Your child's brain grows faster in the first five years than at any other time. Each new skill your child learns, helps development of new skills. The environment your child develops in influences their language and social development. Kids' Academy Strand Somerset West provides a fun learning environment for your child to develop into a happy little individual.
Our curriculum focuses on:
1. Cognitive Development: learning, reading and problem solving - we follow the CAPS curriculum
2. Social and Emotional Development: learning self control and to interact with others
3. Speech and Language Development: understanding and using language
4. Motor Skill Development
Reading and Listening
Story telling and Show-and-Tell
Language development is a process starting early in life. Language skills are one of our most important, but basic skills. Language influences the development of our other more complicated skills, social and cognitive.
Reading improves vocabulary. We encourage reading and paging books in our reading corner. This is an area where the children can sit and relax while paging and reading books. Here we also lay the foundation of their potential and eventual reading skills.
Show-and-tell or story telling is a favourite. The children get to show-and-tell about anything they would like to share with their friends and teacher or tell a story. This teaches the children to use their imagination, to listen to each other and to speak in front of an audience. Knowledge, experiences, events and imagination is shared. Children learn from adults, but they learn from each other as well.
Life skills and safety
World knowledge: historical events, national geographic, Social Science, history
Safety is a key concept. We teach our children about road safety, water safety, personal safety as well as physical safety.
As children go through developmental stages of growth they begin to realise they have their own body and that they are responsible for it. Teaching children about general health is of vital importance to learning about how to take care of and respect their little bodies and others, from a very early age.
We read Bible verses daily to teach children about God and good morals and values like being kind and sharing with each other. Children have a natural tendency in caring for nature, whether a small animal or insect or our global planet. We celebrate South African historical events and take pride in our country as well as learning about other countries of the world. And of course, we also expose them to technology, although some of them think they could teach us a thing or two!
ARTS AND CULTURE
Arts and culture: drawing, painting, clay work, sand art, crafts, paper mache
Singing and acting
Children love art and we include an art activity or two every day. Free drawing and painting helps to develop children’s creativity.
Objects and shapes
Size, distance and units of measure
Learning to count is just as important as learning the ABC. It is a lengthy process of learning the numbers in order and then learning to recognise the numbers on the paper. We then move onto mathematical concepts like plus and minus. Abstract development is taught by means of object, shape, size and colour recognition. The concept of distance, units of measure and time is introduced early.
Free play inside and outside
After all, being a child is also about playing and resting. We understand this, and we allow children to play and relax during the day. Structured play is organised relaxing activities thought out by the teachers and catered for each child's specific needs. Technology play is allowing the child to explore the computer, laptop and Ipad without guidance. Figuring out the menus and programs by themselves gives them responsibility and enhances learning by curiosity. All our web-based search engines are blocked and child protected, therefore no child can download unauthorised information and no illegal websites can interfere with their free play.
K-ACADEMY LEARNING CENTRE FOR THE MORE SENIOR GRADES
Up to Grade 9 learners can follow the CAPS curriculum or the Impaq program. However, from Grade 10 to 12 Impaq is compulsory. Impaq is for the account of the parents. Specific educators for certain special subjects are contracted.