CISB Opens Jianguomen DRC Preschool
Good news for families in Beijing! The Canadian International School of Beijing (CISB) is excited to announce the opening of its brand new DRC Campus in the Jianguomen area, right behind the St. Regis Hotel.
The three-storey DRC facility houses 14 large classrooms, which are fully equipped with smartboard technology, air purifiers, child washrooms, libraries and an abundance of student-focused resources. The new school campus also includes indoor and outdoor playground facilities, a dance studio, garden area and onsite cooking facilities.
CISB DRC Preschool offers Nursery half-day and full-day programs (18 months to 3 years old), a Preschool full-day program for children at 3 to 4 years old and a Kindergarten full-day program for children aged 5.
Within the inquiry play-based learning environment, the DRC campus uses the same curriculum as the CISB main campus, which is the New Brunswick Pre-school Curriculum. This values and promotes children’s experience of:
- Safe and caring environments where their emotional and physical health, positive self-identities and sense of belonging are nurtured and protected.
- Open and flexible learning environments where playful exploration, problem solving, risk taking and creativity are encouraged and purposefully planned.
- Intellectually, socially and culturally engaging environments where their communicative practices, literacy and literate identities are valued and supported.
- Socially inclusive and culturally sensitive environments in which consideration for others, and inclusive, equitable, democratic and sustainable practices are enacted and social responsibility nurtured.
This curriculum reflects what is in the child’s best interest, with the children are at the centre of the curriculum.
At the DRC Preschool, students will be engaging in play-based inquiry learning activities. Many of these activities are transdisciplinary. That means the activities and learning engagements apply across all disciplines, including literacy, math, science and social studies. In addition, students will also have two dedicated art, music, and physical education classes per week, with daily Mandarin classes.
Each classroom is organized in a way that makes materials accessible to the student. Teachers plan provocations or invitations to play. These activities are displayed in a way to inspire the students. Many of these activities help students to develop their fine motor skills as well as their social skills.
“As a teacher, I think that the most important part of early childhood education is play. Play allows children to use their creativity and develop their imagination. It helps children to develop socially, emotionally, and physically and is hugely important to healthy brain development. Through play, children interact and engage with the world around them. Children learn best when they play,” says Maria Tran, Vice Principal and IB PYP Early Years Coordinator at CISB DRC Preschool. Tran is from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She received her Bachelor of Education degree with a minor in Special Education from the University of Alberta. She has been teaching for 10 years and previously worked as a Grade 1 and Grade 5 teacher, and PYP coordinator at CISB Liangmaqiao Campus. She is currently completing her Masters of Education at the University of Alberta.
Besides Maria, there are four teachers at DRC campus: Kaitlyn Most from Chicago, IL, USA; Lilia Anne San Juan from Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Sali Tan from Toronto, Ontario, Canada; and Ailsa Tian from Harbin, China. Each teacher has a degree in early childhood education or special education, certified and with at least a couple of years’ teaching experience.
“As educators, we have been given the greatest opportunity to help unfold the possibilities and potential of all the students. We recognize that a child is more responsive to certain learning experiences at particular times or ‘sensitive periods’. In our work, we ensure that each child is approached individually without interrupting their chosen work cycles and with respect to its genuine needs and interests and with the well being of the group in mind. We partner with parents to provide the most positive learning and living experience for each child,” says Tran.
CISB is happy to offer an introductory discount for all applicants joining DRC Preschool in the 2015-2016 school year. Interested families may contact the school admissions department for details.