Children spend every minute of their lives, learning. From using the crayon and scissors to using blocks to create amazing structures, to reading and socializing, all the experiences we provide are focused on having happy, creative and eager learners.
At St. Jude, children learn commitment and respect for others. We provide a place where our students gain a sense of self, explore, play with their friends, and build confidence. Children discover that they can be independent and that they can do things for themselves. As a school we provide children with a great opportunity to realize their entire potential, skills, an talents.
We focus on language, literacy and motor skills, math through a variety of activities and projects. At St Jude, it is essential to work on problem-solving skills and help children expand their knowledge and increase their vocabulary. We give them the opportunity to learn wonderful things through various activities and learning experiences.
Through hands-on activities and above all, play, children experience what is around them. They use their senses and their imagination to open a world of wonder every day.
Activities may be either teacher-directed or student-initiated. Each class has a certified teacher and a teacher assistant. Music, French, physical education, Spanish and dance are part of our everyday lives and we have specialist teachers that provide amazing learning to all our levels.
INTERNATIONAL EARLY YEARS CURRICULUM
At St Jude, we use the International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC) as the basis for our teaching and learning.
The earliest years of learning are essential; therefore, children should be supported to learn and develop at their own unique pace. It happens by developing learning units that are thematically based and designed to last for several weeks. The IEYC units do not focus on just one or two subjects; all of them incorporate the four Learning Strands to connect children’s learning.
The IEYC encourages engagement and enjoyment in high-quality learning experiences that support and extend learning and development.
In this curriculum, play is an essential aspect of all children’s learning and development. And that learning happens when developmentally appropriate, teacher-scaffolded, and child-initiated experiences harness children’s natural curiosity in an enabling environment.
Children are also a part of independent and interdependent learning experiences that create a context for personal development and are the foundation of international mindedness.
Learning happens when knowledge and skills development lead to an increasing sense of understanding when children are provided with opportunities to explore and express their ideas in multiple ways in the early years.
To be a learning-focused curriculum is also to be a curriculum focused on an assessment that improves learning. Improving learning is central to the IEYC, with the curriculum designed around this. The IEYC outcomes are linked to IPC rubrics, so that transition to primary school is smooth.
This curriculum basis is that learning should be motivating, engaging, and fun, opening up a world of wonder for children where personal interests can flourish. It also creates a child-centered approach that allows children to have their ideas—providing a holistic approach to learning and development. The IEYC has been designed to help teachers help children learn effectively and with enjoyment.