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Preschool - Spanish and English Learning

This is the initial level of education in which Monteverde fosters the child´s learning abilities and helps develop their intelligence, character, physical, and emotional strength.

The Preschool program is changing age groups.
1. What is the range for each grade? 
 

Grades

Age by August 31st

Toddlers

1 to 2.5 years old

Pre-Nursery

2.6 to 3.5 years old

Nursery

3.6 to 4.5 years old

Pre-K

4.6 to 5.5 years old

K

5.6 to 6.5 years old

 
How many children will there be in each classroom?
 
  • Two Toddler Classrooms
    14 children maximum; Homeroom Teacher, Teacher Assistant, and Nanny.
  • Two Pre Nursery Classrooms
    25 children maximum; Homeroom Teacher and Teacher Assistant.
  • Two Nursery Classrooms
    25 children maximum; Homeroom Teacher and Teacher Assistant.
  • Two Pre K Classrooms
    25 children maximum; Homeroom Teacher and Teacher Assistant.
  • Two K Classrooms,
    25 children maximum; Homeroom Teacher and Teacher Assistant.
 
 
How different will the preschool program be next year?
 
Monteverde International School is transforming its preschool program going to a full English immersion program next school year. Monteverde has already started aligning itself with other Sendica Education schools increasing the teaching and learning time in English. When it comes to the preschool program, Spanish will still be used for the Toddlers. Full English immersion will start with the Pre Nursery Program. 
 
Will Montessori be used as a program next year?
 
We will continue working with elements of the Montessori program and material to complement our new program. We will be using the Creative Curriculum, a child-centered approach designed specially to meet the needs of preschool children and provide them with a warm, enriching and developmental learning environment.
 
What is the Creative Curriculum?
 

The Creative Curriculum for Preschool is a comprehensive, research-based curriculum that features exploration and discovery as a way of learning, enabling children to develop confidence, creativity, and lifelong critical thinking skills. It is based on four pillars;  social and emotional learning, cognitive development, physical development, and language development. The classroom is organized in learning centers allowing each child to select learning experiences according to their developmental level. 

 

What is a Learning Center?

 

A learning center is a designated area within the classroom that provides students with exciting and interesting experiences to practice, enrich, reteach, and enhance their learning. These types of centers are filled with manipulatives, art materials, books, and other instructional tools. Students visit the centers to complete an assignment or learn through different activities. Students participate in activities that help them to learn the curriculum content, with hands-on experiences, working both independently and in small groups. Each learning center is open-ended with specific Learning Intentions.

 

What is the role of the teacher?

 

The teacher is in charge of the learning of each student. The teacher establishes and maintains a safe functional learning environment by planning, designing and organizing the learning centers according to the student’s needs and level.  The teacher observes, documents, analyzes and revises children’s play and records the progress and establishes future goals and intervention strategies for each student.