At The International Preschools, interdisciplinary classroom themes are taught through play-based learning. Children are exposed to units on topics from transportation to hibernation via science, math, art, literacy, music, and other subject areas. Our school is proud to also offer a variety of specialty classes to help enrich your child’s learning. Here’s a look at what skills your child is fine-tuning during each of our specialty classes…
- Music: Exposure to the many cultures of the world is a prime focus in music class; here, children learn many songs in a variety of languages. During the second half of the year, the children become well-versed in identifying instruments and learn to place them within the “four families of the orchestra”: brass, woodwind, string, and percussion. Experimenting with and listening to the instruments in class is a memorable highlight for our students!
- Library: Each week, classes will listen to one or two books, often accompanied by visuals such as puppets or
movements to assist with story comprehension. The children also recite a nursery rhyme at the beginning of class; this exercise can help increase literacy skills, as it exposes children early on to a range of beginning sounds. Additionally, children are invited to check out one book from the library to read with their families at home.
- Creative Movement: Gross motor muscles are strengthened via dancing, yoga, and other activities. Listening comprehension and receptive language are also bolstered, as children learn new vocabulary (i.e. gallop) and then carry out the movement with their bodies.
- Clay: The tactile exploration of clay during this class helps young children increase dexterity; it also allows children to problem solve (i.e. how to build an upright structure) in a three-dimensional medium. The use of clay can be soothing, as the manipulation of it allows for children (andadults!) to release stress and irritation!
- iPads/Technology: Our iPad program is age-appropriate and intended to be an enhancement of our play-based curriculum. Children spend ten minutes a week working on apps that teach concepts such as patterning and problem solving. Our Pre-K and Junior K classes are learning to code with the use of Bee-Bots and the Stop Motion app!Eye-hand coordination is heightened while using apps during iPad/Technology class.(i.e. ) and then carry out the movement with their bodies.
Science: Students participate in hands-on activities, ranging from handling animals to simple experiments to planting. Children learn to be an observer, gain practice in making predictions, and become more comfortable in anticipating “what comes next.”