The preschool years, beginning at age three at MIS, represent a distinctive time of growth and change in a child’s development. The preschool program at MIS meets the needs of the student by balancing opportunities to develop the whole child–the intellectual, the social and the personal. Young children are full of curiosity and develop theories of the how the world around them works as they grow.
MIS preschool students are taught exclusively in Spanish. Thus, at an early age our students learn a second language much the same way they learn their first—by hearing and seeing it used in a natural setting. This method, known as language immersion, benefits children academically and socially while preparing them for the global reality of their future lives: “In addition to reaping the social and economic advantages of bilingualism, immersion learners benefit cognitively, exhibiting greater non-verbal problem solving abilities and more flexible thinking.”
Fostering Curiosity and Connection
MIS nurtures this natural curiosity. Preschool teachers support the students’ efforts to construct meaning from their world. MIS preschool students explore, investigate and play with a variety of materials in order to learn about themselves and others.
A Balanced Routine
MIS preschool families may choose two options for their preschool student’s schedule: Monday through Friday full day (from 8:40a.m.-3:00p.m.) or Monday through Friday half day (from 8:40a.m.-12:30p.m.). Half day preschool students may choose to stay for lunch.