The inquiry-based Early Years Program at Stamford American International School builds upon your child’s natural curiosity and lays a solid foundation for a life-long love of learning.
Cultivating Confident Young Learners
At Stamford American International School, a passion for learning is cultivated from the very first day. Catering for children from 2 to 5 years of age, the Early Years Program focuses on the development of the whole child in a language rich, challenging and caring environment that stimulates active participation and meaningful learning. The program is based on play and experimentation, giving children time to explore, investigate, inquire, ponder and wonder at their own pace, thus building their confidence and self-esteem and laying the foundation for a life-long love of learning.
The experienced team of Early Years teaching staff provides a safe and happy learning environment with a strong curriculum that ensures the total growth of the developing child, addressing social, physical, emotional and cultural needs in addition to academic welfare.
The curriculum is concept-based, building on your child’s natural curiosity not only with formal content but also by introducing a broad range of associated, ‘real-world’ experiences. Such active engagement with the environment will help your child make sense of the world during his or her early years, creating a solid platform for information and concepts, which they will build on while at Stamford and for the rest of their lives.
The subject areas of Mathematics, Language, Science, Social Studies, the Arts, and Personal, Social and Physical Education are taught through interdisciplinary themes in order to help the students make connections between the subjects, thereby facilitating more effective learning. Language includes gentle introduction to a foreign language through daily Mandarin or Spanish activities.
The Nursery curriculum is based on Topics of Investigation and Exploration devised specifically for children aged 2 to 3 years. Every activity of play introduced into the classroom has an underlying objective for development including pre-language skills, fine and gross motor skills, and at the same time encourages spontaneity, curiosity and creativity, thus preparing children for the IBPrimary Years Program (PYP).
Pre-Kindergarten is designed to provide play, culture and the roots of structured learning with the first introduction to the PYP combined with the AERO standards. Children are given exposure to the foundations of language, literacy and purposeful mark making such as beginning to recognize and write their names. Children also develop an understanding of numbers, measurement, shape and space through a variety of practical hands on activities and games, such as singing number rhymes and songs, sorting and matching, following and extending a repeating pattern and weekly cooking sessions.
Kindergarten 1 Program
The combined strength of international education continues in Kindergarten 1 with the AERO standards enhanced by the inquiry-based IBPYP. Learning becomes slightly more structured and children develop the skills to read through the use of phonics and phonological awareness. Classroom activities and games encourage blending letters and recognizing sight words while children continue to build on their knowledge of numbers, including patterns and sequencing, data handling and time. Students also work with operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and forming number bonds.
Through Stamford’s Early Years Program, children are developed into inquisitive, communicative, and confident young learners.