Throughout the school year, the outdoor learning environments available to our Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten children help develop their research and thinking skills.
A typical ICS Kindergarten morning finds children exploring outdoors in the Research Garden and fine-tuning their observation skills. As they explore what nature has to offer, just a stone’s throw from their classrooms on the ICS campus, they interact and share their discoveries with each other and with their teachers.
Carefully investigating the structure of a flower through a magnifying glass, or observing that holes in a leaf could come from a slug’s slow progress through the vegetation, the children demonstrate responsibility towards living things in their surroundings.
Combining Science with Social Studies, the children talk about their observations as they build relationships with each other and their outdoor learning space. In addition, a paint box of watercolours and a piece of white paper prove to be very useful tools in helping to record what they have observed!
Our Kindergarten children learn how to use non-standard tools such as hands to measure and collect data and how respond to the world around them by using their senses. They learn to ask questions and find answers by engaging in age-appropriate scientific investigations and evaluating the outcome. How does something work? What will happen if I do this? The children come up with individual ideas and predictions, draw conclusions connected with their observations, and often brainstorm with each other.
Kindergarten children at ICS quickly understand that listening to the ideas of others improves their own thinking. They are encouraged to create products which build on their interests, talents and curiosities by using the wide range of materials available to them. At the same time, the children are part of a collaborative process which inspires them to modify their designs, deepening their understanding of nature and matter.
Actively participating in guided inquiry and discovery on a day-to-day basis, our youngest students are challenged by a rigorous PYP curriculum. Whether learning happens indoors or outdoors, the children are led by dedicated ICS professionals who are passionate about providing our Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten and Preschool children with carefully planned learning opportunities to help them become investigators, researchers and thinkers.
We look forward to welcoming interested families to our next Preschool & Kindergarten Virtual Open House, a webinar-style presentation for parents of children aged 3 to 6, scheduled to take place on Friday 25 September from 09:15-11:15. Please see this week’s Bulletin for more details.