In Our Kindergarten

Tuburan offers kindergarten, Class 1 (Grade 1), Class 2 (Grade 2), and Class 3 (Grade 3)

Creative free play. This is the magical world of kindergarten children (3 – 6 years old). Everything children at this age experience they need to “digest” through free play. Letting children learn by doing and moving helps feed their need to make sense and actively explore the world which in turn cultivates their curious minds.

The children have baked a delicious pizza! (Photo by Lilli O. Breininger.)

A child helps his teacher sew a crown. (Photo by Lilli O .Breininger.)

As children play, they turn simple, unformed toys—like stones, wood cuts, leaves, beeswax, and seeds—into a hundred different things with their imagination.In kindergarten, children’s four basic senses are developed: touch, wellbeing, movement and warmth. Through moving, balancing, interacting, exploring they practice their motor skills which, when developed well, will prepare them for the more abstract thinking and prolonged periods of concentration that’s usual in grade school.

During the week, children take turns washing the dishes after meals. (Photo by Lilli O. Breininger.)

The kindergarten classroom resembles a cozy and home-like environment which suitably helps children transition from home to school. At this age, children learn best through imitating their teachers who are lovingly called “titas” and “titos” (i.e. aunties and uncles). The teachers’ personal mastery to always be ready to appropriately support the “unfolding” of the children helps guide the children as they move, touch and speak freely in between songs and stories.

Storytelling widens children’s vocabulary and stimulates their imagination. Photo by Lilli O. Breininger.

Learning is something kindergarten children do spontaneously and the best way adults can support growing children is to provide a nurturing and stimulating learning environment with varied age-appropriate activities. For instance, painting and drawing need concentration. But playing in the sandbox and climbing trees require more physical exertion and interaction. Children need both kinds of “breathing in” and “breathing out” activities.Young children especially have a need for rhythm – much like breathing in and out, blood pulsing and heart beating. Rhythm – or knowing what comes next as we move through time – offers children consistency and security.

Rhythm in the kindergarten is done, for instance, by substituting the names of the days with colors of the day and activities of the day. Monday is called violet day and children know it’s also drawing day and oatmeal day. On the other hand, Tuesdays are pink/red days and time for painting and for eating boiled bananas.

Seasonally children experience the rhythm of the year by preparing for and celebrating international and national festivals which are much more meaningful ways for a child to mark the passage of a year than abstract dates on a calendar.

Children take turns standing against the door to check how tall they have grown. Photo by Lilli O. Breininger.

Nutrition is also an important part of school life in kindergarten. Children eat fruits and vegetables which they grow in school or buy from the backyard gardeners in the market.Parents strive to bring the same type of nurturing in school to their homes. So instead of processed food and junk food, children eat fruits and vegetables at home too.  And instead of letting children watch television, for instance, children are encouraged to play outdoors.

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