WELCOME TO GIS K/5
GREGG International School five-year-old kindergarten program (K/5) fosters students’ love of learning, general knowledge, social abilities as well as curiosity about the ever-changing world surrounding them.
Since 1986 GiS’s K/5 students have participated in a variety of activities throughout the day, including learning opportunities in whole group, smaller groups, and as individuals. Learning incorporates a variety of media and methods, such as block building, pretend play, picture books, paints and other art materials, pegboards, and puzzles. To foster K/5 development, GiS teachers work with individual children, small groups, and the whole group at different times during the day.
GiS K/5 students participate in activities about mathematics, reading readiness, science and social studies, as well as music, library, arts and physical education.
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Key concepts are introduced so that the children will have a strong foundation upon which to build their numerical proficiency. They learn to recognize, count and order numbers through 20. Simple equations using addition and subtraction are practiced, as well as exercises using the concepts of “more than” and “less than.” Children will also learn about time, graphs, patterns, and how to solve problems using manipulative materials.
A variety of reading materials is available at the school. The main objective is to nurture in each child an enthusiasm for books and a desire to read–as well as getting into the habit of reading. Since a mastery of words and language is essential for success in all facets of learning, the children develop a positive attitude toward the written and spoken word. They begin to understand the concept of a narrative and its constituent parts. There are listening and oral activities.
Encouragement in children’s written expression is emphasized. A proactive stance toward writing is achieved through activities that include making up stories together, and listening and responding to a variety of written expression forms. Children begin to encounter the sender-receiver relationship that is the nexus of communication. A variety of writing materials are available in the learning centers with which children can explore, exercise and expand skills in, and knowledge of, the written expression.
Learning the basics of science is a prerequisite for understanding the world around us. Since we learn by doing, children have many opportunities to observe, measure, interpret and predict how phenomena occur under various conditions. Topics for exploration include seasons, animals and plants, among other wonders of nature.
A culturally diverse student body also share common qualities, such as having a family and friends. By linking these commonalities among our students, the children learn to value each culture’s contribution to our world, making it a richer place in human terms. A variety of activities and projects focus on the importance of international understanding among peoples, aimed to stimulate interest and participation.
Children are introduced to computers using the Jump Start Kindergarten program, with its trans-disciplinary framework, that complements their understanding of other curriculum areas. Later in the school year, a variety of interactive software with curricular applications is introduced, which has proven to enhance the children’s understanding of numbers, and their spelling and reading.
Cooking, Art, Gardening and Hands-on Activities, as well as Music, which includes voice training, rhythm, dancing and instruments. Art Activities involve using pencil, crayon and water-soluble paint that help elucidate the connection between ideas and their symbolic expressions. Children are encouraged to explore their creative urges through both verbal and graphical means.
Individual introduction to leveled reading program.
Learn and master basic math and concepts.
Participate in experiments and basic scientific activities.
Explore in firsthand cross curricular activities.
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K/5 COURSE SCHEDULE
- 8:45-9:00 : Arrival
- 9:00-10:00 : Learning Center
- 10:00-10:30 : Circle Time / Music
- 10:30-11:00 : Math
- 11:00-11:15 : Snack
- 11:15-12:00 : Outside Time / Team Sports
- 2:00-12:30 : Phonics / Language Arts
- 12:30-13:30 : Lunch Time / Free Play
- 13:00-14:00 : Science / Social Studies / Arts
- 14:00-14:30 : Story Time/Discussion
- 14:30 : Dismissal