PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN
The GCEC's preschool and kindergarten program incorporates hands-on learning experiences and age-appropriate activities. The instructional program is designed to include all MINED curriculum requirements while incorporating developmentally appropriate strategies. The students learn new concepts in large group activities, circle time, and learning stations and are given the opportunity to demonstrate their learning individually with their teacher each day. Students are evaluated in areas of social-emotional development, language development, literacy skills, math and logic concepts, developmental skills and behavioral progress. In addition to their core classes, preschool students receive English instruction daily, physical education weekly, and chapel weekly.
SCHEDULE AND LEVELS
We currently offer Preschool Level II for students who turn 4 and Preschool Level III (Kindergarten) for students who turn 5 by February 28 in accordance with the Nicaraguan Ministry of Education age requirements. Each class is taught by a Nicaraguan dedicated teacher. Classes are limited to 25 students to maintain a small student-teacher ratio. The school day for our preschoolers is from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm Mondays through Fridays. Our students receive English instruction by U.S. volunteers fluent in English.
The GCEC has developed a wide plan of study for all grade levels that incorporates the standards established by the Ministry of Education, promotes active learning application, and integrates a Biblical worldview. In our preschool grades, we use a variety of materials for our school subjects, including Trillas Mathematics and Language Arts curriculum, Santillana Bible, and a variety of age-appropriate storybooks, workbooks, and hands-on activities. For our English as a second language program we use comprehensive materials available through ESL KidStuff membership.