Kindergarten is a crucial transition year. The focus in on teaching the children to become confident and independent learners. It’s an exciting time for students, as they learn to find and express their own unique voice.
Children naturally begin to question more at The German American School of Portland. And we encourage them to make their own hypotheses and predictions based on independent, hands-on observations of weekly experiments. They go beyond memorization to learn how to fully understand a subject.
In German Kindergarten School, everybody is a teacher. The children learn from one another, and take turns presenting and explaining concepts.
Children gain pre-literacy skills by learning to recognize and print the upper and lower case letters of the alphabet.
The foundation for essential mathematical skills is developed through counting and sorting games and calendar recognition.
Children explore the world around them through field trips and begin to express themselves artistically and musically.
Seasonal themes, songs, and stories all reinforce the child’s progress toward formal education in the German and English language.
They also learn basic study skills—such as the ability to sit down and focus or check the classroom’s daily agenda of activities.
Curriculum Overview: K-4 (Grundwissen K-4)