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Early Years Program


Early Years Philosophy

The Early Years in the Village School at Chadwick International is comprised of Pre-K, Kindergarten and Grade 1. We follow the IBPYP curricular framework and recognize the importance of respecting the unique differences of our youngest learners. We see them as competent and capable. As the IB states (‘Making the PYP Happen’ p.7), “Children, from birth, are full of curiosity, and the PYP provides a framework that gives crucial support for them to be active inquirers and lifelong learners.” To that end, we draw upon pedagogical approaches that are developmentally appropriate for young children.

PLAY


Play is highly valued in the Early Years. We believe young children construct their own meaning of the world around them and it is through active and child-initiated play that they learn to communicate, inquire, self-regulate and collaborate with others.

NEGOTIATED CURRICULUM


Through a negotiated curriculum, we offer a balance of teacher-facilitated and student-led learning experiences. We believe:

  • children must have control over the direction of their learning
  • children must be able to learn through multi sensory experiences
  • children must have endless ways and opportunities to express themselves through the use of their ‘hundred languages’ (Loris Malaguzzi) which are the symbolic representation of their ideas, thoughts, feelings and dreams.

Through careful observation and documentation, we begin to see each child's remarkable competencies which help guide us to the next steps for learning that, in turn, support their intellectual pursuits.

ENVIRONMENT AS THE THIRD TEACHER


We believe in the environment as the third teacher. Our classrooms are set up to promote a natural sense of inquiry and wonder with stimulating and engaging hands on provocations. Children are invited to play and engage with a variety of materials, objects and experiences.

INQUIRY IN NATURE


Learning outside the classroom supports the development of healthy and active lifestyles by offering children opportunities for physical activity, freedom and movement, and promoting a sense of well-being. It gives children contact with the natural world and offers them experiences that are unique to outdoors, such as direct contact with the weather and the seasons.

Playing and learning outside helps children to understand and respect nature and environment, recognize the interdependence of humans, animals, plants, and lifecycles and assess risk in a safe environment. It supports children’s problem-solving skills and nurtures their creativity.

A LOVE OF SCHOOL


At Chadwick International we want our youngest learners to develop a love of school and a positive attitude towards learning. We want to cultivate the joy of self-discovery. We aim to inspire children to question the world around them, build theories, test ideas and discover new things by challenging what that they already know or understand. We want our youngest learners to be happy, healthy and self-confident members of our community.

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