Educational and developmental objectives
It is the goal of the kindergarten to provide appropriate educational processes and to thus offer to the children the possibility to play and learn on their own as well as together with other children (learning to interact with competence). Our educational and developmental goals are aligned towards the educational program of the canton of Zurich.
The five fields of education
- Communication and language skills; handling media
Children are to acquire and develop language skills. At kindergarten age, emphasis should be placed on verbal expression skills. In addition to this, we also wish to teach our kindergarten children how to handle media reasonably.
Thanks to everyday play at the kindergarten, the children acquire verbal as well as non-verbal communication skills. The children make experiences and learn to share their opinions and express their feelings. Their vocabulary will grow and they will learn to describe pictures and express their ideas in words. Moreover, at our kindergarten, the children will learn more about the variety of languages and experience different languages as something interesting and positive. Different exercises and games will help them to train their sense of hearing. Moreover, the understanding of symbols will be encouraged and first experiences with signs and the alphabet ensured. Enjoying looking at books and having stories read to them is part of everyday life at our kindergarten.
Since the introduction of the educational program, part of the classes at our kindergarten is held in High German. The children thus learn to distinguish between Swiss-German dialect and Standard German as well as to express themselves in simple High German sentences.
- Nature, technology and mathematics
This field of education involves children acquiring an initial understanding of the natural fundamentals of life and the significance of learning to master daily procedures, techniques, and materials. Moreover, the children will be introduced to very basic mathematics.
We offer the children the opportunity to experience nature on an everyday basis. Together, we will observe the course of the seasons; learn more about animals and plants, and the interdependencies between human beings and nature.
In our kindergarten, the children will learn to use various everyday tools and utensils without hurting themselves as well as how to work with different materials.
Children will learn how to count and to use numbers. Various different themes and methods will ensure that they enjoy doing so. They will also learn to put objects in proper order, to compare them, to recognize redundancies and patterns. The children will also be taught to tell different forms apart.
- Identity, social aspects and values
When they join the kindergarten, the children will experience a new social environment. The children will learn how to interact with each other and to reflect upon their own behavior and their conduct within the group. We will assist the children to establish and foster relationships and to integrate themselves into the group.
Learning to come to terms with success and failure is also an important part of life and thus something that we encourage. We help the children to identify their needs and wishes and to fulfill them by taking corresponding action. We practice with the children, so that they will learn to become aware of their feelings and learn how to deal with them.
The children will also learn to react empathically towards the feelings and needs of the other kindergarten children and to thus adopt sound social conduct within the group.
- Awareness, design and art
Teaching the children to use all of their senses will help them to achieve enhanced awareness of their environment. We encourage them to work with different materials but also to put their physical skills to use. In art classes, they will draw, paint, collect, and put things in order. We help to sharpen their power of imagination and their perception of space by allowing them to create things with various different materials, thereby applying different methods and physical skills.
In music classes, the children will learn to differentiate between different noises, sounds, tones, rhythms, and melodies. On Tuesday afternoons, we regularly offer a music and movement class. Singing and playing instruments are part of our everyday activities.
Role-playing and acting are also among our everyday activities. Whether in the group or when allowed to play freely, the children will learn to adopt different roles and to express their feelings verbally and physically.
We also ensure that the children be familiarized with various different forms of the arts outside of the kindergarten.
- Exercise and health
Every day, we ensure that the children are able to play outside and exercise in order to promote their joy of movement and their own bodily awareness. We choose appropriate exercises and provide physical instructions. Various different activities can help to promote their fine and gross motor skills.
In addition, we instruct the children with regard to how to ensure their personal hygiene. To foster understanding of the importance of healthy nutrition, the children are allowed to help us prepare their meal once a week.