The Pre-kindergarten and Kindergarten classes have a more structured timetable, which nevertheless allows for flexibility throughout the school day. A balance of learning activities are provided for these classes, such as math and language activities and games, science and baking activities and much more. The Pre-kindergarten and Kindergarten also have the opportunity to develop their creative skills through regular art lessons. Through carefully planned lessons and interesting theme work the children are introduced to reading, writing and basic mathematical concepts as well as discovering and understanding more about the world around them. They participate in our STEPS program where they are encouraged to use Science, Technology, Engineering and Problem Solving skills individually, in pairs and as part of a team.
Indoor and outdoor movement and sport lessons are incorporated into the weekly schedule. Here the children work on their gross motor skills, ball skills, balance, coordination, strength and stamina through a variety of fun challenges and games. Team work and individual achievements are recognised here. Once a week the Kindergarten children walk to a nearby sports hall for a more challenging 45 minute sports lesson.
Music and singing sessions are an integral part of the Stepping Stones day. Here the children can learn new songs and rhythms, using all kinds of percussion instruments and in the Kindergarten class, they make an introduction to playing the recorder
To provide a balance in the daily schedule, the Pre-kindergarten and Kindergarten children also have the opportunity for indoor and outdoor free play, sand, water and role play at the school and at the nearby ‘Robi’ adventure playground.
German Lessons for the Pre-kindergarten and Kindergarten Classes
Starting in August 2018, German lesson will be incorporated into the school curriculum for the Pre-kindergarten and Kindergarten pupils. Those children who are already fluent in German will be offered individual support with their English language and literacy.
The German lessons take place at Stepping Stones on Monday and Tuesday afternoons at 14.00 and the lessons are given by ‘Wunderfitz und Redeblitz’ a school that specialises in developing language skills in the early years. A Stepping Stones staff member is present during these lessons.
Link: Wunderfitz und Redeblitz.
Swimming Lessons for the Kindergarten Class
During the third term, the Kindergarten class attends a weekly swimming lesson at the nearby ‘Lättich’ pool in Baar. The lessons are led by a qualified swimming instructor, supported by the Stepping Stones class teacher. Basic swimming skills and gaining confidence in the water are the main skills learned at these lessons. As the Lättich pool is just a 20-minute walk along the nearby walking paths, the children are able to walk to and from the pool, having a picnic snack on route.
Road Safety for the Kindergarten Class
In preparation for starting school, the local ‘Zuger Polizei’ (Zug police) visits the Kindergarten class in term one and instructs them on the importance of road safety. The children learn valuable rules about walking by a road and how to cross the road safely at the pedestrian crossings.