Preschool in Santa Monica, CA 90405
2019 14th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405
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We strive to nurture young children in a culturally rich environment opening the vistas of the world to them through the gateway of languages. Through collaborative discourse and the joy of play, together in a rich stimulating environment, our students will become knowledgeable, self-motivated and critically thinking world citizens. Their respect for children of diverse peoples will naturally evolve as they are immersed daily in authentic German / Spanish / English language and cultural experiences.
Meaningful relationships with peers and staff will provide a safe foundation for your child to build self-confidence and independence. An emergent approach to learning incorporates all areas of the curriculum including group times for music and movement, literature arts, arithmetic and science, dramatic activities, and stories and a wide range of experimentation with various art media and creative materials.
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At Kigala Preschool your child will easily learn a second language by being introduced and exposed to the language and culture through a playful classroom experience, as well as optional outside family events (Faschingsparty, Nikolaus, Laternenfest, for the German Language Program, Cinco de Mayo etc. for the Spanish Program and traditional events in the English language). Kigala Preschool believes in the tried and true method of “Learning a Living Language” through language immersion/acquisition. Immersion simply means total exposure to the language, music and culture of the society for the time your child is with us. Language acquisition is a milder version of the immersion program where the child will be introduced to the language in a playful way, to slowly grow his or her language skills.
Group activities are predominantly conducted in German or Spanish in the morning and English in the afternoon. All teachers and assistant teachers understand and speak both German/Spanish and English fluently. The focus of the program is “learning through fun” to retain each childs original joy of learning. There will be a great balance between structured projects and free play with “Sachbegegunung” or learning about nature and your environment (recycling), language enrichment, sense training, handling of quantities, numbers, forms, rhythmic-musical education, movement. In return, children have the opportunity to become better listeners, more flexible in their thinking, and be more open to other languages and cultures.