Learning Environments (indoor and outdoor)
Our well-organized classroom environments contain a broad and plentiful assortment of easily accessible materials that attract children to engage in personal and meaningful educational experiences. The materials are placed in containers and stored on labeled low shelves, so that children are able to independently find and use the items they need, and return them when they are finished. Outdoor environments also play an important role, as learning does not only take place inside the classroom. Children need to exercise their large motor skills and explore nature. We support children’s needs by providing wide open
spaces and child-developmentally appropriate equipment that is clean and safe.
Our teachers are trained to do impactful adult-child interactions in order to build genuine relationships with children, support them in learning through play, and use a problem solving approach to conflicts. Through interactions with teachers, children have opportunities to build trust and develop their understanding about themselves, others, and the world around them.
In our preschool program, children are taught the sequence of Plan-Do-Review. During this process, children make plans, carry them out, and review what they have done. Through this sequence, children learn to make good choices and the foundation of project management.
Parents are the school’s partners in children’s development. Therefore, we welcome parents and family members to join in our class activities and/or school events as guest speakers: to read stories, sing and move together, play instrumental music, do sports, be a chef, etc.
A consistent daily routine enables young children to anticipate what happens next and gives them a sense of control over what they do during each part of their preschool day. This way, children learn about good habits,
independence, and responsibility as well.
Besides having a day-to-day program, throughout the school year we also expose our children to varied real-life learning experiences during school events, such as the children assembly, sport day, selling day, field trip/guest speaker, and cooking project.
Our teachers facilitate children’s learning using a curriculum that offers learning experiences that children need to encounter in order to develop physically, socially, emotionally, and cognitively. These learning experiences are called Key Development Indicators, which are spread across 8 content areas
- Approaches to learning
- Social & emotional development
- Physical development &health
- Language, literacy & communication
- Creative arts
- Science & technology
- Social studies
Our early learning student activities are based on cultivating each child’s uniqueness. By doing so, we create a supportive environment in the development of academic and social potential. Our teachers play a significant role in shaping this environment by fostering genuine relationships with students, guiding students towards optimizing their social and academic potential.