The Early Childhood curriculum at ISE includes learning objectives and activities to address all areas of growth in young children. Curriculum should address learning through child-led activities to take advantage of the natural curiosity exhibited by children at this age. Hands-on activities and projects encourage thorough understanding by tying learning to memorable events. Our program meets the developmental needs of the children and encourages growth not just in academics, but in social and emotional areas as well. Well-trained teachers guide children in exploring their interests as they investigate the world around them.
Our curriculum incorporates many different learning activities in each subject or area to ensure that children of all learning styles have equal opportunities to gain knowledge and understanding. Mixing discussions, reading, art, music, writing and hands-on learning activities allows all children a chance to learn in their preferred manner and perform well in their stronger academic areas. This gives children the time and exploration necessary to learn where their individual strengths lie, an important step in personal growth and self-discovery.
Children are encouraged to explore the world and their questions about it. Attempting a new piece of art, reading a book or observing a bug found outside teaches children not just the immediate knowledge, but also how to learn and try new things in life. These programs should also allow for free thinking from children. Using inventive spelling, trying a new idea with an art medium and other creative examples of learning should be fostered. Young children’s love of learning should be appreciated and celebrated at this stage in life.
Children learn best by doing. We do not require children to spend long hours at a table completing worksheets. Children naturally engage in physical play throughout the day, so incorporating movement and fun opportunities for sports and physical activity remain another important component of our learning environment.
Young children are still learning about themselves and others around them every day and with every interaction. We address these very real learning goals by incorporating social activities in to the general curriculum through both organized and unstructured times of small and large group play. Skills such as sharing, taking turns, listening and following directions prove absolutely vital to young children as they move through the educational system.