Wisdomland Program Design
Wisdomland Preschool follows the Vietnamese national curriculum and has implemented core elements of the American International Kindergarten curriculum. We reach our educational goals childhood goals through a child oriented approach to teaching, inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy. Our teachers set up learning environments to invite students’ interest and curiosity and also work with a qualified academic manager to plan their weekly and monthly lessons. These lessons are structured for time, but teachers are encouraged to give children freedom to explore topics in their own way. Curriculum is based on five key areas: language development, social skills development, emotional development, cognitive development, and physical development.
Reggio Emilia Inspired
The Reggio Emilia approach is based on the idea that children need to take part in and direct their own learning. This approach was created in Italy by Loris Malaguzzi and is gaining popularity all over the world. This is something we value at Wisdomland as well.
One big part of Reggio Emilia is valuing parents as our children’s’ first teachers. We truly recognize the importance of building a bridge between parents and the school in order to navigate the learning journey together. The early years of a child’s life are thrilling to be part of, and we are certain this philosophy helps shape children into who they eventually become.
In Reggio Emilia schools, the natural environment is very important. The indoor and outdoor environment becomes the third teacher as it provides an avenue for children to wander, explore, and discover. The approach can be described as inquiry-based and experiential learning through the eyes of a child. To say we are Reggio Emilia inspired means that we think children should have endless opportunities to express themselves: they need to touch, see, hear, taste, smell, and interact with new things in order to learn. Teachers receive training on how to let children explore within the topics and how to adapt lesson plans based on their students’ interest and engagement.
Wisdomland School Activities
Wisdomland believes that children need experiential learning. For this reason, teachers are encouraged to plan field trips throughout the year based on learning topics. All field trips will be preceded by a short notice and permission form.
We celebrate diversity and culture at Wisdomland! Each culture has unique traditions, holidays, food, music, and more that we want to highlight and embrace. We observe both Western and Vietnamese holidays and hold cultural events whenever we can.
We incorporate age-appropriate cooking lessons into our curriculum. Cooking teaches children listening skills, basic measuring skills, and gives them an understanding of processes.
All of our campuses grant our children access to safe swimming pools. Learning how to swim is a vital skill that can prevent injury and water play is beneficial to children in several ways. Swimming increases strength, flexibility, and most children find it incredibly fun! We implement safety procedures every time we are near or in water – for more information please see Our Safety Standards.
Children are naturally drawn to music and at Wisdomland they have the freedom to develop their talents in a safe and non-competitive environment. We provide instruments, including professional keyboards, for the children to play and the whole school enjoys music and dance classes. We also strive to include cultural elements in our music lessons.
Early physical education is especially important. We include daily exercise, gym play, and outdoor play in all of our lesson plans. We encourage children to move their bodies whenever they feel inspired and teach them age-appropriate fitness routines. We conduct short child-focused aerobics and yoga classes.
At Wisdomland, we focus on the creative process and celebrate whatever children make. The Reggio Emilia approach looks at art as pure and free of error – there is no “right” way to draw or paint or construct. Children are free to be inventive and original.
Wisdomland English Programs
Vietnam is rapidly developing and joining the world stage as a leader in education and commerce. In this age of globalization, English is a necessity. The ability to speak English will help children develop the skills and confidence to become global citizens as they grow up. This is why we ensure that every child at Wisdomland receives English language instruction.
From the age of 12 months to 2 years, children spend 30 minutes each day learning English with a qualified English language teacher. In this way, they begin to develop both English and Vietnamese naturally, free of pressure, and are likely to speak both languages fluently if their education continues.
After the age of 2, children spend 90 minutes each day learning English with a qualified English language teacher. At select Wisdomland campuses, we also offer a full-morning English immersion program for children ages 3 to 6. Currently this option is available at the Wisdomland in Imperia (D2). This full-morning intensive sets the stage for high-performance in the bilingual and international schools.
Wisdomland Students and Classrooms
After a short settling-in period at Wisdomland, our students start to express their budding curiosity! We know that children are natural inquirers and we help them reach their full potential by providing a wide range of learning opportunities. We group children into classrooms by age so that we can adequately assess and assist them.
Vietnamese Program with English Instruction
Bilingual Program - Half-Day English Curriculum/Half-Day
Vietnamese Curriculum - available for children 3 years old and above.
Wisdomland Teachers and Staff
We train our teachers to view every child as creative, communicative, and inquisitive. They are constantly on the lookout for teachable moments and encourage children to question, solve problems, and express themselves.
We require our Vietnamese teachers to have a three-year degree, early childhood experience, and a teaching certification from the Vietnamese government. We require our English teachers to have a four-year degree, early childhood experience, and an English-teaching certificate. We also demand professionalism, open-mindedness, and a passion for teaching young children
All of our staff-members undergo background checks. We employ qualified chefs in our kitchen, qualified physical trainers for fitness, and a qualified nurse on-site. Our receptionists and administrative staff specialize in keeping parents informed and conducting business with a child focus.
We recently launched the Wisdomland Training Academy which will provide systematic and regular training for all faculty and staff. We are proud of our Wisdomland Team – if you would like to join us, please have a look at our Career section.
Wisdomland School Readiness
We believe that preschool is a time for children to make their first friends, bond with their first teachers, and inquire about the world around them. We also know that preschool must prepare children for school while not becoming overly academic. We focus on school readiness in the following ways:
Our children develop fine motor skills by tracing, using various tools, and feeding themselves. Fine motor skills help to develop writing skills in primary school.
Our children develop gross motor skills by climbing, swimming, throwing, catching, balancing, and more! Gross motor skills help to develop athletic ability in primary school.
Our children develop early numeracy skills by counting their fingers and toes, counting classroom objects, singing number songs, and playing with number puzzles. Numeracy skills help them develop mathematically in primary school.
Our children develop logic and reasoning by building towers, playing with magnets, experimenting with water, sand, and other materials, and exploring their environment. Logic and reasoning help them understand scientific inquiry in primary school.
Our children leave the classroom to see and experience their topics first-hand. We help them understand the world so that they have the independence and confidence to thrive in any school setting.
Here at Wisdomland, we allow children to learn through play.