The Early Years Program
As the forerunner in pre-school education, Pinewood’s Early Years Program is a unique, caring environment where children from all over the world learn, play and grow together. Children acquire native English fluency naturally after just 3 years in our dynamic, all-English Early Years Program.
The Early Years Program at Pinewood consists of a Pre-K I, Pre-K II and Kindergarten classes. Classes offer a full-day, developmentally-appropriate program designed for three, four, five/six-year olds in self-contained classrooms. A blend of teacher-directed activities, self-selected activities, projects and learning centers provide a variety of large group, small group and independent learning experiences. The encouragement of social, emotional, physical and academic development is provided in a supportive, active, and nurturing environment. It is tailored to meet the needs of both Greek and international children, providing a rich and varied curriculum to include language development, early math skills, reading, science, social studies, music, physical education, arts and crafts. Pinewood Early Years students learn & play with children of different cultures & nationality, teaching them cooperation, compassion and appreciation of global differences.
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Pinewood's Specialist EYP Courses
The EYP Music program is designed for children to join together in musical activities, using their voices and simple instruments to develop concepts about sound and musical awareness. They participate both individually and in groups in games, songs, and creative movement activities in order to They will develop an appreciation of music from different cultures. Children will learn to sing rhymes and lullabies, perform simple rhythm patterns, experiment with various instruments, dramatize song lyrics and follow directional cues. The goal of the Early Years Music Program is to make use of music as another language for expression and communication.
The Early Years Physical Education program is designed to increase physical fitness, motor skills, self-discipline, improved judgment, self-confidence and self-esteem. In physical education classes, Early Years children learn and continue to refine skills and concepts centered around but body awareness, spatial awareness, effort, locomotor movements, and non-locomotor movements. Activities in the above are put into contexts of appropriate games. Learning and having fun is the focus, winning is not emphasized.
Each week, students visit the Pinewood library in order to interact with books and literature in a beautiful setting specifically designed for this purpose. At this time, students also check out books of their choice to be taken home for the week. These books are returned the following week to the library. Overall, the goal of the Library program is to build a love of books and reading in the hearts of our students.