A Creative Approach to Early Childhood Education
Bahrain, Nov 2021 – The Early Childhood Center at American School of Bahrain (ASB) offers the award-winning Creative Curriculum® by Teaching Strategies® to its students. The program establishes a basis for excellence in literacy, mathematics, science, and social studies, while encouraging a love of learning from the age of three years onwards.
The Creative Curriculum is a U.S.-based pre-school program designed from the features of curriculum effectiveness published by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in the U.S. Department of Education. Merging this with the American Common Core Objectives for Early Childhood Education, the team at ASB works to build a foundation of learning that is long-term and meaningful, while also creating a fun, play-based learning environment for children. With the ability to view children’s learning and development across the progression of the early childhood years, combined within the researched-based teaching approaches in the curriculum, teachers are empowered to provide enriching learning experiences during the critical and formative developmental years.
Ms. Sandra Al-Ajmi, the Early Childhood Lead Educator at ASB, said: “Early childhood is such an important time of cognitive, language, social/emotional and physical development for children between birth and the age of 8. This is a window of opportunity in which we can introduce and inspire full potential development in our children. It is the optimal time to experience the wonders of new things, build new experiences, develop inquisitive minds and instill a positive and comprehensive thirst for knowledge.”
With inquiry-based play and immersive, hands-on activities, students gain a deeper understanding of the way things work. The use of the Creative Curriculum® has proved effective in transitioning students from pre-school into kindergarten smoothly. By focusing on 38 specific objectives for development and learning, students enter kindergarten prepared for success with Common Core Standards.
ASB’s Early Childhood Center also features classroom designs and furniture that help students thrive in their work, play and how they learn best. A spacious, bright, and colorful learning environment has been created using sustainably harvested wood furniture, specifically designed to foster creativity and innovation for all ages and learning levels. Created by Canadian learning design specialists, Natural Pod™, the furniture encourages children to trust and discover their ideas, abilities, and creativity by constructing an environment that supports active learning.
“We realize the importance of happiness in every learning environment, especially for our youngest students,” said Dave McMaster, ASB’s Founding Director. “With the Early Childhood Center and The Creative Curriculum, we design experiences that engage both staff and students. We want to create a love of learning, while at the same time building the foundations for academic success and sparking creativity and imagination.”
ASB is an Esol Education school. Established in 1976, Esol Education currently operates ten schools across five countries and is the largest operator of international American schools globally. Each Esol Education school is a close-knit community, bringing families together with the values of multiculturalism and dedication to helping students discover their talents.
Parents are welcome to visit ASB’s Early Childhood Center (for children aged 3- to 7-years-old) to learn more about their facilities and unique teaching and learning approaches. Request a COVID-19-safe tour by contacting the ASB Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or +973 17211800. You can also book a tour by visiting the school’s website on www.asb.bh