Preschool Program

School hours are from: 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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Children are individuals, and although there is a pattern of development within a specific time frame, children learn and grow at different rates according to their personalities, temperaments, environment and learning styles. Our Thinking Based Educational program created for the 21st century integrates the best teaching philosophies and practices from around the world to promote intellectual, social, and moral autonomy in every child at every stage of life.

We incorporate all developmental skills including: 

  • Thinking skills
  • Creativity
  • Innovation
  • Team Building
  • Values and Positive Behaviors

The Visible Thinking Approach from Harvard University is also integrated into our program for all children ages 1 and up: 

  • Thinking routines
  • Concept maps
  • Powerful documentation
  • Philosophy for children.

The success of our program has expanded internationally. Currently, multiple schools from around the world come to visit us and get trained and certified by Edu1st.

  • Language developmentFirst Steps International Academy provides to the children opportunities to communicate thoughts, ideas and feelings incorporating language and literacy development activities in their weekly plan. We respect the oral and written expression of children. They are able to observe adults writing and to experience writing themselves, in a setting that reflects the importance of language, through signs, symbols, images, books and meaningful printed material.

    We model and promote the use of the language of thinking during the daily routines. Children also share and enjoy music, songs, art and stories for language development.

  • Mathematical DevelopmentMathematical concepts are taught through engaging and fun activities and through the use of concept maps, data charts and graphs solving mathematical problems that ocurr in their daily lives. In our school we plan activities that are challenging, enjoyable and imaginative such as stories, songs, games and role play.

    In this area the children develop different skills such as: counting, sorting, seeking patterns, making connections, matching, recognizing relationships, working with numbers, shapes, space and measurement.

  • Physicial developmentIs the foundation stage about improving skills of coordination, control, manipulation and movement, in order to gain confidence in what they can do and allows them to feel the benefits of being healthy and active.
    Our school plans activities that offer appropriate physical challenges. They have enough time and sufficient indoors and outdoors space for physical development activities.

  • Social developmentIn the school the teachers and staff members establish constructive relationships with children and with parents. They also find opportunities to give positive encouragement to children acting as positive role models. The school gives opportunities to develop autonomy and disposition to learn, working along in small and large groups.

    We make sure there is time and space for our children to focus on different experiences and develop their own interest. The school offers opportunities for play, learn and be tolerant with different religion’s beliefs and cultures. We model and encourage values and positive behaviors.

  • Understanding our worldIn this area children develop important knowledge, skills and understanding to make sense of the world, in order to set up the foundation for later work in science, design and technology, history, geography and information and communication technology.

    We give our children the best opportunities and the latest technology tools such as: smart boards, computers, internet access, educational videogames, digital cameras and digital microscopes to facilitate the world's understanding.

    We provide an enquired based curriculum and hands-on experiences that lead to exploration, observation, problem solving, prediction, critical thinking, decision making and discussions.