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Kindergarten

History Of Kindergarten

"Kindergarten" is a German word which literally means "garden for the children". Friedrich Froebel, a German born in 1782 setup the first "kindergarten in Blankenburg Germany in 1837. Froebel rallied German women to gather and support his "kindergarten". In his view, he compared children as "plants" and teachers as "gardeners". The teachers were nicknamed "kindergarteners" just as how a garden would lovingly care for and attended to his plants. Froebel's idea was to educate little children from their early years by learning through play in order to become integrated and while people.

In the decades since, the concept of "kindergarten" has spread throughout the world and has a deep impact on early childhood education.

The International Baccalaureate (IB) education program also emphasise a lot on kindergarten education. In the IB Primary Years Programme (commonly known as PYP catered to children aged 3 - 12 year of age), a lot of emphasis is placed on preparing the students for the intellectual challenges they will face later in life in their education and career paths. The IB PYP focuses a lot on the development of the child as a curious and knowledge seeking inquirer both in school and beyond.

IB Kindergarten

The IB kindergarten program strives to develop children who will help contribute to building a better world through mutual cultural understand and respect. IB programs are vastly different from other education syllabi as they focus on developing the children's ability to think critically and challenge assumptions. Another key difference in IB education is that students of all ages are encouraged to develop multilingual abilities.

 

GRADE: NURSERY, KINDERGARTEN 1 AND 2
AGE GROUP: 3 TO 6 YEARS

HWA’s Kindergarten curriculum introduces young learners to and sets the foundation for a dual language and inquiry-based framework for teaching and learning in the IB-Primary Years Programme. The nature of the classroom is bilingual, we have one English and one Mandarin teacher stationed within class, we also impart our young ones with essential skills and concepts by listening closely to their wonderings and questions.

At HWA, a child’s play is valued more than recreation—it is a child’s ‘work’. Through play, young learners explore and investigate, demonstrating the skills and dispositions that will follow them as they move through Kindergarten. Intrinsic to HWA’s Kindergarten Programme is also active learning, in which we immerse our young learners in an environment that provides opportunities for action to occur, and consequently, for them to choose or think through solutions to problems for themselves.  

Assessment:
Assessment is an important part of each unit of inquiry as it both enhances learning and provides opportunities for students to reflect on what they know, understand, and can do. The teachers give feedback, which in turn guides our students to becoming more capable and independent learners.

The Courses Offered at the HWA Kindergarten are as follows:

 Course Title
 Mode    
 Duration  
 Start
 End 

 INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE PRIMARY YEARS 
 PROGRAM (IB-PYP) - NURSERY
 Full-Time 
 12 Months 
 August 
 July 

 INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE PRIMARY YEARS 
 PROGRAM (IB-PYP) - KINDERGARTEN 1
 Full-Time
 12 Months 
 August 
 July 

 INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE PRIMARY YEARS 
 PROGRAM (IB-PYP) - KINDERGARTEN 2 
 Full-Time
 12 Months 
 August 
 July 

 

The optimum teacher-student ratio which is approved by Academic Board, stipulated for HWA programmes is as follows:

 Programme 
 Teacher:Student ratio 

Kindergarten
 1:8 

 Primary School 
 1:24 

 Middle & High School 
 1:24