Overview Pre-Kindergarten (Nursery)
For children between the ages of 2 – 3 years old, our German Pre-Kindergarten (Nursery), the “Lernzwerge”, offers optimum preparation for Kindergarten and Primary School for children of all nationalities. Our Pre-Kindergarten (Nursery) is open on weekdays from 07:30-14:00, children attend on 5 days in a group with a maximum of 18 pupils in a nicely furbished house located in the immediate vicinity of the school campus. In our Pre-Kindergarten (Nursery) the children are tutored by 2 native German-speaking teachers and her Thai assistant. Our youngest learners may enjoy a playful approach to the German language and culture while socially experiencing their immediate surroundings and benefitting from the holistic form of teaching. Thus, our Pre-Kindergarten (Nursery), the “Lernzwerge”, is the optimum preparation for kindergarteners and primary learners.
For further information about our Pre-Kindergarten (Nursery), please consult the following information leaflet or leave your contact information in the form on the left hand side and we will get back to you.
This is me
My body and what all I can do with it: games and songs that get me moving, aerobics, how I can take care of my body and what I need in order to do that (tooth brush, washrag, hairbrush)
My senses: sense of touch (touching and feeling different materials, creating a small touch book, warm/cold), sense of smell (herbage, creams etc.), sense of taste (trying different things that taste salty, sour, sweet or bitter), sense of hearing (sounds of different instruments, noises, tones, loud/quiet), sense of sight
I like that, I don’t like that (animals, food, colors etc.), making a collage
My things: dresses, clothes, playing “Ich packe meinen Koffer” (I’m going on a trip)
Colors and molds
Molds: viewing, searching, sorting simple molds (collages with molds, ball games)
In the garden
Plants in the garden: flowers, grass, trees …, viewing, touching, comparing the flowers, leaves, bark, fruits etc., sowing beans, making collages and prints; poem: “Sonnenblume, Sonnenblume” (Sunflower, sunflower)
Animals in the garden: birds, , snails, insects etc., , handicrafts with paper bugs and caterpillars, German songs like „Eine Schnecke” (A snail), “Kommt ein Vogel geflogen” (A bird comes a-flying), “Hört ihr die Regenwürmer husten?” (Do you hear the earthworms coughing?)
Animals on a farm, in the jungle, in the water
In what way are the animals different?
How do animals move? Rhymes: “Leise, leise schleicht die Katze” (Quietly, quietly, the cat sneaks up); “Eine Schnecke” (A snail)
What sounds do the animals produce?
Colors of the animals
Exploring the opposites: big/small, long/short, fast/slow etc.
On my way
Walking: we take a walk; how can we move by foot? (Going, running, hopping etc., fast/slowly, foot prints)
On the wheels: searching for wheels, making tracks with wheels, testing rapidity on ramps, washing toy cars
On the rail track: “chair train”, role plays
In the air
On the water (What swims/what sinks?)
St. Martin’s Day
International St. Nicholas
“Familie Igel” (Family Hedgehog)
“Alle meine Fingerlein” (All my little fingers)
“Leise, leise schleicht die Katze” (Quietly, quietly, the cat sneaks up)
“Ein kleines Krokodil” (A small crocodile)
“Sonnenblume, Sonnenblume” (Sunflower, sunflower)
Songs that get me moved
“Seht her, seht her, das Tanzen ist nicht schwer” (Look here, look here, dancing is not hard)
“Eins, zwei, drei im Sauseschritt” (One, two, three in quickstep)
“Auf der grünen Wiese steht ein Karussell” (On the green meadow, there is a merry-go-round)
“Brüderchen, komm tanz mit mir” (Brother, come and dance with me)
“Igelchen” (Little hedgehog)
“Hallo …., schön dass du da bist” (Hello …, nice to see you here”) as a greeting song
“Alle Leut’ gehen nun nach Haus'” (All the kids are going home) as a farewell song
“Es schwimmt im Nil” (In the Nile, there’s swimming …)
“Wenn ich zum Markt geh'” (When I go to the market)
“Bruder Jakob” (Brother John)
A Typical School Day
|7.30 - 8.45||Arrival Time||Different morning offers, e.g. kneading, painting, gluing, threading, sewing, free time, tidying up together|
|8.45 - 9.15||Morning Circle||Welcome song, singing, rhyming, aerobics, songs that get you moving, using simple musical instruments, topic related activities, elements of KonLab (language fostering program), etc.; this can vary from day to day|
|9.15 - 9.45||Snack||Afterwards: swaddling, going to the toilet|
|9.45 - 10.30||Garden||Playing with sand/water; splashing, painting on the black-board easel and on the ground, games that get you moving, free time, etc.; this can vary from day to day|
|10.30 - 11.00||Reading Cycle||Reading and viewing books; English songs, rhymes and plays that get you moving (on a daily basis)|
|11.00 - 11.30||Topic Related Offers||Afterwards: free time|
|11.30 - 12.15||Lunch||Afterwards: Brushing the Teeth, going to toilet|
|12.15 - 13.30||Nap Time|
|13.30 - 14.00||Pick-up Time|
- Once or twice a week, we go on a trip to the campus of the RIS Swiss Section – Deutschsprachige Schule Bangkok in order to visit the older children, and to use the playground or the library
- Since we are anxious to commit ourselves to the needs of the children/group, some of the aforementioned points may vary
If you would like your child to eat or sleep at home, you may of course pick him or her up before or after lunch.
Kindergarten represents the step from the family into society for children between the ages of 3 and 5 years and prepares them for a successful integration into our school. It supports, fosters and accompanies children in this process and complements the partnership built between the child and parents with the aim of educating and teaching them. The emphasis centers on playful and joyful learning and holistic education.
Support based on each child’s personal development is the focus of our educational work. The main emphasis is to understand the world through one’s own experiences. By means of targeted lessons the child gets to know him/herself, his/her own body and his/her environment and thereby gains self-awareness and self-confidence.
In Kindergarten, the classroom language is German completed with playful English language lessons. The homeroom teachers and subject teachers are native-speakers of German or English as well as experienced specialists in early language acquisition.
In Kindergarten, 30 lessons are taught per week. The classes run from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on a flexible schedule (only Physical Education, German as a Foreign Language, English and the library lessons are set). Lunch is catered directly to the Kindergarten classrooms.
Our Kindergarten curriculum, based on the Swiss and German curricula, is well-balanced and consists of different areas of learning and discovery:
- Language skills in German and English taught by native speakers
- Early literacy in an environment where reading aloud and library visits are natural
- Playful math concept with the German research project “Let´s visit Numberland”
- Personal and emotional development: socialization and self-confidence are fostered
- Knowledge and understanding of the world with selected, age-appropriate themes
- Creative development through arts, crafts and music
- Physical development through sports and psychomotricity lessons
- Project weeks, European/Thai cultural celebrations and local excursions
- Additional classes for German as a foreign/second language
Children are allowed to develop in their own way and at their own pace with a holistic perspective. Between the ages of 3 to 5 play is the most important element of learning. Learning by doing, experiencing and understanding is essential – students are encouraged to do as many things as possible themselves, resulting in having a healthy sense of self-confidence. Thus, the students can create a solid foundation for later on at school.
Transfer to Primary
Kindergarten is the ideal preparation for entering the Basis Level. Children usually spend two years in Kindergarten (approximately until age 5) and are then promoted to the Basis Level.
Learning through play!
The Basis Level promotes a smooth progress into Primary School with selected, playful learning elements. Play is an essential part of children´s development and most of the learning will be introduced as a combination of planned play and led activities. These allow individualized educational paths adjusted to each student’s very own development.
The classroom language is German, supported by English lessons for all students as well as Thai lessons for students of Thai nationality. Our teachers are native speakers and experienced specialists in early language acquisition; students with German as a Foreign or Second language receive additional language support.
The school day lasts from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and students have the opportunity to choose additional activities in the afternoon. A balanced, healthy lunch is catered to the inner yard of the school building.
After achieving the learning objectives of the Basis Level, the students continue in Grade 1 of the Primary School.