Programmes | Domuschola International School
(Nursery & Pre-Kinder)
What we teach
To think critically, creatively and collaboratively
Daily routines are integral aspects of the curriculum. Praying, preparing and having snacks, cleaning up, doing errands, toileting, and dressing up are vital all geared towards a child’s developmental needs. Young children are actively engaged in several activities. Hence, putting order into their varied surroundings necessitate order. Daily routines assist in this developmental task because they happen every day and are unpredictable. Routine activities (e,g., praying, dressing up, toileting, constantly changing from one activity to another), are as important as planned projects in the classroom.
Learning Centers: Blocks, Sensory Experiences, Music, Movement, and Gross Motor Activities, Art, and Out-of-School Trips.
Where we teach
The physical environment is set up to look like the home as much as possible. Furniture that is comfortable for adults as well as for children, make the room look and feel more like a home than a school. There are learning centers that contain a wide variety of materials that can be used in different ways. Children can explore the materials, use them to solve problems, develop skills, increase knowledge, or be creative in many ways. These can help them solidify their abilities at one level and be ready to move on to the next. All activities are developmentally appropriate for the age level of the children taking into account the different rates at which children develop and mature.
How we teach
Domuschola assumes that children need individual attention and should have personal and warm relationships with adults. Although there are 8 to 20 children in the classroom, depending on the age, the school creates a homelike atmosphere by dividing the large groups. It is not unusual to see one teacher with one or two children at a given time. Large group activities naturally occur around singing, meal times and group discussions. The children gravitate together for these activities, thus gaining experience being with more children.
The way the teachers speak with children and other adults is another important aspect of the school’s curriculum. Domuschola uses language to convey thoughts, make observations, and to express one’s feelings. A language is a powerful tool that can be easily misused or misunderstood. On said grounds, the school is working with young children who are just beginning to use language and is immensely careful to model for them the appropriate use of words and communication skills.
Teachers allow children to engage in activities at their own level of development at a particular time. When children demonstrate readiness, teachers deeply commit themselves in encouraging their students to move on to a higher level of functioning by gradually questioning, suggesting, or providing additional materials. Teachers also foster the children’s own interests by providing them with the kinds of materials or experiences that aspire to increase the knowledge or feelings of competence and self-esteem. In this way, every child is able to develop fully according to his own interests and capabilities.