Ips International Classes
Level 1 (ages 8 months – 2 years)
There are many physical, emotional, and social skills that can be gained from baby group activities. The baby group introduces a whole new world of adventure for babies from 8 months and up. Trained caregivers provide a secure and nurturing atmosphere as they care for babies in our program. The activities in this group are based on playing and exploring in a safe area with good range of toys, including larger equipment. Songs and finger plays are wonderful activities for baby groups. We use silly songs, nursery rhymes, and finger plays. In addition to being fun and gaining smiles, babies gain fine motor skills from hand motions, vocal skills through singing, and positive brain stimulation through music. Even young babies that cannot physically participate gain positive effects by seeing and hearing the interactions. Baby group is a great way for babies to learn social skills. During group activities and games where caregivers are interacting, babies can watch one another introduce socialization. Every day walks in the park, or by the river side, can help the babies learn and explore nature and outside world.
Level 2 (age 2-3 years)
In the youngest group, children learn a variety of important cognitive, social and motor skills that are continually reinforced throughout the school day. Through much play, both structured and unstructured, these young children are given ample opportunity to explore the world around them and learn to get along with others. During free play time, the teachers actively encourage the children to play with the wide variety of toys, puzzles and games in the room either on their own or in pairs or small groups, all the while the teaching such basic concepts as sharing and turn- taking. At project time, children experiment with paper, paint, glue, and other materials to create their own works of art. At the same time they begin to learn about such concepts as shapes, colours, animals and people, among other things. During story time, children learn about the joy of reading while developing good listening skills. At music time, children learn to sing songs and express themselves through dance. In general, all activities are tailored to the particular needs of every young child.
Level 3 (age 3-4 years)
Children in the middle group participate in many of the same activities as those in the youngest group but at a more challenge level to further stimulate the development of their cognitive, social and motor skills. The curriculum is organized around themes which are integrated into all program arias—early literacy and language arts, music and arts and crafts. For example, when learning about animals, the children may listen to stories about see creatures, act out a role of various jungle creatures, memorize rhymes about dogs, sing about tigers, and make masks about farm animals. At this level the children are introduced to the letters of the alphabet and the numbers from 1 to12, learning not only to recognize them but also to write them. They also strengthen their social skills through games as they learn how to win and lose with grace and during snack time when they learn basic rules of etiquette. Like the younger children, the children in the middle group have ample opportunity for free play in both the indoor and outdoor play area. The second semester will introduce the Beka Book curriculum.
Level 4 (age 4-5 years)
The curriculum for the older children is based on the Advanced Beka Book Series, a home schooling literacy program from the United States. Under the guidance of our most experienced teacher, children work through a sequentially organized program in phonics, reading and writing, in which thy learn the names, sounds and pictures all the letters and letter blends in the English alphabet, the basics of reading, and how to write lower and upper-case letters to form simple words. For children over the age of five, IPS offers another program focusing on the continued development of literacy, mathematics, and foreign language skills. In addition, like the younger groups, children in the older group have many opportunities to express themselves creatively in dramatic play, music class and a variety of art projects.
Level 5/ Kindergarten
IPS level 5/ kindergarten program provides opportunities for learning, self-expression and self-discovery in a variety of areas, that will prepare the students for school. We emphasize academic, social, emotional, physical and cultural growth through a foundation of international study.
Curriculum is developed through the framework of IB Primary Years Programme (PYP).
The natural curiosity of young children is nurtured through Units of Inquiry. The teaching is conducted in English language but the students are encouraged to communicate in Macedonian when they fell comfortable, which will foster the development of the mother tongue.
The Organizing Themes and Units of Inquiry offer learners the opportunity to explore and acquire essential knowledge and skills, allows children to learn about the world and themselves, to test new ideas, and master their bodies.
Our goal is for the students to develop positive attitudes. towards self, towards people, towards the environment and towards life-long learning.
Level 6/ Grade 1
First grade is an exciting time for children as they move past the basics and begin to be introduced to reading & writing, science, and social studies, art, music, Macedonian and English language. The lessons in our school are conducted in English language but Mother tongue is also being used whenever needed for further discussions and explanations. IPS is stimulating first grade lesson plans outline instructions and provide teachers a wide assortment of materials that can be used to tackle every subject to trigger students’ learning.
IPS is implementing the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) for children aged 6 and 7 (level 6/ grade 1) and nurtures and develops young students as caring, active participants in a lifelong journey of learning. Through its inquiry-led, transdisciplinary framework, the PYP challenges students to think for themselves and take responsibility for their learning as they explore local and global issues and opportunities in real-life contexts.
The IPS curriculum framework is uniquely adaptable to state and national standards. Guided by six transdisciplinary themes of global significance, students deepen their learning by developing their conceptual understandings; strengthening their knowledge and skills across and beyond subject areas. The whole school community, including parents, are viewed as partners in learning, and actively contribute to a holistic educational experience
Level 7/ Grade 2
Our program provides a stable base for further upgrading of knowledge. The learning is based on research, analysis, experiments, skills mastering, developing critical thinking and communication that has been developing since the youngest age. The individual approach to teaching in our school ensures that each child has a sense of self-esteem, emphasizing the personality and upgrading it. The lessons in our school are conducted in English language. Nevertheless, mother tongue is also being used whenever needed for further discussions and explanations. Students will be and are encouraged to communicate in the language that is comfortable to them
The PYP is a transformative experience for students, teachers and whole school communities. PYP students learn how to take control of their learning, teachers collaborate to deepen student- learning and increase their confidence and self-motivation. Guided by six transdisciplinary themes of global significance, students deepen their learning by developing their conceptual understandings; strengthening their knowledge and skills across and beyond subject areas.
Ips Bilingual (macedonian/english) Classes
- Level 2 (2-3 years)
- Level 3 (3-4 years)
- Level 4 (4-5 years)
- Level 5 (5-6 years)