Children experience and go through sensitive periods or windows of opportunity when the process of learning is optimized—this is when the child’s mind is most absorbent. Therefore our teachers carefully prepare the environment to complement these learning opportunities with appropriate materials and lessons so that children can successfully absorb and internalize the learning.
Sensorial Development - Sensorial experiences begin at birth. Through the senses, the child studies and then begins to understand his environment. The aim of sensorial work is for the child to acquire clear, conscious information to be able to make classifications in his environment. The organization of his intelligence allows the child to begin to adapt to his environment. Sensorial exercises include:
Practical Life Development - Practical Life Development includes activities that help children learn how to do living activities in a purposeful way while maintaining concentration. Children are naturally interested in everyday activities they have witnessed and are interested in the precision they require; hence, common activities include the care of the person, the care of the environment and control of movement. These activities also help children gain control in their coordination of movements, as they gain independence and adapt to their society.
During a child’s sensitive period between birth and 6 years of age, the child is constructing the inner building blocks of his person. Therefore, it is important for the child to participate in activities to prepare him for his environment that allows him to grow independently and use his motor skills, as well as allow the child to analyze difficulties he may have in the exercise and problem-solve successfully.
Language Development - As children absorb the language of their culture, they begin to orally articulate themselves and later develop the ability to articulate themselves through complex ideas using oral and written language. Therefore, it is imperative the child experiences various modes of language in the classroom through progressive modeling and through meaningful activities such as storytelling and interactive writing in different styles. By age 6, a child will become a master of his own words and will be reading with self-confidence, skillfully writing, and orally articulate himself with clarity and reason.
Mathematical Development - Math is all around the child from day one. The human mind is naturally drawn to mathematical and thinking concepts such as estimating, quantifying, identifying similarity, difference and patterns to make order and sequence and to control error. Number sense grows from experience with real objects and eventually become abstract ideas. Through the use of manipulative activities, children will develop an understanding of shapes, patterns, counting, computation, numerical relationships, and the use of numbers and symbols.
Culture Development - As children develop during sensitive periods, they are influenced by the world around them and naturally use their experiences to make sense of the world and begin to construct their inner selves. Therefore, we contribute to providing authentic experiences for children to engage with the culture around them, including:
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Transition to Elementary School
Our carefully planned curriculum is designed to maximize each child’s preparation for entry into either a private or public school system upon graduation. Upon graduation, children’s academic development and social skills are aligned to what would be expected of them in elementary school, not just in the Houston-Sugarland-Richmond area, but at schools across the country. Indeed, in many cases the Kensington School’s standards exceed state standards thereby providing a comfortable transition to elementary school.