Our Curriculum & Approach
Developing the Whole Child
The HIH curriculum is both academically challenging and developmentally appropriate for the age and maturity of each child. The focus is on more than academic skills, it is multi-faceted encompassing the whole range of physical, social, emotional and cognitive skills that children need to thrive in a school setting. At the core of our curriculum are developmental milestones based on a series of key learning domains that is directed by the international school standards of early childhood education.
Our children’s learning experience is centered on theme-based units of learning. Our teachers are masters of finding exciting ways to introduce child-friendly themes that inspire children’s interests and allows them to explore, discover and understand the world around them. We know that a child’s interests can lead to exploration, discovery and understanding of the world. We integrate these themes into math, science, social studies, vocabulary, art, music and more with a series of fun hands-on activities.
For example, when focusing on a “Bugs & Insects” theme, the song of the week could be “The Ants Go Marching” and our book could be “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”, and we could be creating fingerprint butterflies for art, or we might even show snippets of the movie from “A Bug’s Life” to discuss ant colony.
This approach fosters early learning through various outlets, stimulating the many ways that children process information. Through theme-based learning, children are able to retain more information when it is not presented as isolated facts, but rather as part of a whole idea.
Our Children Progress Naturally
When children learn at their own pace, they are capable of incredible growth. This is why at HIH, we place emphasis on independent child development. We take into account individual personality, social, emotional and academic skills, learning style and language background to help them achieve important learning objectives and developmental skills without stress. Our teachers adapt and tailor lesson plans in response to this dynamic character of learning for young children.
*We offer complete support for working with English-and dual-language learners.
The Power of Play
Educational Play + Playful Learning = More Learning
Play is fun, and it is also how young children learn best. For HIH children, learning is both the goal and a side-effect of an activity that interest them and they enjoy. Hand In Hand’s early years education programs engage children in a balanced curriculum that combines education with interactive fun.
Through play, they learn conflict resolution, respect, creativity, independence, and self-confidence. Rather than just passive learning, play encourages children to actively explore, manipulate, and interact with their environment. Play motivates them to take risks; and it adds to their understanding of the world.
Small Class Size with BIG Benefits
We maintain low child-teacher ratio ensuring our children receive high individual attention. Smaller class size offers incredible educational benefits where the teachers can respond better to the stages and interests of each child, as well as to the group as a whole.
“When groups are smaller and staff-child ratios are higher, teachers provide more stimulating, responsive, warm, and supportive interactions. They also provide more individualized attention, engage in more dialogues with children, and spend less time managing children and more time in educational activities. Studies also provide evidence of a link between class size and overall quality of the classroom.” – The National Institute for Early Education Research