Our Curriculum

The Arts

All children have innate creativity within them. It is up to us to facilitated and encourage these abilities.

Our Art curriculum is as much about object manipulation, developing correct pencil grips mark making coloring painting and drawing as it is about Ancient Greek Art to the impressionists, Picasso, Monet, Van Gogh, Miro, Klimpt,  Kandinsky and Mondrian. For example the works of Mondrian are used to explore geometry and mathematical shapes. The works of Picasso help us to look at our emotions and feelings and how we see ourselves in a mirror. How a face is arranged and what happens if you put your nose on the side of your face.

Numerous art techniques are explored  ranging from finger painting splutter  art, painting with our feet, painting with oats to sophisticated  multimedia collages strictly inspired  by the children.

Other means material and techniques include

-Working with clay and dough

-Using natural materials

-Papier Mache sculptures

-Working on surfaces like glass rocks ceramics

-Creating multimedia collages

-Use of recycling materials for innovative creative words of art

Music & Drama

Listening to music singing, moving to a beat provides stimulating experiences for young children and fosters learning. Incorporating music and movement into early childhood education help children with development in social interaction,language growth and more.

Our children begin their day by singing the days of the week, learn their ABC song, clap tap march. Learn the rhythm with all the wonderful action songs, nursery rhythmes and fun pop songs. They dance swirl, jump and sway with streamers scarves and ribbons. Try out musical instruments repeating rhythms and songs thus developing language skills.  Music is also central to story telling. Operas, musicals, children’s songs all have dramatic narrative and provide a wealth for children to explore. They will perform singing and dancing in front of a big audience several times of a year

Drama classes provide children with many skills that will be of use to them through out life. The most important ones self-confidence and self esteem. Children use vivid imagination, and by acting out express themselves, through play stories fairytales and real life situations. They use their body and facial expressions, they cooperate and function as a group and work on two big yearly performances for  their parents to enjoy in a big theater.

Children are taken out regularly to enjoy theatrical plays, musicals and puppet shows

Children whose creativity has been encouraged to be expressed at such young age will only lead to very open-minded creative adults. Children visit modern art museums and galleries. Every year we hold our annual art exhibition where parents admire their child’s unique inspirational work.

Science & Discovery

Children are born explorers, scientists, naturalist and philosophers. With an innate need to find out how their word functions. At Flopsy Bunnies we go on nature walks  collecting acorns,  leaves, twigs, snails and caterpillars. We plant seeds and see how they grow. We conduct messy smelly experiments. We build volcanoes that explode and  rivers that float. We make model  towns  and streets. We learn about the lifecycle of a butterfly and watch  them hatch. We love mixing materials using heat and eating yummy cupcakes. We dip our finger in jello and walk barefoot on dry leaves. We are discovering our senses. We learn  to recycle, save  energy and be aware of animals in danger.  We want to understand how our world functions  and save our wonderful planet .

Language Literacy & Comunication

In the classroom effective communication begins with listening and speaking. Children practice listening and responding throught songs, chants and stories. They are encouraged through play to respond in conversation with their peers. Games, dress-up and imaginary play are important in a child's expressive development. Students learn new vocabulary and improve comprehension throught literacy lessons. Upon completing kindergarten children are able to recognize and read symbols, sounds, letters and words in English and Greek (since Greek is taught as a second language in the final kindergarten class.) These children are equipped with the perfect foundation skills for entrance in any English, International or Greek School.

Our Bilingual Children

Providing children with early experiences to learn a language in addition to their mother tongue is extremely beneficial. Learning a second language is not only a means of communication, it is a window which opens to the learner a new world, a different approach to reality as well as to a different way of thinking and behaving. Exposing children to a second language will help them also learn about other cultures. Comprehending the culture of other people helps them to come to a better understanding of their own culture and it is above all a physiological dimension to living in their international world. Research has shown that bilingual children tend to be more creative thinkers than those who speak one language and studies suggest that their brain function stays sharper as they age.

"All I really need to know I learned in Kindergarten"

(Robert Fulghum)

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