The Early Learning Center offers enriched curricula for young children aged 3 to 5. There are Montessori, Reggio Emilia- inspired, German Immersion, and Inquiry- Based Pre-K, and kindergarten programs available to choose from. All of our teachers are professionally trained, with abundant teaching experience.
Dr. Maria Montessori believed that when children have the freedom to choose their own learning activities, they will be a confident, curious and creative child. It turns out that this practice, which has a history of more than 100 years, is exactly what parents now expect. Montessori’s curriculum is flexible and encourages the development of each child’s imagination, creativity and unique personality. Montessori education cultivates students who are capable, responsible, knowledgeable, and have a strong sense of self. The entire teaching approach makes education practical by focusing on real life, sensory experiences, language arts, geography, and mathematics.
The Reggio Emilia approach is an educational philosophy and pedagogy for early childhood education. The emphasis is on the learning process rather than the product. Children’s natural curiosity and questioning is encouraged through a classroom designed for collaboration, experimentation and open-ended play. These thoughtfully designed activities and learning environments are always changing based on the interests of the young learners. Stimulating and high-quality materials are used to explore creative hands-on activities.
Children are encouraged to express themselves as they are natural communicators. They may communicate via words, movement, painting, building and more. The young learners explore many different materials, sharing what they understand, wonder, feel or imagine. Children construct their learning by participating in small groups and interacting within their classroom community.
German Immersion (Reggio-Inspired Classroom)
The German program is based on the principles of respect, responsibility and community, brought about through exploration, discovery, and play. The whole program is facilitated in German. We see all children as self-actors of their young living. For this reason, children get lots of opportunities to participate in the running of projects.
In summary, the Reggio philosophy helps to develop:
-High social skills -Democracy
-Justice and solidarity
In KG, we use an inquire-based Pre-K and Kindergarten program. This helps children develop skills from an early age that will be necessary to promote life-long learning. They participate in hands-on learning that also enhances literacy, numeracy and social skills. Along with their daily language lessons (Chinese and English), the students engage in units of inquiry throughout the school year that further prepares them for the elementary International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (PYP). The daily schedule is consistent with that of the elementary school. KG lays the foundation for children to adapt to both the Chinese and the Western culture. Exposure to other languages and cultures outside of their own is a major factor for the IB PYP Elementary program.