Kiettisack International School (KIS)
At Kiettisack International School (KIS), we desire to make a difference in the lives of children by providing them with the opportunity to learn in an environment that incorporates the development of their physical, socio-emotional, cognitive, creative and academic skills.
What composes the KIS Pre-Primary Department:
- Nursery (2 to 3 years old)
- Preschool (3 to 4 years old)
- Kindergarten (4 to 5 years old)
- Preparatory (5 to 6 years old)
What is the purpose of this Level?
The purpose of this level is to introduce children to school and to provide them with a firm foundation of learning skills (physical, socio-emotional, cognitive, creative and academic). At KIS, we see the development of these skills as a cumulative process that needs to be nurtured on a daily basis by dedicated teachers who connect with students, bring the curriculum to life, and partner with parents.
According to the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child, “the early years lay the foundation for a wide range of later developmental outcomes that really matter-self-confidence and sound mental health, motivation to learn, achievement in school and later in life.”
KIS uses an “Integrated Theme-Based Curriculum” which enables teachers to address multiple learning domains with a balance of instructional strategies and activities that support children’s development as well-rounded individuals. The use of thematic units provides an integrated approach to teaching and learning. Such an integrated approach is supported by research on how the brain works and how human beings learn. Ultimately, the use of thematic units helps young children achieve higher levels of learning.
Rather than focusing solely on traditional language and math activities, KIS provides a variety of learning activities which encompasses all of the child’s intelligences that include music, dance, arts and crafts, science and social studies, physical education and computer literacy. We believe in the theory of ‘Multiple Intelligences’ and the ‘Whole-Brain’ approach.
Our Pre-primary Teachers aim to create a balance of activities and opportunities that will meet the children’s various developmental components which include:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Language and Literacy
- Numeracy, Reasoning and Problem Solving
- Knowledge and Understanding of the World
- Creative Development
- Physical Development
Regular Classroom Activities Overview
- Circle Time – is the whole-class opening activities which include but not limited to greetings, calendar, introduction/ review of the week’s theme, songs, counting, chants, nursery rhymes, poems and storytelling.
- Language Arts Time- focuses on developing the fundamental skills of listening, speaking, reading & writing
- Numeracy Time – children learn about numbers, colors , shapes, sizes, time, patterns, basic addition and subtraction
- Science Time – children learn to investigate about the biological and physical world.
- Social Studies Time – children’s awareness of their place and relationship to the world around them. For the Preparatory Level, a social studies workbook is formulated to give them a wider understanding about ‘Lao PDR and the Southeast Asian Community’.
- Learning Centers – engage children in active, hands-on, concrete experiences and ongoing interaction with appropriate materials and equipment
- Arts and Crafts – children gain an appreciation of art, develop senses of touch and sight, develop creativity and become visually literate
- Music and Dance – children will explore sounds, create and perform a variety of movements that are gross motor in nature
- PE/Exercises/Outdoor Play – help in the development of their gross motor skills, physical fitness, hand-eye/foot-eye coordination, teamwork and sportsmanship
- ICT – children learn technology skills
- Field Trips
- Practical Life and Personal Care Training
Each class will have a number of student workbooks, depending on the ages of the students which will be completed by the end of the school year. Homework is also given to reinforce learning at home.
- Report Carts (given every end of the term)
- Regular Assessment
- Daily Observation
- Individual Activities
- Group Activities
- Tracking (track a specific child for a period of time: who they play with, how they communicate, etc.)
- Keeping child’s portfolio (samples of their work, teacher’s note, etc.)