, collaboration, and team-building exercises are carried out.

 

Guidance Counseling provides professional, systematic and psychological support to our students. The main purpose of Guidance Counseling Services is to promote the academic, social, emotional and personal development of our students. To achieve this goal, the guidance services schedule classes once a week in the classroom to help our students develop themselves in all areas and become fully functioning individuals. They support the “social and emotional development” of students with classroom activities such as learning, communication, empathy, problem solving and emotion management skills.



School life

Celebrations are held every month with a different concept, where children are prepared by using their unique creativity, in accordance with the concept of that day.

Drop Everything And Read! The project aims to increase the habit of reading books. It is a project where everyone stops what they are doing and focuses on reading. Everyone, from security personnel to 3-year-olds, reads on our school campuses. Younger students internalize the habit of reading by looking at the pictures of the books teachers read daily.

You can read the English, Turkish and French storybooks our school founder wrote by clicking on them.

 

Our school is a member of the Round Square School. Round Square is an international organization for educational purposes. It focuses on six main topics in terms of personal development and responsibility; Internationalism, Democracy, Environment, Adventure, Leadership, and Service. These concepts aid students’ holistic growth and development. From ages 3 to 18, our children grow up with an education curriculum that includes these essential values.



Field trips are a form of experiential learning that takes children away from the traditional classroom environment and into a new learning mode. It not only expands children’s education and experience by providing hands-on experiences but also increases their knowledge and understanding of their world. Seeing the authentic elements of the lessons our teachers or parents taught during field trips can lead to more success in all subjects. It is accepted as an effective method for children who need touch. It enables children to understand and appreciate the importance of what they are learning. Active and exploratory experiences support concept development.

Garden time is an essential element of the KIS educational curriculum; Children play or do activities in the garden at least two times. Garden time is an activity time that appeals to all children’s senses and gains a lot of knowledge without even realizing it. Children have the chance to contact and experience natural life outside. The outdoors is a natural environment for children and offers them freedom and space to act incomparable to indoor spaces. Children who play and learn outdoors tend to be more active, attentive, motivated, and at the same time, more aware of their goals. They also have a more positive attitude towards learning. Children’s social skills constantly develop while playing in groups. They plan with their friends, design ideas, experience compromise, share, wait their turn, and learn to respect the rights of others. Our task is to ensure children’s participation in the development of relationships. Nature has endless resources to stimulate children’s imaginations; Leaves, mulberries, and branches can turn into different things in the imaginations of children and can be used for various purposes. Nature’s essential feature is strengthening the ability to build and create. Still, everything that is found and seen is transformed, revealing the imagination and the skills of discovery. Naturally, children are more concerned with their own choices. In the given time, they develop their games and learn their way.

The environment in which they play affects the emotions of children. Children feel more comfortable outside. They want to participate more in activities, speak more, and become more extroverted. Activities suitable for children in the school environment include running, jumping, climbing, digging holes, crawling under things, cycling, and playing ball.

Children will have the opportunity to learn about weather, seasons, growth, animal and plant environments, life cycles, and numerous other topics. We should make the most of nature’s class.