Early Years

Maya Rangkuti Nelson
Elementary School Principal

Imagine a place where each child blossoms, where creativity, individuality, and a passion for learning are nurtured and developed. A place where children are valued for who they are, where their learning journeys are valued, respected and supported by an incredibly talented faculty. A place you can trust to help you in the ever-important process of educating your young child. We are that place! Welcome to the Early Years Program at JIS!

Our Commitments

We recognize and honor the Early Years period (ages 3-6) as pivotal in building a foundation for the educational life of our students. Here is where it all starts — growing curiosity and the love of learning!
 
In the JIS Early Years Program, we:
  • Value the home school connection. We see parents as partners, we value their input and the ways in which we can work together to support learning.
  • Hire and maintain a highly qualified teaching staff.
  • See each child as an individual, thus personalizing the learning experience to tailor to his/her needs.
  • Provide a well-rounded program that values the arts, physical education, language learning, and intellectual engagement.

 

Visit Us

Come for a tour and watch our qualified professionals in action. You will be impressed by the care they give to the children, as well as to creating a rich and meaningful learning environment. Our Early Years Program is the place you want your child to grow, explore, and become an engaged learner.
 

Our Program

The JIS Early Years Program (ages 3-6) immerses children in an atmosphere of wonder, care, exploration and growth, and it isn't long until their love of learning grows from the inside out. Young children learn best through direct sensory encounters with the world, rather than through abstract and formal academic procedures. The program is supported by qualified, committed adults who guide young children in their acquisition of knowledge and their development of content, skills and attitudes preparing them for elementary school. Our program:

  • Emphasizes developmentally appropriate learning opportunities grounded in developmental theory, knowledge of each child’s development, and the socio-cultural context of the individual’s upbringing.
  • Nurtures child-initiated inquiry, wondering and questioning.
  • Offers children opportunities to communicate their ideas through performing, visual arts, creativity, movement and uninterrupted play.
  • Emphasizes oral language as the foundation of literacy development.
  • Empowers children to make supported and independent decisions about their learning engagements, tools, materials and partners.
  • Enables children to understand their experiences with others and the world through exploration and play with a variety of materials.
  • Embraces the outdoors as an integral part of the learning environment.
  • Supports children through exposure to multiple educators in order to best meet their developmental needs within the context of the early years environment.
  • Gives children the opportunity to learn in multi-age environments.
  • Engages families in working with all children in the early years learning community.
First page of the PDF file: EarlyYearsCuriculumHighlights-2019-20