The Early Years Program at Pinewood consists of Pre-K I, Pre-K II and Kindergarten classes. Classes offer a full-day, developmentally-appropriate program designed for three, four, five/six-year olds in self-contained classrooms. A blend of teacher-directed activities, self-selected activities, projects and learning centers provide a variety of large group, small group and independent learning experiences. The encouragement of social, emotional, physical and academic development is provided in a supportive, active, and nurturing environment.
The Early Years school calendar is divided into three trimesters. The first trimester runs from September to the end of November, the second from December to early March and the third from mid-March to mid-June. Report cards are issued at the end of each trimester.
At the EYP level, a weekly folder is sent home on Friday to parents with valuable classroom and school information and student work. Each Pinewood family is also provided with a Calendar of Events listing major activities, events and field trips for the school year.
The Early Years Program is taught entirely in English and is a program of immersion that enables students to become bilingual quickly and effortlessly. It is tailored to meet the needs of both Greek and international children, provides a rich and varied curriculum to include language development, early math skills, science, social studies, arts and creative play. In addition, children have instruction by specialists in music, physical education and library. As a whole, the program provides students with an understanding of cooperation, compassion and appreciation of global differences as they learn and play side by side with children of different cultures. The teachers of the Early Years Program are all certified in Early Childhood Education and qualified assistants are provided in each classroom as necessary. All children in the Early Years Program must be using the toilet independently prior to beginning the program, although the staff will support the younger ages in using the toilet regularly and frequently and in accordance to their needs.
The EYP Music program is designed for children to join together in musical activities, using their voices and simple instruments to develop concepts about sound and musical awareness. They participate both individually and in groups in games, songs, and creative movement activities in order to develop an appreciation of music from different cultures. Children learn to sing rhymes and lullabies, perform simple rhythm patterns, experiment with various instruments, dramatize song lyrics and follow directional cues. The goal of the Early Years Music Program is to make use of music as another language for expression and communication.
EYP Physical Education
The Early Years Physical Education program is designed to increase physical fitness, motor skills, self-awareness, improved judgment, self-confidence and self-esteem. In physical education classes, Early Years children learn and continue to refine skills and concepts centered around body awareness, spatial awareness, effort, locomotor movements, and non-locomotor movements. Activities in the above are put into contexts of appropriate games. Learning and having fun is the focus, winning is not emphasized.
Each week, students visit the Pinewood library in order to interact with books and literature in an inviting setting specifically designed for this purpose. Students are invited to discover new books to take home, enjoy with the family, and return them the next week.. Overall, the goal of the Library program is to develop in the hearts of our young students a love of reading, stories, learning and books.