Early Childhood Curriculum

The ZIS Lower School Early Childhood curriculum provides a holistic program that balances the development of concepts, skills and character. Our approach focuses on the total growth of the developing child addressing social, physical, emotional and cultural needs, in addition to academic welfare.

Our program focuses on guided inquiry, collaboration and communication as approaches to teaching and learning to provide an environment that fosters the development of problem solving and critical thinking as well as subject competencies. Our Early Childhood curriculum is a purposely designed, developmentally-appropriate program which fosters the personal, social and emotional development of the child.

With their classroom teacher, students explore and develop pre-literacy and pre-numeracy competencies through everyday experiences in class. They also develop understanding in Science and Social Studies concepts through units of inquiry. Whenever possible, transdisciplinary links are made across subjects to maximize learning connections.

Our Early Childhood students attend German, Creative Arts and Library lessons taught by specialist teachers to form a comprehensive, varied and rich experience. Technology is used as a tool that enhances and broadens the scope and quality of student learning.

The language of instruction is English. Non-English speakers are supported in the classroom.

Please see the Program of Studies below for full details:

First page of the PDF file: Defininition_of_Learning
First page of the PDF file: Character_Standards
First page of the PDF file: Learning_Principles