You’re never too young to learn about global citizenship. Read on to find out how House on the Hill helps its students become global citizens.
“Global citizenship” is more than just a buzzword these days. Living in an increasingly interconnected world means that it’s all the more important to cultivate the mindset of a global citizen in our children. Having such a mindset teaches children to celebrate diversity and be respectful of others. It also motivates them to make a difference, telling children that they too can make positive changes in the world.
To prepare children for the future, House on the Hill nurtures its young students to become global citizens. In fact, the Montessori preschool has a social and cultural curriculum that’s a core component of its students’ learning journey. Here’s how House on the Hill does it in its schools:
Children are encouraged to be independent
At House on the Hill, independence is one of the ultimate goals of Montessori work. The Montessori approach believes that a child needs independence and freedom in order to learn and grow. As children develop this important life skill, they become more self-aware and self-sufficient, encouraging quiet confidence in their abilities and empowering them with a sense of purpose and self-motivation. House on the Hill’s students practice independence daily. As they learn to do simple tasks such as tying their own shoelaces, pouring their own water and cleaning their work spaces, they are creating a habit of responsible freedom and social awareness that will stay with them for life.
Children learn to care through community involvement
Students experience a lot of hands-on learning at House on the Hill. All of its preschools are actively involved in charities and community events, as they understand that children learn from example. Social Awareness is part of the curriculum, where students learn to develop social and emotional awareness. During the daily Circle Time, students take turns to share stories and even discuss issues that are affecting their community! Through these, House on the Hill nurtures its students to care for and respect each other, values that it hopes they will continue to hold on to as they mature into adults.
Children learn about social harmony in the classroom
Every day is a lesson about social harmony at House on the Hill. Its four campuses boast a diverse community of students, so children have the chance to mix with peers of different ages, genders, abilities, nationalities, and ethnicities. This means students are exposed to different cultures on a daily basis as well. On top of that, children also learn about the world they live in through Culture and Geography lessons, which are part of the preschool’s curriculum. House on the Hill also stays true to Montessori methods by having mixed-age classrooms. This allows younger students to learn from their older classmates. It also teaches older students to be good role models for their younger friends. All this helps its students to develop social skills necessary to navigate the global society they live in.
Children learn about and within environmentally friendly surroundings
A Montessori classroom is a “prepared environment” that allows for a variety of activities and movement to take place. House on the Hill’s campuses feature toys, educational materials, and furniture that are environmentally friendly in the classrooms. Not only does it aid a child’s sensorial development, but it also teaches them about the importance of preserving our natural environment. Students at House on the Hill also spend time outdoors regularly, be it tending to the school’s herb garden, rearing stick insects, or observing the metamorphosis of a butterfly. Not only do students gain knowledge in Botany and Zoology, they learn to develop a close connection and care for the environment as well.
Book a visit to see how the Montessori classroom in action
Always wanted to see what a Montessori preschool is like? House on the Hill welcomes parents and their little ones to visit its campuses! The preschool will be having Open Days on 17 September 2022 for its Mount Sophia campus; and 24 September 2022 at Balmoral and Pasir Panjang from 9am to 12pm. Families can visit its beautiful, purposefully designed learning environment and see children go about their Montessori work cycle. You can also find out more about its popular elective Mandarin programme – 天天向上 – that not only teaches students the language but exposes them to Chinese culture and art as well.
Sign up for House on the Hill’s Open Day here.
This post is in partnership with House on the Hill.