Building Foundations for Life
A child’s experience in their first days at school is crucial to their ongoing development and best supported by a positive, trusting relationship between child, parent and teacher. Children soon know whether a teacher really cares about them as an individual. With expert teaching and a high teacher-child ratio, we find development is rapid - academically, personally, socially and emotionally. From an egocentric beginning, children learn how to build relationships with their classmates and teachers. They build self-confidence by having a regular routine. Boundaries make young children feel safe, which enables them to build confidence to try new tasks. This includes where to hang their coat, put their water bottle; how they mark themselves present in class and where they line up at the end of the day. With consistent parameters, high expectations and effective role models, children feel safe and begin to manage their feelings and their behaviour.
Fine and gross motor skills are taught and practised, using pencils, paintbrushes, and scissors; as well as riding a bike and striking a ball. Children learn to listen carefully; how to express themselves; and to extend their concentration span. Introducing a second language capitalises on the developmental window for accelerated learning. They begin to read words and write short sentences, extending their vocabulary through songs, recognising numbers and practising writing in sand and glitter. They understand the world around them by discussing meaningful people and events and exploring the great outdoors.
We give children encouragement to build their own opinions, think creatively and connect ideas. These foundations support the development of critical thinking, a competency for life.
Building these skills creates foundations for life and there’s nowhere better to start their learning journey than AKS.
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