“Children love to learn. They can learn absolutely anything that can be taught to them in an honest, factual, and joyous way. In order for teaching to be effective, it must always be a joyous process.” – Glenn Doman
At GIS Kindergarten section, we like to remember that:
- Every child is different and has unique personalities
- They develop at different times and in different ways and learn at different rates.
- Tomorrow depends not partially but entirely upon the type and quality of the education we impart to our children today.
- They should be prepared for a vastly complex and rapidly changing world, which calls for an integrated meaningful education system.
OUR SALIENT FEATURES
- A highly developed and tested Singapore-based Pre-school curriculum (NEL Framework)
- Teachers and staff recruited especially for expertise, experience and passion.
- Explicit focus on development of the learning community including a close partnership with parents.
OUR HOLISTIC CURRICULUM FOCUSES ON
- Developing the holistic learner
- Aesthetics and Creative Expression
- Discovery of the World (Environmental Awareness)
- Language and Literacy
- Motor Skills Development
- Social and Emotional Awareness
- Highly qualified and experienced
- Passionate and Observant
- Communicative and Warm
- Thoughtfully designed for a stimulating environment
- Big indoor and outdoor play areas
- Spacious and airy classrooms
OTHER HIGHLIGHTS OF THE GIS PRIMARY PROGRAM
- GIS uses as its core, the Nurturing Early Learners (NEL) Framework. The NEL Framework developed by local and international researchers and is extensively used by the Singapore Ministry of Education for its Pre-schools.
- “Our inquiry-based program focuses on collaborating with young minds to be curious, think critically and creatively, solve problems and develop a passion and responsibility for their learning”
- In addition, GIS will be pioneering a learner-development centered approach to all programmes whereby learners not only ‘learn to learn’ but also learn to develop themselves as learners.
- The student – teacher ratio is kept very low to enable the teacher to work with small groups at a time while the others are absorbed in learning rhymes or recreational play. Children learn spontaneously when their interest and curiosity are awakened.
- Teaching consists primarily of presenting sensory images, object and information to the child in a pleasant and interesting manner using flash cards. Basic reading and verbal skills in multiple languages occurs naturally by exposing the child to whole-word flashing the objects on flash cards respectively.
- Teachers and students sit around a U-table, which allows the teacher to maintain the eye contact with the students at the same level. It also helps in getting undivided attention from the students.
- The classrooms are equipped with colourful chalkboards with various shapes, which attract the attention of the child when the teacher uses the board.
- There is a separate play coop for the kindergarten, which develops the gross motor and social skills of the child
- The kindergarten classes follow a theme for each month. The rhymes, stories, art and other activities taught during the month revolves around this theme.
OUR CORE VALUES
The GIS Pre-school sees the individual child as the heart and center of all our activities. Our low learner-to-teacher ratio allows our learners to receive individualized attention. We understand that every aspect of the child’s learning process must be recognized and nurtured.
OUR CORE VALUES THEREFORE NATURALLY ECHO THE “CHILD”
- Holistic Education
- Integrated learning
- Language rich environment
GIS will be pioneering a learner-development centered approach to all programmes whereby learners not only ‘learn to learn’ but also learn to develop themselves as learners as well as attend our professional development sessions.
We believe passionately in a holistic approach. Our inquiry-based program focuses on working with young minds to be curious, think critically and creatively, solve problems and develop a passion and responsibility for their own learning and development as learners.
GIS Pre-schoolers do not learn through individual subjects. Our learners learn to draw knowledge and experience from one area of learning to another. They are encouraged to ask questions all the time and to link ideas, experiences, and thoughts in their learning journey
We immerse our young learners in a language-rich, multi-lingual environment. Our children will be multi-lingual.
Our children are exposed to different local and international cultures and therefore we emphasize on coaching learners in defining and adopting good morals, values and respect.