To stimulate life, leaving it free, however, to unfold itself, that is the first duty of the educator.- Maria Montessori

A family can chose to opt out of Kindergarten for that year so their child can stay at BIMS through their fifth year and thereby entering the school system at almost 6 years of age.


Our Kindergarten aged children continue to experience the joy and benefits of mingling with children of mixed ages. Mixing ages provides our oldest children with an abundance of opportunities to develop leadership skills, to mentor and support their peers in experiences and activities that have become simple for them while offering greater social diversity. This year is one of leadership; they have friends of all ages, offering respectful insight and assistance willingly. Each child will joyfully journey on their own unique path of self-discovery, intellectual learning and growth both socially and emotionally; the seeds sowed earlier, tended to and nurtured burst into full bloom! Typically, our oldest children start to spend full days at BIMS, accordingly. .


Practical Life

This area of the classroom provides a child with real life activities, which in turn give each child a feeling of dignity, accomplishment and self-confidence. These are fundamental for a child’s development by giving children a chance to care for themselves and their surrounding environment. Practical life activities are simple, can be successfully accomplished by any aged child and include daily living tasks such as pouring, spooning, sorting and sweeping. To a child, theses are meaningful activities, which encourage increased concentration; more focused attention and improved eye-hand coordination.

Numeracy and Mathematics

Numeracy from 1 to 1000 and mathematical operations are offered through the manipulation of concrete materials and allow a child to internalize the concepts of quantity, numeral, sequence, operations and memorization of basic facts. Specific materials and activities such as the spindle boxes permit a child to see what “nothing” or zero looks like and the bead bars can show a child how to add or multiply then to count the beads to find the answer.

Language Arts

Language activities and materials increase vocabulary and conversational skills; develop writing and reading skills plus an understanding of simple grammar. These language activities include objects and pictures to be named, matched and classified to aid in vocabulary enrichment. Textured letters permit a child to feel and see the alphabet. Phonics and the moveable alphabet lead a child towards spelling and reading.

Sensorial Development

The sensorial activities allow a child to use their senses to learn about the world by isolating defining elements: colour, size, shape, sound or texture. These activities help to develop and refine a child’s visual, auditory and tactile senses.

Culture(Geography)

A child is offered an introduction to physical and cultural geography through the use of wooden puzzles/maps of the Earth and its 7 continents. Through the focus upon specific continents or countries, a child will be presented with culturally significant objects and snacks from each particular area, international and cultural celebrations will also be recognized and honoured as we cover the world map.

Art

Painting, scissor cutting, collage, play dough and colouring with various media are always available activities. Colour mixing, printmaking and finger painting are just some of the art-based activities incorporated to present new skills and media, to encourage creativity and just to have fun. Art appreciation activities may also be introduced based upon the study of a particular artist.Some art experiences are open ended; developing imagination, exploring textures and media, while others are product structured; to show a beginning and an end to a particular project.

Science

Science is all around us so these activities are nature related. This area is broad so a child may be introduced to the study of plants and animals, their parts and specific characteristics. An observation table is often present for the children to explore.