Early Childhood Center
Welcome to the International School of Panama’s Early Childhood Center (ECC)!
Our Early Childhood Program helps students acquire social competences and fundamental skills they need to succeed as learners of the 21st century. Home and school are the two most important and meaningful worlds for pre-kinder students, why building a partnership with our students’ families is an essential component of our program.
Our program is influenced by the principles of the Creative Curriculum, a developmentally appropriate framework for children ages 3-5 that rests on a firm foundation of research and early childhood theories. It is also influenced by the Reggio Emilia approach as we strive to help students construct knowledge and make learning visible.
At ISP, pre-school groups are made up of children age 3 and 4, based on the best pedagogical practices. Research indicates many advantages for young children when they are grouped across grade levels:
- Children learn at their own pace. they have two years to develop skills, and are able to see themselves as progressive, successful learners.
- Children are able to spend more years with the same teacher. This allows the teacher to develop a deeper understanding of a child’s strengths and needs, and is therefore in a better position to support the child’s learning.
- Children develop a sense of family with their classmates. They become a "family of learners" who support and care for each other. Older children have the opportunity to serve as mentors and to take leadership roles. The experience and mentorship that older students share allows for a more enriching learning environment. This increases the older child’s level of independence and competence and allows younger children to accomplish tasks that they probably might not have taken the risk to do if placed in same age groupings.
Most of the benefits of multi-age grouping at the preschool level occur when children have opportunities to play together in a safe environment. The daily schedule offers students large and small group activities, as well as indoor and outdoor learning experiences. It also offers students opportunities to play alone or with others and time to select and create their own or teacher-directed activities.
Come and visit us! We look forward to meeting you and your children.
Alida Garcia de Paredes