Pre-K 2 year old program
Seoul Foreign Elementary School is committed to a child-centered philosophy that promotes positive social interactions, emotional health and well-being for our students.
- we embrace inquiry and view each child as an individual who is strong, capable and resilient.
- we recognize the importance of play-based learning and its role in developing a variety of communication skills with a focus on language acquisition.
- your child’s experiences in the Pre-K 2 program will help them successfully transition into the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP), which is the next step in their learning journey in the Elementary School.
The approach to teaching and learning in the early years at SFS is centered around the belief that young children learn through play. Play provides children with a sense of well-being and opportunities to explore their world. It is also the means through which children grow intellectually, emotionally and physically. Research informs us that learning in the early years is most effective when there is a balance of child-initiated play and adult-initiated learning engagements. We therefore construct our daily schedules to ensure children have ample time to play in carefully set up environments supported by adults.
- we view young children as competent learners who are active inquirers and theory builders
- by listening to children’s thinking and closely observing their play, teachers at SFS reflect and collaborate in supporting children with their development and exploration of the world observations form the basis of the day-to-day planning.
- teachers make teaching and learning visible to others through ‘pedagogical documentation’ (a collection of written observations of children’s investigations, conversations and discoveries, photos and videos).
- this documentation highlights how children develop knowledge, skills and dispositions for learning such as social skills, communication skills, self-management skills, curiosity, commitment and enthusiasm
- we believe children develop these skills and dispositions in the indoor and outdoor learning environments through interactions with adults, peers and materials
Outdoor learning plays an important role in the early years. Teachers take advantage of the special nature of the outdoors as it offers children opportunities to move on a large scale, to use all their senses, to be active and to express feelings and ideas.