Preschool (PP3 and PP4)
Preschool is a very important year in children’s education at AEBS. For most of the children it will be the first time they have attended school in any form and for many, the first time they spend time apart from their parents.
We are delighted that your child is part of our preschool family! We look forward to getting to know each child as we grow together this school year. Our preschool class will provide each child with a safe and loving learning environment. Each day will be filled with fun and exciting adventures to help your child develop spiritually, academically and socially. The class will be learning and exploring many concepts and thematic units throughout this year and we are excited to begin our journey together. To ensure that you and your child have a great preschool experience while at AEBS, it is crucial to have an open communication with your child’s teacher at all times.
Each month you will receive a calendar and a newsletter updating you on our weekly themes, class activities, and important events in the classroom. We will also send all correspondences home in your child’s folder via his/her book bag, so please check it daily!
We look forward to watching your child learn, grow and flourish through the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) for our youngest students in PP3 and PP4.
In Preschool much learning takes place through play and the program followed is appropriate to the age of the children in terms of their development.
Our Aims in the Early Years
- Provide each child with a warm and safe environment for learning.
- Allow children to settle into the routines of school life calmly and confidently.
- Stimulate each individual child with a broad set of experiences beyond those they are already familiar with.
- Promote independent learning and active involvement in the learning process.
- Develop basic skills and knowledge in line with overall targets for children at AEBS.
- Enable children to form good relationships with peers and adults.
- Encourage an acceptance of all cultures.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
This comes about mainly through play. Play contributes to the development of the child as a whole, cognitively, physically and emotionally.
Movement, and learning to move helps children think and socialize and it supports their physical development. Physical development is about the change in size of the body, how various parts of the body work together and about strengthening the body and all its parts. It is about developing more control, coordination and balance and is about the refinement of gross and fine motor skills. The children learn to move to music, work on small and large apparatus’s and learn simple ball skills.
Creative and Aesthetic Development
This means offering opportunities to develop and express their fine and gross motor skills, together with their artistic, musical and kinesthetic abilities, encouraging different modes of expression, verbal, non-verbal and most importantly offering opportunities to make informed choices.
Children’s learning and communication skills are fostered as they talk with adults and as they play with their peers. By using carefully chosen comments and open questions, adults can assist children in their thinking and help build their confidence in the use of language. Children have access to a wide variety of play activities and are encouraged to talk about their experiences, ideas, feelings and achievements to one another and to adults.
Early Mathematical Experiences
This is the foundation for mathematics. Children are encouraged to be active mathematicians, expressing mathematical ideas, making mathematical discoveries and solving practical problems. They are provided with a range of stimulating and interesting experiences.
Knowledge and Understanding of the World
Children are encouraged to explore materials and find out how it can change. We provide opportunities for children to explore and experiment, also allowing them to practice new skills developing an awareness and understanding of early science concepts. Children need opportunities to gather information and satisfy their curiosity, explore, discover and solve problems. This is encouraged by hands-on IT in daily experience and eventually the use of the computer.
Parent PYP Workshop
AEBS will offer a “PYP Workshop” for parents new to the Primary Years Programme (PYP) as part of the International Baccalaureate®.
The objective is to create an understanding of the PYP philosophy and pedagogy through hands-on experience.
Parents will get a taste of what happens in a PYP classroom and take part in inquiry-based learning experiences in four different stations. AEBS Parents will get a deeper insight into what trans-disciplinary teaching and learning look like in Language, Math, Science and Social Studies in brief 20-minute sessions. The focus is on concepts rather than content and how it is communicated in each station.
The learning experience is woven together by a common central idea under the theme “Sharing the Planet.” Parents also get an overview of the philosophy and importance of the Learner Profile in the PYP curriculum. At each station, you will be able to demonstrate your understanding through a variety of assessment tools such as the continuum, rubric and checklist. At the end, parents will be asked to reflect on their learning and provide feedback.
Austin Eco Bilingual School will be implementing a new program that will develop good practices in terms of learning and service.
Teachers will focus on how to incorporate curriculum content and collaborative practices into a school project. To ensure success, AEBS will be collaborating with the programs. We will be working on 15 days of Caring TIPS to contribute to the growth of a fraternal and cooperative culture in Latin American through the development of service-learning projects.
These projects will equip each child with roots and wings to thrive in a global world. Our students grow roots through celebration of the diverse cultural and linguistic heritages and traditions at AEBS.
Some of our programs are:
- Kid’s Global View
- Bridge Project for Education
- 15 Days of Caring
- Passport for Peace Project
- Green Apple Day of Service
- Love for Heroes Project
- Angel Tree Project
- Elderly Love Project
- A Love Toy Project
- Shelter Project
Austin Eco Bilingual School aims to develop students who are ethical, public-minded and who possess a pluralistic outlook. Both curricular and co-curricular activities work to educate effective home-grown leaders who are actively engaged in their local communities and are aware of the implications of their actions.
Not only do these opportunities provide an environment to explore and enhance skills such as cooperation and problem solving, they also enable students to set personal goals and challenge themselves.
Leadership activities instilled gives participants a sense of community ownership, creativity and a collaborative spirit, which prepares them for a lifetime of active engagement and leadership.