Early Learning School

Early Learning School | 1-5 Years

According to scientific research, children develop their intelligence in the early years. For this reason, at PaRK IS we have created a programme that enables the child to explore and maximize their individual skills, so that they feel ready for the challenges that lie ahead.  

Children explore the world through the five senses – touch, taste, smell, hearing and sight. Throughout this process children discover new interests, meanings, concepts and realities. The child is an active participant in this process: with play at the centre of the programme, the child has an active role in choosing the activities that interest him/her the most. Children are guided as they gain awareness of their skills and capacities and challenge their comfort zones. We place a great importance on individual pace, in order to ensure that we are promoting individual self-esteem at the same time. From early childhood we provide children with challenges they can understand and relate to while teaching them that their attitude is crucial to their success. The atmosphere and routines are carefully planned and prepared to respond to all developmental stages.  

Classrooms are organised by areas of interest (corners), with different resources and materials at their fingertips. The objectives and nature of each area dictate the type of activities that can be performed there. To better organise the space, it is necessary to select the fundamental areas: role-playing (big house, garage, small house and farmhouse), visual arts, reading and writing, mathematics, science and group meetings and daily routines (attendance tables, guardians of the day, word, number and “I know!” challenges, calendars – month, day and weather -, and enrolment sheets in each of  the corners).

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The child’s personal rhythm and motivation always shape and influence their learning programme. Each journey is supported by the love and positive reinforcement of our team. Guided by our staff, children gain the confidence and skills to put into practice the knowledge, attitudes and skills acquired in a holistic manner.

A fundamental axiom of our programme lies in the relationship that children establish with their homeroom teachers. Another fundamental aspect lies in the high variety of stimuli that we provide. These two premises contribute to the development of a child’s cognitive skills. The nature of the child’s relationship with the homeroom teacher and constant atmosphere of play facilitate a healthy social behaviour as well as motor, cognitive and emotional skills.

By providing them with different opportunities, children can explore and experience what surrounds them in their daily lives. In this simple way, objects of their everyday life can serve as instruments for acquiring manipulative and cognitive skills, which are fundamental to their development.

Thus, project work emerges as an active work methodology, which implies and involves the child in research processes, feeds his/her natural curiosity and promotes the taste for expression and communication, from early age. A great emphasis is given to the child’s communication and presentation skills – our methodology develops their capacity for argumentation and for explaining their reasoning, thoughts and opinions. In this process, different devices are made available to the child and technology is integrated along the development of the projects as another work tool.

All these principles are experienced by our children from 3 Years Old under a bilingual umbrella. Children are guided by both a fluent English teacher and a fluent Portuguese teacher during activities and playtime. It is evident that understanding and speaking two languages is beneficial in our increasingly globalised world. In recent years, scientific research has shown that bilingualism has a profound positive impact on the brain. Bilingual individuals are much more than better conversationalists. Studies show that this skill has a profound impact on other areas of knowledge. Furthermore, bilinguals have a higher capacity to understand mathematical concepts, a higher capacity to focus, better memory and are quicker at making decisions than their unilingual counterparts.

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