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.
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.
Although our early learners spend most of their time with their homeroom teacher, they also attend the following classes taught by qualified specialist teachers.
Students develop their innate abilities to use their body, voice, locomotive and affective skills and begin to discover their talents.
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.
Mindfulness and Child Protection
Working with the school counselor, students learn to care for self and others through movement, breathing, and self reflection. Through child protection lessons, students also develop understanding and skills in personal safety and assertiveness and learn to recognize, refuse, and report unsafe situations.