Sunday, October 2, 2011

Kindergarten (Preschool)

The German word for preschool is Kindergarten. My daughter attended the Kindergarten for three years from age two until age five. Her last day she left with terrible body pains and was diagnosed with Leukemia four days later. Unfortunately, she will be to old to return when she finishes her Leukemia treatment.
Children go the the Kindergarten from age 2-6 then begin the first class at the public school. Many kindergartens are small schools. This one has two classrooms. Each class has children ranging in age from 2-6 years old.
Most children attend kindergarten for 3-4 hours in the morning. The morning is filled with a short circle time and free play. Quite often the teachers will cook with a few children, and once per week a French teacher does the circle time followed with play time with a few children at a time.

There are several corners or areas in the room; blocks, trucks, crafts, dolls, books, puzzles, eating table and a room designed for more movement.
Usually the teacher will sit a table doing an activity such as playing memory, painting, or reading a book. If the children are interested they join in and if not they play in a different area of the room.

  The children bring a snack each morning and are free to eat it whenever they choose.

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