(Ages 2 to 4 years old)
The KMS Preschool program is for our 2 to 4 year old children. Our program is designed to be age appropriate, taking into account each child and his or her developmental process. Our goal is to create an empowering environment that will enable every child to express his/her abilities and interests, and to ensure that the variety of activities covers all developmental domains: emotional, social, cognitive-motor and gross, and language skills.
The program is staffed with dedicated, creative, qualified teachers to guide and support each child in a respectful manner. During the day, there is time for both scheduled and structured activities and plenty of free playtime. Our program is mixed-age for 2-4 year-olds, with many developmentally appropriate activities to choose from. There is also a lunch and snack area, and a large, sunny yard to play in at least twice a day.
Activities to choose from include:
Music and motion, with instruments and musical instruction, movement and dance.
Play House with a child sized kitchen, dress-up area, dolls and puppet theatre, for acting and working on socialization.
Blocks and other building materials, small manipulatives to develop small motor skills, such as stringing beads, puzzles, Legos, tinker toys, and marble games.
For cognitive development, there are plenty of books, flannel boards, and pre-math and pre-reading activities.
Our Atelier includes clay, painting, making murals, sponges, sculptures, crayons and makers, rubber stamps, collage materials, glue glitter and scissors cutting. The Art areas are run using the project based learning approach. Many children return daily to work on ongoing projects. The teacher’s role is as a co-learner, to aid and assist the children through their creative processes. The children’s artwork is displayed throughout the school and there are always projects to take home.
Teachers document each child’s process as they move through a given project. This provides them with a way to look back and see how they have evolved.
Outside play includes a large deck for running, active games and bikes. There is a sand area, with plenty of sand toys, swings, monkey bars and water play on warm days. The children can also work in the award-winning garden, play in the grass, and put on plays on the stage.
The Preschool children can also take dance lessons, including Mexican Folk dancing, taught by teacher and professional dancer, Maria Luna, director of KMS’s dance program. The Preschool Program cooks with Y.U.M Chefs once per week during the school year.
KMS places great importance on communication between home and school and creating a community around our children. Some of the many tools that are used to facilitate this are the weekly newsletters, journals for each child for the teachers to document what has been happening with the child, and encouraging parents to participate in activities such as music, story times, and field trips.