The American International School of Bamako
Teacher: Attie van den Berg
About the Class
In PreK 3, we work as a group and as a small community, and we learn from each other. Every child brings a lot of interesting experiences and their own ideas about the world; we encourage young students to share their experiences and ideas, wonder about the world around them, think about why things are the way they are, and determine what more they would like to know about the world around them.
Classes are structured to introduce children to new concepts and give students time to practice the concepts individually and in groups.
We frequently gather as a large group as well. We end each day talking about what we what we liked most about the day, and discussing our ongoing Big Idea: What did I learn today?
Children’s Social and Emotional Development
We encourage children to solve problems empathetically by being together, talking together and helping each other. Through these positive experiences students build trust in themselves and in others, and develop self-expression, positive social behaviors and mutual respect.
We pay special attention to children’s basic gross locomotor skills including balancing, climbing up and down, pedaling, running, throwing and catching soft balls. Children also develop their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination, particularly those skills involved in drawing and pre-writing, painting, working with playdough, real river clay.
Learning in Mathematics
Students will explore math by engaging in dynamic, hand-on games and projects. We will focus on:
Numbers: children learn about numbers by identifying numerals, counting objects to determine quantity and discussing the results.
Shapes: Children identify shapes of different colors and sizes, manipulate parts and wholes.
Spatial relations: Children flip and rotate objects and determine their location.
Patterns and Sorting: Children identify patterns of different colors and sizes, create objects, match, sort and chart.
Measurement: Children estimate and measure, compare and seriate.
Logic: Children solve problems
Learning in Language Arts
Students will continually be exposed to oral and written language. We will focus on:
I. Listening and Speaking
II. Reading and Writing
Pre-Reading and Pre-Writing
Children at this age enjoy being read to aloud, and the more the better! We practice awareness of printed concepts, including the alphabet, and investigate the purposes of writing. Students are encouraged beginning drawing with a purpose, prompt writing, using letters in a variety of contexts.
Learning in Social Studies and Science
Science and social studies are integrated subjects in PreK 3. Topics of inquiry include: