Kindergarten Curriculum

In their kindergarten classes, the main language is English. 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. It is here that students learn to be part of a loving community while enjoying fun activities at school. In addition to this, students in the kindergarten; They 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. With this holistic education approach, students are also provided to interact with nature. Along with their interaction with nature, students are provided with the opportunity to observe natural life, be respectful to their environment and love the environment.

Considering the ability and skill of each student in the kindergarten, it is prioritized to illuminate their lives so that they can develop both their social and emotional skills. Through in-class and outdoor activities during the day, students are provided with an environment where they can both question and learn by doing in collaboration with their classmates.

With its applied English curriculum, it prepares students for primary school and later levels and aims to improve all language skills. From the age of 4, French is also taught as a second language.

Kindergarten Lessons

English Language Arts (ELA) stands for the study and development of language arts. The fundamentals of learning at ELA are as critical to the child’s social and emotional development as they are to any other curriculum area. The skills learned through the language arts are not only important in themselves, but are essential for success in other fields of study and in 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 skills that are important for the development of literacy (reading and writing). 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, written images and become ready to learn to read and write. Understanding how to hold the pen correctly, how to use the page from top to bottom, from left to right are among the elements that will help students write properly. They learn the letters of the alphabet, their sounds and how to write each letter.

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

It is necessary for our children to 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 in the learning process. Counting tools such as calendars, digital and analog clocks, calculators, beads, stones, and reeds are some of the tools that 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; understands how numbers are put together and separated, and they have an intuitive sense of the number system. They work by sorting and grouping objects into clusters, as well as explaining and extending simple patterns. Our children explore simple measurements using non-standard units. Analyzing how to classify objects by weight (heavy / light); capacity (amount more / less); and they 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, ask questions and research. It contains a wide variety of materials that allow them to find out how the natural world works with observable physical evidence. They can also record their observations and prepare detailed theories about their environment. We believe that kindergarten children are natural explorers who learn by participating in meaningful life experiences, inquiring, asking questions, inventing and through social interaction. Our classroom is filled with stimuli that give children the opportunity to experiment, which gives them confidence, creative thinking and problem-solving skills.

Kindergarten Enriched Program

Being bilingual is always considered an advantage; KIS therefore 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 both reading and writing. French is taught as a second language in our kindergartens, and our children are introduced to new words so that they can 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 accompanied by our professional instructors. They learn to hold the rhythm and the difference between loud and soft voices. They recognize the artistic, cultural, scientific and mathematical foundations of music. 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. Basic 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. Our children are discovering the basic elements of rhythm and rhythmic activities as well as the principles of health and wellness. Team sports, customized activities, collaboration and team building activities 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 all of our school campuses. Younger students internalize the habit of reading by looking at the pictures of the books that teachers read every day.
You can read the English, Turkish and French storybooks written by our school founder by clicking on them.

Our school is a member of the Round Square School. Round Square is an international organization for educational purposes, including some schools, and includes 6 main topics in terms of personal development and responsibility; Internationalism, Democracy, Environment, Adventure, Leadership and Service. All these provide the holistic development of each student and their development in these subjects. From the age of 3 to 18, our children grow up with an education curriculum that includes these values.

Excursions are a form of experiential learning that takes children away from the traditional classroom environment and into a new mode of learning. It not only expands children’s learning and experience by providing hands-on experiences, but also increases children’s knowledge and understanding of the world they live in. Seeing the authentic elements of the lessons taught by our teachers or parents 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. Concept development is supported by active and exploratory experiences.

Garden time is an important element of the KIS education curriculum; Children play or do activities in the garden at least 2 times. Garden time is an activity time that appeals to all senses of children and gains a lot of knowledge without even realizing it. Children have the chance to contact and experience natural life outside. The outdoor area is a natural environment for children and offers them a freedom and a space to act incomparable with 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 are constantly developing, while playing in groups, they plan with their friends, develop ideas, experience compromise, share, wait their turn, and learn to respect the rights of others. Our task is to ensure the participation of children in the development of relationships. Nature has endless resources to stimulate children’s imaginations; Leaves, mulberries, branches can turn into different things in the imagination of children and can be used for different purposes. The most basic feature of nature is to strengthen the ability to build and creativity, but everything that is found and seen is transformed, revealing the imagination and revealing the skills of discovery. Naturally, children are more concerned with their own choices. In the given time, they develop their own games and learn in their own way.
The environment in which they play affects the emotions of children. Children feel more comfortable outside, they want to participate more in activities, they are more talkative, they come out of their shells. Activities suitable for children in the school environment are activities such as running, jumping, climbing, digging holes, crawling under things, cycling, playing ball.
Children will have the opportunity to learn about weather, seasons, growth, animal and plant environments, life cycles, and countless other topics. We should make the most of nature’s class.