- Low student to teacher ratio
- Lessons are tailored for every child’s developmental needs and capabilities
- An environment where children are encouraged to make wise decisions, express their feelings through words, share, cooperate and be sensitive to others’ feelings.
- We provide quality education by experiences and quality materials to support and develop every child’s unique interests and multiple intelligences.
KER IS A PLAY-BASED CURRICULUM
What is Learning through play?
Learning through play is a term used in education and psychology to describe how a child can learn to make sense of the world around them. Through play children can develop social and cognitive skills, mature emotionally, and gain the self-confidence required to engage in new experiences and environments.
Play develops children's content knowledge and provides children the opportunity to develop social skills, competences and disposition to learn. Play-based learning is based on a Vygotskian model of scaffolding where the teacher pays attention on specific elements of the play activity and provides encouragement and feedback on children's learning.
… children being active and involved in their learning. Children learn best through first-hand experiences… the purpose of play-active learning is that it motivates, stimulates and supports children in their development of skills, concepts, language acquisitions/communication skills and concentration. It also provides opportunities for children to develop positive attitudes and to demonstrate awareness/use of recent learning, skills and competencies, and to consolidate learning.
WE TEACH OUR STUDENTS TO DO IT BY THEMSELVES
At KASHIWA ENGLISH RANCH, we help our children develop independence…
Children clean up after themselves
Anytime we are doing something for children because it's more convenient, it's more of a disservice to them.
If we want children to become capable and independent, we actually have to help train them up to be that way.
Children make choices
All of the activities are carefully planned out, and the children get to choose what they want to do.
Children learn to be resourceful
Before they could ask for help from a teacher, they had to try it themselves. And then they had to ask a friend for help.
Children take care of their classroom
Classroom jobs are the version of chores at home. Except it is way cooler at school because children get to help their friends and feel extra helpful and important.
Children are allowed to take risks
Many times, we think a child shouldn't do something, but they are actually fully capable. When we take a step back and let them show us their actual abilities, we are helping them see that they are independent children who are capable and strong.
Children become problem-solvers
Helping kids develop into capable, confident, and independent children doesn't happen overnight. But by using these simple strategies from preschool teachers, we all can work together to help children learn to take care of themselves and one another.
Our present Early Childhood Education program is one that is developmentally appropriate and rich in content. It starts with a basic understanding of the different stages of child development and is grounded on meaningful teacher-child, teacher-parent-child partnerships. It is our belief that a child learns best when he is self-confident, responsible, independent, and loving.
Our unique feature in our educational program is the importance we give to the development of the different aspects of a child’s intelligence. Our curriculum is tailored with the 7 domains of the Early Childhood Development
Gross motor: This involves learning to use all of the “big” muscles in their body.
Crawling, walking, running, skipping, jumping and climbing are some examples of gross motor activity.
Fine-motor: Fine motor activities teach hand-eye coordination.
These requires a child to learn to precisely control the muscles in the hands.
This involves, coloring, writing, cutting with scissors, using tweezers, tearing paper etc.
All help build fine motor skills.
Language: This domain centers on the child’s ability to speak, read, and write, involving alphabetic and phonetic learning.
Learning the ABC’s, the “magic” words like “please” and “I’m sorry”, and the wonder of a simple thank you note are all prime examples.
Cognitive: This includes cause and effect, reasoning, as well as early- math skills.
Counting and patterning are also included in this domain.
Socio-Emotional: Learning to play with others is a skill that is taught. Making sure a child feels safe and nurtured is part of this development as is using manners and modeling kind behavior.
Kids learn what they see and we are their first examples.
Self-help/Adaptive: In this domain children begin to show a little independence and learn how to take care of themselves.
Learning to dress and eat on their own, how to tie their own shoes and brush their own teeth are all examples of becoming less dependent on Mom and Dad.
Potty training is a big milestone here..
Moral Values: Teaching kids to love and respect themselves is a behavior that is learned from and modeled by Mom and Dad.
Children learn by observation as well as exploration, and they are always watching.
Knowing the difference between right and wrong is an important lesson to be learned early on.