Our program and principles

We want to give our children the social and language fundamentals that encourage and facilitate a lifelong desire to learn. We teach, but we also believe that learning happens experientially in our theme-based activities, in challenging oneself to higher levels of achievement and while playing.

This learning is achieved both indoors and outdoors, and in an interactive, creative environment instead of a standard classroom. The children have fun while they learn, and they enjoy their time in the preschool. We do not intend to pursue any educational certifications or credentials, nor do we aspire to attain a specific level of academic achievement. Our children will leave the preschool with the reading, writing and mathematical abilities needed to succeed in a standard 1st grade. This is not to say that a child who enters NaKuHel International Preschool (NIP) with higher academic abilities will see his or her skills erode. With a good rate of staff to children, we are able to meet each individual child’s level and challenge him or her accordingly. No child will be bored and unable to experience the joy of achievement and learning while enrolled in NIP.

Here then is a synopsis of our program and principles.

 

Pedagogy

Our pedagogic program incorporates monthly themes to cover one or more of the seven academic areas of the Framework for Kindergartens in Norway:

  • Communication, culture and text
  • Art, culture and creativity
  • Numbers, spaces and shapes
  • Nature, environment and technology
  • Local community and society
  • Body, movement and health
  • Ethics, religion and philosophy

 

English as a Second Language

We have an ESL program to help children whose mother tongue is not English and need extra help to develop their English language skills. ESL takes place in a group environment, but 1 on 1 instruction is also provided as needed. 

 

Kindergarten Club

Children who are in their last year of preschool are automatically enrolled in Kindergarten Club. The club provides each child with academic and social challenges adjusted for his or her level and designed to further prepare him or her to succeed in 1st grade. This learning is primarily accomplished with interactive and fun activities instead of books and worksheets.

 

Children’s Four Rules

Like any kindergarten or preschool, we have many important routines and procedures. But we emphasize four rules:

1.  Everyone can play.

It can be terribly hurtful for a child to be excluded by other children. We feel that his behavior is a form of “bullying” and totally unacceptable. Every child in NaKuHel International Preschool should feel like they belong and free to choose with whom they want to play without fear of rejection. If a child asks a group of children if he too can play with them, the answer shall always be “yes.” That child is always allowed to join in. But he must follow the group’s rules and not destroy the game for the others.

2.  We are nice to each other.

This rule covers all the normal “no” rules, i.e. do not hit, do not push, do not tease, etc. We prefer the more positive way of encouraging good behavior because that’s the type of environment we want in our preschool.

3.  We are polite.

Politeness makes society’s daily interactions easier and nicer. In order to give children a good social foundation, we teach them to show gratitude, ask for things nicely, exercise good manners and express common courtesies.

4.  We say “stop.”

It is frequently difficult for young children to adequately express themselves, especially when they are frustrated or angry. Their language skills are often not advanced enough to quickly explain to another child why his actions are unwanted and provoking. We have therefore given them a simple word which should stop the actions they find so troublesome before they react with a violent response like hitting. When told to “stop,” the provoking child should stop his action even when it wasn’t his intention to cause trouble. They then have an opportunity to discuss the situation, or move on, without a physical confrontation.

 

Weekly Program

Here is a general overview of the days’ schedule during a typical week.

 

Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays:

Times

Action

07.45 – 09.30

Children arrive during this period, eat breakfast if they have it and choose from among designated play stations where they can interact with other children and a teacher.

09.30 – 10.00

Circle time.

10.00 – 11.30

Theme-based activities.

11.45 – 12.30

Lunch.

12.45 – 14.30

Free play outdoors.

14.30 – 15.00

Story time.

15.00 – 16.45

Children play outdoors until picked up.

ESL and Kindergarten Club are included at various times on these days.

 

Mondays and Wednesdays:

Times

Action

07.45 – 09.30

Children arrive during this period, eat breakfast if they have it and choose from among designated play stations where they can interact with other children and a teacher.

10.00 – 15.00

Outdoor walk in the local area, for example to a forest or lake.

Skiing or sledding in winter.

Trips to Asker or Oslo area also occur on these days.

15.00 – 16.45

Children play outdoors until picked up.

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