Stamford American International School’s Early Learning Village gives kids aged 2 months to 6 years a headstart at life – it does take a village to raise a child, and SAIS is populated by happy students, innovative educators, and dedicated specialists!
It is a safe, supportive, inclusive environment inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach and designed for experiential learning. Every student is given the chance, the tools and the freedom to explore, discover, express themselves and succeed in their individual ambition through a personalized approach!
STEAMInn stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math and Innovation, and SAIS's curriculum is interwoven with elements of ‘STEAMInn’ from 18 months:
Science: Developing scientific thinking; questioning, observing and experimenting. For example: Having a unit topic: How does the world Work? This involves questioning, observing, experimenting.
Mathematics: Developing mathematical language to explore and communicate. For example: This is about developing children’s ability to use language Mathematics to explore and communicate.
Engineering: Building and solving problems with creative thinking. For example: How can an item work better? This is about building and solving problems working out a different way.
Innovation: Creating, developing imagination, design thinking and lateral thinking. For example: This is about creating. What can I imagine? Encouraging a child to think laterally, introducing design thinking and fostering a creative and problem-solving mindset.
Arts: Expressing and using creativity. For example: Expressing through dance and song
Technology: Purposeful play and making something new. For example: designing a model car or house
SAIS has specialist teachers who cover a variety of specialist areas like Daily Foreign Language in Mandarin or Spanish, Physical Education, Art Specialist Time, General Music and Weekly Suzuki Music for each child. Since all specialist programs, co-curricular activities and enrichment activities exist in one place, families can design the school week to suit their needs! Music is used for developing character, time management, focus, tenacity, determination, perseverance, self-esteem, responsibility, leadership and, in short as Shinichi Suzuki said, "an admirable heart."
The Suzuki program:
- Children from age 3 and up receive a weekly 40 min session on Suzuki Violin.
- Uphold the Suzuki method fundamentals/
- Children learn firstly by focusing on the sounds and learn by ear before introducing reading music.
- It’s important with Suzuki that children become comfortable with the instrument before learning to read music
Stamford is unique among international schools for another method: monitoring progress towards meeting developmental milestones. This is done through the Teaching Strategies Gold software where teachers systematically record observations from the classroom. This allows them to pinpoint each child's needs and adapt the space or approach to meet their needs, which is something that Stamford's intentionally designed classrooms easily allow!