Early childhood is a unique stage in your child’s life – a time of rapid brain development, unbridled enthusiasm for learning, and boundless energy for exploration and discovery. Joy, delight, laughter, and play propel early thinking and learning. At Nido de Aguilas’ Early Childhood Center, we honor this special time in your child’s educational journey by creating the ideal environment for whole child development.
It is well established that optimal development and learning during the early years is most likely to occur when children establish positive, caring relationships with their teachers and classmates, when they receive carefully planned adult guidance and support from knowledgeable and experienced educators, and when they have many opportunities to explore interesting environments with many things to do and learn. We promise to provide all of these things for your child so that the early childhood years create the best beginning for a lifetime of learning!
Each class has a lead teacher and assistant teacher, and class sizes are capped at 15 students in PK, 18 students in K1, and 22 students in K2. Each grade has a Team Lead to ensure coherent and coordinated curriculum planning across the grade and within the division, and our teachers and assistant teachers enrich their individual classes with their own unique teaching styles, backgrounds, and interests. Classrooms are bright and inviting spaces with rotating displays of educational materials, designed with learning centers supporting curricular projects.
The Early Childhood Center educates using a project approach grounded in research, the teachers’ expertise, and the children’s interests. Evidence shows that project-based learning contributes to children’s long and short-term cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development. The project approach moves children towards deeper understanding of and insight into a variety of important and enriching concepts and subject areas. Projects tap into the larger ECC curriculum by strengthening skills and attitudes towards learning. Children ask their own questions, conduct their own investigations, and make decisions about their activities. The goal is to move them towards independence, maximizing their capacity to learn throughout their many cycles of development.
Young children love the excitement of experiencing new things and derive immense satisfaction from solving a challenging problem or mastering a new skill. Activities are carefully designed to promote your child’s cognitive, physical, and social-emotional development. We structure our curriculum based on the natural interrelationship and guided sequencing of beginning skills and concepts so that as your child matures, his or her abilities and understanding of concepts and material are built on a solid foundation acquired in Nido’s early childhood program. We help your child put down strong roots that will anchor the more abstract, formal learning ahead, and we use a standards-based assessment, focusing primarily on developmental milestones, to help track his or her progress on this educational journey.
Among our primary learning objectives is the ability to communicate in English, which is one of Nido’s most important curricular features. Children need a stimulating environment to develop spontaneous language, and we achieve this through project-based learning. All classroom instruction is delivered in English to help native and non-native speakers master the language.
Objectives of the Early Childhood Program
- Independence and autonomy
- Social skills
- Work habits
- Logical thinking and math readiness
- Fine and gross motor development
- Literacy (pre-reading and pre-writing skills)
- Listening and speaking skills
- English language acquisition