Infant Education is a fundamental stage for the development of children aged 3 to 5, in which the foundations favouring the development of basic skills and abilities for intellectual, social and ethical/moral learning are laid. For this reason, correct educational stimulation is important in order to favour their neurological development. Throughout this stage, Areteia School works so that the children can discover the physical and social characteristics of the environment they live in, creating a positive and balanced image of themselves.
We develop a methodology based on experiences, activities and games, in an atmosphere of care and confidence which respects the specific emotional needs of the stage, therefore favouring the children’s integration into the school educational process in classrooms with an average of 10-12 pupils. Furthermore, we carry out an initial evaluation in order to understand the learning situation of each pupil, and we have levels of teaching to fit demand to their possibilities and support programmes to reinforce learning skills, as well as continuous, individualised evaluation in order to monitor and control each pupil’s learning process.
To attend to the educational needs and favour the progress of each pupil, we offer support programmes in psychomotricity, speech therapy, graphomotricity and literacy, as well as an intellectual development programme which contributes to stimulating their intellectual development and language, their attention habits and capacity, visual and auditory memory, curiosity and interest.
To encourage the progress of each and every pupil, we carry our 4 “Learning Skills” sessions a week, with a fun, active and participatory methodology whose principle is the construction of significant learning, with objectives such as: exercising basic cognitive skills in attention, memory, reasoning, formation of concepts, visual and auditory discrimination; reinforcing the development of language comprehension and expression; and exercising the basic skills for literacy learning.
Psychomotricity is an essential activity to which we dedicate 8 hours per week during the Infant Education stage, since the emotional and physical relationship between educator and child is fundamental at these ages. Activities take the form of fun games, and promote significant learning. Furthermore, observation is very important for early identification of those imbalances which could be displayed in motor, cognitive and socio-affective skills, with the aim of adopting suitable measures and avoiding any obstruction to their learning.