Young children are naturally inquisitive and we strive to leverage their curiosity by creating experiences that allow them to question, experiment, try new things, make mistakes, and try again.
Our curriculum for 18 months – 5 years is founded on the skills developed through play, collaborative activities in learning projects, and opportunities for them to discover as they interact with the world around them. We emphasize communication in a bilingual environment because we believe that developing their first language is essential to acquiring additional languages as they mature.
The Early Years Principles of learning are:
We are focused on embracing the diverse qualities every student brings to the learning environment. As children physically and socially mature, their natural curiosity provides more opportunities to interact with the world and allows them to develop their skills and knowledge at their own pace. Our goal is to respect every child’s personality, interests, and life experiences to build a learning community focused on developing each child’s individual potential.
We believe inquiry and discovery are the essential paths to learning. When students become active participants in the learning process they develop a deeper understanding of the content and a passion for their experience. Our students consistently engage in learning activities that challenge them to communicate and collaborate with their peers to uncover the mysteries of the world.
Our goal is to arouse student passions by providing learning experiences that are relevant and meaningful. Utilizing prior knowledge about people and the natural world around them, students are encouraged to develop their application skills in context as they are introduced to new experiences and situations.
An effective learning community includes all stakeholders in a child’s environment. Teachers, support staff, students, and the families at home are the foundation for a child’s educational and emotional development. We believe regular collaboration and communication creates the unity and support our students need to develop healthy relationships and enjoy their educational experience.
Taught mostly in English, this programme enhances students’ knowledge and skills in six focus areas corresponding to the 6 letters:
Technology & Science
The course helps students explore their passion for science, develop thinking and reasoning skills, problem-solving, and create design minds preparing for the future learning in primary years.
Academic English (EAL) is prioritized to complement the social language skills they are developing with their peers. The class is taught by an English-speaking teacher and aims at building the confidence they will need to be successful in the PYP programme in the following years.
At Tesla we believe the development of the body is as important as the mind. Our physical education programme is designed to enhance children’s fitness while also allowing them to have fun participating in skills inherent to field and court games. They also develop the essential life skill of swimming.
Students participate in activities to develop their social interaction, self-management, risk-avoidance, and coping skills to prepare them for the challenges of becoming a global citizen.
Arts & Architecture
This is a combination of the creativity associated with the arts and the technical skills inherent to architecture. Students explore colors, shape, form, perspective, and design utilizing both traditional and digital platforms to stimulate their imagination and provide balance in their educational experience.
Hands-on, engaging activities with the primary goal of students experiencing math as an organization tool that can solve problems. Students utilize manipulatives to how math provides a language of communication to the entire globe.
TESLA+M is a comprehensive and challenging educational program preparing students to develop the skills necessary to become a lifelong learner.