Teaching Models

calendar.jpg Beyond Basic Learning’s model is based on differentiated learning, which takes into account that not all children learn in the same manner or style.  A leading psychologist in the study of young children, Leve Semenovich Vygotsky, advocates that an effective educational approach for understanding and nurturing children's competencies and educational frameworks must take into account each child's history and cultural background.

Therefore, BBL provides instruction that is designed to meet individual educational needs: physical emotional, social and cognitive.   Additionally, BBL extrapolates from these renown pedagogical experts: Montessori, Piaget, Spragus - Mitchell.  We also engage the Reggio Emilio philosophical approach to learning.

Our classrooms are named to reflect the metamorphosis of a butterfly: Cocoon, Caterpillar and Butterfly.  Cocoon classrooms serve young and older infants; Caterpillar classrooms are for toddlers; and the Butterfly classrooms serve our pre-school children.

Caterpillar Classrooms (Toddlers)

In the Caterpillar classrooms, the children are hungry to see what they might have missed when they were crawling only a few months earlier. They are using their hands in new ways: splashing in the water-table, moving a brush around on a large surface, or going outside with a magnifying glass to look for ladybugs or sprouting tomatoes.

They use fresh ingredients in their cooking activity as they learn new vocabulary words such as stirring, pouring, and mixing. You may also find them looking for leaves to paint during one outdoor play. Sometimes they simply look out the window to observe the weather changes and run outside to collect snow for their science exploration.

As they become older and move to the older Pre-K classroom the 3 year old experiment with words, learn to do simply charting of what they see around them. How many sunny days or rainy days did we have this week?   The use different tools to measure the length of their friends, they explore art using a a vareity of mediums, and the learn that their words have markings on paper that can later be recalled. We dance to different music as we celebrate the diversity of our friends. From the Chinese New Year, to Australian day, to Kwanza, we know that each of us is part of a wonderful community.  


Caterpillar Classroom Observation:“There’s the moon, bird, firetruck.” The child is pointing to the things he sees outside their classroom window.

Cocoon Classrooms (Infants)

The Cocoon classroom environment invites children to crawl, hop or observe their surroundings. They wake up and sleep at their own pace, eat and play with friends using their senses to learn. Once the classroom is formed, the children stay together for the full school year providing opportunities to develop intimate relationships with the teachers that care for them.

Parent and grandparent involvement is a fundamental to our program. We encourage family members to visit the classroom and to stay with us a while. We also host Parent-Teacher Conferences to discuss our observations of the infant’s developmental growth.



Cocoon Classroom Observation:“As a child woke up from her nap, she looked up and listened to the flute player in her room. She stared and swayed to the sound of the familiar lullabies.


Admissions Page -r50When a child is enrolled at Beyond Basic Learning: The International School, we take the time to help the family understand our program and educational philosophies. We also seek to learn about the parent's expectations and desires for their child entering an educational setting.

We hope the additional links on this page will answer your questions pertaining to enrollment.


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