Early Childhood Center

 


Early Learners


Early Learners program is for three-years old by September 1 of that academic year.

These programs are designed to create confident, independent, and imaginative learners through various experiences that allow the children to explore the world around them.

ECCAt this age much of what is learned is through play. Numbers, colors, shapes, and some letters of the alphabet are introduced at this level. Pre-writing and pre-reading skills are supported through informal activities and instruction.

Children are assessed on their social, emotional, physical, academic and language development.

These programs are play based and teachers structure play to create learning moments.

Through play children are able to practice and grow in their language development.

○  Children will learn to communicate and ask questions, ask for materials, express ideas, and explore language.

  • Through play children are able to grow in their literacy development.

○  Children will begin to show knowledge of story structure and comprehend stories they have heard.

  • Through play children will grow in their large motor physical development.

○  Running, jumping, climbing are some of the activities that playing on a playground can give a child practice in large motor skills.

  • Through play children will grow in their fine motor physical development.

○  Playing in the sand and water, using manipulatives in the classroom all give practice with fine motor skills.

  • Play also helps children develop both socially and emotionally.

○  This is the most easily seen area of development at this age. The children talk to their friends, learn to understand the feelings of others and how to respond appropriately.

○  Children will experiment with roles through play and learn to see another person’s perspective through play.ecc1

Play gives the children a safe environment in which to express themselves and their emotions as they learn to cope with life and all of its experiences.

We believe that learning does not only take place in the classroom. When students are able to see what they are learning and hear about it, the lessons are usually more effective. Field Trips may be planned when appropriate. These trips are aimed at augmenting the classroom work with real life observation, which is a very important part of children’s overall education.

 

Preschool

preschoolPreschool is for children four-years old by September 1 of that academic year. The program is designed to be developmentally and age appropriate. This class includes 15 students, one teacher, and two assistants.

One of the major focuses of this age level is providing the children with an environment to gain independence, self-control and learn ways to assert themselves in socially acceptable ways. This is an ongoing process for the whole year.

The areas of development covered in the pre-school are:

Social/Emotional

During this year the most important thing for a child is to learn values and behaviors accepted by society and becoming a confident person.

Physical

Gross (large muscle) and fine (small muscle) motor skills are worked on throughout the year. Fine motor skills are those skills such as coloring, cutting, pasting, and writing. They are on-going skills of major importance. Children learn to take personal responsibility for their own needs (dressing themselves and personal hygiene)

Cognitive

Cognitive skills refer to the mind and how it works. This area combines how a child thinks and how they see their world and how they can learn to use what they learn. It starts simple at this age, but is very important.

Language

This is perhaps the most important area of development in an International setting. This area includes understanding and communicating through words, spoken and written.

A last major area of focus at this level is that of Culture. As our student body is multinational, cultural influences will determine how we think and what we do. Part of our program is to develop a deep respect for people of different countries.

 

Kindergarten

IMG_8829Our Kindergarten program is a full day program for children age 5 by September 1 of that academic year. The class size varies between 15-20 students, with one teacher and one assistant. This is another year where age appropriateness is very important. For the greatest success a child needs to be at the level where they are ready for the balance of work/play with the emphasis on work.

As in Early Learners and Pre-School, the four areas of development are very important.

Social/Emotional Development

  • A great deal of emphasis is placed on learning about ourselves, our likes and dislikes, our similarities and differences, where we are in this world, in this country, in this city, at this school. All this helps to give the children confidence and pride in themselves.
  • Responsibility for themselves is strongly emphasized with the children in Kindergarten. Knowing what is expected of them, the drive to do it, and accepting consequences when it is not done is a skill that will help them in the years ahead.

Physical Development

  • Most large motor skills are in place by the time they enter kindergarten, our emphasis is on the small motor skills.

Cognitive Skills

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  • This is the area of most of our curriculum work. The academic focus of Kindergarten is to prepare the children for the first grade. This includes a solid knowledge and understanding of the letter-sound relationships, which is a basis for reading. In math, an understanding of numbers and their relationships with each other is a basis for many math skills ahead. The ability to recognize shapes, sizes, patterns, colors, opposites and directional words are all introduced at this level.

Language Skills

  • This is the foundation for all the other work. The children need to learn the verbal skills to listen, ask question, respond to questions asked of them, and think about what might happen and why. They will also begin the process of writing in Kindergarten.

In addition to the above, one of the most important components is developing social interaction skills by playing with friends, making new friends, learning to share the toys and equipment, and treating others fairly. These are all important skills worked on at this level.