Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Beehive Pre-School

Today Geno, Nick, and I had an appointment to check out the Beehive Pre-School: An International School for children aged 2-6 and were quite impressed. The curriculum follows both the Montessori approach as well as the British National Curriculum. Each child has a curriculum that is designed especially to meet their individual needs.

The aim of the school is to provide a planned structure where children are able to explore, experiment, plan, and make decisions for themselves. The methodology of this school integrates the theories of Maria Montessori, Johann Pestalozzi, Jean Piaget, Frederich Froebel and Jean-Jaques Rousseau among others.

Some of the activities include singing, role play, coloring, learning shapes, numbers, writing, art and active play. They also have a school library where Geno will be able to check out books.

When Geno first walked in, he was somewhat fearful and fascinated by all the little faces looking at him. He really was unsure what to make of it, but as the tour progressed, he became more comfortable. Comfortable enough to even accept a snack from one of the teachers. When I spoke to the coordinator about my concerns with Geno's speech, she was not at all alarmed and stated that being around other kids his age and older should help with that as well.
Geno will be starting school on January 5th and will be going to school 8:30 am-12:30am Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Nick and I both think that this is very beneficial to Geno's academic and social growth.

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