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EARLY CHILDHOOD

(PRE-KINDERGARTEN)

OVERVIEW

The RIS Early Childhood curriculum follows a learning and development continuum based on Early Childhood standards. It incorporates the Reggio Emilia approach, where teachers follow the children’s interests to shape the investigation units. 

Early Childhood is a very specialized area within education, requiring very special teachers. All Pre-Kindergarten teachers at RIS are certified and trained in Early Childhood Education, including the Reggio Emilia approach to learning. Our teachers continue to study with ongoing professional development. 

Additionally, each class has a certified Early Childhood Special Educator and Instructional Aides on its team, all of whom assist in meeting the children’s developmental needs. RIS has several newly renovated classrooms designed specifically for Pre-K children.

Celebrating Universal Children's Day
Pre-K students simulate an airplane experience with the help of special guests—a real-life pilot and flight attendant!

CURRICULUM

The Pre-K curriculum is based on Core Early Learning Standards that define what pre-school children should know and be able to do before they enter kindergarten. These standards direct teachers’ planning to meet the students’ current developmental stage. The curriculum also incorporates the Reggio Emilia approach in its belief that all children have an interest in constructing their own knowledge and that they interact with everything the environment brings to them. Our teachers follow the children’s interests to shape the units of investigation. Each group of students is unique, with unique interests, so while the content of what the students learn may vary from year to year, our curriculum follows a learning and development continuum based on Early Childhood standards. 

A typical day in Pre-Kindergarten starts with a warm welcome from teachers as children say goodbye to their families and begin their transition from home to school. Each classroom has a series of morning routines that children have been learning since their first day of school. These may include exploring a variety of teacher-guided learning encounters. Once settled into the classroom, the children gather for a morning meeting, an important part of the day that brings the classroom community together.

Lessons include literacy, math, and social and emotional topics that might arise in children’s everyday lives. They are presented through hands-on demonstrations, engaging visuals, and lots of singing. Students then choose and rotate through interest centers such as role-play, writing, science exploration, light and shadows, and construction.

Pre-K children also attend specialist classes throughout the week, including music, art, technology, library, physical education, and Thai. Students enjoy healthy snacks in the morning and lunch in a separate purpose-built canteen. The day ends after nap time in the classroom and afternoon snacks.