Preschool

Build trust, love and support.
Eat, play and nap.

For 2.5 year olds.

All Centner Academy Programs have a Primary English ECE educated lead teacher and a native Beijing Mandarin speaking teacher in the classroom.

It’s Physical

Whether eating, washing hands, dressing themselves or working with manipulatives, our youngest scholars thrive with sensorial, fine motor and gross motor experiences. Likewise, it is a time for them, immersed in Mandarin, Spanish and English, to be more verbal and put sentences together. Teachers work as facilitators to invite students to write their name, establish good habits, initiate peer relationships, understand emotions and start to cobble thoughts and ideas into simple sentences.

It’s Imaginative

Read stories aloud, practice sounds and letters, projects designed by teachers to bring stories to life through art, dance, movement. Storytelling begins, connecting objects and events in the children’s lives from the pages of books, in Mandarin, Spanish and English. In an effort to introduce both visual arts and literacy, teachers design projects to recognize common symbols, some characters, parts of their names, and an assortment of lines that begin to have meaning as familiar characters, letters and objects.

It’s Growing Together

Build social skills, learning to play together, manners, being kind. Out of these simple exchanges, first thoughts about their surroundings become projects and cognitive skills (sharing, problem solving, joining in, collaboration, understanding cause and effect, and so on) become evident. Big, simple questions put children at ease and encourage them to verbalize their ideas and interact with their classmates. Lead teachers and their assistants observe and record these steps daily and track the progress.

It’s Language Acquisition

Infused in all aspects of the 2 ½-year-old program. Gaining confidence in another language grows the brain and contributes to higher-order thinking. Our littlest learners focus on the world around them, learning greetings and vocabulary about “me” and “my family” in Mandarin, as they acquire skills for how to listen, how to talk about animals, foods and basic school supplies. At first, children adapt to classmates, their teacher and the high exposure to Mandarin through song, physical movement and playful exercises. Songs, rhymes and movement reinforce these exciting new verbal skills.

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