Our methods utilize a socio-constructive approach in which children learn in a variety of ways (listening, observing, reading, participating and by repetition). Our methodology recognizes that all children learn and progress at a different pace, so we should adapt to their own individual learning pace. Our research has shown that children learn better when they are taught through fun and well organized activities where the teacher captures the child’s attention and stimulates their ability to learn.
Education based on interrelationships
A network of communication exists between children, parents and teachers of Reggio Emilia. These three protagonists work together to create a spirit of cooperation, collaboration and co-construction of knowledge. They work together, interacting towards a common purpose: building a culture that respects childhood as a time to explore, create and be joyful. At the end of each inquiry unit, parents are invited to observe and participate in the work done by their children. This allows them to get involved in their children’s education and to enjoy their learning.
Every three months, there will be parent-teacher conferences to discuss the progress of each students. Once a child turns three, these conferences will include the presence of the student.
We use a broad language Spanish immersion program based on both physical and mental stimulation.
Our youngest students, ages 3 months to 3 years old are completely immersed in the Spanish language by our native Spanish speaking teachers. Daily activities and interactions allow students to acquire the language in a natural way, just like they do it at home with their first language. At 4 years old, we introduce Mandarin Chinese and French weekly, also taught by native speakers of the language. In Kindergarten, we use a dual language program, where students spend half a day learning in English and the other half learning in Spanish and continuing with their weekly practice of Mandarin Chinese and French.
Students learn through experiences and integration We use story time, singing, dancing, arts and crafts, drama, puppets, free time in centers, gymnastics, and recess to help children develop motor skills, hand-eye coordination, order, sequence, confidence and concentration. (For more information see Language Immersion Program).
THE REGGIO EMILIA APPROACH
We integrate the Reggio Emilia approach, an innovative and inspiring approach to early childhood education. We value the child as strong, capable and resilient; rich with wonder and knowledge. Every child brings with them deep curiosity and potential and this curiosity drives their interest to understand their world and their place within it.(For more information, see Reggio Emilia Program)
FOCUS ON ENVIRONMENT
We have a program for the Care of our Environment, especially designed from a practical point of view, where different thematic units are presented for our children to become people who are actively involved in daily habits that minimize the environmental impact. (For more info, see environmental education)
Focus on Diversity
Our belief is that contact with people from other cultures and ethnicities is extremely enriching. Aligned to our philosophy that promotes an international mind, we welcome to our school families from different origins and ethnicities.
Focus on the Arts
Alianza EIS believes that Artistic engagement is essential to the creative, emotional and intellectual development of each student. Our students are exposed to fine arts and performing arts, exploring a variety or artistic media that allows them to expand their creative potential.
Focus on the Students
One of the most important benefits that Alianza offers is our small class sizes. A small student-teacher ratio provides the opportunity of more interaction between adult and children, a more individualized instruction and classes designed to meet the needs and interests of children.