Academics

Playgroup

At HKAA playgroup we enable each child to develop his or her own individual gifts and talents within a caring, supportive and respectful learning community. We are child-oriented and we provide a Montessori inspired learning environment.

We promote brain-friendly learning to ensure that children learn as effectively as possible. Learning is about making connections and children access their learning auditorily, visually and kinesthetically. We organize our teaching and children’s learning through an array of activities encompassing different learning styles.

Our holistic approach involves:

  1. Independence and Interdependence
  2. Communicating
  3. Exploring
  4. Healthy Living

Independence and Interdependence

  • Ability to acquire new interests and skills
  • Strategies for solving conflicts in peaceful ways
  • Positive and constructive attitudes to competition
  • Empathizing with others
  • Routines, rules, responsibilities and rights

Communicating

  • Using all aspects of language such as repetitive sounds and words, rhythm and rhyme, stories and drama activities
  • Exploring and observing the use of numbers in purposeful activities
  • Using words, pictures, print, numbers, sounds, shapes, models and photographs to represent thoughts, experiences and ideas
  • Enjoying art, craft, songs, music, stories, drama and dance from different countries and cultures
  • Using different media to express a mood or a feeling

Exploring

  • Trying things out, using exploration and curiosity as important and valued ways of learning
  • Playing with ideas and materials as an enjoyable, creative and valid approach to learning
  • Looking for patterns, classifying things for a purpose, guessing, using trial and error
  • Social relationships and social concepts, such as friendship, authority and social rules
  • Responsibility for the well-being of both the living and the non-living environment and how to care for it

Healthy Living

  • Self-help and self-care
  • Making choices
  • Paying attention
  • Concentrating
  • Coping with change
  • Expressing emotions and emotional needs
  • Keeping themselves healthy and safe from harm

HKAA Playgroup offers a unique experience for your child. Located in a beautiful natural environment, we offer Montessori based one and two-hour playgroup sessions for children 1 – 3 years old on Monday and Thursday 9 – 11 am. Warm welcome☺

SCHEDULE OF PLAYGROUP SESSIONS

  • Welcome and free play
  • Circle time with singing, dancing, music & rhythm
  • Introduction of authentic Montessori materials
  • Demonstration of art & craft activity
  • Snack time with classical music
  • Art & craft activity
  • Outdoor play with stimulating learning materials
  • Story time
  • Bye-bye song

HKAA PLAYGROUP INFANT & TODDLER PROFILE

A CREATIVE CHILD

Children become creative through exploration and discovery as they experiment with sound, media and movement. Creativity, imagination and representation allow children to share their thoughts, feelings, understandings and identities with others, using drawings, words, movement, music, dance and imaginative play.

A CONFIDENT CHILD

In early years, babies and young children begin to make sense of what is going on around them and they make an attempt to express themselves. They start to learn about ‘conversation’. This requires listening and responding appropriately, understanding the importance of paying attention to sounds and language, interpreting non-verbal signals as well as imitating, repeating and mirroring others.

Children learn the ‘rules’ of communication through making meaning with their key person and with other supportive adults and older children. It is in these relationships that their early attempts to converse are interpreted, responded to and valued.

A confident child explores the ways in which both significant adults and the physical environment have an impact upon children’s developing sense of themselves and their group identity, their emotional world and relationships with others.

A HAPPY CHILD

Emotional well-being includes relationships which are close, warm and supportive. Being able to express feelings such as joy, sadness, frustration and fear will lead to the development of strategies to come with new, challenging or stressful situations.

Being acknowledged and affirmed by important people in their lives leads children to gain confidence and inner strength. Exploration within close relationships leads to the growth of self-assurance and promotes a sense of belonging, which allows the young child to explore the world from a secure base. Babies and young children need a nurturing environment in which their key person plays an essential role. By encouraging and supporting decision-making, empathizing and providing opportunities for children, the key person helps them grow emotionally, so they are able to respond to success and challenges.

A FRIENDLY CHILD

In order to develop friendliness, babies and young children need to be together with a key person and others in a warm and loving relationship. Being together with other children will lead to develop friendly, close relationships. Children will learn to share equipment and will be encouraged and expected to help each other as they learn together. The wider development of social relations include friendship, empathy, sharing emotions and experiences. Children will understand a range of feelings and will be encouraged to express them in appropriate ways. They will have the opportunity to express their own ideas and gain an appreciation of others’ ideas and feelings.

AN EXPRESSIVE CHILD

Young children respond differently to some sounds over others and, from an early age, are able to distinguish sound patterns. Children make sense of the world when connections are made between different objects and experiences. Through these repeated experiences of people, objects and materials, young children begin to form mental images which lead them to imitate, explore and re-enact as they play imaginatively with materials and resources, using all senses. As they engage in pretend play with gestures and actions, feelings and relationships, ideas and words, they become increasingly imaginative.

A HEALTHY CHILD

Health and social well-being underpin and determine children’s responses to their environment, to people and to new experiences. Being healthy means much more than having nutritious food and being free from illness. Babies and young children need care for their physical, social and emotional health and well-being.