The International Baccalaureate begins to be implemented from the Pre-School stage, that is, from the age of 3, through the first of its programs, the PYP (Primary Years Program), and extends until students finish Grade 5.
But, what is the International Baccalaureate in Pre-School and what are the benefits for the youngest students?
The PYP is the International Baccalaureate program that covers the stage from 3 to 12 years old. Its curriculum aims at the integral development of the students. It also aims to promote their capacity for inquiry and their eagerness to discover the world, both inside and outside the classroom.
As stated on the official IB website: “The PYP curriculum framework begins with the premise that students are agents of their own learning and collaborators in the learning process. This framework prioritizes people and their relationships, with the goal of creating a strong learning community.”
Thus, at the Pre-School stage, the IB promotes a continuous and dynamic interaction between learning and development. This requires a well-planned early educational experience.
As we explained, the PYP allows students to be directors of their own learning. In this way they are able to inquire, question, wonder and theorize about themselves, others and everything around them. It is through their experiences and interactions that they naturally develop their perceptions and understandings.
Another benefit of applying this methodology in the classroom is the teaching of skills such as open-mindedness, empathy and the idea of working for a better world.
Thus, the International Baccalaureate in the Pre-School stage focuses on developing different skills such as:
-Thinking: to listen, think, remember, control their attention and generate their own ideas.
-Research: to formulate questions, gather information and interpret data.
-Communicative: to strengthen oral and written language and the construction of symbols through drawing.
-Social: to share moments and games with other classmates.
-Self-management: to organize their time and learn to express their moods.
At Casvi International American School we have the continuum of the three IB programs. We are one of the few authorized centers that have all of them. Therefore, our main objective is to prepare students from the first stage so that they acquire all the necessary skills that will allow them to successfully complete the Diploma Program.
In Pre-School, the International Baccalaureate is taught mainly through activities such as role-playing, sensory activities to work on numeracy and literacy skills. Also, students visit the library and explore different topics and explore music and movement.