FAQ

Do you encourage communication in English between children?

NIC is a bi-lingual, bi-literate school that encourages and constructs social and structured opportunities for language acquisition through the use of both the English language and host country language.

 

Can you give us some details about the program?

The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is designed for students between the ages of 3 and 12 years. It is an international, trans-disciplinary programme designed to foster the development of the whole child, not just in the classroom but also through other means of learning. The PYP focuses on the total growth of the developing child, touching hearts as well as minds and encompassing social, physical, emotional and cultural needs in addition to academic welfare

 

Our Pre-K child can read and write basic words. Do you offer an advanced program for children like him?

NIC curricula are designed to reach to all students and offer them instruction that challenge and advance them as well as promoting academic achievement throughout the year.

 

Will kindergarten students read and write in English and in Arabic?

NIC is a bi-lingual bi-literate school that instructs literacy in both the English language and host country language.

 

In what ways do you communicate with parents?

The following are the ways we communicate with parents:

• Orientation

• Beginning and end of unit letters 

• Learning outcomes / Performances

• PYP office Email

• Managebac 

• Parent-Teacher Conferences

• Report Cards

 

Will you be teaching students how to read and write?

Within the Kindergarten program we begin with phonetic awareness, simple word recognition and sentence fluency. If students can read and write, we begin at their level in reading and writing.

 

How does NIC monitor children’s injuries during class time?

Students are observed throughout the day at NIC. If a situation whereby a student was injured during class time arose one of the classroom teachers would assist the child and if need be escort the child to the nurse’s room located within the building.

 

Does my child need to be toilet trained in order to attend NIC Pre-K or Kindergarten Program?

Yes, absolutely. We only accept children who are independent for their self-care skills

 

References:

1- Astington, J.W. and Edward, M.J. (2010). The Development of Theory of Mind in Early Childhood. Accessed on May 19, 2015 from http://www.child-encyclopedia.com/social¬cognition/accordingexperts/development¬theory¬mind-early¬childhood 

2- Hirsh¬Pasek, K. and Golinkoff, R.M. (2008). Why Play = Learning. Accessed May 19, 2015 from http://udel.edu/~roberta/pdfs/whyplaylearning2008.pdf 

3- International Baccalaureate Organisation. (2014). Early Years in the PYP: educator perspectives. Accessed May 19, 2015 from https://ibpublishing.ibo.org/server2/rest/app/tsm.xql?doc=p_0_pypxx_mon_1311_1_e&p art=1&chapter=1  

4- Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services. (2007). Early Learning for Every Child Today: a framework for Ontario early childhood settings. Accessed on May 19, 2015 from http://www.children.gov.on.ca/htdocs/English/topics/earlychildhood/early_learning_for_e very_child_today.aspx  

5- Ontario Ministry of Education. (2014). How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years. Accessed on May 19, 2015 from https://www.edu.gov.on.ca/childcare/HowLearningHappens.pdf 

6- Ontario Ministry of Education. (2010). The Full¬Day Early Learning-Kindergarten Program (draft version). Accessed on May 19, 2015 from http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/curriculum/elementary/kindergarten_english_june3.pdf