Early Childhood program at Ruamrudee International School

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Ruamrudee International School (RIS), Bangkok, Thailand is a model for quality and innovation in global education and continues to have outstanding academic programs. Their enriched American curriculum incorporates the school’s core principles, such as service-learning, moral growth and global citizenship. The teachers are experts in their fields; 72% of their faculty hold master’s degrees or higher.

Ruamrudee International School delivers a comprehensive and effective curriculum, offering students with many opportunities to explore their unique desires and ambitions across their daily schedules with focus and flex blocks. RIS is not just teaching students but cultivating their minds, hands and hearts.

From PreK 2 through grade 12, students are offered the advantages of small class sizes, relevant and innovative choices, modern languages, a vibrant program in visual- and performing arts and a significant sport-oriented programme. RIS also provides a full, expanded day program that presents exclusive learning opportunities. Their Student Services team, led by the school psychologists, ensures that the growth and learning support systems of our English language programs relate to the diverse needs of the students, so that they can succeed, both in and out of the classroom.

The PreKindergarten program starts with RIS youngest students, 2 years old. RIS is proud of the completely new PreK-2 facilities, comprising of three renovated homes, each built to reflect a house with different rooms and shared facilities. In a warm and friendly environment, this makes students feel more relaxed at school. The students transfer to the specific building of PreK 3 and PreK 4 from PreK 2, where a seamless transition is assured in the newly-renovated classroom particularly built for children aged 3 and 4.

The class structure can differ as new classes are created annually. In the early years, We can estimate that the early years reflect our ES population, which is 80% Thai, with the remaining 20% comprising 23 nationalities.

Early Childhood is a highly specialized area within education, that requires very specific teachers. All PreK teachers are certified and trained in Early Childhood Education. Every grade level (PreK 2, 3 and 4) has a certified Early Childhood Special Educator on its team and instructional help, all of which support the developmental needs of children. Teachers are trained in the Reggio Emilia teaching method and continue to develop their professional skills. RIS insists in a small teacher-to-student ratio, and for our PreKindergarten students, that’s particularly important.

The early childhood program of Ruamrudee International School represents the conviction of Reggio Emilia that all the kids are able to grow their own awareness and to communicate with all the world. Their teachers aim at forming study systems in the interests of students. Each student group is unique, diverse and, although the curriculum differs from year to year, a continuum of early childhood learning and growth is implemented.

The PreK curriculum is based on the District of Columbia’s Common Core Early Learning Standards which defines what children in the pre-school school should learn and do before going into kindergarten. These early learning principles drive instructional preparation by teachers established guidance that supports the children in their current phase of growth.

While children need free time for play, teachers support children in constructive, purposeful play that helps to develop memory, control impulses and cognitive flexibility, as well as language and physical development. Complex socio-dramatic play helps children develop important skills. In this kind of play, children will invent their roles, respond in character to others, and are willing to make changes as the play unfolds.

The day starts at PreKindergarten, where teachers and children are warmly greeted and say farewell to their families. Every classroom has a variety of morning routines, which children learn as they begin their transition from home to school.
The lessons are provided by practical presentations, focused visuals and singing. Our PreK 3 and 4 kids attend specialized classes, such as music, art, computer, library, physical education and Thai, throughout the week.

Students have a healthy snack in the morning and lunch is served in the houses built for the PreK 2 students. In the separate canteen, the Prek3 and Prek4 students have their lunch that is prepared especially for the youngest students. The day ends with nap time in the classroom and a snack before going home in the afternoon.
Dietary restrictions are closely observed, and teachers and assistants will help children throughout the meal period.

When it comes to Thai vs the English language, to develop both Thai comprehension and English language for early learning, assistants may use Thai at the start of the year, if need be, to ensure understanding and comfort level and as teachers are native speakers of English, they will speak in English.
But there are no Thai studies in PreK2. In certain cultural events like Loy Krathong, Songkran or Thai Teacher Day, to name just a few, they just participate.

Ruamrudee international school students come from diverse religious backgrounds. This diversity is valued, and it is assumed that students can learn and apply values in their everyday lives. At each grade level, Catholic students take classes in religion, while students of other faith take classes in value. Respectful of the uniqueness and diversity of the individual, Value lessons enables each student to participate in experiential learning and the evolution of their personal values system.

Disciplinary measures; time-out time, toilet training etc
• Redirection is a discipline that works for younger children in particular. In general, redirection takes a bad scenario and transforms it into a positive one. For example, If your child throws a block-related temper tantrum, a redirected from would be to sit down next to your child and say, ‘ I see you are having trouble with getting that building to stay standing up. Why do we not try to create a zoo or park instead? We would be able to bring your toy animals inside when we’re finished.’

• They don’t potty train in the preK2, but in the third trimester we will send out a potty instructor. Students may use diapers. It is better for a child to learn potty training at home, and when they have enough confidence to ask an adult for support, the teachers will be there to help. *Please note that PreK3 students need to be toilet trained and weaned off bottles*.

The assessment criteria for early learners
The PreK 2-4 students complete the Ages and Stages questionnaire. This is an assessment that parents can complete at home. One of the school psychologists then meets with parents and children on-site as part of the admissions process.
The registration fee is paid to retain a set for the upcoming school year. Given the separation anxiety that exists at this age level, the school doesn’t offer a free trial day.