Preschool Learning at Magellan
Magellan International School is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School which guides the curriculum and learning environment of all students, from PP3 through 8th grade. The primary years programme of the IB seeks to provide “stimulating, supportive interactions with their peers and teachers and the effective use of curricula” for our very young learners in PP3 and PP4, to best prepare them for kinder and continued academic rigor.
At MIS, our preschool students have opportunities to build their imagination, build vocabulary, and enhance their social skills. Dramatic play areas in their classrooms stimulate children’s creative thinking and problem solving.
Language and Dramatic Play
Play is the most effective way to promote language skills and build vocabulary in a fun and meaningful way. In a hospital scenario, children discover new words to use from one another (as well as the teacher) such as emergency, operation, surgeon, fever, stitches, and concussion. A youngster with a more advanced vocabulary and more real-world experiences teaches new words to other children in a natural and fun way through play. A child whose mother is a doctor becomes the expert in the hospital scenario. A youngster whose dad works in construction gets his turn to shine when the scenario involves a building site. Children also engage in parallel play—playing near one another but not with one another. They develop the fine art of conversation and learn how to take turns, negotiate, state their argument, and defend their point of view. They discover that words are powerful when working with others toward a shared goal.
Through Spanish Immersion as well as complimentary instruction in English, our students learn foundational skills in both languages in the classroom. Through listening and speaking, viewing and presenting, pre-reading and pre-writing activities, MIS students are developing as bilingual citizens of the world and preparing for Kindergarten. Learn more about Language Learning in Preschool at MIS
Math and Dramatic Play
Math at preschool is best learned through play. Concepts get introduced through materials such as puzzles, blocks, Geo-boards, beads, and LEGOS.Young children who play with puzzles have better spatial skills. They’re able to think about objects in three dimensions and draw conclusions about them with limited information. This is helpful when reading a map, interpreting diagrams and charts, and building structures with blocks and LEGOS. It’s an important ability in math, science, and technology. Playing with blocks on the rug at preschool is the ideal way for kids to learn about math in a fun and natural way. By building and talking, kids learn concepts such as shape and size, area, measurement, and geometry.
Youngsters learn math concepts best through dramatic play and hands-on activities. When children engage in dramatic play—running a grocery store, beauty salon, or restaurant—they learn about math. They discover how to use a cash register, recognize coins and bills, give change, and set prices. Children discuss valuable math concepts in a meaningful way during play. When children pretend to cook in the kitchen area, they talk about fractions (I need half a stick of butter), measurement (Pour in 2 cups of milk), counting (Beat in four eggs), and sequencing (First, stir the batter).
Personal, Social and Emotional Learning and Play
Preschoolers need lots of time to practice their social skills such as sharing, taking turns, and listening. These are all the people skills that will come in handy during their entire lives. Playing together is the best way for children to learn how to solve their own problems. Children need to develop empathy—the ability to see things from someone else’s viewpoint—before they can truly share. It’s inevitable that conflicts arise when children play at preschool. If they cannot resolve the problem on their own, it gives the teacher a wonderful opportunity to intervene. She can help the kids develop the necessary social and emotional skills to handle the dispute. A child’s social skills in the early years are a significant indicator of future school success.
- Across all disciplines, students work on projects and initiatives requiring teamwork and cooperation, presentation/communication skills, creative thinking and critical reasoning. The development of these skills is a hallmark of the International Baccalaureate program.