Previously referred to as KG1 (3 years to 4 years)
KG1 Program’s is designed to prepare your child as he/she begins an educational voyage that will eventually lead to Kindergarten and beyond. Our teachers can customize the Curriculum’s themed units, such as Nursery Rhymes and My Five Senses, and different learning activities to meet the diverse interests and needs of each group of children. Activities are designed to teach language and communication, cognitive skills, creativity, gross and fine motor skills, and personal and social skills.
At Olivine School, learning becomes meaningful to KG1 when engaging experiences are based on their interests and prior knowledge. Our Curriculum combines Kindergarten readiness activities with the best early childhood standards from across the Nation.
A Playgroup/KG1 classroom features seven learning centers equipped with inviting and developmentally appropriate materials. We also structure the day to offer plenty of outdoor activity time, providing an opportunity for your child to learn while exercising her/his body and mind.
At this age, children make new discoveries daily. And as they begin to express their independence, our program introduces them to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with the early learning fundamentals they’ll need as they continue on to preschool, with a rich blend of music, art, and dramatic play. Everything we do is designed to prepare your child for preschool education
By the time your child approaches three years of age, he or she is ready to learn new skills and progress into our Early Preschool child care program.
Our approach at Olivine School combines Kindergarten-readiness activities with the best early-childhood standards from across the nation to develop critical-thinking skills and stimulate your child’s curiosity.
Opportunities for Your Early KG 1 to Explore and Excel
The Early Preschool classroom at our School is designed to encourage your child’s growing independence and need to investigate. In our safe learning environment, your early preschooler will engage in a range of activities geared to prepare them for school, and life beyond.
The Early Preschool classroom features several learning centers equipped with developmentally appropriate materials to channel your child’s natural sense of curiosity into educational exploration.
- Construction & Design
- Dramatic Play
- Creativity & Art
- Reading & Listening
- Math & Manipulative
- Science & Sensorial
As KG 1 gain more self-esteem, they feel ready to take on the world. Our Early KG 1 Foundations program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and develop a love of lifelong learning.
Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children develop a variety of skills and knowledge in areas like early literacy, mathematics, science, Kiswahili and social skills. We’re proud of the work we do. In fact, Olivine School creates its programs to align learning standards that progress sequentially across six developmental domains. These include:
- – Cognitive Development. – Creative Expression -Executive Function -Language and Literacy Development – Physical Development and Wellness – Social and Emotional Development
Add to this a healthy dose of running, swimming, jumping and movement to keep them active and you start to see why Olivine School is a true place in early childhood education.
Your Early PP1 Day
Our highly trained teachers customize the Curriculum’s themed units to meet the diverse interests and needs of each group of children. Early KG1 also learn important social skills in our literature-based Program. The typical daily structure for your child might include:
- Morning Circle time where the day’s themed activities are introduced and reviewed.
- Activities in the Learning Centers to bring the day’s educational theme to life.
- Literacy and language enrichment to build emerging language skills.
- Music and movement (songs, poems and rhymes) to expand your child’s vocabulary and listening skills.
- Outdoor play at least twice daily to burn off energy and develop motor skills.
- Lunch and quiet time to nourish and rest your child’s growing mind and body.
In addition, our April, August and December Program offers three months of learning, fun and sun with exciting themes and activities that reinforce learning objectives and further school-readiness.
You’ll receive assessments regularly through daily written reports, ongoing portfolio collections, quarterly reports and family/teacher conferences thrice a year, so you can rest assured that your early KG 1 is progressing throughout the year.
PP1 Program Features
- Encouragement and support that builds your child’s self-confidence and self-help skills
- Opportunities for your child to express him or herself creatively through music, arts, dance and drama
- A classroom environment that focuses on building your child’s cognitive, emotional, social, and physical skills
- Age-appropriate activities and materials that help your child master important learning concepts
- Regular teacher-family communication, including daily updates to keep you informed, including ways you can continue the learning in your own home
- Engaging small and large-group experiences
- Themed units that encourage your child’s curiosity, increase confidence, and support self-directed activities
- Hands-on experiences designed to boost problem solving and scientific thinking skills
- Daily small- and whole-group activities
- Observation-based assessments that track your child’s progress toward developmental milestones and school readiness.
- Portfolios that document growth and development through your child’s work
Discover how our five areas of focus give your child endless opportunities to learn and grow.
We guide your child in developing communication skills.
We use a language-rich environment to encourage children's development of early literacy skills through activities like daily read-aloud of high-quality children's literature to promote a love of reading, journal experiences that give your child the ability to practice writing letters and words, and multiple opportunities to identify and use letters and words to expand their vocabulary and practice their developing abilities to communicate
We help your child gain higher-level thinking skills.
We encourage the exploration of the physical properties of materials; use daily calendar activities to teach about sequence of events, patterns, and routines; and support the learning of cognitive skills such as counting, making predictions, testing, and drawing conclusions.
We coach your child in developing strong relationships.
We model social concepts such as "please",”youre welcome”, “excuse me” and "thank you," in our daily classroom conversations and community-building discussions, explore similarities and differences between children, and encourage cooperation with other children.
We help your child refine motor skills.
We use lacing cards, stencils, and writing activities to enhance fine-motor skills; strengthen coordination and gross-motor skills through running, jumping, and throwing activities, offer healthful food choices for snacks and meals, and encourage learning about the ways our bodies respond to the exercise and nutrition we take in.
We inspire your child to explore creative ideas and talents.
We encourage children to express themselves through creative arts and provide daily opportunities for children to paint, move, and sing, tell stories with puppets, and build and play in dramatic scenes.