Children & the Kindergarten (KG)

General information

Since the summer of 2016, ConnectIn Groups started to focus on the education of children. Throughout our track, this group has become one of our cornerstones. Our aim is not only to teach children a language, but to create a community in which children interact with other cultures and learn its positive aspects. As our team members all have different cultural backgrounds, and as we have a regular flow of interns and volunteers from different parts of the world, children get in touch with different people, learning all about diversity.

We teach values through our campaigns: “Go Green! Help Clean” & “Eat the Best, Leave the Rest!”

For example, at ConnectIn Groups we strive to introduce children with topics that concern us all. One of these is environment and climate change. From an early age children have to learn what are the consequences of pollution and waste and what they can do about it. That is why we started our own campaign “Go Green! Help Clean”.  Together with the children we stared cleaning our school’s surroundings and planing plants and trees, to serve as an example for other communities.

Additionally, one of our concerns is food. Usually children in Siwa from an early age, consume a lot of snacks and soda drinks, which contain a lot of harmful sugars. We therefore have a policy of “Eat the best. Leave the rest!” which prohibits any processed snacks at school. Instead, children are encouraged to eat fruits, drink plenty of water and only eat sweets that are prepared with natural ingredients or made at home.

Information for children

ConnectIn Groups offers special English courses tailored for children. As English is becoming essential in everyday life, we believe that it is never too early to learn.

Children follow the English curriculum of English World published by Mac Millan. This ten-level course combines grammar and skills so that children can learn how to act in contexts of the real world. At the same time, children learn through creative ways. By games, competitions and by giving space to creativity, children are encouraged to practice reading and writing, while practicing conversations and expressing their needs and opinions in English.

Class Structure for children

Lessons for children take place twice a week (sessions of 1,5 hours each) during school periods; and three times per week during holidays. We work in groups of maximum 9 children per class. This is done to give all children attention while at the same time there are enough children to interact and compete among each others.

Pictures of the Children's class
Information for Kindergarterners

Besides from the standard curriculum, our kindergarten (KG) introduces a new way of learning based on Montossori teaching methods. Although this method is very famous and used worldwide, it is still unknown in the oasis of Siwa.

Montossori teaching basically means learning through all five senses; not just through listening, watching or reading. Children in Montossori classes learn at their own rhythm according to their own choice of activities from a wide range of possibilities, because not all children are the same! Learning is a process of discovery, leading to concentration, motivation and a love of learning. Montessori is designed to help all children reach their fullest potential at their own unique pace. A classroom whose children have varying abilities, is a community in which everyone learns from one another and everyone contributes.

Research studies show that Montessori children are well prepared for later life academically, socially and emotionally. In addition to doing well in the standard tests, Montessori children are ranked above average on criteria as punctuality, concentration, responsibility, enthusiasm for learning and adapting to new situations.

So where does it come from? Montessori education was founded in 1907 by Maria Montessori, the first woman in Italy to become a physician. She based her educational methods on scientific observation of children’s learning process guided by her discovery that children teach themselves. Dr. Montessori designed an environment in which children could freely choose from a number of developmentally appropriate activities..

Class structure for Kindergarteners

Our Kindergarten structure, is the same as regular Kindergartens. We follow a schedule of 5 days per week from 7.30 am until 1 pm.

Our program is designed for children form ages 3-6. Children are grouped accordingly to age, to follow their own curriculum, but they share the same learning space with the older children. This is done so that in their “free” time they form their own communities based on common interest, in which the older children will spontaneously share their knowledge with the younger ones. Moreover, multi-age grouping allows each child to find his or her own pace without feeling “ahead” or “behind” in relation to peers.

Except from our acquisition curriculum, children get their free time to engage in activities of their choice. Additionally the activities that we offer are very different and of a wider range than at any other Kindergarten, as we focus on developing practical skills in children as well. Upon engaging in activities, children are helped to complete their track while stimulating them positively instead of punishment if they can’t complete a task. Research shows that this makes children in later stages of life be more confident and self-loving making them more helpful and respectful towards others as well.

 

Pictures of the Kindergarten