At Keystone International Kindergartens we open the pathway for kids to learn how to build, create, problem solve, cooperate, communicate, enjoy activities, learn diversity, build self-esteem and be a part of a loving community – where all are accepted. We, at Keystone International Schools, are committed to early learning. Our goal is to provide our kids with a developmentally appropriate learning environment where they are encouraged to acquire a love for learning. We practice the holistic approach and focus on our kids’ physical, personal, social and emotional wellbeing as well as their cognitive aspects. The holistic approach also focuses on interacting with the natural world where kids can learn to observe, take care of and love their environment.
With our English curriculum, kids develop their language skills, which prepare them for primary school and beyond. Studies suggest that at a cognitive and academic level, children learning an additional language are more creative, better at solving complex problems and usually score higher on standardized tests. At a personal level, the more languages a person speaks, the better access he or she will have to different people and resources from other countries and cultures. Additionally, it helps children to better understand other cultures, expressions and styles of communication. This can encourage children to appreciate how big the world is and will open their mind greatly – which is always a good thing. Discovering that they are able to communicate with foreign people will increase their self-esteem, autonomy and confidence. As Keystone educators, we know that children who learn a language before their teenage years are more likely than older learners to achieve native-like pronunciation. Furthermore, research has found that kids have an innate ability to acquire the rules of any language – an ability that disappears by adulthood. Once children know a second language, it is easier for them to understand further languages structures, which is why experts say that every new language learnt is easier than the one before.
So, starting from age 4, children also deliver French as a second language. In our kindergarten, we recognize the unique skills and abilities of each kid and we highlight their lives with opportunities to develop their social and emotional skills. We also provide them with opportunities to experiment, question and collaborate with their peers as they engage in outdoor and indoor activities throughout the day. It is our mission to empower them by encouraging them to explore their surroundings, ask questions, and generate new ideas.