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.
At 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.
○ Children will begin to show knowledge of story structure and comprehend stories they have heard.
○ Running, jumping, climbing are some of the activities that playing on a playground can give a child practice in large motor skills.
○ Playing in the sand and water, using manipulatives in the classroom all give practice with fine motor skills.
○ 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.
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 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:
During this year the most important thing for a child is to learn values and behaviors accepted by society and becoming a confident person.
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 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.
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.
Our 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.
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.