Preschool & Kindergarten
Preschool and Kindergarten together, as is customary in the German school system, form our early education program.
Lovingly named “Kibili”, the program is designed to nurture the development of the whole child. Our classes blend social-emotional support with gross and fine motor activities, music and art exploration, introduction to early math and language concepts as well as intercultural learning. Language learning happens in a playful and multi-sensory way. Each Kibili class has at least one German and one English teacher, both of whom stick to one language while with the group.
In our small classes, Kibili children play, experiment and learn in comprehensive learning groups where they are given the opportunity to explore concepts through discovery and hands-on activities. Our approach is project-based and child-centered. Our teachers plan curriculum around children's interests and passions. While offering structure and security in daily routines, we give children time to process and discuss situations and observations. The following example illustrates how a curriculum topic may be sparked by a real-life experience:
Our thoughtfully arranged learning environments feature rich resources, many of them natural, high-quality products made in Germany. Each day includes ample opportunities for free play and outdoor time. And even the youngest members of the GISSV community get to explore their local environment through regular visits of nearby parks as well as field trips. Through its well-rounded activities, the Kibili program fosters independent, collaborative and confident learners.
by Head of Kibili Morena Waack (2019/20):
Meet the Teachers
Kibili at the GISSV MountainView Campus:
Kibili at the GISSV San Francisco Campus
(since Summer 2020 in the SF Castro):
GISSV Kibili Class T-Shirts