About Kindergarten German Stream
The GSIS Kindergarten consists of a German Stream and an English Stream. In each class the children are cared for by one qualified teacher and one teaching assistant. The children in the German Stream of the Kindergarten are challenged, educated and prepared for the future with an education based on the Thüringer Curriculum.
- Develop our children’s independence, self-initiative, creativity and sense of social responsibility.
- Encourage harmonious overall development through playing together in groups. A child who is able to play well develops logical thinking skills as well as builds a solid foundation to be able to study independently later in school. Therefore, we aim to create an environment in which children engage in meaningful play.
- Develop children’s talents and capabilities. We encourage each child’s overall development through placing equal importance on the child’s social, emotional, creative, cognitive, linguistic and motor development.
- Through continual monitoring of the children, create a programme suitable for all members of the class.
- Teach our children to interact and work together in groups to instil in them a sense of responsibility and respect for the community.
- Develop our children’s ability to negotiate, solve conflicts and use problem resolution skills.
- Stimulate our children’s enthusiasm and joy of life, and help them to become self-confident and caring people who strive to achieve their aims while maintaining a sense of responsibility.
- Develop our children’s language abilities. Language development is a focal point of our work. We want the children to discover language as something that is vibrant and creative. They should learn to ask questions, differentiate, draw conclusions, listen, visualise and describe things. These are important prerequisites for learning to read later.
- Provide regular English lessons for children in the German Stream.
- Promote cross-stream interaction; every class in the German Stream has a partner class in the English Stream, and they regularly organise activities together.
- Celebrate seasonal festivals from different countries together in both streams, enabling them to learn games, songs and rhymes in another language in a relaxed, playful atmosphere.
- Incorporate various projects relating to the children’s life experience using stories, songs and creative play.
- Complement and support the child’s upbringing in the family. A trusting, cooperative relationship between the Kindergarten staff and parents is therefore essential.
All children arrive by school bus between 7:15 am and 7:35 am and are accompanied by teachers to their respective classrooms.
Free play time
Our children have choices in the type of activity centres they work with. Some of these centres include the home corner, dress-up area, art and craft area, building and construction area, role-play, reading/book corner, math or phonic games, and a table set up for writing/drawing. The activities are increasingly challenging as the year progresses.
(Such activities usually take place during free play time)
These involve either the whole class or small groups. The teacher-guided activities include cooking, rhythm exercises, art and craft, games and interactive activities to guide the individual. Each classroom is equipped with a computer installed with educational programmes and educational websites suitable for our children. In addition, three classes are equipped with interactive whiteboards to encourage children to learn in various ways.
Our children have gymnastics twice a week as well as playground time on a daily basis. Gymnastics is a whole class activity where our children will develop their gross motor skills, using a range of small and large equipment. They will also have ample opportunities and space to develop various movements, climbing, running, balancing, swinging, crawling and others. These will enable them to move confidently and imaginatively with control and coordination.
To instil a healthy way of life, our children are encouraged to bring a healthy snack and a bottle of water. No soft drinks or chocolates are allowed.
Our morning circle time is very varied. We sing together, make music, learn new poems, songs and finger games, listen to stories and fairy tales, look at picture books, play circle games, broaden our knowledge and discuss joint activities. Activities in the morning circle are related to the topic of the day or week. Children experience being part of a group and develop a feeling of responsibility for the group. We encourage and train their powers of concentration, listening, speaking in front of others, sitting still and being receptive to taking aboard information.
Free painting and craft
Our children experiment with many different materials such as clay, paper maché, water colours, finger paints, paste and wood. Children paint their own stories, learn many techniques, mix colours and learn how to use the available tools and materials (pencils, paintbrush, scissors, glue, etc.) properly.
Playground time offers our children free play time to socialise and make friends. The large playground is well-equipped to cater to children’s needs by providing an exciting and adventurous space integrating traditional playground equipment and developmental games areas.
Time to go home
We say goodbye by singing a farewell song then the teachers accompany the children to their buses. Bus changes are not permitted.
Through the course of the year we celebrate some of the following:
|October||Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival|
|November||St Martin’s Festival (German Lantern Festival)|
|December||St Nicholas’ Day
|January/February||Chinese New Year
|June||International Children’s Day
Dragon Boat Festival
All activities last for a semester or less. Course fees are paid by parents to cover instructor costs.
162 Pok Fu Lam Road
Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong
Phone: (852) 2849 6217
Fax: (852) 2849 6347
Sophie Burdel, Head of GSIS Kindergarten