The curriculum for 3-year old to Kindergarten is based on the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP). Our two-year-old students are not required to have PYP units but they learn the IB vocabulary by practicing the IB learner profile.
IB curriculum is inquiry based, child centered and focused on globally significant concepts. Students build on their prior knowledge and experiences. Student questions lead the inquiry. They reflect on their own learning and take actions to connect their learning with real life situations.
Hands-on, meaningful small and large group experiences help our students understand the world around them. Fine and gross motor skills, social and emotional skills are improved during inquiry, math and language lessons. Knowledge is gained through investigation in learning centers and hands on experiences with numbers, pre-reading and pre-writing activities.
Students learn Hebrew as a second language and study Judaic and Kabbalah. Music, visual arts and physical education skills are incorporated into everyday activities to reach their highest potential developmentally and academically while nurturing the whole child.
Our outdoor classroom encourages students to be creative and solve problems through play and it is an extension of the learning environment.
ICA acknowledges that each child is unique and has they approach the curriculum in their own ways. The assessment is focused on reflecting on students’ learning and skill development and reported with observation notes, rubrics and checklists.
The Early Childhood Program strives to make students independent and creative learners, think critically and solve problems, take risks, and care about others. This program is the first step to become internationally minded, lifelong learners.
2 YEAR OLDS
As the students start to make sense of the world around them the curriculum provides opportunities to explore, engage and take responsibility to become independent through age-appropriate activities and learning centers.
Students enjoy story time and connect with the books which plants the seeds for development of literacy skills. Dramatic play, music and movement are part of everyday activities.
3-4 YEAR OLDS - UNITS OF INQUIRY
Who We Are: In this unit students learn how people are different than each other by discovering their physical characteristics, likes and dislikes and comparing it with others. Students also learn about the concept of family and how families are similar or different.
How We Organize Ourselves: In this unit students learn that there are people around us who keep us safe and healthy by practicing safety drills and discovering safety related jobs.
How We Express Ourselves: In this unit students learn about games and toys from around the world and how to express their feelings during games. They focus on creativity by using everyday material for different purposes.
How the World Works: In this unit students learn the different ways water can be used. They also learn the different forms of water and its importance for us.
PRE-KINDERGARTEN - UNITS OF INQUIRY
Who We Are: In this unit students learn about daily routines (sleep, eating, play etc.) and balancing their lives to be healthy.
How We Express Ourselves: In this unit students learn about different kinds of feelings and emotions, different ways of expressing their feelings and ideas such as sign language, visual arts and drama.
How We Organize Ourselves: In this unit students learn about the need of a community, different jobs in a community.
Sharing the Planet: In this unit students learn about plants, their importance, and the ways of caring for them.