We combine child and teacher directed approaches to learning to help children reach their full potential. Our curriculum is based on the International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC), supplemented by special programs for Literacy and Math, and exciting arts, music, science, sport and outdoor activities.
Learning: Core Curiculum and Extra Activities
An English-speaking Environment
All communication within ICCC is in English. Learning the language is facilitated greatly by the fact that many children at ICCC are from different nationalities and English is the only common language between them.
Children get immersed into the new language and aquire it the same way they learn their mother tongues. Native speakers of English are exposed daily to new resourses and experiences that help them grow their vocabulary and form key concepts about the world arround.
IEYC learning units
The International Early Years Curriculum is a research-based curriculum recognizing global best practice in early childhood education. It supports all key areas of learning through play-based approaches. There are 18 Theme Units to choose from. Each one is packed with exciting activities that spark children's curiosity around a topic. Children turn into Animal Rescuers, Dinosaur Detectives, Superheroes with superpowers, Space and planet explorers, and Scientists, discovering the secrets of the weather and the natural world.
Building personal qualities and attitudes for life is one of the most important jobs of both the family and the school. We help children become: Adaptable (I am okay with change); Good Communicators (I share and let others share); Inquirers (I ask questions to learn new things); Have Integrity & Compassion (I am honest, do my best, and I help others even when no one is looking); Resilient (I try again, even when it’s hard); Respectful (I treat others the way I want to be treated); Thoughtful (I think about what I say and do); Cooperative (I work together with others).
Music and art activities
The arts invite children to imagine, solve problems, express ides and emotions, and make sense of their experience. At ICCC all children are invited to experience and explore different forms of music and art. This happens in free play as well sessions like music, dance, art and craft time.
Literacy and Mathematics
Children are exposed daily to phonics and early math from the youngest age. With children aged 4+ we use Jolly Phonics, a synthetic phonics program for teaching literacy, reading and writing and specialized math resources, like Abacus Evolve, to teach early mathematics skills.
Children are encouraged to develop their curiosity about the world around them and to make observations. They are introduced to science through the IEYC units of learning and with special classes from the age of 4+ where they have hands-on science activities on a variety of topics.
Physical Education, Dance, Karate
Children develop fine and gross motor skills, which involve whole body movement, with different sport activities like Fun Gymnastics and Yoga, Karate and Dance classes. ICCC offers further optional activities like Ballet classes. In the summer children can opt for tennis and football classes, or horse- back riding walks (optional activities are charged extra).
Outdoor activities and field trips
Regular nature walks, outings and field trips complement what we study and bring the learning to life. We are only a few minutes walk to mountain trails and paths and even the youngest children enjoy regular walks to collect nature materials, observe the forest life, learn about trees, birds and bugs, or simply to run around or play with sticks, rocks, leaves and evrything they come across.
Ski Week and Green School
We offer as an option ski training on the slopes of Vitosha mountain in winter and a week in the mountains for Green School education in June when children hike, play and practice basic mountain safety. These activities are paid extra by parents.