An Overview of Early Childhood
Early Childhood years are the most important ones to a family; it is these years that have a powerful impact on children as they commence their learning journey. At this early stage, it is vital that trust be established between the teacher, the parents, and the school. Accordingly, all things will fall in their place. At CIS, we believe it is important for children at this young age to become independent, and confident in their own abilities. With this in mind, the successful separation from parents will make students become more self-reliant and be confident enough to cope with the world outside their homes.
Students develop literacy and acquire an understanding of basic concepts in math and science; they learn to express themselves through language, art, and music. The school day is organized to allow for a balance of active and quiet times; there is a daily 50-minute nap for the children, which allows children to re-charge their mental and physical abilities.
The main focus across the Kindergarten stage is based on an underlying perspective of respect to every child. Accordingly, CIS helps create an interactive environment that develops students’ life skills and ability to communicate with confidence. As a school it is our role to provide a safe, interactive and challenging classroom environment. The Early Childhood program facilitates the development of the child on the social, physical, emotional, and cognitive levels. Nurturing the sense of the community within the classroom will help the children to relate to the whole school, then to the outside community as they grow.
At the end of the Kindergarten stage students will acquire the following objectives:
- To be equipped with inter-personal skills, e.g. empathy, respect, cooperation, tolerance
- To take opportunities to develop self-awareness, self-discipline and self-esteem
- To understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle
- To be able to question and argue rationally and develop skills in decision making, problem solving and personal organization
- To develop skills and attitudes which will enhance their contribution to local and global citizenship
- Multi-sensory experiences and activities
- Open-ended questions to stimulate children’s imaginations.
- Play: is a tool used to have children explore the world and learn about themselves and others.
- Content is taught in the target language and teachers work in teams to develop consistent routines and expectations in both their English and Arabic.
- English comprehension and acquisition, intercultural competency is built through a diverse range of cultural activities.
- Reading is promoted through daily guided reading, individual reading, story time and, journal and book-writing activities.
It is important that students learn and apply healthy habits at an early age so that they can lead a healthy and productive life.
- Healthy eating, physical activity and sleep
- Physical play—both as a healthy stimulus for growth and as a means of learning to work with others—is an important part of the day
- Science classes help create a link to nature
- Students establish an understanding to the elements of nature
- Students explore the natural surroundings: Living and non-living things, planets, continents, oceans and seas
- Students develop a love of inquiry
- Students develop the knowledge of numbers
- Students acquire competency in identifying and making shapes
- Simple addition and subtraction
- Relations between objects, numbers, and data analysis
- Lessons expose children to new concepts and expand their knowledge of their community and the outside world.
- Community is a major theme inside the classroom
- Compassion to the less fortunate is very important to instill in students at an early age
- Families can participate in CIS community events