ACG School Jakarta has introduced a new early-years education initiative, in which parents are encouraged to engage in their children’s play-based learning programme.
JAKARTA, Indonesia, Oct. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — With the launch of their new kindergarten programme "Let’s Investigate," ACG School Jakarta invites parents to participate in the curriculum alongside their children. Run by expert early childhood educator and newly appointed Senior Teacher – Early Learning, Vanessa Ellison, the programme not only emphasises exploration and learning experiences, but also the involvement of parents in their children’s education.
"During the session, we welcome all parents’ involvement in the classroom, not just to accompany their children, but to take part in their child’s activities. We invite parents to see ACG School’s kindergarten curriculum through the eyes of their children and to participate in what their children encounter in the classroom," Vanessa explained.
"Let’s Investigate" gives parents and caregivers the opportunity to enjoy different learning areas with their children. The environment is set up in such a way as to foster open-ended inquiries and explorations for the children, and essentially offers parents the chance to simply join in and follow their child’s play ideas.
Every area of investigation and discovery reveals different elements which are fundamental to the children’s further academic development and, at the same time, provides an interactive, fun filled learning environment. These learning experiences include painting and texture experimentation, ‘loose parts’ for counting and patterning, along with an array of construction and building materials, and imaginative role-playing and story writing.
"When investigating through play, children will develop their passion in certain activities, and the games which encourage them to experiment and ask questions are fundamental to their early cognitive development. Most importantly, this reduces pressure on children, yet they can see learning as a fun activity to explore. We’re not only involved in knowing how the curriculum works, but also analysing the real interaction between our children, teachers, and the school’s community to further understand the learning process in every situation," said Asma Azamatullah, one of the ACG’s kindergarten parents.
Vanessa added, "Our priority is working collaboratively with all parents, for instance attending our primary assemblies, inviting them in to be guest speakers during our Units of Inquiry, as well as attending all information sharing events, and parent-teacher and student-led conferences. Parents can also use a digital platform to update any actions they have seen their children taking at home, so they can always monitor progress of the learning process."
Investigative learning better prepares kindergarten students for primary school
At ACG School Jakarta, children from age three are exposed to the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP), a gentle and age-appropriate introduction to inquiry-based learning. A specialised and holistic teaching also starts at age three, with students gaining exposure to Bahasa Indonesia, swimming, physical education, visual art and music, alongside core subjects to better prepare them for the primary stage.
"We want parents to understand that academic development is important. However, there are other learning experiences that will also help their children’s development," said Vanessa. "Using play and inquiry as a vehicle for learning gives children opportunities to collaborate, develop social skills, problem solving, language and numeric skills, as well as critical thinking, that are needed for their future education."
Supporting their commitment to provide the best education programme at all stages, ACG School Jakarta is continuing their parents’ learning sessions for primary students (Years 1-3) in November 2019.
For more information about ACG School Jakarta, visit: https://jakarta.acgedu.com/
About ACG School Jakarta:
An international school for a global education, ACG School Jakarta provides outstanding educational services with proven quality and results in a values-driven, supportive and diverse environment.
Situated in South Jakarta and easily accessible to the Ring Road, it places a strong emphasis on academic learning, creativity, innovation, international curriculum and the highest quality teachers.
ACG School’s dedication to developing the individual is also reflected in their co-curricular activities, including a wide range of music, sporting, cultural and leadership opportunities. Through top quality teaching, well-equipped classrooms, pleasant outdoor areas and a caring environment, ACG School offers a modern, safe and highly stimulating place of learning.
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