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Picture a place where speaking a foreign language is as fun as playing a game; a place where as much learning happens outside as it does inside; and a place where open-mindedness blossoms. Welcome to preschool at the German International School. Every day our preschoolers experience language learning disguised in songs, games, and daily routines. They interact and build friendships with peers from all over the world. It is a cultural exchange that most people aren’t lucky enough to experience until adulthood, but at GIS we just call that a Tuesday. With a focus on the foundational basics, GIS preschool nurtures all aspects of students’ learning: cognitive and intellectual success, social and emotional development, as well as physical growth; all the while immersing students in the German language, soaking their sponge-like brains in the joy of communication.
In preschool the possibilities are as endless as a four-year-old’s imagination. Students decide for themselves whether to build with magne-tiles on the building carpet, paint with watercolors on the art table, sift out dinosaur fossils in the sensory table, explore with magnifying glasses in the science corner, or wash the dishes in the house area. Within the daily routine, teaches highlighting important vocabulary like the days of the week, weather words, classroom jobs, shapes, colors, and numbers. Using fun songs and lots of repetition, teachers instill confidence in preschoolers to participate in the target language.
An international education is one of the most valuable things a preschooler can experience. By learning the language at such an early age, students don’t experience the embarrassment or fear of making a mistake that we as adults often struggle with. Allowing students to grow up in an environment where differences are celebrated and cultures are merged allows a foreign language to become a not-so-foreign language.
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