Zigzag Preschool (2-6) in Antalya

Antalya Preschool Mathazone Forest

Mathazone

Mathazone is a story based preschool programme that provides children with a strong mathematical foundation by exploring mathematical concepts in real life situations. Daily life issues develop emotional thinking as well as the analytical thinking ability of our children. Mathematics is integrated into all areas of the curriculum.  Maths is everywhere, just as in real life. At Zigzag Kids Club Mathazone activities are incorporated into every area of our classrooms through the learning centres system and into every aspect of school life.

 

What is Mathazone?

Mathazone is an educational system designed to provide children with a strong foundation in Mathematics to help them in their future lives.  First we introduce the children to the Mathazone Forest where they come face to face with issues that encompass every area of life.  For example, if the children are learning about circles they create artwork using circles. If they are learning the number 1 they explore musical patterns using the number 1.Young children want nothing more than to learn about the world around them and the Mathazone Forest gives them plenty of opportunities to do just that as they explore and investigate.  Here they combine fantasy and reality in a fun and meaningful way.

Why are children afraid of mathematics?

Children are actually afraid of abstract concepts.  Also traditional mathematics teaching has been based on memorising rather than experiencing.  If children understand the basic mathematical concepts from an early age they will have nothing to fear when they get older, rather they will enjoy mathematics.  For example, when children are told to calculate area they are often unable to understand why.  Children who learn in preschool that they need to find a carpet to fit their bedroom have nothing to fear from calculating area, to them it is just like a puzzle to be solved.  There is a logical order in Mathematics and the Mathazone system introduces children to concepts in a logical way.

Mathematics is everywhere

In life everything is connected to everything else and mathematics can be found in every area of our lives.  While listening to music, playing sports, cooking and even in our emotions we can see mathematical principles at work. There are always solutions to be found in life, we just need to think.  The aim of Mathazone is to teach children how to think from an early age.  Whatever their age, all children feel at home in the Mathazone Forest where they are treated as an individual with a unique set of skills.

How are Mathazone children different?

First of all, their concept of the whole picture is highly developed.  Because of all the events and problems they come across in the Mathazone Forest their thinking, questioning, solving and analytical skills are highly developed. They are also highly aware of the details of the world around them. They are solution focused and they know which solutions will make them happy.

Music (Kindermusik)

Music is an intrinsic part of our lives at Zigzag. We sing as we line up, tidy up, wash our hands etc.  We listen to music as we eat and play. All of our English teachers have been trained in Kindermusik and they teach one lesson of Kindermusik each week. As well as this structured music programme children also learn about a different composer each month.

Early Childhood Music and Movement Classes for Kids

Zigzag Kids Club is proud to be the first school in Antalya to introduce the world renowned Kindermusik music and movement programme. Trusted. Proven. Educational. And of course, fun! Kindermusik International is the world’s leading provider of music and movement programmes for young children, enjoyed by over 1 million families in more than 70 countries. Kindermusik offers developmentally-specific music classes for kids from newborn to age seven. The Kindermusik curriculum, based on the principals of Kodaly, Suzuki, and Orff, is taught by the best educators in the business. Why Kindermusik? It’s simple. Music is the best vehicle for early childhood learning. We want to empower  our parents and teachers to instill a lifelong love of music and learning in their children.

Teaching English to Children Across the World

Created by Kindermusik International, a leading provider of early childhood programmes, ABC English & Me combines over 30 years of experience with the most current early language learning methodologies for teaching ELL students. And it’s plenty of fun! The collection of thematic 30-minute lessons makes it easy for classroom teachers to  engage English language learners (ages 2 to 6) and introduce them to English vocabulary and expression in a lively and supportive environment. Using music, which stimulates and enhances language acquisition, and whole-body physical expressions, which improves retention, each lesson in this curriculum makes teaching English to children effective and enjoyable for all ELL students.

Mind Games

There are many proven benefits to playing mind games but most importantly they are great fun! At Zigzag we understand that kids love playing games and that games are a great way for us to introduce children to important concepts in a fun and enjoyable way. Every child from 3 years old and up gets a chance to learn and play mind games in our Mind Games Lab each week. The Mind Games Lab is equipped with enough games for each child in the class to play the same game at the same time. The PAL (Play and Learn) mind games curriculum is designed to support children’s growth and development by introducing them to games appropriate for their age and building upon previous knowledge as they progress.

Some games are played individually, some in pairs and some in groups. In each lesson, teachers reinforce good listening, turn taking and clearing up rules which give children the structure they need to be able to play happily and effectively. Each game is different and designed to improve children’s concentration, focus, memory, motor skills and understanding of various concepts. Children who regularly play mind games will see marked improvements in their attention spans, visual and social skills as well as an increase in self-esteem from taking pride in their accomplishments.

Branch Lessons

Drama

Drama helps children develop their imaginations, communication skills and their self esteem.  They also learn to listen to others, take turns and share responsibility. Drama supports every area of the curriculum and encourages the development of literacy and numeracy skills. As the native language of most of our children is Turkish our drama lessons are taught by a Turkish speaking qualified drama teacher.

Chess

There are many cognitive benefits to children starting chess from an early age.  They develop their critical thinking while learning to plan ahead and learn from past experiences. The calm atmosphere needed to play chess also helps children develop their concentration skills.  At Zigzag, chess is taught in English in the final year of school when the children are five years old.

Ballet

Ballet is an optional lesson at Zigzag. Our ballet lessons are taught in English by a professional ballet teacher.  Children who take part in ballet lessons learn an appreciation of classical music, rhythm and elegance.  The lessons are designed to be fun and give the children the opportunity to be creative as well as begin to understand the discipline necessary to be a ballet dancer.

Gymnastics

Gymnastics lessons at Zigzag are full of music and fun.  These energetic lessons get children moving, stretching, rolling and dancing as they keep fit and develop their physical coordination skills.  Our gymnastics lessons are taught in English to all children from 2-6 years.

Art

Each month the children at Zigzag learn about a different artist.  Each artist is famous for using a certain technique so children are introduced to a variety of techniques, materials and styles. As well as being inspired by famous artists children have many opportunities to be creative. At Zigzag we believe all children are born artists and we never restrict their creativity.

Messy Play

Messy Play is a Zigzag speciality and is unique to us.  It is a time for children to be completely free to explore a theme with all their senses.  Many activities are organised around a theme and the children can investigate, mix, get dirty, create and explore without the restrictions normally placed on them in a home or classroom environment.