A Day in the Life of a Student in Kingsley (Preschool)

A Day in the Life of a Student in Kingsley (Preschool)

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A Day in the Life of a Student in Kingsley (Preschool)

Join Me on a Kingsley Preschool Day

Hey there!

Have you ever wondered how a typical day in Kingsley looks like for a preschooler? Come and see some pictures and stories of my fun-filled day at school. It’s cool to be a learner at Kingsley because every day is such an exciting day, where we get to learn lots of new things.

Let’s take the plunge and find out!

A group of four boys playing on a scooter.
But first, let’s get all that energy out!

Starting the Day

To start off our day, we have this amazing thing called the 24 Festive Drums. Imagine this: my friends and I, along with our older friends, perform on the drums with a huge smile on our faces!

Bringing loudness is not the issue here (though it always makes it enjoyable), it works towards making us get out of bed and be ready for the day.

The other benefit of 24 Festive Drums is how it requires focus and patience to play. We have to pay attention to the instructor to know their cue to beat the drum. It’s not simply beating the drum!  Also, it’s kind of refreshing and reminiscent of getting ready for a workout since it quickens the heart rate and brings that excitement of the next thing.

Children gathered around the homeroom teacher, showing something to the group.
What’s today’s topic about? Circle time can start any way the children choose.

Circle Time

Then comes Circle Time where all of it is put into use – the singing, dancing and drumming. It involves participating in a large group where we sit in a circle and talk. Sometimes we tell each other what we did the day before, or we discuss how we feel at a given period of time. This is a good time for us to relax after all that beating of the drums. It assists in granting a quiet ear that we are able to lend to one another. Also, we get to make friends and join hands to make the work come to completion.

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The children are already excited to learn!

Morning Lessons

Next, comes our morning lessons. What makes my school cool in my opinion is that not only is it based on the Cambridge curriculum, but we also get to choose the activity of the day. That means a child-led structured curriculum which include the interest of the class!

Our teachers always take the time to organise their lessons in a manner that is enjoyable for us.

One day we could be learning about the Cretaceous dinosaurs, and the next, it could be intergalactic space rockets. These lessons are all about the interest of the class and how those learning can be made fun, while reaching learning objectives!

Personalised education means every lesson is just right for us!

Two happy children holding a bowl of healthy fruit snacks together.
The children always have a smile on their face when it’s snack time!

Snack Break

Learning makes us hungry; all that new knowledge learns about makes the tummy grumble, no wonder many of us are out looking for something to munch on at this time. It’s time for children to eat some fruits, crackers and can even have a nice tasty smoothie in the midst of the day. This is also a good time to catch up with our friends and what our snacks are all about. We need to eat well in order to be able to have more fun activities to do!

A group of girls play with colourful tower blocks together.
Socialisation and bonding is an important part of a child’s development

Creative Activities

Next on the schedule is, Creative Activities! Not only do we get fantastic people to work with, but we get to do all sorts of arts and crafts. They may draw with pencils and watercolours, create things with modelling clay, or make something unique with cut outs of newspapers and glue. It also enables us to day dream and also train our hand muscles thus enhancing our fine motor control. Also, we get to bring our creations home and be proud to show them to the parents.

Lunch Time

Lunch time at Kingsley is one of the best part of the day. We appreciate the delicious meals! It’s usually a balanced meal rich in nutrients, not to mention how filling it is. Special attention is given to the type of food to be offered in a day so that all the meals are grouped in the right categories such as vegetables, fruits, protein and grains. This helps us grow healthy and strong, so we can have lots of fun and learn new things.

Mealtime routines at Kingsley cannot be overemphasised. Everyone eats together and this helps to learn table manners and also how everyone likes to have friends to eat with. It becomes so relaxing for us since it allows us to talk more about what we have been doing the whole day before going back to the numerous other activities. Also, we get to discover more about other foods from other parts of the world, making each culinary journey a great one!

A teacher is having math lessons in the hallway of the school.
Does being outside the classroom strike your fancy? Let’s go! Teacher will take you there.

Afternoon Lessons

In the afternoon, we have more lessons, but they’re different from the morning ones. These afternoon lessons are all about learning with our whole body and mind. We might do some practice mindfulness, or even have a mini science experiment. These activities help us learn in a fun and engaging way, making sure we’re developing in every possible way.

Outdoor Time

After lunch, we head outside for some outdoor play. This is one of my favourite times of the day! We run around, play games, and sometimes even go on little nature walks. Outdoor time is great because it helps us stay active, and we get to explore the world around us. It’s also a perfect time to let off some steam before we go back to more learning.

Maple Leaf Kingsley International School incorporates both certified and personalised education into our outdoor time. We might have structured games that teach us teamwork and fair play, or we might explore nature, looking at plants and bugs and learning about the environment around us. The teachers pay attention to what we’re interested in and plan activities that keep us engaged and curious.

Brown and white patched pony in motion on Kingsley grounds.
Asa, the majestic pony resident on the grounds of Kingsley, prances around freely.

Wrap-Up and Reflection

As the day comes to an end, we gather again and sit in a circle while talking about what we did that day. It’s a great way to remember all the fun things we learned and to share our favourite moments with our friends. It also helps us wind down and get ready to go home.

Children playing musical instruments in Kingsley’s music studio.
Make your own music and dance to the rhythm of your own beat!

Conclusion

A day at Maple Leaf Kingsley International School is filled with joy, learning, and lots of play. The teachers here are amazing because they plan everything with our interests and needs in mind. From the Festive Drums to the final day’s reflection, every part of the day is designed to help us grow and develop in the best way possible. Kingsley isn’t just a school; it’s a place where we can be ourselves, explore our curiosities, and make great friends. 

I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings!

FAQs

1. What makes Kingsley’s preschool programme unique?

Kingsley’s preschool programme is unique because it focuses on personalised, child-led learning that keeps kids engaged and excited about learning.

2. How does Kingsley ensure a balanced day for preschoolers?

Kingsley ensures a balanced day by incorporating a mix of physical activities, creative projects, academic lessons, and rest periods.

3. What are the benefits of starting the day with the 24 Festive Drums?

Starting the day with the 24 Festive Drums helps improve focus, boosts energy, and sets a positive tone for the day.

4. What types of outdoor activities do Kingsley preschoolers enjoy?

Kingsley preschoolers enjoy a variety of outdoor activities including running games, nature walks, and playground fun, which help them stay active and explore the environment.

5. How does Kingsley support early literacy and language skills?

Kingsley supports early literacy and language skills through storytime, interactive reading activities, and encouraging children to express themselves verbally.

6. When do preschoolers join Extracurricular Activities?

Extracurricular Activities (ECA) for the EYD preschoolers are scheduled every Friday morning. This ensures that the children receive ample opportunities and guidance from their homeroom teachers, and get into a routine without expending too much energy.

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The Ideal School for a Holistic, Well-Rounded Education: Maple Leaf Kingsley International School

The Ideal School for a Holistic, Well-Rounded Education: Maple Leaf Kingsley International School

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Imagine a school nestled on a beautiful green peak! That’s Maple Leaf Kingsley International School! Here, learning isn’t just about books and classrooms, it’s about growing and learning wholesomely in body, mind and spirit!

ML Kingsley embraces a holistic ethos that nurtures intellectually. With a steadfast commitment to providing a well-rounded experiential learning, the school seamlessly weaved its academic teaching and learning with lots of extracurricular activities and brainstorming exercises, fostering a vibrant learning environment where students can explore, create, and grow, enhancing their multiple intelligences.

With focused dedication to ensure exciting and interesting academic developments, Kingsley has garnered not just admiration, but excellent confidence for the school and its educators from its stakeholders and all who come into contact with her! 

A learning environment that helps students thrive

ML KIS takes centre stage by providing an environment that is serene and conducive for teaching and learning. The campus’s peaceful atmosphere creates an ideal space for students to focus and thrive.

According to Mr Rowland, a parent of ML Kingsley, the expansive campus may be compared to a “mini University”, its vast resources and facilities support both academic and extracurricular pursuits relentlessly. This tranquil setting not only fosters academic excellence but also encourages personal growth and development in every child.

ML Kingsley enrolled global students in a welcoming atmosphere. Catering to those seeking an international education experience, the school embraces diversity, creating a multicultural environment where students from different backgrounds come together to learn and grow and embrace differences. 

With its wide range of extracurricular activities designed to enhance students’ overall development, these activities go beyond academics, allowing students to explore their interests and talents. For instance, popular activities like horse riding, fencing, martial arts, these sports not only promote physical fitness but also instil values such as sportsmanship, team spirit, discipline and leadership culture. 

Rohit Kanna, a Year 7 student finds personal fulfilment and growth through structured physical activities like fencing. Rohit appreciates the elegance and focus-enhancing qualities of fencing, highlighting how such activities contribute to his personal development.

Ker Shin, another student, enjoyed the school’s facilities such as the ICT labs, science labs, swimming pools and gym workout rooms. These facilities have definitely left a positive impact on her experiential learning. She participated keenly and enthusiastically in the sport of badminton, and through this, she has continued to improve hand-eye coordination and agility, further enhancing her overall development for possible participation in national competitions and tournaments.

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“With an approximate of 40 extracurricular options available, Kingsley encourages students to explore their potential and interests fully. These diverse activities allow students to discover new passions, develop skills and build confidence,” says Ms Wong, who is another parent of the school. With this wide range of extracurricular activities, ML Kingsley ensures that every student has the opportunity to thrive and excel beyond academics, nurturing well-rounded individuals ready to face the challenges of the world. 

A Supportive Community 

ML Kingsley encourages student’s engagements towards personal growth, evident in the development of multilingual skills and increased confidence in communication.

“My son who has been with Kingsley for 5 years now has improved in his language skills. Before ML Kingsley, his English wasn’t the best but now he is multilingual in different languages learnt and fluent in the new languages he is learning,” Rowland emphasises.

Another ML Kingsley student, Syahir saw how all his teachers work and the extent of help from them for their students. This fosters a supportive and encouraging learning partnership.

All teachers at Kingsley are Cambridge-trained and certified and must demonstrate both expertise and passion in their teaching. With a high commitment to providing individualised attention, these educators enjoy their teaching passion to support students in their learning journeys. 

Ms Nadiah, the Head of Key Stage 2 and Primary Pastoral Care has taught more than 10 years in ML Kingsley, she exemplifies her dedication through her commitment of looking after the needs of every student, regardless of their learning abilities. Her action of providing extra help and care ensures that every student has the window of opportunity to be heard and seen.

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Ms Syamim, Head of Key Stage 1 and also teaches ART, further enhances her student’s learning experience by incorporating activities such as music and games. This stimulates different multiple intelligences and ensures engagements are ignited. Her supervision over the Eco-Enzyme Farm project provides students with practical knowledge of eco-friendly practices, enriching their understanding of environmental sustainability and how to be kind to Mother Earth.

ML Kingsley’s implementation of a comprehensive Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) curriculum promotes Values, Hygiene, Problem-Solving and Healthy Relationships, and nurtures the personal growth of students in on-going, never-ending lessons. 

This expansive and important curriculum, coupled with the encouragement and supporting teachers helps to identify strengths, instil Curiosity, fosters Confidence and Resilience among students. Through such initiatives, ML Kingsley empowers students to navigate the challenges with confidence to emerge as thriving individuals – who are capable and receptive to adapt to a harsh environment.

ML Kingsley is dedicated to continuing to advocate towards anti bullying. The PSHE curriculum gives students the understanding of how dangerous bullying is, and how to overcome situations related to bullying.

Nurturing minds, cultivating futures

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The teachers at ML Kingsley make sure students are well taken cared for ensuring they are happy to learn and safe at all times. 

Pastoral care comes from within every adult and these are the types of nurturing desired by ML Kingsley – working and caring for students’ welfare, tirelessly. The emphasis on Academic and Sports Achievement, coupled with well-equipped facilities and excellent pastoral care, truly distinguishes ML Kingsley from other educational institutes.

ML Kingsley has created an environment where students arrive to study and are made to feel inclusive and not neglected. As the school continues to shape achievers and instil respect for education, its impact resonates far beyond the classrooms, leaving a lasting legacy of empowered individuals poised to create positive marks for their futures!

Source: https://schooladvisor.my/school-news-in-malaysia/the-ideal-school-for-a-holistic-well-rounded-education-maple-leaf-kingsley-international-school

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The 15 Key Milestones of Preschoolers

The 15 Key Milestones of Preschoolers

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Looking for an international preschool that will prepare your child for the uncertain future? Read on to find out about Maple Leaf Kingsley International School’s Early Years Programme. 

 

The moment a child is born, a parent is born too. 

Life takes on new meaning, new purpose, and a newfound love that changes everything. From that moment until around the age of 5 years, marks a significant period called the Early Years. 

According to numerous studies, this period is crucial for a child’s development in many areas including cognitive, physical, language, social and emotional development. 

As a parent’s journey unfolds, a profound importance of key developmental milestones in their child’s life is also realised and each moment marks a new chapter of growth, discovery, and boundless love.

“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” – Malcolm X (Activist, Advocate)

Let’s take a deeper look at the 15 key developmental milestones of a preschool child. 

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Our children’s morning routine include Circle Time!

Understanding International Preschool at Kingsley 

The Early Years stage can be a whirlwind period of excitement and anticipation for parents – the responsibility of choosing the right preschool, curriculum, environment and so on and so forth can be a lot to consider! 

Our intention is to help parents of preschoolers understand the importance of early childhood education for preschoolers.

Preschool is where the adventure begins

Igniting young minds and paving the way for their educational journey ahead. 

Enrolling your child in preschool marks the start of an exciting chapter, typically beginning between the ages of 3 to 5 years. Unlike nursery school, which caters to younger children aged 18 months to 3 years with a primary focus on playtime, preschool offers a dynamic blend of learning and exploration, setting the stage for a lifetime of discovery.

Preschool paves the way to formal schooling, where there is a variety of curriculum to choose from. Depending on the goals you have for your child, you may choose to prioritise a certain curriculum. While daycare or nursery schools typically emphasise unstructured playtime, preschools lean towards a more educational approach by integrating academics with playtime, placing particular emphasis on structure and academics. 

Ultimately, preschools play a pivotal role in laying the groundwork for a child’s success in formal education or primary school. 

The 15 key developmental milestones

The developmental milestones that we know today are the result of a collective effort by specialists and experts in the fields of early childhood development, education, psychologists, healthcare and more. These studies are ongoing and we uncover more each day through their reports, findings and contributions! 

“Children are not things to be moulded, but are people to be unfolded.” – Jess Lair (Author) 

Let’s delve into the significance of key developmental milestones in early childhood: 

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It looks like our little girl is floating! Maybe it’s magic – Maybe it’s the excitement for Sports Day!

Cognitive development

  1. Numeracy Skills: Children learn foundational mathematical concepts like counting, sorting, and recognising shapes and patterns. Hands-on activities and games are integrated to make learning maths enjoyable and accessible. 
  2. Critical Thinking: Children are encouraged to ask questions, make observations, and draw conclusions. Activities like science experiments, nature walks, and hands-on projects develop critical thinking skills and a thirst for knowledge.
  3. Independence: Preschool builds independence and self-help skills, empowering children to take care of themselves and their belongings. Tasks like dressing themselves, tidying up, and following routines promote confidence and autonomy. 
  4. Executive Functioning: Preschool activities that require planning, organising, and prioritising tasks enhance executive functioning skills. Children learn to follow instructions, manage time, and stay focused on activities, laying the groundwork for future academic and life success. 
  5. Creativity and Imagination: Preschool fosters creativity and imagination through art, music, dramatic play, and storytelling. Children are encouraged to express themselves to develop problem-solving skills, innovation, and divergent thinking.
  6. Resilience: Children deserve a safe and supportive environment to take risks, make mistakes, and learn from failures. We provide a safe space and encourage a growth mindset while praising effort over outcome which instils resilience and perseverance in the face of challenges.
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One, two, JUMP! Keep up with the pace and balance in the sack race.
Physical development
  1. Fine Motor Skills: Preschool activities such as drawing, painting, cutting, and threading help children develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. These skills are essential for tasks like writing, tying shoelaces, and using utensils independently.
  2. Gross Motor Skills: Children often have a burst of energy and need an outlet to channel their energy! Preschool encourages active play, fostering strength, balance and coordination through physical activities like running, jumping, climbing, and playing with balls or outdoor equipment to promote gross motor development.
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Social development
  1. Preparation for School: Preschool serves as a bridge between home and formal schooling, familiarising children with classroom routines, expectations, and structures. Learning to follow schedules, raise hands, and participate in group activities prepares them for primary school and beyond.
  2. Socialisation: Preschool provides a structured environment for children to interact with peers, learn social norms, and develop social skills such as sharing, taking turns, cooperating, and resolving conflicts. These interactions lay the groundwork for positive relationships and teamwork.
  3. Cultural Awareness: An international preschool such as Kingsley exposes children to diverse cultures, traditions, and perspectives, fostering acceptance, respect, and appreciation for differences. Celebrating holidays, exploring world cultures, and sharing stories from various backgrounds promote cultural understanding and empathy.
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Emotional development

  1. Confidence and Self-Esteem: Preschool provides a nurturing environment where children feel valued, respected, and encouraged to take on new challenges. Successes, no matter how small, boost confidence and self-esteem, laying a strong foundation for future academic and personal growth.
  2. Emotional Regulation: Preschool teaches children to recognise and manage their emotions in a supportive and nurturing environment. Through activities like storytelling, role-playing, emotional expression exercises and even bonding with animals, they learn to identify feelings, cope with frustration, and develop empathy towards others. 

 

Language development 

  1. Language Development: Through interactions with teachers and peers, children refine their language skills, expanding vocabulary, improving communication, and learning grammar and syntax. Preschool provides ample opportunities for verbal expression, listening, and comprehension.
  2. Early Literacy Skills: Preschool lays the foundation for literacy by introducing children to letters, sounds, and pre-reading activities. Storytime, rhyming games, and letter recognition exercises promote a love for reading and set the stage for future academic success.
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A personalised learning experience to cater for our unique personalities in class.

How does Kingsley provide for the preschool children?

The Early Years Department (EYD) at Maple Leaf Kingsley International School is meticulously designed in alignment with both International (Cambridge) and National (Malaysian) standards of Early Childhood Education. 

We prioritise personalised learning for every child, ensuring a small class size and employing the Multiple Intelligence (MI) approach to foster their unique talents and abilities, thereby empowering each child to reach their full potential. 

While the milestones cover various areas of development in a child, it’s important to note that each child is as unique as their thumb print; there is no other like them! 

For this reason alone, selecting a school that prioritises the individual needs of a child is of utmost value.

“The soul is healed by being with children.” – Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Novelist, Writer, Journalist)

In addition to the developmental milestones highlighted earlier, Kingsley’s Early Years Department (EYD) team comprises experienced, passionate and devoted educators that go the extra mile to ensure the holistic growth and wellbeing of every young learner in our care. 

We are dedicated to nurturing children’s overall development through active engagement in parent involvement, child health and wellbeing, early intervention, and the joy of learning.  Now, let’s explore these other aspects:

Parent Involvement: Providing a holistic growth means learning doesn’t end when the teacher says goodbye! We often involve parents in their child’s learning journey, providing resources, workshops, and opportunities for family engagement. Parent involvement strengthens the home-school connection and supports children’s holistic development.

Health and Wellbeing: Kingsley’s programme promotes healthy habits and routines, including nutritious eating, regular exercise, proper hygiene, and adequate rest. Educating children about health and safety practises instils lifelong habits that contribute to their overall wellbeing.

Early Intervention: Kingsley’s school has always held firm to our motto of transparency and open communication. As a result, our programme prioritises early identification of learning challenges or developmental delays, enabling timely intervention and support. 

With a small group enrolled in each class every term, we are able to give personalised attention. 

Our dedicated team of early childhood professionals collaborates closely with families and specialists to address individual needs and unlock each child’s full potential. Together, we ensure that every child receives the tailored support they require to thrive.

Above all, the team at Kingsley cultivates a love for learning and exploration, making education enjoyable, engaging, and meaningful for young children. Sparking curiosity, creativity, and wonder instils a lifelong passion for discovery and self-improvement.

A message to discerning parents

In conclusion, choosing the right preschool for your little one is no ordinary task! It’s crucial that your chosen preschool aligns with the key developmental milestone stated previously to foster continuous progress in your child’s growth. 

Maple Leaf Kingsley International School (MLKIS) stands as the perfect choice for parents seeking a comprehensive preschool education experience that nurtures their child’s curiosity and encourages them to explore their interests. Our commitment to excellence is evident in our alignment with the standards of Early Childhood Education and more, ensuring that every child receives a well-rounded education. 

For more information about our programmes and offerings, we invite you to contact us. Join us at MLKIS, where every child’s journey is valued, supported, and celebrated.

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Kingsley国际学校谁?偷走了圣诞节圆满落幕

Kingsley国际学校谁?偷走了圣诞节圆满落幕

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Kingsley国际学校日前举办的《谁?偷走了圣诞节》(Who? Stole Christmas)表演活动,在吉隆坡表演艺术中心(KLPAC)圆满落幕。

当天的演出将学生们的表演、歌唱及编舞才华显露无遗,引领观众沉浸在一个神秘而欢乐的氛围中。学生们从呈现令人着迷的表演到幕后,皆充份展示了对多元智力理论(Multiple Intelligences)的掌握。

该活动不仅是一场表演,每个Kingsley学生除了通过Kingsley ECA音乐、艺术和戏剧俱乐部之间的合作,提高他们的艺术才能,也可培养学生的基本生活技能,并提高他们的沟通技巧和向他们灌输终生学习的兴趣。

Kingsley国际学校之前透过多场表演如《国王与我》(The Kings & I)、《裂缝》(The Rift) 和《仙境:爱丽丝梦游仙境》(Wonderland: A Pantomime Adaptation of Alice & Through the Looking Glass),证明了致力于培养学生的表演艺术创造力和卓越性的承诺。

在吉隆坡表演艺术中心举办类似活动有助于提升Kingsley的国际形象,因为学生们是在大马唯一完全综合的艺术中心表演,而该中心位于一栋拥有121年历史的屡获殊荣遗产建筑内。

Source: Chinapress