Play-Based Learning

Free play and guided play are encouraged through different learning materials, all openly displayed
and easily accessible to the children at different centres.
 

Blocks & Props

An assortment of blocks and props.

Facilitates problem solving, imagination, self-expression, and mathematical skills.

 

Discovery/Math

Assorted materials to probe life, physical and Earth sciences, along with sensory exploration and mathematical conceptualisation.

Develops fine motor skills, critical thinking, problem-solving and experimenting.

Pretend Play

Homelike furniture and props for different dramatic play scenarios.

Addresses social, emotional, language and thinking skills, along with imagination.

 

Art

Assorted materials for creating mini-masterpieces.

Helps with creativity, self-expression, hand-eye coordination, observation and motor skills.

Library/Literacy

A wide collection of books, varied writing materials and letter and number manipulatives.

Promotes early literacy, love of reading, and social and critical thinking skills.

 

 

Bilingual Education

Immersion education is achieved via
instruction and conversation throughout the day with
native Spanish-speaking and English-speaking teachers.

  • Reading and writing skills developed in both English and Spanish
  • Speaking and listening comprehension proficiency fostered in Spanish
  • The foundation for bilingualism and biliteracy is laid

 

 

 

Multi-Age Classroom

Children from ages 2.5 to 5 are grouped in one classroom,
to facilitate learning from one another and at their own pace.

  • Each child is viewed as an individual with his/her own needs addressed
  • The older children have the opportunity to take on leadership
    and mentoring roles
  • The younger children learn from the older children through observation
    and interaction
  • The class is like a family, with cooperation promoted rather
    than competition
  • The students spend more time with their teachers, allowing a real
    bond to be formed
 

 

Intentional Teaching

Teaching beyond the textbook with an approach that advocates
academic, social and personal growth through a combination of
child-guided and adult-guided learning.
 

Child-Guided Learning

  • Permitting students to use the knowledge they have to explore,
    problem-solve and challenge themselves
  • Encouraging children to learn from each other through reduced
    teacher interruption
  • Allowing students to take ownership of their learning by giving them
    choices and learning at their own rate

Adult-Guided Learning

  • Directing students to materials or methods that children may not
    come across on their own
  • Introducing children to something that may interest them
    of which they are not aware
  • Intervening as necessary to ensure the safety of the students
  • Assisting children in gaining specific necessary information they
    cannot acquire on their own, for example, letter or number names
    and vocabulary expansion
 

 

School Counselling

In-house school counselling is provided by an American-licensed
and trained school counsellor, with years of experience in the
Trinidad public school system.

Prevention and intervention services are provided to students on
social/emotional, academic and career development.

Parent workshops will also be offered.

 

Prevention Sessions

Held regularly with the students as a group to equip them with the
knowledge and skills needed for life. Topics include (but are not limited to):

Social/emotional development

  • Friendship
  • Bullying
  • Good touches and bad touches
  • Anger management and conflict resolution
  • Respect
  • Who am I?
  • Communication skills
  • Decision-making
  • Healthy lifestyles
  • Honesty
  • Understanding death
  • Empathy
  • Safety

Academic development

  • Orientation
  • Importance of school
  • Different ways of learning
  • Transition to the next level

Career development

  • Link between school and work
  • Career awareness
  • Changes in male and female work roles

Intervention sessions

Held one-on-one or in small groups with students who may
benefit from extra support, as determined by consultations
with teachers and parents

Parent workshops

Held monthly to support the parenting process. Topics include
(but are not limited to):

  • Orientation
  • Effective discipline methods
  • Healthy lifestyles
  • Supporting your child’s learning at home
  • Aggression
  • Sibling rivalry
  • Introducing a new baby
  • Development: emotional, social and motor
  • The importance of play
  • Transition to the next level