International Indian School Dammam (IISD)
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

KINDERGARTEN

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Kindergarten – The green house of education

Kindergarten is truly the green house of  education in every sense of the word. The ambience created by transforming these tiny saplings into plants follows the same philosophy of tender loving care used in the green house

Our students are in the age group of 2 ˝ to 5 years acquiring basic skills of recognition, reading, writing and arithmetic. Ages 3 through 5 are wonder years. That’s when children begin learning to study, to reason, to co-operate. Children of this age group have to be taught differently from older children. Therefore our methods of teaching are designed to fit the child instead of making the child fit the school. We adopt a combination of Kindergarten as well as Montessori and Play way methods, which make learning fun.

Our Kindergarten family has been continually growing with the present strength of 2376 students and 86 teachers lead by our dynamic Headmistress Ms. Sabina Sajid. We have the Lower Kindergarten for children between 3 to 4 and Upper Kindergarten for children between ages of 4 to 5. Apart from this we also have the Preschool and Special Child Care Section.

KINDERGARTEN CAMPUS :
Our Kindergarten Campus is indeed a colourful, welcoming one with beautifully painted walls and display boards, water coolers, First Aid unit with a qualified nurse, A well equipped library with picture books, VCR, Over Head Projectors and a play room.
PRESCHOOL: 

The Kindergarten Section houses a Preschool, which is actually a “Home away from home”. Children here are in the age group of 2 ˝ to 3 years old. The Preschool, which started in the year 1994 serves as a preparative ground for our tiny tots. The main objective is to teach the children to interact with each other. It develops social, physical and intellectual skills through Play way and exploring techniques.
SPECIAL CHILD CARE SECTION: 
Our latest innovative venture in the Kindergarten family about which we are particularly proud of is the addition of the Special Child Care Section, A guidance, counseling and remedial center for children with special needs for children between the age group of 6-14.

ACTIVITIES OF THE SCHOOL:
The Morning Assembly: 
The morning assembly denotes an auspicious way to begin the day. It includes a prayer song, pledge, group singing with music and actions, with words of advice from the Headmistress

Special Assemblies:
Special assemblies are organized by group of teachers and their classes to mark solemn accessions like Gandhi Jayanthi, Republic Day, Saudi National Day, National Integration Day, Children’s Day, etc. The programme presented imparts the message and meaning of the event effectively to our little children.
ACADEMICS:
Language:
The bond between the teacher and the child is deep and its impact is far-reaching and fruitful. A lot of time and individual attention is paid to the children to lay a strong foundation through Phonic Drill, Sensorial exercises, Pattern writing, Verbal skills and Communication in English improves rapidly irrespective of ones’ mother tongue. Multi media lessons are shown to improve their verbal and recognition skills.
Number Work:
The aim of each teacher is to create an environment to ensure that education is not only received but also achieved. To begin with our tiny tots learn to recognize numbers and use them in set identifications. Different apparatus like Seguin board, Flash Cards are used to help the child identify and learn to recognize numbers well.
Introduction of a New Language – Hindi:
Our Kindergarten children learn Hindi as well, which is our National Language. To make this subject easy and interesting, we use different kinds of teaching aids such as charts, flash cards, Hindi text as well as multimedia. More over, we teach alphabets through songs and rhymes
CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:
Art and Craft:
Art and Craft activities are designed to help the children to practice small muscle skills, gain the eye hand co-ordination. It also helps the children to develop their imagination. Art & Craft forms an integral part of our KG curriculum. Different activities like drawing, painting, cutting on shapes, paper tearing, colouring etc helps to develop muscular skills.
Field Trips:
Field Trips are organized every year and it is a welcome diversion from the daily routine. Children are taken to Toy Town and each child returns home with a surprise gift.
Sports Activities:
We introduce our tiny tots to sports gradually beginning with simple activities like walking on a straight line, marching, jogging, playing ring – a - ring – a – roses and land and water. Then, we introduce them to the basic skills of popular games like throw ball, basketball and cricket. These elementary sports gently introduce the child to the world of sports and make them understand the concept of physical fitness. “HEALTH IS WEALTH”.
Timely Workshops:
Timely workshops are conducted for teachers to sharpen their skills and improve on the existing teaching method thereby updating the latest teaching techniques in education.
KG Day:
It is the red-letter day in the Kindergarten Calendar; a day marked to cherish the qualitative growth of this section, where in a bonanza of cultural presentations by our students makes the event a memorable one. It truly reflects the talents of our young ones and the planning and teamwork of our staff.

Bulletin Boards:

Good habits learned at this formative stage mature into permanent values. Wall Magazines and display board highlight different themes every fortnight thereby imparting the message behind every theme.

Our children make remarkable progress by the end of their stay in the Kindergarten. Patience and Hardwork are the key words of success. We strive to pursue in the same spirit, making everyday a success imparting knowledge, values and building confidence in our young ones to march ahead to meet the challenges of tomorrow.


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