Early Learning Center

Welcome to the Early Learning Center – where lifelong learning begins!
ELC Coordinator  – Kristina Hafseth

The Early Learning Center (ELC) at Tashkent International School is based on the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP), which uses an inquiry-based, experiential approach with an emphasis on developing students who are internationally minded.

Current Programs
The ELC provides age-appropriate learning opportunities for children ages 3 to 5. The programs are as follows:
• Owlets for children who are 3 – contact the office for details
• Preschool 1 for children ages 3 and 4
• Preschool 2 for children ages 4 and 5

Play with a Purpose
At the TIS Early Learning Center, children are invited to investigate important subject matter by developing their own questions and wonderings and seeking ways to explore these through observation, research, experimentation and investigation.

Structured activities and play-based learning include:
• Constructive play
• Media exploration
• Language development
• Story time
• Mathematical activities
• Social development opportunities
• Drama, art and physical education

The Early Learning Center is an integral part of Tashkent International School. It is where learning begins for children. We follow the same philosophy and elements of the Primary Years Programme (PYP) as the other grades in the elementary school. This includes a focus on inquiry-based learning, a fostering of attitudes and learner profiles. These attitudes will ensure that children begin their growth as internationally-minded students.


Our preschool curriculum is designed to meet the developmental needs of the preschool child. The curriculum is flexible and adapts to the cognitive, social and emotional needs of the child. At this level, all areas of the curriculum are interrelated, centering on an inquiry-based approach.

Language arts activities involve the children in stories, emergent writing, illustration, play acting, retelling stories using puppets, comparisons of different story versions, letter and sound recognition, sequencing, book making, telling stories through pictures, and many other related skills.

In math, children experience and build upon basic math concepts through the use of manipulatives. The children experience volume through the use of sand and water; simple geometry through building; problem solving and measurement with non-standard units; identifying, classifying, graphing, collecting data, grouping, ordering, counting, number value, comparisons, one-to-one correspondence, and use of scales.

The aim of the preschool is to provide children with a happy environment in which they can learn about themselves ad others, become independent, inquisitive learners and problem solvers, and above all to develop a love for learning that will last a lifetime.


Units of Inquiry
The programme of inquiry represents the organizing structure for transdisciplinary learning. It is made up of structured units of inquiry planned for each year or grade level. The units of inquiry are grouped under six organizing themes that present ideas in a way that transcends subject distinctions. They offer insights into the common ground of human experience and, when explored from a multiplicity of cultural perspectives, provide a dynamic, transdisciplinary core to the school’s curriculum. They also provide consistency with other PYP schools around the world.

The six transdiciplinary themes are:

  • Who we are
  • Where we are in place and time
  • How we express ourselves
  • How the world works
  • How we organize ourselves
  • Sharing the planet

To be an exemplary international school learning community

Tashkent International School educates students to be internationally minded, think creatively, reason critically and communicate effectively



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