PLANET KIDS ENGLISH LANGUAGE CENTER FOR CHILDREN Mission Statement
The mission of Planet Kids is to set the foundation for a lifelong love of learning and to make a positive difference in the lives of children professionally supported through peer, teacher, and community members.
Our focus will be on the kindergarten curriculum, and more importantly, working on learning to share, showing respect to one another, doing things independently for ourselves, solving our own problems, using common sense, taking initiative, and doing the right thing because it’s the right thing to do. Our institution is so much more than just learning the academics, and meeting benchmarks, it’s growing and developing as a whole child.
Reading consists of 2 basic components:
A well-rounded literacy program must not focus solely on either component. Decoding is the aspect of reading people most commonly focus on.
The basis for decoding is phonological awareness. Our institution program includes many experiences with phonological awareness including rhyming, word play, chants, songs, read-alouds, alphabet arc, word & letter sound "pull down" work, syllable segmentation, teaching of terminology, sound blending, and phoneme isolation and deletion.
The basis for comprehension in reading is receptive and expressive oral language experiences. Our program is rich with language experiences including predicting, making inferences, answering "wh" questions through work with story elements and shared reading and writing, describing objects using the "describing hierarchy", literature experiences to reinforce reading strategies such as using picture cues, and labeling the beginning, middle and end of a story, making associations with previous learning, and using interactive reading and writing techniques such as the "daily news" and each child's own "bag of books."
Children who have become skilled at decoding WITHOUT becoming equally skilled at comprehending will not be successful readers by third grade.
It is vital to remember that decoding can continue while comprehension breaks down!
We use a balanced approach to teaching literacy, which includes shared reading, guided reading, interactive read-alouds, shared writing, interactive writing, and writer’s workshop.
The math curriculum at PLANET KIDS is designed with the child in mind! We believe that children learn through hands on experiences using a large variety of manipulatives. Through the math workshop approach children are encouraged to explore a wide choice of activities which are aimed at 2 final goals - comprehension and lifelong love of learning. We have found that by using many approaches to one main concept we can reach and teach every child. If you visited our Kindergarten classrooms you might see some students using pattern blocks, others geoboards and bands, groups with collections, and still others working with traditional pencil and paper. Areas of instruction include but are not limited to : patterns, sorting, classifying, graphing, counting, combining and separating sets and solving problems.
Science units at PLANET KIDS are hands on learning experiences. The units are enriched with field trips around BUDAPEST and it’s neighboring areas guest speakers, and science laboratory experiments. These enhance the curriculum and provide the children with real world applications.
The students celebrate many INTERNATIONAL HOLIDAYS such as: