Early Childhood

Early Childhood

Encouraging our youngest students to grow into happy and confident learners that will develop a life-long passion for learning.



HAPPY CHILDREN ARE SUCCESSFUL CHILDREN

At the MET we have developed an Early Childhood program that encourages our youngest students to grow into happy and confident learners that will develop a life-long passion for learning and establish the foundations for personal success.

Our curriculum is purposefully designed to promote the all-round development of our young learners. We offer an integrated exploration of the basic conceptual understandings of mathematics, sciences, languages, societies, technology, the arts and physical education that taught through a supportive, constructivist approach to teaching and learning, allow our students to broaden their knowledge base, increase their skills and deepen their understanding of key universal concepts and ideas.

STIMULATING & CARING ENVIRONMENT

The most enriching academic experience for young learners comes from a stimulating and caring environment – by cultivating a community of mutual respect, recognition and understanding, MET students feel motivated to discover their own unique talents and empowered to make meaningful connections between themselves and the world.  

Our small class sizes, each with an internationally certificated teacher and teacher assistant, allow a close-knit environment for our students where they feel comfortable, warm and safe. It offers the opportunity for individualized instruction, hands-in learning, and meaningful language and social development as teachers can closely monitor students' individual needs and social interactions.

We have an overarching belief that young children learn best through guided play, exploration, experimentation and student-led investigation. We have open floor classrooms with different areas through which students can independently and/or collaboratively further their reading, explore mathematical concepts, engage with educational toys that teach pattern recognition, problem-solving, spacial awareness and basic physics concepts, as well as areas where they can engage in role play – key in teaching students empathy, encouraging language development, social interactions as well as self-management skills.

PHYSICAL AND NUTRITIONAL WELL BEING 

Our physical education and nutrition programs are a winning combination that enable our students to perform at their best and is geared towards teaching life-long healthy habits.

Our Early Childhood physical education program focuses on developing students’ gross and fine motor skills through fun games and activities that also promote the social-emotional well being of our young learners.

We have a specialized cafeteria that offers a daily snack and a nutritionally balanced lunch, aimed to teach our students the values and benefits of leading a healthy lifestyle.

TECHNOLOGY RICH ENVIRONMENT

Each Early Childhood classroom has SMARTboards, interactive digital boards that enhance the teaching and learning experience in the classroom by expanding the nature of content, introducing different media and digital educational resources to lesson plans, providing interactivity through which students can demonstrate their mastery of content by touching, drawing, and writing.

Each Early Childhood 3 and Early Childhood 4 classroom has a number of iPads and two iMacs that students can utilize to access educational resources and gain independent digital literacy. Students in Kinder and up have individually assigned iPads suited with age-appropriate educational applications that expand on the content delivered in the classroom and provides limitless potential for childhood learning and creativity by offering an immersive, multi-sensory educational experience.

 

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CURRICULUM & FRAMEWORK

What is the IB Continuum?

The IB Continuum is a unique continuum of programs characterized by its aspiration to develop well-rounded students, focusing not only on academic rigor and intellectual development, but the formation of moral character, personal growth and preparation to apply what they have learned in the real world.

What is the IB Primary Years Program?

The IB Primary Years Program (PYP) is an international education program designed to help students develop the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and skills necessary to participate actively and responsibly in a changing world. The PYP is designed for students aged 3 to 12 and works to develop the whole child. It aims to spark a love for inquiry and build within each young learner a passion for learning that will last a lifetime.


The principal defining characteristic of the PYP is a commitment to inquiry as a vehicle for concept-based learning: deepening our understanding of self, others and the world in which we live is arrived at not solely through exercising an inquiry skill set but through adopting inquiry as a perspective - a lens through which we can view and explore significant ideas, issues and phenomena.

The IB PYP focuses on:

  • Students’ academic, social and emotional well-being
  • Encouraging students to develop independence and take responsibility for their own learning
  • Supporting students’ in gaining understanding of the world at local, community and global levels
  • Establishing a foundation of values that allow the development of internationally minded citizens that will grow to help create a better and more peaceful world. As IB learners, students strive to be inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective.

The IB Primary Years Program at the MET

We have developed a well-articulated Program of Inquiry into a matrix of transdisciplinary learning units for our students. These units encourage our students to ponder, question and explore the world in which we live, with open-mindedness, fairness and compassion.

What is the Curriculum Framework?

In the PYP, six transdisciplinary themes head up our Program of Inquiry and help teachers and students explore knowledge in the broadest sense of the word. Each theme provides balance and integrity in and across the subject disciplines as well as the opportunity for our students to make meaningful learning connections.

Over the school year, children in Early Childhood 3 and Early Childhood 4 follow a series of units under four of these themes. In Kinder through 6th grade, all six transdisciplinary themes are explored.  Altogether, our Program of Inquiry comprises fifty units of inquiry, the scope and content of which we, as a school, consider to be engaging, challenging, significant and relevant.

In the course of a unit students use key questions to structure their inquiry and they acquire and apply a range of transdisciplinary skills in the process. The skills outlined by the program fall into five categories:

  • self-management
  • social
  • thinking
  • communication
  • research.

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SCHOOL WIDE CULTURE OF THINKING

Developing thinking dispositions—whether it is a disposition to strive for understanding, to figure out the complexities of fairness, to seek truth, or hunt for creative solutions—occurs within a cultural context. It is within cultural contexts that we develop our patterns of behavior and thinking that become our habits. Through Visible Thinking, we use an acculturative approach to develop students’ thinking, immersing students in a rich culture of thinking in schools and classrooms.

Within a culture of thinking, students experience school as a place where thinking is valued and given time, rich opportunities for thinking abound in their day-to-day classroom experience, models of thinking are present in the form of seeing teachers and peers as fellow thinkers, and the environment is full with the documentation of thinking. Such environments not only provide for the practice of students’ thinking skills but also help them to foster an inclination toward thinking and to develop a greater awareness of thinking occasions.


Adam Dodge
Elementary School Principal
adodge@themetropolitanschool.com


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Amina LaCour
Assistant Director
IB PYP Curriculum Coordinator
alacour@themetropolitanschool.com


Grades and ages:

· Early Childhood 3 (3 years old)
· Early Childhood 4 (4 years old)
· Kinder (5 years old)

Class sizes:

All Early Childhood classrooms have a homeroom teacher and T.A.

· Early Childhood 3: 16 students per class
· Early Childhood 4: 18 students per class
· Kinder: 20 students per class 

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