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Willow Walk Studio – Kindergarten for children aged 4-6 years
At Aurora Kindergarten, our Willow Walk studio room offers a rhythmic routine and structure to each day. Each session allows for whole group discussions and explorations of concepts and then children direct their own learning through engaging with interactive, fun and exciting experiences that are set up around the room.
Activities and experiences are carefully thought about to meet individual children’s needs and abilities and to further develop their knowledge and skills. Concepts are discussed during whole group session time and then activities allow for exploration and inquiry to build on a child’s base knowledge.
Our educators engage in scaffolding children’s learning. Scaffolding is the term used to refer to how an adult supports a child’s learning. Our Kindergarten Program is tailored for individuals and groups. Activities reflect three distinct roles an educator can take on to scaffold a child’s learning.
The first is to intentionally and directly model concepts to an individual child or group of children.
The second is where an educator may work together with the child to encourage concept development, higher order thinking and reasoning and together they reach a conclusion.
The third is where an educator may encourage a child to perform or demonstrate a concept or skill on their own with little to no support (in this instance the educator is observing the child and takes a passive role).
Many opportunities are provided for incursions and excursions in Willow Walk Kindergarten. The educators allow the children to choose what interests them and this informs any decisions made regarding incursions and excursions planned throughout the year.