The purpose of any pre-school, nursery school or kindergarten in Bangkok is to develop your child’s foundation and prepare them for their life long journey of learning. Studies have shown that the best way to do this is with daily, hands-on educational experiences that gently encourage them to interact with their educators and with the other children in their class.
It’s essential that a child’s first learning experience is a positive one. By providing a child with hands-on educational experiences, the educator can monitor the child’s progress, cater for their needs, and help them when they’re unsure how to proceed or become shy or afraid to try new things.
Developing the Tools to Learn
It’s essential for children to develop skills that will enable them to participate and get the most out of their education. This includes developing their cognitive, social, emotional, and motor skills.
By interacting with students within the controlled, safe and comfortable environment of the classroom, the teachers can gently encourage children to explore the world around them through gameplay and activities.
Children will develop their cognitive and motor skills by solving simple puzzles and playing games with objects and shapes. They will learn how to communicate through word games and responding to questions. And they’ll develop their social and emotional skills by learning to get along with the other children in the classroom and the educators who guide them.
It’s the experience of interacting with peers in a supervised classroom environment that encourages the development of social skills, communication, interaction, and sharing, particularly that many children now live separately from their extended families.
Though the kindergarten school experience can be bewildering for children during their first few days, with gentle encouragement and lots of support, they soon find their way in the classroom, make friends, and become interested in learning new things. A hands-on educational experience is vital in reassuring the child that they are in a safe and fun environment.
Raintree’s Experienced and caring Team of Educators
Led by our main educational team comprised of Director Phannaroj (Mai) Chalitaporn, Head Teacher Karen Jones, and Co-founder Vorachan (Tip) Chirathivat, Raintree International’s preschool and kindergarten school in Bangkok practice the British Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum with a hands-on approach to education.
The EYFS is a play-based curriculum that fosters creativity by developing literacy, expressive arts and design, and communications and language. These are three of the key pillars of EYFS taught at Raintree International School, the others being mathematics, understanding the world around them, cognitive, emotional and social development, and physical and motor skills development.
Importance of a Play-based Curriculum
The EYFS play-based curriculum is designed to foster the development of children and prepare them for their formal education to come.
It works on gross and fine motor skill development by encouraging them to join in activities that develop their physical skills while engaging their minds. Gross motor skills such as walking, running, jumping, and hand-eye coordination using balls, bikes, and scooters improve a child’s sense of balance and allow them to explore the limits of their abilities.
Fine motor skill development builds a child’s hand-eye coordination and their skills in drawing, colouring, building things with blocks, and other creative endeavours.
By combining these physical attributes with the cognitive, social and emotional development of the child, EYFS introduces them to the idea that learning and development is fun and enjoyable.
Before enrolling your child in a nursery school in Bangkok, your child should be comfortable with the idea of new surroundings and meeting new people. To further encourage their development and ready them for the school environment, we advise reading books and discussing the stories with them to get them used to communicating. Ask them about their feelings and encourage them to ask questions about anything that is puzzling them or bothering them.
Engage with them in activities they will encounter at school like colouring, sorting by colours and shapes, solving puzzles, playing games, or working on activities that engage their fine motor skills, like working with clay.
To ease their anxiety and make them feel more comfortable, why not pay a visit to Raintree International School. Take a tour of the school and introduce them to their teacher. That way, they’ll recognise a familiar face on their first day. If you have any questions about any aspect of our teaching at Raintree International School, please contact us.