HD Shanghai Kindergarten believes: “where there is love, there is education.” This means that our kindergarten strives to give students a sense of belonging within a safe, caring environment that fosters creativity and learning. Our diverse, highly qualified, skilled, and caring teachers take pride in building personal relationships with our students and developing the whole child.
It is imperative for our Kindergarten to give students a meaningful bilingual experience that allows for each child to develop at his or her own pace. The former is seen from the moment students enter campus when they are greeted by friendly, warm English and Chinese co-teachers who serve as role-models for cross-cultural collaboration. Our students get the wonderful opportunity to become bilingual, bi-literate, and bicultural. Learning in two languages affords our students the opportunity to develop respect and appreciation towards language, culture, and global diversity.
Our kindergarten strongly believes that language should be acquired in a natural environment. Therefore, both Chinese and English teachers are with students throughout their school day thus allowing students to be fully immersed in a bilingual environment. Our Chinese and English curriculum contain the same learning content and goals, and is presented to students in a fun and engaging way. Our curriculum has a monthly theme, country theme, phonics/reading theme and Math and is presented with a cross-curricular approach.
Teachers also discuss the monthly theme like: Dinosaurs, Welcome to Spring, etc. and students get to learn about these by making fun crafts or participating in fun interactive activities. Students also learn about the country of the month and have a deeper look at the specific country’s geography, culture, famous landmarks, indigenous people, etc. to help develop and nurture our little globalized citizens.
In CASA, school starts with a 30 minute English morning circle. As students gather in the circle they learn socialization skills, communication skills and academics while establishing a sense of classroom community. During circle time students learn the basics of daily conversations like talking about their feelings, the calendar and weather, or discussing topics like their likes and dislikes. Along with these, students get to sing and dance to fun English songs and play fun English games. Our circle times help students to develop a love for English and improve their English speaking and listening skills.
During Montessori time, teachers encourage students to explore and use materials at their own developmental level and pace. Our teachers thoughtfully prepare the classroom environment to invite curiosity and stimulate learning. Teachers guide students to make independent choices, that helps them to develop self‐ motivation, self‐regulation, and problem-solving skills.
Montessori table time, allows teaches to teach students in small groups and give more individual attention to each student. Here, great emphasis is on learning phonics and early reading. Using hands-on materials, students learn letter sounds, how to combine sounds to make words, how to build sentences, and how to use a pencil. Once these skills are acquired, children spontaneously learn to read and write.
Free play is highly encouraged by our kindergarten as we know that it fosters cognitive development while boosting physical, social and emotional development. It also allows our students the freedom to explore, create and discover and apply skills that they’ve acquired in the classroom. Our English teachers enjoy playing with students during playtime. Tag, Duck-duck-goose and football are some of the games that students love to play with teachers. Once again, students are given the opportunity to interact and converse in a natural English environment with their teachers and classmates.
一日流程的结束以一个充满乐趣的30分钟午后“Circle Time”。在午后“Circle Time”活动中，老师给孩子们读故事，以帮助提高他们的听力和理解能力，通过提出开放性和封闭性的问题提升他们的对话技巧，并发展批判性思维能力。
School ends with a fun-packed 30 minute afternoon circle time. During afternoon circle, teachers read stories to students to help improve their listening and comprehension skills, built their conversational skills by asking open and closed ended questions, and develop critical thinking skills.
Shanghai HD Bilingual Kindergarten is truly a place where both teachers and students thrive, laugh and love!At our kindergarten, we are teaching students more than just academics: we want our students to develop a love of learning that will carry them through any type of schooling or university. With our carefully planned instruction and free play, we want to bring about lifelong learners with well-established 21st century skills that will serve them throughout their childhood and adulthood, like: learning to work together as a team, resolving conflict, respecting differing opinions, growing in empathy towards others and becoming more self-directed and independent learners.