We believe in the use of positive behavior management
The EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT (ECD), section of AISCT consists of Grizzly Cubs and KG 1. There are currently three Grizzly Cubs classrooms; one class of 2-3 year olds and two classes of 3 – 4 year olds. Each class is limited to 14 students. Our two KG 1 classes, consisting of max 16 students per class, is home to our 4-5 year old students. All ECD classes have a qualified teacher as well as a teacher’s assistant. The ECD team strives to nurture the development of the whole child and to ensure a seamless transition to Elementary School.
We offer both a half day (07:30 – 12:15) as well as a full day (07:30 – 14:50) program, however our full day program seems more popular.
ECD LEARNING AREAS
As part of whole child development, the ECD team also focuses on the development of fine – and gross-motor skills. Daily activities incorporate threading, cutting, painting, drawing, playing with play dough and doing various craft activities to encourage accurate pencil grip and fine motor control. The well equipped playground, weekly PE lessons and extra optional activities also provide multiple opportunities to encourage gross-motor development, balance and coordination.
The days in our ECD classrooms consist of a healthy balance between structured activities/routine and free play and exploration. Each day starts and ends with circle time or community circle, and activities flow from one to the next with the teachers preparing the students for each transition. A healthy morning fruit snack is offered daily and hot lunch is provided for by the school’s cafeteria. Some classes will have another fruit snack in the afternoon. Lunch is followed by rest time. After rest time, students will continue with the afternoon’s activities and free centers. Grizzly Cubs students can choose from several extra optional activities to participate in during the school day and KG 1 students can participate in the after school activities program which runs from 15:00 – 16:00 daily.
Teachers take their students outside as often as possible to use nature as their classroom. Play areas are set-up to promote learning and exploration. Field trips both on and off campus enrich our program at AISCT and offers real-life experiences to all our learners.
Each term all ECD students participate in school wide initiatives and civvies days to donate funds to charities identified by the service learning coordinator and committee. We strive to create global awareness from an early age in our students to make them aware of the difference they can make in their communities.