Welcome to Preschool!
|Layla El-Sayed Shalaby
Head of Preschool
Young children arrive in Preschool from diverse backgrounds
and with a variety of experiences. They develop through similar stages, but at
individual rates. They need differing amounts of time and support to develop
common understandings. The Preschool program provides learning experiences that
meet individual and group needs, interests, and developmental levels.
Additional support is provided to children with special education needs to help
them increase their potential for learning.
Young children are naturally curious and eager to learn.
Learning is enhanced by interaction and cooperation with others, including
adults and children. Through interactions, organized activities, interactive
technology and purposeful play in the Preschool program, children explore and
experiment with their environment to add to their knowledge, learn new skills,
and practice familiar ones.
Parents are their children’s first and most important
teachers and play a central role in the lives of their children. When children
begin Preschool, parents and teachers form a partnership to support learning at
home and at school. In Preschool the values and beliefs of the home are
acknowledged, and the cultural diversity of families is recognized.
Children begin to develop independence, initiative,
decision-making ability, creativity, early literacy and numeracy skills, the
ability to learn, the ability to relate to others, verbal communication skills,
and feelings of self-worth! What young children learn at this stage will have a
major impact on successful learning experiences in school, on personal development,
and on future participation in society.
The Preschool Program Statement describes clear expectations
in seven learning areas:
The learning areas focus on the early learning in English
language arts, mathematics, science, physical education, French, and the fine
and performing arts. They provide a transition to the subject area expectations
of elementary schooling.
Our Preschool program provides early childhood education and
care for children, and help them develop a range of skills that make them ready
for their learning journey:
- Social skills: the ability
to empathize and interact successfully with their peer group, and also relate
easily to adults.
- Language skills: the
ability to have adequate language skills in order to benefit from experiences
facilitating their cognitive, educational and social development.
- Emotional self-regulation
skills: the ability to adapt behaviors depending on the situation, to control
impulses , and to shift attention.
- Fine and Gross motor Skills:
the ability to perform complex muscle-and-nerve acts that produce movement.
Through activities such as writing, drawing, painting, walking, jumping, and
hands on activities- we help students develop the skills they will need in
their future years!
Welcome to Elementary School!
|Layla El-Sayed Shalaby
Head of Elementary School
The Mission of LWIS-AiS is to
create a nurturing environment where students, faculty and families work
together to develop academic excellence, ethical behavior and personal
The Elementary functions as a vibrant center of
transition into new academic cycles and beyond. It continues the Mission
of shaping our students into life-long learners and enhances students’
abilities through its rich academic and individualized programs as well as
educational and recreational activities which assist your children in becoming
independent thinkers and problem solvers.
Students are changing and growing and it is
important to focus on the social/emotional development of your child while
encouraging them to become decision makers which serves to enhance self-esteem
as well as self-confidence. Life-long learning continues in Grades 1
through 4 where critical thinking is emphasized and creativity and
self-expression are at the center of our teaching methodology along with
learning centers, cooperative learning, and inquiry based learning.
Additionally all students successfully navigates
the information age of the 21st
Century by incorporating Technology
into all subject areas as well as encouraging students to explore, research and
experiment during classroom activities.
Monthly thematic assemblies are held to promote
such topics as "Friendship and Love”, "Respect” and "Responsibility”, "Peace”
and "Making wise choices”.Our students learn the importance of diversity,
and how each individual has their own unique characteristic that adds value to
our school environment. Fine and Performing Arts are also offered as a part of
the curriculum to enhance each student’s freedom of choice and their
Portfolios are kept where each student chooses their
best work to place in the portfolio. This enables parents and teachers to
monitor the growth and productivity of each child throughout the academic year.
Our teachers are not simply
highly qualified but also dedicated to providing the best learning environment
for your child. We take great pride in our curriculum which offers
French, Arabic, English, Math, Science, Computer, Art, Music/Drama, PE and
Martial Arts. Religion is offered to students in Grades 1 to 4 but is
optional. Our curriculum also links peace education, diversity, and
character education into all subjects’ areas.