Know what it is to be a child?
It is to believe in love,
To believe in loveliness
To believe in belief,
It is to turn pumpkins into coaches,
And mice into horses,
Lowliness into loftiness, and nothing into everything.
Francis Thompson (1913)
The program we offer in the Kindergarten at Mumbulla School aims to provide a safe, nurturing environment that will foster children’s physical, social, emotional, creative and cognitive development. We offer a play based curriculum, in a homelike environment where daily work in the kindergarten takes place with a strong predictable rhythm providing the child with a sense of security, anticipation and expectation.
How the Kindergarten Child learns.
The kindergarten-aged child learns through active exploration and investigation of their physical and social environment. Self directed creative play in the kindergarten provides opportunities for children to work actively and physically together to plan, create, and build. They are learning to work together as a team - problem solving, negotiating, transforming, imagining, inventing, organising, taking turns, sharing equipment, making suggestions and listening to each other.
From imagination to abstract thought
The Kindergarten room has a warm engaging feel that appeals to children’s senses and invites them to explore. Natural open-ended play materials, such as wooden boxes and planks, baskets of pebbles, shells and seed pods, coloured cloths, handmade fabric dolls, wooden animals and more, allow children’s imagination flourish. So a shell may be for a child a special ingredient in a cake or a piece of money in shop or a ticket on a train or whatever else the children’s imagination creates. In this way play prepares children for later more formal learning by encouraging and fostering imagination a foundation for the development of creative, lateral, and abstract thinking.
In the Kindergarten children observe and participate in the many purposeful homelike domestic tasks that take place on a daily basis such as preparing the morning tea, setting the table for meals, washing, drying and putting away dishes, and sweeping the floor. These experiences help to strengthen and develop children’s will and are the basis for many life skills.
Oral Language experiences
During the day children also participate in a rich variety of oral language experiences. The time honoured art of storytelling allows the children to create inner pictures for themselves, which bring the story alive. Stories include traditional or folk stories, everyday life stories or seasonal nature stories. Rhymes, songs and verses usually accompanied by movement and action provide opportunities for children to practice and master speech articulation, fine and gross motor skills- coordination and dexterity. Stories also foster the development of pictorial or abstract thinking and memory.
Artistic and handwork experiences such as painting, drawing, finger knitting, wool fleece pictures and French knitting take place on a daily or seasonal basis and foster children’s creative and aesthetic development and support children’s fine motor skill development.
The program we offer delays the introduction of formal learning to class 1 so that we can meet children’s developmental needs and build a rich foundation for later academic learning.
Our program is registered and approved by the NSW Board of Studies.
Class 1 Readiness
All Kindergarten children are individually assessed at the end of their time in Kindergarten. This assessment provides the teacher with vital information, allowing them to provide extra support where needed.