Building the foundations
The Early Childhood (Nursery – Kindergarten) Program at SCIS immerses children in an atmosphere of wonder and growth. We focus on the development of the whole child by providing opportunities for children to learn and practice newly acquired skills.
Our program challenges students just beyond their level of present mastery and provides opportunities for them to take risks and try new things in a nurturing community where they feel safe, happy, and valued.
STUDENT-CENTERED INQUIRY LEARNING
International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP)
The Primary Years Programme (PYP) at SCIS is specifically designed to provide play-based learning in core subjects through the importance of play, nature explorations, and social interaction. It was created specifically to provide opportunities for learning while also engaging, stimulating, and nurturing our students.
LEARNING AND TEACHING
Subject-specific expectations and curriculum standards are contained inside our Program Guides below:
NURTURING LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
The early childhood learning environment is a very important aspect of our program, as it is structured and designed in a unique way that meets students’ developmental needs. The learning environment is designed to make all students feel safe and comfortable while fostering a sense of responsibility, confidence, and independence. Our classrooms and other learning spaces are organized to support interest areas that offer multiple opportunities for children to explore, discover, and grow.
LEARNING THROUGH PLAY
A play-based approach to learning honors student choice. We believe the guided and free exploratory play is a natural extension of a child's curiosity and an authentic way for students to learn important concepts joyfully.
FOUR AREAS OF DEVELOPMENT
The academic component of the early childhood program is based upon 38 objectives for development and learning that are distributed into four overarching areas:
Social/emotional development during the early years is about socialization- the process by which children learn the values and behaviors accepted by society. It is also about becoming a competent and confident person and is essential to a child’s well-being, and success in school and life.
Physical development includes children’s gross (large muscle) and fine (small muscle) motor skills. With more advanced physical development, children master increasingly complex tasks and gain personal responsibility for their own physical needs.
Cognitive development refers to the mind and how it works. It involves how children think, how they see their world, and how they use what they learn.
Language development includes understanding and communicating through spoken and written words. By the time children reach schooling age, language becomes the principal tool for establishing and maintaining relationships with adults and other children.