The Toddler class for ages 2 to 3 years is the first stage of a sequential inquiry-based learning program at Quayside Isle Preparatory School. Children in this class learn through free play and hands-on engaging activities. They will develop motor skills, language, learn to navigate peer relationships, use their imagination, make choices, and grow independent with self –care, with nurturing teachers who encourage exploratory play and communication.
The Toddler program curriculum at QUIPS is pivoted on Language Development through Language Arts. “The more words toddlers hear and the more information available for any individual word the better their brains can begin simultaneously ruling out and putting together word-object associations thus learning what’s what.” (Yu and Smith, Early Childhood Research, Indiana University)
The Prekindergarten class for ages 3-4 offers holistic learning where children alternate between play and teacher directed activity to achieve important milestone development in areas ranging from motor co-ordination and control to socio-emotional abilities and cognition. They are introduced to new ideas through inquiry and encouraged to use their imagination and emerging language and motor skills to investigate and problem solve. Children in this class are also taught a variety of literacy strategies including phonics and introduced to numeracy and mathematical understanding.
Kindergarten 1 Program
The Kindergarten class for ages 4-5 will consolidate skills and begin to establish important entry level requirements for primary education, especially with regards to literacy and math. Through investigative activities, children will learn to examine, probe, ask and share what they know, building vital vocabulary and inquiry skills. While learning through play and games will continue to define how they learn, children in the Kindergarten 1 class will start working on following directions on paper-based tasks. This objective of this program is to help children refine their skills to bolster both ability and confidence as they get ready for school.
Kindergarten 2 Program
Children in this class (ages 5-6) will learn to apply their thinking (attention) to their reasoning, to use their observations to explain and express their understanding. Goals in this class will be based on (but not limited to) entry level requirements for grade 1 in international schools. Enquiry learning will continue as integrated project work, and literacy and math will feature more prominently in the curriculum. In Literacy, children will consolidate their early training in phonics, shift to concepts in word study (patterns in word construction); and will begin to use active strategies towards effective writing processes. In math, children will focus on using numbers, including written numerals to represent quantities, solve quantitative problems, recognize cardinalities and will further explore fundamentals in spatial understanding.