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Early Childhood

Welcome to our Early Childhood Program

Our Early Childhood program is a place where we aim for each child to blossom. Our multi-age program with children between 3-4 years old encourages opportunities for creativity, individuality, and a passion for learning in a safe environment where each child is nurtured and developed. We value who they are and support their learning journey.

These pivotal ages build on their curiosity and encourage a love for learning which is foundational to education.  Children understand their experiences with others and the world around them through exploration and play.  

EC Program Guide      EC/ES handbook

Types of Play

Additional Elements of Early Childhood @ AISL

In addition to Play-based Learning, other essential features of AISL’s highly engaging Early Childhood program are as follows: 

Self-directed inquiry and learning - Children are provided with the tools and guidance to observe and experiment and to ask questions to clarify understanding. When children discover that they are able to direct and guide their own learning, they are more likely to take responsibility for their continued education year after year as an independent and successful learner.

Dynamic groupings for learning - Students build relationships and  social skills while learning and exploring in larger class  groups, small groups, or in pairs. 

Apply and transfer learning through authentic engagement - The design of the various program components ensures that our children are genuinely involved and interested in the day-to-day, authentic learning experiences where they collaborate with others, apply a new skill to a project, make decisions based on interest, and engage in dialogue where their voice is honored and encouraged. 

On-going observation - Teachers and instructional assistants continually observe the children as they engage in diverse learning experiences, documenting the children's daily experiences and monitoring the way the children respond to their learning environment and the presentation of their thinking.

Specialist Classes

Although our early learners spend most of their time with their homeroom teacher, they also attend the following classes taught by qualified specialist teachers. 
Performing Arts
Students  develop their innate abilities to use their body, voice, locomotive and affective skills and begin to discover their talents. 
Physical Education
Students  engage in purposeful movement to develop hand-eye and foot-eye coordination e.g. throwing and catching, bouncing, dribbling, kicking, striking, and rolling. They also participate in aquatic activities. 

Students spend time in the library listening to stories, viewing picture books, exploring digital platforms, and discussing what they see and hear. They also begin to learn about library etiquette and procedures. 

French and Spanish
Students are introduced to French and Spanish language and associated cultures through songs, actions, games and stories.