Curriculum Overview

 


Why join the Early Childhood Program?

Academic Curriculum Overview

Association International School’s Early Learning Program (ELP) focuses on loving care in a Christian environment where our children learn and grow. Our program considers the “whole child” and incorporates fun, love, and encouragement in the daily life of our students. A typical week includes resources such as music, art, French, library, physical education, Bible stories, and chapel. Circle time consists of unit discussions along with discussions about the weather, the day of the week, the daily super star, and Bible stories.

We are fully accredited by Cambridge International Examination, and we are also an IB World school.

Pre Kindergarten

AIS’s Pre Kindergarten program seeks to help students develop pride and confidence in themselves and their abilities. Our program focuses on developing a strong academic foundation, developing the skills for critical thinking, personal responsibility, and time management. We encourage social and emotional growth in a Christian environment with a supportive and loving teaching staff. Our children “learn by doing” through hands-on interaction with manipulatives, other children, and adults. Our learning approach meets the needs of young children by providing for and fostering their sense of wonder and curiosity. Our children are encouraged to investigate and interact at their own speed and developmental level. Children are encouraged to listen, re-tell stories, and are introduced to pre-reading skills such as identifying capital letters and sounds, recognizing their first and last name and more.

Pre Kindergarten uses the DLM (Developmental Learning Materials) to study language arts, math, science, and social studies, all integrated into units of study through literature, learning centers, games, stories, nursery rhymes, and ?reading. Children ?visit the library, the art and music rooms. Science and social ?studies are ?integrated through? discussions, songs, ?puppets, and ?stories about?weather, seasons, ?people, and? animals. Calendar? time introduces? the children to number? knowledge, time, patterns, and problem solving. Exploration with manipulatives allows children to learn concepts such as shapes, sequencing, and comparisons. The children receive French instruction by our French teacher through games and hands-on activities. Children will listen, speak, sing, and move in order to gain appreciation of the French language. Students in Pre-K attend chapel and assembly twice a week.

Junior Kindergarten

Our curriculum includes listening, speaking, and writing activities to further develop a child’s skill ?set. We use the Oxford Reading program based on sound research aligned with critical Junior-K learning goals. Key components of this are an integrated curriculum, standards-based instruction, age appropriate activities with a balance of exploration and instruction, a focus on literacy, and an emphasis on family involvement. Through literature, learning center games, stories, poetry, and informational reading, the children develop their language skills. Pre-handwriting skills are a focus through the D’ Nealian Handwriting program. This curriculum was developed by an occupational therapist and is developmental in nature. Teachers work with this program for ease of developmental transition to handwriting skills in kindergarten.

Earlybird Kindergarten Mathematics is a comprehensive, activity-based program that uses the pedagogical principles of the Singapore Math* approach to help students build a strong foundation in mathematics through fun-filled lessons and activities. The Concrete to Pictorial to Abstract approach enables students to encounter math in a meaningful way through concrete activities before progressing to pictorial and abstract representations. Through exploration of manipulatives, math games, and teacher directed activities, students learn about sorting and classifying, shapes and patterns, weight and capacity, measurement, number sense, comparing sets, addition, subtraction and money. We continue to utilize the calendar activities and incorporate the “MathTalk” that this program so values. The language of mathematics is an essential part of a child’s comfort in this real-life world of numbers.

This program provides students with basic mathematical facts and concepts and provides a sound foundation for using Singapore Math strategies in later years. Science and social studies help enhance the child’s knowledge of the world outside of their direct experiences. Units on transportation, communities, holidays, animals, and family structures enrich the curriculum. Our students attend music, art, library, physical education, and computer classes with full- time faculty. They learn the French language through familiar songs, stories, and physical activities in the classroom. Students attend assembly and chapel twice a week and actively participate through story telling, songs, and prayer.

 Kindergarten

Our KG program provides an enriching curriculum to build skills in language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, technology, and the fine arts.? A full day experience, our nurturing and supportive kindergarten environment promotes responsibility, decision-making and problem solving skills, strong work habits, and cooperative social behavior. Kindergarten students grow exponentially during this year. By the end of the school year, they become independent readers and writers. Language Arts uses the Oxford Reading, Wordly Wise and the Write Source Programs, which lay the foundation for reading and writing success.

Scientifically researched, the programs deliver effective standards-based instruction in the key areas of reading and writing through a consistent lesson format. This method meets the individual needs of the students, providing a strong foundation in phonics, sight word recognition, comprehension, and language development. Target skills include phonemic awareness, phonics, comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency. The road to becoming a writer is through a developmental approach to handwriting introduction and by experience journaling, a dynamic writing process that reflects the student’s continual growth, and progress.

Students continue with the D’ Nealian Handwriting, a program specifically developed by an occupational therapist for emerging writers, providing an “easy victory” in handwriting. It uses fun, multi-sensory, and research-based methods to develop skills and teach correct letter formation. Singapore Math* continues here as the children experience math “thinking” with the Singapore Primary Mathematics program. Kindergarten children experience systematic, engaging, and fun daily experiences with counting, number bonds, and measurement, shapes, comparisons, subtraction, addition, time, money, and numbers to 100 and daily word problems are incorporated into the class routine.

At the end of the year, Kindergarten students progress to basic multiplication and division concepts. In science and social studies, hands-on and activity-based units are taught in afternoon wheels. Developed units include: the five senses, plant and animals needs, the human eye, growing and changing our land, water, and air, weather and seasons, matter, heat and light, how things move, day and night, and how things work and more. Social studies units allow the kindergarten children to “travel” the continents of their world as the global studies include: our world?- – country, state,?and city, Peru,? Israel, Native?Americans/?Europeans and? Thanksgiving,? Christmas in ?Europe (Sweden,? Great Britain,? Serbia, and? others), China,? Antarctica, Kenya, ?and Australia. In ?Spanish, children? experience classes ?where only? Spanish is spoken.? Other resources? kindergarten ?students enjoy are ?art, computer, ?Bible Studies, library, ?music, and? physical education. Kindergarten students lead the Pre-primary chapel twice a week.