DISCOVER OUR EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM
Welcome to St. Francis International School Early Childhood, where a diverse range of learning styles, needs and interests are well catered for in our warm, enriching and caring environment.
Children feel safe, valued and happy as they discover exciting new ways to learn, explore and play at the beginning of this very special educational journey.
Small classes provide effective, challenging and significant learning experiences, which take individuality and uniqueness of each learner into account.
The Early Childhood department is designed for children three, four, and five years of age. The emphasis for three and four years old is to make the transition from home to school, as smooth as possible and to learn through play to develop skills, attitudes, and concepts.
The five years olds (Kindergarten) enjoy a more structured program which includes alphabet skills, math, pre-reading, and writing activities. Students increase the complexity of their spoken language, develop their critical thinking capabilities and become more independent. In essence, they grow academically, mentally, socially and emotionally. The Kindergarten year is essential to set the necessary skills to succeed in Grade 1 and on.
Pre-Applications are open for the 2022-2023 academic year
Approaches to learning
Develops positive approaches to learning
Listens for different purposes (receptive language)
– Listens while others speak
– Follows directions
– Listens to and engages in conversations with others
Uses language to communicate in a variety of ways (expressive language)
– Communicates in home language
– Uses language to pretend or create
– Communicates conversationally with peers and adults
– Asks/answers questions
– Acquires new vocabulary
Discriminates sounds in speech (phonological awareness)
– Distinguishes sounds in the environment
– Repeats rhymes, simple songs, poems, and finger plays
– Participates in word games
– Discriminates some sounds in words
– Responds to music in a variety of ways
Uses written language to communicate
– Explores writing, using different forms
– Uses drawing and writing to communicate
Demonstrates knowledge of books and print
– Develops knowledge about books
– Develops knowledge about letter sounds and names
– Develops a sense of story
Develops number sense and numerical operations
– Develops counting concepts and skills
– Develops relationships between number and quantity
– Develops numerical representation
– Develops informal addition and subtraction concepts and skills
Develops understanding of geometry and spatial sense
– Explores shapes and their uses in the environment
Investigates position and location
– Solves spatial problems in everyday situations
Develops understanding of relationships and patterns in the environment
– Matches, sorts, and regroups by 1 or more attributes
– Orders/arranges in a sequence
– Explores patterns
– Makes comparisons of objects, quantities, and relationships
– Uses measurement in meaningful ways
– Collects, organizes and interprets data
– Represents data in a variety of ways
Increasingly, develops and refines gross motor locomotor skills
– Runs with ease/direction
Increasingly, develops and refines gross motor balance and rotation skills
– Balances walking forward on a balance beam/line
Increasingly, develops and refines gross motor manipulative skills
– Kicks a ball
– Aims/throws objects at target
– Catches objects
Increasingly, develops and refines fine motor skills
– Increases strength and dexterity for upper extremities
– Uses small manipulatives with increasing strength and dexterity
– Develops cutting and pasting skills
– Develops pencil control and grip
– Writes with increasing control
– Develops drawing/painting skills
Develops self awareness
– Demonstrates personal preferences
– Demonstrates knowledge of personal information
– Demonstrates emotional well-being
– Develops appropriate trust in adults
Develops self regulation
– Follows transitions and daily routines
– Follows simple rules
– Expresses feelings through appropriate gestures, actions, and language
– Demonstrates personal responsibility for self and possessions
– Follows self-selected plans for play
– Demonstrates respect for classroom property
Builds relationships with peers
– Recognizes feelings of others and responds appropriately
– Engages in interactive play
– Forms friendships
– Resolves conflict
Cooperates and collaborates as a member of a learning community
– Recognizes and accepts individual differences
– Participates as a member of a group/activity
– Uses social conventions
– Negotiates with others to change rules and suggests new rules
Uses representation in a variety of ways
– Represents using pretend play
– Represents feelings and ideas through art and construction
– Represents feelings and ideas through music
– Represents feelings and ideas through movement
– Develops a creative mind
Develops and applies “sciencing” processes to learn about physical, natural, and life sciences in the immediate environment
– Develops interest in the physical, natural, and life sciences.
– Explores in the physical, natural, and life sciences.
– Investigates in the physical, natural, and life sciences.
– Collects, organizes and communicates findings.
Meet the Teachers
My name is Rona McCallum and I am preschool teacher.
I am Scottish; I grew up and qualified in Glasgow. I lived for many years in Palermo, Sicily and held position as Transition teacher in the International Baccalaureate School. I came to Rome 6 years ago to be closer to my two beautiful grandchildren and was lucky enough to join Saint Francis!
I am passionate about teaching and encouraging small children to become curious learners. As part of a strong early years team at Saint Francis I have continued to grow professionally while stimulating young children to learn through play and build on their first language skills.
I am very happy to be part of the Saint Francis “family” and I very much look forward to meeting your little ones and having fun together!
I’m Mrs. María G. Vega actively Preschool Teacher Assistant. at Saint Francis. I’m from Mexico and received my Bachelor in Education and worked there for 4 years. I moved to Southern California where I lived several years, there I worked as a Bilingual Teacher Assistant for the Newport-Mesa School District for 4 years.
In 2007 I arrived to Rome and in 2009 I had the opportunity to become a permanent member of staff. After many years contributing to children’s education, Preschool level has become my passion. I love working with these young minds and enhancing their abilities.
Welcome to Kindergarten, my name is Emily Christou. I grew up in sunny Sydney, Australia. I love going on holidays anywhere there is a beach. Swimming and sunbaking are a must. I enjoy taking long walks and cooking for my family and friends.
As a teacher, I provide a caring atmosphere that gives children the freedom to experiment and explore.
Through the school day, I engage them, laugh with them, listen to their stories and allow space for the unique facets of each child to blossom.
I feel that it is important to motivate my students by showing them that I too am excited to be learning.
I believe in SMILING!!!!!!!
We would love to meet you
We approach every family, every child, as a unique blueprint.
Get in touch to understand how St. Francis International School can help your children flourish and grow.