The preschool program for three- and four year-olds provides a safe, enriching, and nurturing environment where children enjoy learning in a play-based environment. Through a structured day, children experience a comprehensive early childhood program. Utilizing an integrated theme approach, students are provided with hands-on learning opportunities in order to develop academically, socially, emotionally and physically.
Pre-reading skills, math, language skills and cognitive skills are all developed in a sequential and fun manner through play and music. Each child’s curiosity and love for learning is encouraged, whereby teachers respect each child’s needs and individuality. Children are able to develop at their own pace whilst being guided to achieve new milestones. Days in school are a carefully crafted combination of teacher led activities, free play, projects and outdoor play.
With mixed-age grouping of three- and four-year-olds, children have many unique learning opportunities. The older children often take on leadership roles, while helping others learn new skills and achieve tasks. The younger children have role models to follow. Through these kinds of relationships, children learn from each other in a natural, non-competitive, and highly cooperative environment, while becoming increasingly independent and confident.
Within the classroom routine birthdays and special holidays from many different cultures are celebrated. Students are also introduced to French or Spanish and go swimming once a week. JAIS also offers after school activities for preschool aged children as well as community service and field trip experiences.
Parent partnership is highly encouraged with open communication and participation.