Early Childhood Education
Concordia’s Early Childhood program provides educational experiences expressly designed and developmentally appropriate for young children age three to five years old.
The Early Childhood division is filled with adventure, creativity, investigation and friendship. Our Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten, and Kindergarten communities are actively engaged within safe, nurturing and playful learning environments that encourage knowledge and skills development and fosters positive, life-long learning habits.
Teaching Grounded in Loving Relationships
We practice a teacher-directed, child-initiated learning approach that promotes self-regulation and executive function within a program that serves to enhance language acquisition, cognition, and social competencies. Curricular areas, as well as art, music & movement, and language support, are uniquely woven in throughout the day to ensure maximum learning potential.
We provide a research-based approach to teaching and learning in which children learn about themselves, others, and the world around them – all in an atmosphere of love, care, and acceptance.
Learning in Early Childhood
Our highly qualified teachers and teaching assistants engage students in high-quality play that has them exploring the joys of learning and developing skills that will stay with them as they continue their learning adventures. Reading and Writing Workshop and Bridges Mathematics are incorporated into the curriculum beginning in Kindergarten.
Specialists work in concert with homeroom teachers at each grade level to deliver our Mandarin, Music & Movement, and Art classes.
The Early Childhood counseling program is concerned with the emotional, social, physical, and intellectual growth of our students so that they may reach their full potential.
Starting school for the first time can be an overwhelming experience for young children. However, the youngest learners at Concordia Shanghai begin the school year with a safe, low-stress transition to the classroom thanks to our Successful Start program.
Ms. Iman Coupet's keen eye for beauty and her ability to plan unique art projects for the students have been a winning recipe for the stunning Hungry Caterpillar Art Series displayed in the EC hallway.
Our kindergarten classes gathered in the gym to celebrate their collections of stories written during the first weeks of school. It was a wonderful sight to see and hear, as one hundred kindergarteners sprawled out on the gym floor to read their stories to their friends.
The kindergarten classes at Concordia celebrated their culmination of their Social Studies unit on “My Family, My Friends, and Me.” Their celebration was held at the park on Lantian Road.
Early Childhood teacher Anne Gribble shares effective ways to help children build healthy social skills and a positive sense of self.