Early Childhood Center
Our Early Childhood Center (ECC) program includes projects in the classroom, music, physical education and art classes, visits to the library, and small field trips, among other activities designed to develop our students’ social, motor and cognitive skills.
The small number of students per grade level and the presence of a teacher and an assistant teacher per class, provide each child with the attention and care needed to develop their own selves. Facilities specifically designed for early childhood education meet the needs that every child has to explore, play and create according to their age.
The Project Approach
The Project Approach is a teaching methodology based on project development and refers to a set of educational learning strategies that are introduced through everyday topics. Some of the advantages of thisapproach include more profound and lasting understanding and betterdevelopment of interpersonal communication skills, creativity and leadership.
At the end of each semester, students make a presentation for parents on the topics studied during the quarters, and after the presentation, students take their parents into the classroom to share their work.
Learn more about the PROJECT APPROACH ORGANIZATION
Life at ECC
The ECC is divided into
ECC 1: 2-3 years old
ECC 2: 3-4 years old
ECC 3: 4-5 years old
Kindergarten: 5-6 years old
Class Schedule: 8:15am – 3:20pm
Snack: Two snacks are served. One in the morning and another in the afternoon
Lunch: 11:00am – 1:00pm
Nap time (ECC 1 and ECC 2): Occurs after lunch for approximately one and a half hours
ISC Academy (after-school activities): 3:30pm – 4:15pm
PARENT AND TEACHER COMMUNICATION
There are several ways for parents to be in touch with their child’s teacher. In addition to the school agenda, emails and personal meetings, ECC offers two ‘Open Houses’ every year, generally during the second week of each semester.
These events aim to answer possible questions of parents, introduce them to teaching staff, explain the subjects that will be studied during the following semester and share expectations for student learning.
At the end of the first and third quarters, parents are also invited to come to school to participate in‘Parent/Teacher Conferences’.
Reports on the development of each student are delivered four times a year at the end of each quarter.
At the end of the first and third quarter, a Report Card is delivered personally by the teacher during the Parent/Teacher Conference. In the second and fourth quarters, Report Cards are sent home by mail.
We offer a range of After-School activities that aim to develop our students in different ways. Sporting activities such as Ballet, Judo, Soccer,
Reggio Emilia Approach
Created in the postwar scenario, the Reggio Emilia Approach is a philosophy that empowers children in their own education, fostering curiosity and encouraging them to take challenges during their learning. Teachers are facilitators in this process and the environment plays the role of the third teacher, supporting all learning that happens in the school.
ISC is a Reggio Emilia inspired school.