Kindergarten: The Importance, The Role, The Benefit

By Teacher Ravisara

Kindergarten represents an important developmental milestone for your child as they transition from being a very young child into being a school-aged one. It is their first big step in their formal education. The knowledge and skills your child learns in kindergarten will serve them well for their future. The crucial part of this process is to find the right program to prepare them for academic, emotional, physical & social success in the future. 

Different Curriculums & Teaching Approaches: 

Montessori Curriculum: Developed by Dr, Maria Montessory in the early 20th century, this approach focuses on promoting independence, self-discipline, and hands-on learning. The Montessori classrooms are usually equipped with specially designed materials that encourage children to explore and learn at their own pace. The curriculum emphasises practical life skills, sensorial activities, mathematics, language, and cultural subjects. Montessori preschools often have mixed-age classrooms, allowing older children to mentor younger ones. 

Reggio Emilia Curriculum: This approach originated in Italy and is known for their child-centred philosophy. This curriculum views children as active participants in their learning process, valuing their thoughts, ideas, and creativity. The classrooms are filled with natural materials, mirrors, and open-ended activities to stimulate curiosity and exploration. It gives importance to art, group projects, and collaboration amongst students. It encourages teachers to display children’s work to create a rich environment for learning and self-expression. 

Play-Based Approach: This curriculum recognizes that young children learn best through play and exploration, and encourages creativity, social interaction, and problem-solving skills. Play-based pedagogy is proven to support academic skills in young learners. The environment is usually carefully designed to stimulate children’s curiosity and imagination, setting up the classroom with signs to encourage drama, construction, sensory, art & writing. 

Waldorf Curriculum: Developed by Rudolf Steiner, takes a holistic approach to the education system. This curriculum focuses on nurturing a child’s intellectual, physical, emotional, and spiritual development. Waldorf classrooms are more home-like, with an emphasis on imaginative play and storytelling. 

British Curriculum: The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), from the British National Curriculum is designed to provide a structured and holistic approach to early childhood education for children aged 0 to 5. The EYFS places a strong emphasis on creating a safe and stimulating environment where young children can develop holistically. 

Project Approach Approach: Unlike traditional teaching methods, this curriculum places children at the centre of their own learning journey. It encourages them to explore, inquire, and investigate, all while actively engaging in real-world projects.  

Choosing the right curriculum and teaching approach for your child is a significant decision that requires a lot of research and consideration. The curriculum sets the educational vision for kindergarten and will also allow you to differentiate your learning styles and what works best for you. The best curriculum for your child will depend on your educational philosophy and vision, and the kind of learning style you would like your child to adapt to. Ultimately, the success of any curriculum lies in its implementation and the effectiveness of the training received by the teachers. After all, it is their dedication, effort & expertise that will bring the curriculum and teaching to life and make a meaningful impact on your students’ education.