Learning@ISB



PRE-KINDERGARTEN AT ISB

Enrolling from 3 Years Old

Our prekindergarten program at ISB is now enrolling students from 3 years old. This means that our youngest learners, of ages 3 and 4, are going to enjoy an inspiring, collaborative and developmentally-appropriate program, that cultivates curiosity and exploration. The curriculum is based on the Reggio Emilia educational philosophy, which believes that children are endowed with “a hundred languages” through which they can express their ideas. Our early childhood learning environment exposes children to a rich, meaningful curriculum of skills, attitudes and knowledge through developmentally appropriate activities.

At ISB, we know that:

  • Young children learn best in a safe and nurturing environment where curiosity and exploration are cultivated.
  • Guided discovery and unstructured play both inside and outside of the classroom provides children with the freedom to creatively choose much about their learning paths.
  • Partnerships with families are essential, as we know that children flourish in a supportive environment in which the child, the family, and teachers work together.

Why Choose ISB for your child?

We believe that ISB can provide a strong foundation, which can lead to more success for learners throughout their school experience. Here are a few reasons why:

  • Our programs allow for personalized learning based on developmental readiness
  • Our innovative learning space allows for intentional centers with small groupings and collaboration with other age groups
  • We offer a safe and nurturing environment where curiosity and exploration are cultivated
  • We provide guided discovery and unstructured play both inside and outside of the classroom so that children can create and solve authentic challenges
  • Children are given the freedom to creatively choose much of their learning paths
  • We have the highest quality teachers in each classroom
  • There is collaboration with children of other age groups
  • We structure rich language experiences so that children develop in their oral expressions and vocabulary
In Pre-K, the curriculum is based on the Reggio Emilia educational philosophy, which believes that children are endowed with “a hundred languages” through which they can express their ideas. The aim of this approach is teaching how to use these symbolic languages (e.g. painting, sculpting, drama) in everyday life. The program is based on exploration and discovery in a supportive and enriching self-guided curriculum.Our early childhood learning environment exposes children to a rich, meaningful curriculum of skills, attitudes and knowledge through developmentally appropriate activities. The meaningful opportunities and environment come together to encourage the children to be explorers, investigators and problem solvers in:

LANGUAGE AND LITERACY

Children develop language and literacy through meaningful experiences such as read-alouds, book-making, storytelling, small and whole group conversations, as well as dramatic play. Language learning involves understanding increasingly complex language, using language to express thoughts and needs, as well as developing appropriate conversational skills. Literacy learning focuses on phonological awareness, letters and sounds, concepts of print, listening comprehension, and emergent writing.

MATHEMATICS

Children develop language and literacy through meaningful experiences such as read-alouds, book-making, storytelling, small and whole group conversations, as well as dramatic play. Language learning involves understanding increasingly complex language, using language to express thoughts and needs, as well as developing appropriate conversational skills. Literacy learning focuses on phonological awareness, letters and sounds, concepts of print, listening comprehension, and emergent writing.

INQUIRY AND COGNITIVE

Units of inquiry provide a meaningful context for the integration of science, social studies, language, and math learning. During units of guided inquiry, children learn through investigative experiences using a variety of materials. Science and social studies learning focuses on using tools, developing inquiry skills, and making sense of themselves and the world around them. Cognitive goals include developing positive approaches to learning, remembering and connecting experiences, and symbolic communication.

SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Play is the primary context in which children develop language and social skills. Through play, they learn to regulate their own emotions and behaviors, establish and sustain positive relationships, as well as participate cooperatively and constructively in group situations.

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

The curriculum provides the basis for developing knowledge, understanding and skills for children to lead healthy, safe and active lives. Students have opportunities to learn about their strengths and simple actions they can take to keep themselves and their classmates healthy and safe.

 

A Day in the Life in Early Childhood