Curriculum

Our curriculum is designed  to develop children’s skills and potential to their maximum through different activities in our daily routine. We believe that pre-school years are the most important time for potential development if the appropriate learning opportunities are provided.

Our curriculum and its implementation is based on the High Scope Methodology where we provide  an active learning approach which is based on experiential learning involving all senses. There is a planned curriculum held across the full year, with specific topics and learning experiences for each age group. The daily activities in our routine includes:

Circle Time: A weekly topic is carried out and supported with materials such as books, boards, videos, songs, puppets, flash cards etc. During this time songs, rhymes, creative expression and group games are used to enhance the teaching of the topic and related new vocabulary through active learning. There is also a topic related school trip once or twice a month (based on Covid-19 measures). This is notified to the parents prior the trip date. These school trips are an important part of the program as they support the experiential and active learning component of the program.

 

Play Time (Plan-Do-Review): The heart of the High Scope daily routine is the plan-do-review sequence, in which children make choices about what they will docarry out their ideas, and reflect on their activities with adults and peers. We call these parts of the day planning time, work time, and recall time. Children play alone or with their peers in different corners of the class. They are independent, play freely, use their imagination and use the  materials of their own choiceTeachers join in children’s’ games, initiate group games and ask open ended questions to extend and encourage them to share their ideas and experiences.

Small Group Time(SGT): Is a meaningful and important part of any Preschoolers day. It's a time when teachers work with a small group of children (6-8) to enhance their development in each key experience allowing them the space for exploration and discovery.

Art Time: This a time of the daily routine to enhance the creative expression of each child through various materials. Children engage in experimentation and project their unique discoveries related with topic of the week.

Worksheet Time: Everyday topic related worksheets are incorporated into the daily routine to reinforce taught concepts, vocabulary and related key experiences. Worksheets and art activities are sent home every Friday for parents to have an idea of the topic covered, so that they can support their children’s development at home too.

  • Extra-Curricular Activities:
    • Creative Drama: During drama time children develop language and communication skills. They learn the world through improvisation and pretend play. Through the language of images and acting freely they build their confidence and strengthen different ways of expression.
    • Creative Music:  During this time children use their body and mind to enhance their auditory perception through sound and music. In our music classes, we utilize Carl Orff Approach, where we combine music, movement, drama, and speech into experiences that are similar to child's world of play. We also practice Kekeça technique where we utilize our bodies to support percussion and rhythm.
    • Creative Movement Gym: During this time children learn to become aware of their bodies, using themselves creatively through movement and dance. Creative expression of the body leads to the stimulation of gross motor skills which is a crucial element for self-confidence, self-esteem and self-worth. We provide a wide range of techniques every month where we practice yoga for mindfulness, basketball for eye and head coordination, gymnastics for balance coordination etc.
    • Art: During art time while using a wide range of materials, children develop competence  and discover  their creative self in a positively supported environment. Art activity time is also an important time to develop fine motor skills, hand –eye coordination and to support diversity. Throughout the year the children engage in multiple art methods (e.g. watercolors, ceramics, marbling, etc.) and are introduced to the work of famous artists. This is a time where long lasting group projects are planned to support cooperation and bonding amongst children.

Outdoor Time: In this time of the daily routine children have many opportunities for hands-on, active learning. Nature provides them with infinite variables, choices of ways to move their bodiesopportunities to be seen and heard in ways that wall can restrict. This is an ‘explore time’ in which different parts of the park is discovered each day. Playing outdoors promotes the sense of freedom and enables the development of gross motor skills. It is an excellent time for children to connect, use their energy and enjoy themselves. They witness the change of seasons through our  fruit and vegetables garden, in which we plant and harvest during the year. On rainy days where it is not possible to play outdoors, our indoor play area which is designed with various gross motor developing equipment is used to allow the children to discharge their energy.

Summer School: Based on the demand, KIDS Summer School begins at the end of the second term, for a duration of 6 weeksHalf day and full day options both in English and Turkish are available. Please contact us for details.

Sample 1 Day Schedule

9:30

Arrival & Greeting time

9:50

Snack Time

10:10

Circle Time Art Time

10:45

Play Time (Plan-Do-Review)

11:45

Art Activity

12.15

Play in the Garden /  Closed indoor area

12:45

Lunch

13:20

Puppet/Story Time

13:40

Worksheet Time

14:10

Extra curricular activity time (creative drama, music, movement and art)

14:40

Small Group Time

15:15

Cardboard Game Time

15:40

Snack

16:00

Play in the Garden/ Closed indoor area

16:30

Ready To go

 

Sample ½ Day Schedule

9:30

Arrival & Greeting time

9:50

Snack Time

10:05

Circle Time

10:30

Worksheet Time

11:00

Play Time (Plan-Do-Review)

11:40

Art Time

12:00

Play in the Garden /  Closed indoor area

12:30

Lunch Time

13:00

Ready to go