Our children’s education at Laude Fontenebro School starts at age 1 in Early Years. It is a dedicated space for our Early Years children where they receive the attention and support they need. We have classrooms where we apply our Taking Off education programme (from Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences). We help our children to discover their own identity and to develop basic daily habits.
Our education at this stage focuses on teaching them about their bodies, to control their movements and good personal hygiene habits, which are so important in everyday life.
In these early years, the education of your child is moulded by their individual characteristics, and the degree of development varies from child to child. They also learn how to form a relationship with nature, to identify the world around them and to start learning their daily routines in English.
This is a stage in their education in which we can focus on developing learning potential, using an approach that is adapted to the needs and interests of each child. We provide them with a fun, innovative environment in which today’s learning models will be their working tools of tomorrow.
In this stage, bilingual teaching means using English as the second language of communication. Our children learn naturally, acquiring language skills like they do in their family environment. They hear and adopt concepts in their daily activities and add them to their vocabulary. Our 1- and 2-year-olds communicate in English throughout the school day, under the supervision of a fully bilingual class tutor. Children’s minds at this age are malleable, which makes it easy for them to learn a new language, which is English in this case.
We use new technology as a basic learning tool. Our children learn to use an iPad, tablets and the digital whiteboard during fun activities in teaching games.
Music classes open up a magical world for our children. This is a very important part of their education because it develops their auditory and intellectual skills and enriches their emotional and imaginative world in a relaxing atmosphere. Awakening children’s interest in music gives them more confidence and independence, encourages their sense of respect and generosity, enthusiasm, positive thought, communication and physical wellbeing. In short, music is closely linked to our children’s future learning skills.
Psychomotricity and swimming are two key aspects that need to be developed in Early Years because they help to round off children’s personalities. They help improve motor skills (coordination, balance, left/right sides, etc.), cognitive aspects (senses, perception, memory, attention span, etc.) and affective aspects (self-confidence, recognition of their surroundings, awareness of their classmates and relations between them).
We use the Playful Philosophy Programme to develop logical, ethical and creative thinking, encouraging basic reasoning skills that will help them to think better, faster and more efficiently. At the same time, children acquire problem-solving skills to face the challenges of the 21st century. This all takes place in a playful dialogue, where all opinions are respected, using narrative and art as resources for thought.