What is KASE

Stretch - Explore - Discover - Flourish
KASE is a fee based, half day program offered by the Needham Schools to complement the half day Kindergarten program. Children who attend morning Kindergarten may enroll in afternoon KASE and vice versa. Children may sign up for 2-5 days a week.

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Mission
Celebrating the joy of learning is the hallmark of the Kindergarten After School Enrichment Program (KASE). Our rich, imaginative curriculum is designed to complement the Kindergarten program with guided discovery units that encourage students to explore and nourish their natural curiosity.

Curriculum
Our hands on, thematic approach actively engages children in constructive explorations. The sights, sounds, experiences and habitats of animals and people around the world serve as our textbook. Students discover the wonders of places like the Arctic, the Coral Reef, Ancient Egypt,the Rain Forest, Africa, Hawaii or Japan and Space. With every unit,classrooms are transformed with student made props as they travel the world, living the science and social studies of each location or time period. Upon entering a KASE classroom you may find students boarding the classroom jeep as they set out to visit the exotic animals of the African Savannah, or participating in a KASE grand feast
as a culmination of their study of medieval times.

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Environment
At KASE, we appreciate the importance of providing a welcoming, supportive environment that nurtures the overall development of each child. We encourage a cooperative learning atmosphere that enables each of our similarities and differences to be appreciated and valued. Combining KASE with Kindergarten also affords children an opportunity to extend their relationships with other Kindergartners, hone their skills, and expand their horizons.

Rhythm of the Day
The schedule of the KASE day is similar to the Kindergarten program. Each day begins with a meeting (which sets the stage for the day)and
studentincludes a time for free play, independent exploration, guided activities, snack, story and outside play. During the mid-day hour between Kindergarten and KASE, children eat lunch and have a recess period.

Teacher Child Ratio
KASE maintains a 1:10 teacher child ratio. Classes range in size from 20-25 depending on the size of the classroom.
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