Young Stars Kindergarten：A Truly Unique School
When Young Star Kindergarten first opened its doors at #9, Lane 74, Yu-Shi Street in 1994, it was one of the first All-Day English Kindergartens in Yung Ho City. The 2000 graduate class went on to enroll at Yu-Tsai Bilingual Elementary School, just a stone’s throw away. Today, Young Stars stands out amongst all the other all-day English Kindergartens. It recently underwent a “facelift” of all its facilities. The school now boasts with a stunning new office and big multi-purpose activity room. We probably have the largest outdoor play ground area for a kindergarten in Yung-Ho City. It has a stage for school plays and performances. Students can ride tricycles and roller skate in the large playground, complete with beautiful flowers, trees and a fountain. These features alone make Young Stars a one-of-a-kind.
What makes Young Stars a truly great kindergarten is its philosophy towards teaching. The school aims to develop children on six areas of development; Language Developments, Cognitive Development, Most Skills Development, Creative Development, Social and Behavioral Development, and Independence and Self Development. The curriculum includes English conversation, Math, Science, Phonics, Reading, Writing, and Social Science. Twice a week, the kids also have Chinese lessons in the afternoon. This is done to ensure that Young Stars students’ Chinese remains on the same level as the other children who are enrolled at Chinese Kindergartens.
Even with a full curriculum, the kids get time to do Art, sing songs, and of course get lots of time to play outside on the open-aired playground. This is the time when the kids have the chance to practice the skills they have learnt in the classroom. The kids at Young Stars are also treated to at least one field trip a month. This gives them the chance to learn about all sorts of interesting things outside of the school environment. At school it is the job of the foreign teachers and the Chinese assistant teachers to educate the children. They are not just responsible to teach the children western culture, but also the many traditions here in Taiwan.
Another aspect of Young Stars that stands out is its close relationship with parents. Formally, parents have the chance to personally interact with teachers at the PTA meetings that are held once every semester. Parents are also kept up to date with everything by means of communication books and phone calls. Both the foreign staff and the assistants deliver reports on a daily and weekly basis. This way parents can keep track of their children’s development with ease.
We at Young Stars always try to create a happy and informal but structured learning environment for our students. We recognize that kids needs lots of personal attention and love. It’s our goal to shape kids into people that are well adjusted and have a love for knowledge.