The Early Years Program at ISS Sindelfingen is a multi-age class for students 4, 5 and 6 years old. The environment and guiding philosophies are inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach to Early Childhood Education and the work of Loris Malaguzzi and Jean Piaget.
Learning takes place in large and small groups and students have many opportunites to advance their own potential through individual learning and student-initiated experiences.
We are an interlingual classroom that sees all students as capable, regardless of their abilities in our class languages of English and German. We enjoy singing songs in different languages and learning about the many cultures in our classroom. The Sindelfingen campus is renowned for our Dual Language Approach. In the Early Years Class the English speaking class teacher is supported by a German speaking team teacher. Both teachers speak their mother tongues during the school day and students have opportunities to use both languages during learning and play.
We use a combination of play, games and individual learning opportunities to meet our mathematical goals. We set up provocations to introduce new concepts. All mathematical activities in the Early Years Class are hands-on.
We place equal importance on social and emotional learning and developing the whole child. Play has an important role in social and emotional growth. Play allows children to use their creativity while increasing their imagination, dexterity, physical, cognitive and emotional strength. Play is important to healthy brain development. It is through play that children at a very early age engage in and interact with the world around them.
Our classroom is self-contained and includes an outdoor learning space that is adjacent to our classroom. Students eat lunch and snack in the classroom with one of their teachers daily. We also have specialist teachers for Drama, Art, Sport, Design, Music and Library.