At weekends, we have baby&mother play groups, which are accompanied by our trainers to help mothers and babies have entertaining and high quality time through games,art and various activities.
10.00: Arriving Joyfull House and greeting
Recovering from the moing sleepiness and saying good morning to classmates
10.00-10.15 Free play
Play freely in any play corner they choose
Our teacher teaches how to make ceramics with clay and how to use the paints. They paint and create brand new artworks combining different materials. They join group works together with friends. Handcrafts support the fine motor development of children as well as improving their skills in art.
10.45-11.00 Physical activities
Climbing, Balance platform, tunnel games, passing through hoops, trampoline
Physical activities support psycho-motor development as well as entertaining them
11.00-11.15 Eating fruit with their mothers within the group
Eating together with the group enables them to learn of the social rules
11.15-11.30 Circle Time
They learn the colors, numbers, professions, basic concepts. The teacher introduces them a new subject every week through puppet shows, songs, poems, rhymes and finger plays
The activity, proceeding with q&a, aims getting the child used to talk in front of a group and improve his skills for continuing a dialogue,as well as helping him to utilize the mother tongue efficiently, enriching the vocabulary and enhancing the pronunciation.
Puppet and finger play supports the development of self confidence, language and imagination improvement
11.30-11.45 Group plays
The teacher explains the rules of a game and I they try to comply with the rules
Group play has an important effect on complying with rules in the group, sharing, helping, adapting and problem solving skills
11.45-12.00 Preparation time
Changing clothes etc. before leaving.
Joyfull House offers 1.5-3 years old(18-36 months) children a wide variety of options in the playgroup , either in line with the preferences of the mother and the child or for ensuring a soft adaptation period: 5 half days, 3 half days, 2 half days, or 5 full days, 3 full days, 2 full days. We have two separate classes, each maximum of 15 people, for 18-27 and 28-36 months old children. Child development experts attend our groups
We service for long hours, from 08.00-18.30, bearing in mind the working parents. Our routine day starts at 9.00 and ends at 13.00 or 16.30. Weekday program starts with yoga class every moing right after free play time and beakfast
What is the difference of play group?
Play group is the first step that toddlers (children of 18-36 month) leave their mothers to spend time in a classroom together with a teacher. According to the adaptation process of the child mothers/babysitters spend some time differing between a couple of weeks with the child in the play group. After the adaptation process, children can stay in the group with their teachers and friends. During this period the linguistic and cognitive development of the child is being supported. Children improve in the areas of vocabulary development, articulation, toilet training, playing, eating and communicating with the group.
The most pleasing situation for the play group teacher is too see the children growing up rapidly.
Yoga: Everyday they start the day with mini yoga accompanied with various games.
Free play: Free play is done with the mother in the corner of interest inside the classroom or with the teacher in the garden.
Play time is a precious time period when all the development areas of our children are supported. In the playground areas, that have been organized accordingly, children play in a corner of interest with the teache rguiding them
Language activities: Activities such as finger play, rhymes, story and tale telling, reading on certain subjects, watching visual aids are performed
Art activities: Activities supporting the subjects scheduled in the yearly program, playing with play dough which supports the motor muscle development, tearing and pasting, coloring, and activities that require scissor using are performed. Activities performed with the scissors are done towards the end of the year, in accordance with the muscle development of childre
English: Everyday studies are done for 20 minutes with the English teacher and their class teacher, in order to get acquainted with the language.
Drama-dance-music: Listening and singing songs that reinforce the topics they learn, musical dramatizations and games are performed
Culinary activities: Small hands are in the kitchen…Through the kitchen activities various concepts are introduced, children have fun, learn and taste different flavors, spend entertaining time
Games : Active and peaceful games appropriate for their ages are played together with their group teachers
For the children attending full-day program breakfast-fruit time-lunch-afternoon snack,for those attending half-day breakfast-snack time-lunch are served. While eating the delicious food, children also learn how to sit at a table with the group, table manners and to wait in line.
His/her mother, father or someone that he trusts can be present at school together with the child during the adaptation period. Within time a relation based on love and trust is set up between the child and the teacher. When this relation is established the child is ready to stay alone in the school. If this period is extended more and more, efficient solutions will be developed together with our teachers
To understand the play group better:
Two separate groups for 18-26 months old and 27-36 months old children
Separate groups for those in adaptation period and for those already are used to school
15 minutes long activity programs in accordance with their attention span
To aid the parents about toilet training
Training support for the parents
Seminars every 45 days-Psychologist&parent meetings
Child observation forms that are shared with the parents
Gradual adaptation period(with the help of the psychologist)
Mother&baby programs at weekends
Our aim is to identify, improve and support the skills and talents of our kids with the help of expert teachers. The kids don’t spend their whole da in one class. On the contrary they rotate among the classes full equipped for each subject area.
YOGA : we start the day with yoga. Mini Yoga Project is especially designed for kindergartens, child care centers and clubs having students of 5-12 year olds.
HANDCRAFTS:In our special class an expert teacher gives the lesson. She helps kids to discover their own skills and improve them through art, models, ceramics, wood painting, puppets, fabric painting, marbled painting,etc.
MUSIC: We try to bring feeling of rythm into picture, support it, enable the kids to identfy different sounds, and work on orff technique
DRAMA : We try to bring the kids’ creativity into Picture, encourage them more, do activities to improve their mimics,gestures, and tonation
BALLET / DANCE: With the help and guidance of our teacher students have healthy and well-built bodies, they learn to lead their energy into proper activities, such as rythm, ballet, streching and dance.
MOVEMENT AND COORDINATION : With this education kids learn how important sport is for a healthy life, and they start to think of a sport to do.
STEM: Various education programs such as High Scope (active learning) which consists of experiments, field trips, grouping, matching, concepts and working with numbers, Gems (Science-Math), Scamper (Thinking from different points of views),and Reggio Emilia (Learning through experience) guide us in these lessons.
GAMES: planned and free games such as repairing, doing puzzles,climbing,etc are part of Active learning System. These games are very effective in learning.
GARDEN TIME: We believe that all weather conditions are ok to go out if you wear appropriate clothes. That’s why we play enjoyable games in the garden everyday.
ENGLISH CLASS:Native-Speakers teach our kids through effective methods that help kids to keep the info in their long-term memories. Music, orff,drama, dance and art lessons are also given in both languages.Native-speaker English teachers help in those classes.(Simultaneous Bilingual Teaching)
CULINARY ACTIVITIES: this activity gives opportunity for introducing various concepts. Our children work in small groups and initially get acquainted with the kitchen materials; then the activity continues with combining different ingredients to achieve different flavours. Attention is paid to the presentation of the food.
In our school, we take the developmental issues of the children into consideration and use a combination of several techniques suitable for that age level.
Active learning is defined as experiencing ; it is the children interpreting their own experiences to develop new ideas and concepts.
Scramper(different thinking methods)
It is different thinking methods; it helps to improve the skills to think differently, to use imagination and intuition.
It is a high quality, flexible program that brings effective science and math activities to the classroom.
Reggio Emilia(Project based learning)
Reggio Emilia approach is an educational practice that enables the child to be active and use his present knowledge with the new information and gain a new perspective.
REGGIO EMILIA BASED
PREP CLASS PROGRAM
Rapid growth takes place at all development areas in early childhood period.
Keeping this in mind the suitable equipment and necessary infrastructure, for the preparatory program, is established in our school.
In each class, education is given by a native speaker, rotating in line with the skills development program.
Preparation for basic education:
Turkish and math studies
Problem solving skills
Line drawing studies
Preparatory studies for reading and writing
Preparatory studies for primary school
Preparatory studies for reading and writing
. Book studies intended for development of hand muscles
. Book studies intended for unique thinking
. Line drawing studies
-joining the lines
-merging the dots
. Vocal studies
. Attention and comprehension studies
Information gathering studies to improve the memory
Studies of discussion with others on meaningful experiences.
Rhymes, finger plays,poems,riddles, listening-repeating and leaing
Using the language with fun
Listening to stories and tales
Reading in various forms: story books, signs and symbols, their own writing
Post-story activities: Dramatization-pantomime-discussion on the story
Science and Math activities
-To compare a group of objects and decide on the following: 'more', 'less' or 'the same number '
-To match objects one to one
-To count the objects
-To recognize the numbers visually
-To explore and define the similarities and differences between the objects
-To define and differentiate the shapes
-To divide into groups and pair them
-To define and utilize objects for alteative use
-To compare their qualities (longer/shorter)
To sequence objects to make a meaningful patte and define their status (big/bigger than/ the biggest)
-To match a group of designed objects with another one, to place objects into or on top of each other by trial and error method (small cup/small plate/mid-size cup/mid-size plate)
Observation on sightseeing tours
. Free play
. Activities in the garden
. Preparatory studies for reading and writing
. Language activities(Scamper)
. Science and Math activities(Gems)
. Cooking Activities
. Field trips
. Games with rules
. Planning-studying-remembering exercises
. Skills development activities