HAPPY KIDS’s Curriculum is an internationally based curriculum which places great emphasis on the understanding of concepts and development of attitudes as well as acquisition of knowledge and skills. Underlying are the beliefs that effective learning is an active, cross-disciplinary, inquiry-based process.
It is the sum of all the experiences:
- learning skills
- developing concepts
- establishing attitudeschildren encounter in the pre-school.
It is a curriculum that uses the power of play to foster children’s development accomplished by means of a balanced, play-centered program in which teachers take an active role in balancing spontaneous play, guided play and directed play.
Our Curriculum is developmentally appropriate for young children. It is planned to be appropriate for the age span of the children within the group and is implemented with attention to the different needs, interests and developmental levels of those individual children. Each child is a unique person with an individual personality, learning style and family background. Both the curriculum and adults’ interactions with children should be responsive to individual differences. Our developmentally appropriate curriculum provides for all areas of a child’s development: physical, emotional, social and cognitive through an integrated approach.
Children’s learning doesn’t occur in narrowly defined subject areas, their development and learning are integrated. Our program provides for a wider range of developmental interests and abilities than the chronological age range of the group would suggest. Teachers are prepared to meet the needs of the children who exhibit unusual interests and skills outside the normal developmental range.
Teachers increase the difficulty, complexity and challenge of an activity as children become involved with it and as children develop understanding and skills. Teachers provide a variety of activities and materials. Learning activities and materials are to be tangible, real and relevant to the lives of young children. Teachers provide a balance of rest and active movement for children throughout the program day. Outdoor experiences are to be provided for children of all ages.
Nursery I (1.5-2 years) and Nursery II (2-3 years)
This is a structured play program with the opportunity for daily activities to socialize, play and grow with other children. We develop fine motor skills through art and craft, gymnastics and movement and music in a classroom environment that is creative and fun, pony riding.
Pre-K I (3-4 years)
This is a thematically organized structured play program with the opportunity for daily activities to socialize, play and grow with other children. We continue to develop fine motor skills through art and preliminary crayon and pencil activities whilst gross motor skills are further developed through gymnastics and movement, pony riding. Appropriate activities include dramatic play, wheel toys and climbers, puzzles and blocks, and opportunities to talk and listen to simple stories, and pony riding.
Pre-K II (4-5 years)
This class is introduced and involved with pre-reading and pre-writing activities which will lead them into becoming readers and writers. They develop interest in the functional aspects of written language, such as recognizing meaningful words and trying to write their own names. Also pre-number activities with sorting, counting and matching activities are forming the foundation for the future mathematical work. They are developing basic math concepts and problem solving skills. They are more able to concentrate and remember as well as recognize objects by shape, colour or size. Five-year-olds are developing interest in community and the world outside their own and combining ideas into more complex relations having to grow memory capacity and fine motor skills. Daily activities incorporate art, structured learning activities as well as music, PE, swimming, yoga and computers which are integrated into the class program.
Kindergarten (5-7 years)
Our academic program uses an integrated day, thematic approach to cover the subjects of Language, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Art, Computer, Music, Drama, Physical Education. Six-year-olds are active and demonstrate considerable verbal ability; they are becoming interested in games and rules and develop concepts and problem-solving skills from these experiences. Therefore, hands on activity and experimentation are more appropriate for this age group than mechanical seatwork. Seven-year-olds seem to need time to catch up and practice with many newly acquired physical and cognitive skills. They become increasingly able to reason, to listen to others and to show social skills. The learning of languages, particularly English for native and non-native speakers and Hungarian for native and non-native speakers is introduced and developed. We take full advantage of the tradition, history and culture of Hungary through regular educational and social excursions.
In Happy Kids we have established a reputation based on individual development programs for the levels and unique abilities of each child. We ensure a thorough preparation for our 5-7 year old children, ensuring their smooth transition and acceptance into the International, Bilingual or Hungarian school of their choice. Children are taught to read and write in English language based on their individual level of English knowledge.