Education at MIA Kindergarten
We have observed throughout the years that each child has a different style of perception, understanding, learning, and approach to the world, as well as different problem-solving methods therefore we have taken the Early Years Foundation Stage, one of the leading standards for preschool education, as the reference point and designed a skill-oriented curriculum.
In terms of early education, there are seven areas of learning and development that are crucial to the development of educational programs. All these areas of learning and development are important and interrelated. Three of these areas are especially important in encouraging the children’s curiosity and willingness to learn, and in improving their learning, relationship-building, and success skills. These main three areas are as follows:
- Communication and Language Development
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social, and Emotional Development
The children should be supported in four other areas that help in the strengthening and application of the skills of these three areas.
These other areas are as follows:
- Literacy development
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
The three characteristics of our effective teaching and learning method are as follows:
- Playing games and discovering – the children explore and experience a phenomenon, and then ‘try it themselves’
- Active learning – the children become more concentrated in the face of challenges, they keep trying, and enjoy their successes.
- Creating and critical thinking – the children have their own ideas and they develop them, create connections between them and use them to strategize in order to get things done.
We effectively use the EYFS framework by enriching it with the best programs in the world in the area.
Communication and Language Development
Includes creating a language-rich environment for the children, enabling them to express themselves, to build up their confidence and to improve their skills, and providing them with the opportunity to speak and listen in a range of situations.
Includes providing young children the opportunity to be active, interactive, as well as improve their coordination, control, and movement skills. Also, guidance should be offered to children on the importance of physical activities and healthy diet.
Includes encouraging children to associate sounds with letters, and to start reading and writing. In order to make children feel more interested in these practices, activities involving various reading materials (books, poems, etc.) are carried out.
Personal, Social, and Emotional Development
Includes providing guidance to children in developing a positive attitude towards themselves and others, creating positive relationships and respecting others, acquiring social skills and learning how to manage their feelings, and understanding the appropriate behaviors to be shown in a group and helping them to be more confident.
Includes providing children with the opportunities to count, understanding numbers and using them, performing basic addition and subtraction operations, improving their skills in describing shapes, distances and measurements, and developing their skills in these practices.
Understanding the World
Includes helping children in making sense of the physical world and the environment they live in through discovering, observing, and learning about the people, the places, and technology.
Expressive Arts and Design
Includes enabling children to discover through games in which they use a large variety of mediums and materials, as well as encouraging them to share their ideas and feelings through several activities of art, music, movement, dance, role-play, design, and technology.