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Early Childhood Education

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Early Childhood Education

It's your child's first official year of school, an exciting time for parents and children alike, and an amazing period to develop your child's curiosity and innate love of learning. The ISM Preschool provides a wonderful introduction to learning and socialization within a warm and friendly environment.

The ISM Preschool is built on a foundation of three major components of child development: cognitive, social-emotional and physical.  The goal is to inspire delight and inquiry in the classroom by providing engaging and developmentally appropriate learning experiences and sets the stage for children’s next years at school, ensuring a strong educational foundation upon which their future learning is built.

Benefits of Early Childhood Education

Early childhood education is more than just preparation for lower school. It aims at the holistic development of a child's communication, social, emotional, cognitive, and physical needs in order to build a solid and broad foundation for lifelong learning and well-being. Today, there is significant evidence that children who have access to a high-quality Kindergarten education reap the benefits of superior language, intellectual, and physical development as well as more advanced social skills.

At the ISM Preschool, Students Will Benefit From:

  • Building Good Habits
  • Growing their Emotional Resilience
  • Developing a Lifelong Love of Learning
  • Interacting with Other Children and Adults
  • Exploring Sounds and Numbers
  • Establishing Fine Motor Skills

The Preschool & Pre-Kindergarten Curriculum

Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten education is critical to a child’s formative years and fosters an enthusiasm and confidence that will remain with them throughout their educational journey. Our program has balanced structured lesson times and free-choice play to create an environment where children remain engaged and curious in their studies. We actively offer opportunities for every child to succeed and celebrate and share joy when they do; this gives children a wonderful sense of assurance and ability to care for themselves and others.

The International School of Minnesota uses a thematic curriculum which is designed to enable students achieve more and maximize their efforts. This curriculum includes concepts such as literacy and numeracy, science, communication, World Language, arts, physical development, and of course kindness. Our goal is to provide a safe and caring learning environment to all children to instill a positive approach to learning.

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • World Languages
  • Science
  • Art
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Kindness

Social-Emotional Development

Imagine living in a world that valued kindness enough to teach it along with academics. Sounds pretty amazing, right?  In fact, research shows that students who participate in a mindfulness curriculum improve sharing, attention, and empathy, also seeing improvement in grades!  At ISM we believe we can all do our part to make the world a more compassionate place. The Kindness© curriculum provides learning activities that align with monthly themes including feelings, empathy, gentleness, self-control, respect, friendship and conflict resolution. It is a mindfulness-based curriculum for preschoolers that brings kindness in the classroom.  Our preschoolers gain the valuable tools to become peace makers by using positive conflict resolution, acts of kindness, and learning to pay attention and manage their emotions in healthy ways.

Physical Development

Active play is critical for kids’ physical growth and development.  It helps children hone their coordination, balance, gross-motor skills and fine-motor skills, as well as improved concentration and thinking skills.  Research has shown that an increase in physical activity has a positive effect on cognition, especially starting at a young age.  Movement is integrated in the curriculum at ISM throughout the day as well as formally in physical education classes.

Children require practice and instruction for skipping, hopping, galloping, sliding, catching, jumping, throwing, kicking, bouncing and striking skills. Children incorporate these skills into sports, games and dance. Our schools’ many physical environments provide the perfect place for a child to develop mental connections, socialize and develop fine and large motor skills.  The P.E. program is taught by a trained Phys Ed teacher who focusses on gross motor skills, hand-eye coordination, physical fitness, body awareness and spatial awareness. These experiences include nature walks through our beautiful 55-acre campus, our state-of-the-art Large Motor Room and Gymnasium.

Extended Day Child Care

Our Discovery Kids program is all about bringing out the best in your child. Whether he or she chooses to discover their inner scientist, artist, or teacher, or experience it all, we give them the tools and the freedom to follow their passion and curiosity!  Before and after school care is available, free of charge beginning at 7:00am until classes begin and until 6:00pm.

Our Discovery Kids program is run by teachers and teacher assistants and includes engaging and fun enrichment activities. Discovery Kids also offers some fee-based classes taught by outside agencies. Since there is no sign-up required, parents are provided flexibility in your busy schedules. Come and discover with us!

Meet Our Teachers

Our qualified, caring teaching staff are experienced educators who provide developmentally appropriate guidance to young learners within a stimulating and nurturing environment.  The team has average of 15 years of experience in early childhood education and continue to participate in ongoing professional development opportunities.  They are invested in the progress of each indidivual child.  

Early Childhood Education Facilities

The newly renovated Louisa Procter Early Childhood Education Center allows for an educational experience unlike any other. Classrooms are perfectly tailored to meet the needs of our youngest learners – including an indoor swimming pool (used through Grade 2), S.T.E.A.M. room, Arts room, IT lab, and exclusive dining area.

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