ISE Pre School (Age 3 -4)
A Reggio Emilia-inspired Preschool
“The Reggio Emilia Approach is an educational philosophy based on the image of the child, and of human beings, as possessing strong potentials for development and as a subject of rights who learns and grows in the relationships with others”. ~Reggio Children Italy.
Environment: Here, in ISE, we see the child as a strong, powerful individual with the ability to be an active member of the community. We believe that a child has immense capabilities, rights and thirst for growth. Through their curiosity, we learn to understand them, and in this process we must provide the best environment.
Inquiry and Play-based Learning: Within this holistic approach, we aim to understand children and their development, facilitating their interests through their hundred languages, fostering the way they perceive their environment, one which becomes their third teacher
Exploration: As children are starting to experience a learning environment in school, this starts to change while they interact with the space and us, the teachers. We believe in nurturing their individual interests and fostering guidance in ways and media that serve as diverse channels for them to communicate how they perceive the world, what they want to tell us, and why this is important to them.
Discovery: In the discovery room, we have open-ended materials that extend the children’s interests, questions, and wonderings. The guided discovery and unstructured play provide children with the freedom to choose their learning paths, giving them ownership of their learning. We aim to have meaningful opportunities that will encourage our young learners to explore, investigate, ask questions, and solve problems.
Atelier: In the Atelier, different materials are creatively displayed for children’s easy access because we believe the space is for them. We understand that their choices and
products stem from their different backgrounds and understandings of their world. In this space children are able to express their Hundred Languages and express what they are thinking. Sometimes the Atelier can extend into the playground or into the kitchen.
Construction: Construction as part of play is very important in child's development, for this method of block play allows children to develop academic and social inquiry-based learning: mathematical concepts (measurement, order, quantity, shapes), social-emotional learning (cooperation, problem-solution, negotiations, communication), art (patterns, symmetry, balance), language arts (connection to environment and culture, storytelling, naming things, exchanging of ideas through conversations, questions), and science (balance, force, properties of matter, inferencing and questioning).
Mindfulness: Twice a week children have the opportunity to do Yoga and meditation. Through this practice, they learn coordination, breathing, and focus. These skills support their socio-emotional learning one which we nurture everyday through the development of their self-awareness. When children have a high sense of themselves, they are able to self-regulate with confidence.
Performing Arts: We believe that children have the “hundred languages” through which they can express their ideas. Thus, in Performing Arts, we aim to encourage the children to use their bodies to express themselves through dances, songs, and drama. These experiences will further develop their confidence in themselves.
Resting: In the full-day program, children spend one hour and a half resting in our nap room, where they have a quiet and comfortable space to sleep in.
On one of the first three days of Pre-kindergarten parents and students will be given an appointment for a school orientation. The purpose of the orientation is to meet the teachers, learn about the Pre-kindergarten program, ask questions, and browse through our learning community. It is also an opportunity for your child to become more familiar with the classroom.
Whether your child walks to school or comes to school by bus or car, she/he should proceed directly to the classroom. Although some parents wish to stay with their children in the classroom during the first few days of school, it is suggested that parent visitation and observation of classes occur after the settling in period. We will provide many activities to help your child feel at home during this time.
If you require bus service, please indicate this on the school application form. Please read over the bus safety rules in the student handbook and instruct your child to follow these guidelines at all times. Accompany your child to the bus the first few weeks and help him or her to recognize the bus driver, monitor and bus. The monitors always meet each child in front of the school at the end of the day, being able to recognize the monitor is reassuring. All of us will help to make each child comfortable with the school bus service. We ask that a parent meet his/her child’s bus upon return from school.
During the year, you may have an occasion when your child will not ride the bus home, please contact the ISE elementary office at 083 496 1111. We need your help by keeping us well informed of any change in transportation.
Since all uniforms look so much alike, it is essential that you mark your child’s name on all clothing including socks, shoes and jackets. Additional items brought to school such as lunch boxes, thermos bottles and book bags must be clearly labeled. Proper labeling will ensure the quick return of lost items.
Outdoor playtime, snack and lunch are a routine part of every school day and are spaced throughout the day. Parents may purchase a cafeteria lunch on a weekly basis. On Friday a menu will be sent home for the coming week. Parents choose lunch items for each day and send the lunch order along with payment back to school the following Monday. Cafeteria lunches are delivered to the Pre-kindergarten room where children eat at approximately noon. Children are asked to bring healthy snacks to school each day from home and they eat their snacks in the classroom. Pre-kindergarten children are not permitted to use money to purchase school snacks or drinks.
Pre-kindergarten students visit the library once each week. They are introduced to the proper care of books, library behavior and procedures for checking out books. We know you will want to reinforce these expectations at home. Parents are also welcome to visit our school library to check books out with or for your child.