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Ages 2 to 5 • theme-based learning

Day in the Life of our Kindergarten (ECE) students

Take a peek into a typical day in the life of our Kindergarten students and get a feel for why every day is a blast with theme-based learning at NIVA!

Notes on the schedule

This page provides an overview of the typical day our kindergarten students experience. Actual events may differ day-to-day.

07:00 - 08:00

Drop-off @ NIVA

I arrive at school and say “Good Morning” to my teachers. The school nurse checks my temperature before I go in to play with my friends.

Student Wellbeing

Health Monitoring

Your child's health is a priority for us at NIVA. That's why we monitor our students for signs health problems daily

A NIVA American International School kindergarten student greets teachers and TAs in the morning.


Morning Exercise

My teachers will always set a fun mood for the day with music and morning exercise! Now, I’m ready to learn!

Student health and Development

Benefits of Morning Exercise

Studies show that morning exercise boosts energy and focus, improves mood and behavior, strengthens bones/muscles and develops motor skills and coordination

NIVA American International School kindergarten students jumping and dancing during morning exercise

08:30 - 9:30


Every morning, we begin our first class with circle time. We greet each other, sing songs, read and tell stories! We are learning about “Time and Season” in our literacy class today!

Theme-based learning in action

Time and Season: Literacy Class

With time and season as our theme, in our literacy class today we read stories like 'Time for Bed, Fred!

A kindergarten teacher showing a book to her kindergarten students in NIVA's library



We get a lot of breaks throughout the day: water, toilet breaks, and snack time. During snack time, we get to eat sliced apples, banana, watermelon, grapes, and cantaloupe!

Student health and development

Drinking Time

Every few minutes, our kindergarten team reminds students to drink water. At NIVA, basic health skills like these are taught and emphasized so that our students can lead healthy lives.

A NIVA American International School kindergarten student holding his water bottle

9:50 - 11:20


Back to learning! We learn things by doing and it's so much fun! We have so many different activities so it's never boring!

Theme-based learning in action

Food: Art Class

The 'Food' theme is an important one for students. We learn about nutrition, food sources, food cultures, cooking, and so much more!

A NIVA American International School kindergarten student in art class

11:20 - 12:30


I get so excited when it’s lunch time! The menu every day has healthy food groups: vegetables, fruit, grain foods, dairy, and protein. We have been learning about food waste, so I always try to finish my lunch.

Learning during lunch

Learning even outside the classroom

At NIVA, lunch is still part of learning. During this hour, students learn about nutrition, how to use utensils properly, how to not waste food and much more!

A NIVA American International School kindergarten student enjoying her lunch with a thumbs up

12:30 - 14:00

Nap Time

We — nursery, K1, and K2 — take a nap after lunch. Our teachers help us understand that nap time is important us as helps us grow and stay healthy!

Student health and Development

Developmental Benefits of Napping

Nap time is an important kindergarteners as it aids their growth, increase attention span, boost learning abilities, and supports overall wellness. Our K3 students, however, follow a slightly different schedule.

Blue futons laid on the floor for NIVA American International School's kindergarten nap time

14:00 - 14:30


I feel so much energy after my power nap! In Life Skills class today, we are learning to communicate how to sell, buy, and identify different vegetables.

Theme-based learning in action

Food: Life Skills Class

Building on knowledge and skills obtained from other classes, in this roleplay, students get to practice identifying food, counting and addition, and basic phrases used in the market place.

NIVA American International School kindergarten students engaging in a supermarket roleplay

Friday Mornings

Tae Kwon Do & Ballet

Yay!! We get to learn Ballet and Tae Kwon Do today! It's so much fun to move our bodies. The teachers are always super kind to us too!

Student health and Development

Benefits of Tae Kwon Do and Ballet

Kindergarten students can gain physical fitness, coordination, focus, and self-discipline from learning tae kwon do and ballet. These activities build strength and control in young bodies and minds.

A NIVA American International School kindergarten student learning ballet
NIVA American International School kindergarten students learning tae kwon do (martial arts)

Notes on the schedule

This page provides an overview of the typical day our kindergarten students experience. Actual events may differ day-to-day.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What curriculum does NIVA use?

NIVA uses an American curriculum based on the California common core standards.

What are the class sizes and student-to-teacher ratios? What is the average class size and how many students are there per class?

We typically have smaller class sizes and lower student-to-teacher ratios than Thai schools. Class sizes may range from 15 to 26 students, with student-to-teacher ratios ranging from 13:1 to 20:1.

What are the qualifications of the teachers and staff?

Teachers and staff at NIVA hold advanced degrees and have experience teaching in international or multicultural settings.

What facilities and resources are available for students, such as libraries, sports facilities, and technology?
Please check out pictures of our beautiful campus here. You can also book a school tour to come visit our campus with your family!
Do we have a program to help students who cannot speak English?

Yes, we do. Our English Language Learner (ELL) program is designed to lay foundations for student who don't speak English with the goal of getting them ready to join our mainstream program. This program is available to all students, including those coming from Thai schools and Chinese-speaking families.

What extracurricular activities (ECAs) does the school offer?
NIVA offers a wide range of extracurricular activities including sports, arts, music, drama, and community service. Click on the following links to see a sample of ECAs we offer for elementary school and secondary school. Please note that the ECAs listed here are examples of what we typically offer. This list may change according to student interest.
What is the school's policy on student safety and security?
NIVA has policies and procedures in place to ensure student safety and security, including protocols for emergency situations, visitor management, and student supervision. You can read more about our Child Protection Policy here.
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