Information for New Parents
The Early Learning Center is an integral part of Tashkent International School. It is where learning begins for children. We follow the same philosophy and elements of the Primary Years Programme (PYP) as the other grades in the elementary school. This includes a focus on inquiry-based learning, a fostering of attitudes and learner profiles. These attitudes will ensure that children begin their growth as internationally-minded students.
Our preschool curriculum is designed to meet the developmental needs of the preschool child. The curriculum is flexible and adapts to the cognitive, social and emotional needs of the child. At this level, all areas of the curriculum are interrelated, centering on an inquiry-based approach.
Language arts activities involve the children in stories, emergent writing, illustration, play acting, retelling stories using puppets, comparisons of different story versions, letter and sound recognition, sequencing, book making, telling stories through pictures, and many other related skills.
In math, children experience and build upon basic math concepts through the use of manipulatives. The children experience volume through the use of sand and water; simple geometry through building; problem solving and measurement with non-standard units; identifying, classifying, graphing, collecting data, grouping, ordering, counting, number value, comparisons, one-to-one correspondence, and use of scales.
The aim of the preschool is to provide children with a happy environment in which they can learn about themselves ad others, become independent, inquisitive learners and problem solvers, and above all to develop a love for learning that will last a lifetime.
Units of Inquiry
The programme of inquiry represents the organizing structure for transdisciplinary learning. It is made up of structured units of inquiry planned for each year or grade level. The units of inquiry are grouped under six organizing themes that present ideas in a way that transcends subject distinctions. They offer insights into the common ground of human experience and, when explored from a multiplicity of cultural perspectives, provide a dynamic, transdisciplinary core to the school’s curriculum. They also provide consistency with other PYP schools around the world.
The six transdiciplinary themes are:
• Who we are
• Where we are in place and time
• How we express ourselves
• How the world works
• How we organize ourselves
• Sharing the planet