|▲ Wong Young-shin, Head of The Keunbit Kindergarten|
The Keunbit (big light) Kindergarten is one of the local elite preschools in Incheon Metropolitan City. It values highly of opinions of school parents and encourage them to actively participate in the course of child education. The head of The Keunbit Kindergarten Wong Young-shin points out a curriculum that can find and promote children’s talent and aptitude as well as communication between children and teachers as a role model when it comes to child education. The school’s ‘development test’ for babies aged one to two help them raise sociality, the ‘core cognition test’ for aged above three checks up on their learning ability while the special program ‘nolda-ogam’ (playing with five senses) promotes creativity and brain power. The curriculum for aged one to two is consisted of 6 areas that are 1) role playing 2) physical activities 3) sensation 4) observation 5) language 6) sound which are built base on multiple intelligence theory which affects 8 areas of intelligences: 1) space 2) body 3) exercise 4) logic 5) math 6) nature 7) language 8) music and personal relations in addition. The curriculum for aged three to seven, on the other hand, includes English, physical training, musical instrument and ballet accompanied every now and then by a forest tour, watching a play or musical and participating in experience programs.
The Keunbit Kindergarten practices a fire drill every month throughout the year in cooperation with the industry specialists. The drill comes with teacher’s training on prevention of traffic accidents and child kidnaping as well as health and safety while children are thoroughly supervised when fine dust hits the day. 20 iPads are ready for children to use in each class and a special IT lesson is also set to start from September this year.
Walking a single path as an early childhood educator for half the life
35 years have passed since Wong first stepped into the world of child education at the age of 29. She feels most rewarded as an educator when children grow and achieve their dream. “It is very important for children to stimulate their talent, aptitude, creativity and self-respect during these periods as it affects the whole course of their lives thereafter” emphasizes Wong. The excellence of The Keunbit Kindergarten is expected to deepen its depth and value by Wong’s son Lee Sang-hyun who has completed five semesters of master’s course in child education at the Catholic University of Korea Graduate School in August, 2017; he is expected to join the management of the school in full scale by next year. All classes at The Keunbit Kindergarten are open to school parents in order to maximize transparency and trustability.
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