Early Childhood Program

    Early Childhood Program – Pre-Kindergarten 1&2

    Children three and four years old are grouped according to age in Pre-K 1 and Pre-K 2 classes.  They are given the opportunity to work independently, but under skilled supervisors monitoring and guiding their progress.  Developmental materials are used within a structured program, taught by trained, experienced professionals encouraging students to develop high self-esteem and social awareness.  Children are provided with social, linguistic, and motor experiences as they demonstrate readiness for them.  Within safe and secure spaces, BAES's Early Childhood Program provides an environment that encourages the natural curiosity and fearless sense of inquiry of children between the ages of 3 and 5.

    Children learn in many ways: through observation, interaction, play, real-life experiences, project-based activities and teacher and student initiated activities. Inquiry through play is the fundamental process for young children's learning and is central to any early childhood program. It is a natural activity for children, one through which they make meaning of the world around them. Play involves pleasure, discovery, free choices, spontaneity and active engagement. Play facilitates all development and is a means for initiating, supporting and continuing learning. It enables children to determine their own course of events and discoveries with the support of adults and peers.
    The Early Childhood environment is organized with centers providing a basis for learning through individual, small group and whole group experience. Children develop basic concepts and understandings exploring and discovering through various learning centers indoors and outdoors. Teachers implement a balanced curriculum which integrates language, social, emotional, physical, creative and intellectual/cognitive development.
    The program fosters exploration and investigation using a variety of resources, in order for children to learn about themselves, other people and the world around them. They are given opportunities to inquire, learn and play through reading, writing, art, construction, imaginative and investigative play, both inside the classroom and outdoors.

    Learning Principles
    Taking into account the knowledge of human growth and development, the work of our teachers is guided by the following principles:
    ·    Children learn as total persons: emotionally, socially, physically, and intellectually.
    ·    Children go through similar stages of development, but at individual rates.
    ·    Children learn through their senses: hearing, seeing, touching, tasting, and smelling.
    ·    Children learn through active involvement: exploring, playing, manipulating, and problem-solving.
    ·    Children learn through attitudes and examples, as well as through content.
    ·    Children learn through experiences. It is through play that children create their own meaning and learning schemes. Play is the work of children.

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