Entrance Class

A typical school day is composed of different elements, more or less in the same order every day.

  • Meeting/Pick up: The children are picked up by their teachers every morning at 8:45 in front of the school. Each class then enters the building together.
  • Circle Time – each day begins with a morning circle. We sing songs in both languages, we report and discuss and learn about particular themes tied to the seasons and the school year.

  • Calendar – the calendar is used for cultural learning, as well as a basis for beginning mathematical and numerical learning.

  • Project – every day, we complete a small project, mostly to train fine motor skills. We learn how to use different materials and practice painting, drawing, gluing, ripping, cutting, stamping, and beginning writing skills.

  • Snack – a long day full of hard work and paying attention makes children hungry! We stop for a snack break around 10:30 or 11:00 when children may eat the snacks they have brought from home. Please do not confuse this with the healthy breakfast which children must eat at home before coming to school! You will receive more details about what we expect for a snack once school begins. Please note that sweets will be sent home again and are not allowed!

  • Playtime – after snack, children have free play time, during which they are encouraged to get to know each other better, make new friends, and take advantage of the myriad games and toys in the classroom. During this time, we emphasize cooperative play, train social competencies, and encourage compromise and conflict resolution.

  • Read aloud – there is always at least one story each day, which corresponds to current themes. It is read in either English or German, roughly translated, and discussed as a group.

  • Outside play – at the end of the school day, the classes meet outside to play in the Entrance Class yard. Having a common outdoor playtime encourages friendship and cooperation across classes.

  • After school – the children are picked up by their Hort or Late Birds Erzieher. Pick up children are brought to the front and meet their parents by the front gate.


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John F. Kennedy School

Teltower Damm 87-93
14167 Berlin, Germany

Elementary School (EC-6)

Phone: + 49 30 90299 5711
Fax: + 49 30 90299 6377

High School (7-12)

American Secretary:
+ 49 30 90299 5758
German Secretary:
+ 49 30 90299 5710
Fax: +49 30 90299 6868