At SAIS the Early Learning Environment is designed to encourage the development of the whole child. Social/Emotional, Physical and Intellectual areas of child development are fostered and will lead to happy children, as well as the acquisition of academic skills. Students will be assigned to a class based upon their readiness levels, with chronological age as one consideration.

Through the use of a variety of teaching strategies, and a special emphasis on the Project Approach, in which students do long term investigations of selected topics, children enrolled in the ELE will progress in the following domains:

In each area systems sustainability and the effects on our future are emphasized.



  • Academic Skills (colors, shapes, objects, letters, numbers)
  • Curiosity
  • Persistence
  • Creativity
  • Wonder
  • Questioning
  • Language (Speaking, listening, Reading and Writing Awareness)


Social and Emotional

  • Collaboration (taking turns, sharing, group activities)
  • Self-Reliance and Self Management
  • Communication of needs and wants
  • Resiliency
  • Appreciation of Nature
  • Kindness and Friendship



  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Health-related fitness
  • Nutrition
  • Physical Awareness
  • Fine Motor Skills
  • Gross motor skills

Students learn through a mixture of first-hand observation, hands-on experience, systematic instruction, and personal reflection.” Dr. Sylvia C. Chard, Professor and Developer of “The Project Approach”We look forward to seeing your child at SAIS Early Learning Environment.

We look forward to seeing your child at SAIS Early Learning Environment.