We believe in educating the whole child.
Our preschool program is designed for children to play, explore, and discover in a safe, nurturing, hands-on environment. Our curriculum is built on an inquiry-based framework where the children expand on past experiences and explore areas of interest.
Language Learning in Preschool
Learning a language is second nature to three and four-year olds. Preschool classes are conducted entirely in German, with English being used when a child is confused or for comfort when necessary. Preschoolers may begin the program at age three or four and do not need any prior German language knowledge.
The Preschool Program at GIS builds on:
- The competency-oriented curricula from Thuringia, Germany – in alignment with the German Schools of North America.
- The curriculum framework of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme.
- Integrated German language acquisition from Preschool through 5th grade.
Introducing Children to the German Language
In the preschool setting we introduce our children to the German language through a variety of multi-sensory activities. For example:
- Expressive art and music, simple stories, and rhythmic games based on seasonal themes provide a gentle structure to the preschooler’s day.
- Preschoolers develop problem solving, choice building, and fine and gross motor skills in an experiential environment.
- Children enjoy healthy social interactions: sharing, making friends, learning empathy for others, and practicing to be courteous and friends.
Learning at the German International School
Designed for children to play, explore, and discover in a safe, nurturing, hands-on environment.
Children continue their journey by connecting their personal experiences into classroom learning.