EARLY CHILDHOOD
  • Early Childhood > PK1 Through PK4

    At ISA, the Early Childhood School starts with children at 18 months of age, and is dedicated to a language emergent experience focusing on the unique learning and social/emotional needs of the younger child. We feel that the early years should be positive and fun, while enriching children’s knowledge and understanding of the world and their place in it. We see parents as important partners in this effort.

    Our language immersion program allows children to learn their second language, the same way they learn their first - naturally. We teach in the target language using French or Spanish to build basic skills for the future. Following a European program model, our Early Childhood Education program is divided into four sections: Early Childhood 1

    • PK 1: 18 months - 2 years old
    • PK2: 2-3 years old
    • PK3: 3-4 years old
    • PK4/Pre-Kindergarten: 4-5 years old

    The transition from home or from daycare into a school environment is the first big step for our youngest students entering PK2 and PK3, and for some new to PK4. Our program is designed to welcome students throughout the school year, with two options to ease the transition. Both options are 5 day programs. One being full days, the other half day mornings.

    French & Spanish Programs

    Our French and Spanish Programs are organized into the following six domains: Oral Language in all its Dimensions, Expressing and Understanding through Physical Activity, Expressing and Understanding through Artistic Activity, Building the First Tools to Structural Thinking, Discovering the World, and Living Together. The curriculum guides our program, as teachers from the French and Spanish Programs work together in its implementation. Activities are chosen that develop fine and gross motor skills, academic (language, math, science) skills, and artistic skills. In addition, the program supports the children as they learn social skills, including teamwork and friendship development. We teach universal values such as respect, responsibility, and kindness.

    The Early Childhood program is based on the premise that language acquisition happens best with meaning and that children construct meaning and knowledge through multi-sensory experiences. These experiences support our students’ development of communication skills in the target language. The first steps are understanding the target language, and then moving to the use of the language during everyday activities. Our PK1-2, PK2, and PK3 classes are full immersion in the target language. In PK4 we continue with language immersion, and introduce our U.S./English Program. Students in PK4/Pre-Kindergarten receive three hours weekly of English instruction and later our Kindergarten students receive four hours each week.

    Daily Schedules

    Our daily schedules include center-based instruction called “workshop” or “atelier” or “taller”, which encourages cooperative learning while building pre-academic skills with hands-on activities. Dramatic play and free play allow children to organize themselves, solve problems, develop social and creative thinking skills, communicate with one another, explore new interests, as well as nurture their talents and imagination. During a typical day, all children participate in large and small group activities, games, free play, songs, stories, quiet time (naps for PK1-2, PK2, and PK3), outdoor recess, snack, and lunch.

    ISA follows a consistent schedule. Unlike most traditional childcare facilities, we are a fully accredited, non-profit, independent international school that offers a structured curriculum and follows a traditional school calendar for all students beginning at age 18 months.

    PK1-2, PK2 and PK3

    PK1-2, PK2 and PK3 cover a full range of activities: whole class instruction, individualized and center-based instruction, and social activities such as music, games, dramatic play, recess, nap, and meal.

    • Circle Time: stories, sharing, songs, poetry, and games Early Childhood 2
    • Discussion Time: language development, listening, and problem-solving
    • Read Aloud Time: vocabulary, pre-reading skills

    PK4/Pre-Kindergarten

    PK4/Pre-Kindergarten curriculum develops the acquisition of basic skills necessary for later academic success. The program focuses on structured activities and refining socialization.

    • Circle Time: stories, sharing, songs, poetry, and games
    • Discussion Time: language development, listening, and problem-solving
    • Read Aloud Time: vocabulary, pre-reading skills

    Our program sets the foundations for reading, writing, and problem solving. The skills acquired are gross and fine motor development and the ability to concentrate, to control behavior, to analyze, to communicate, and to socialize. We introduce a formal English class in PK4/Pre-Kindergarten (3 hours/week), taught by a highly educated teacher.

     

    For more information about the curriculum, please visit the website of the French Ministry of Education / Le Ministère de l’Education Nationale (look in “Les In-structions Officielles”) or the Spanish Ministry of Education / El Ministerio De Education y Ciencia .

     

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