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Our Elementary years give children the chance to explore the world with wonder, as they move, explore, create and learn together.

A warm welcome from our Principal

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Welcome to Elementary School at Yantai Huasheng International School!

The goal of elementary at Yantai Huasheng is for children to have the opportunity to develop and grow emotionally, academically, socially, physically and spiritually. The elementary classrooms are staffed with a lead teacher and an associate teacher, ensuring that each student receives the individualized attention and care needed for success. Thematic units, which incorporate several subject areas increase interest and understanding by drawing from real world and real-life connections. These units build an international perspective by centering around a variety of geographical and historical themes.

Whether through our inquiry-based science curriculum or thematic social studies units, students are being prepared to become lifelong learners. Art, music, and PE classes all have specialized teachers with age-appropriate standards-based curriculum, which helps ensure that our students are experiencing a meaningful education outside of the regular core curriculum

Students in Elementary may choose to get involved after school in fine arts and sports-related activities, giving them a chance to explore other areas of interest and develop additional skills in a safe and encouraging environment.

Andy Lasiewicz

ECC + Elementary Principal

Bringing the curriculum to life

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Language arts

The primary goal of language arts instruction in our elementary program is to inspire students to read for pleasure, learn new information, share their thoughts and feelings, and speak confidently and dynamically. To meet those goals, we follow the Daily 5 format for our literacy block. This is a program that focuses on intentional instruction with extended periods of practice to increase reading and writing achievement. This program gives the students choices within parameters where the teachers monitor student growth and progress. Students choose from five components each day: Read to Self, Work on Writing, Word Work, Read to Someone and Listening to Reading.

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History and social studies

A strong understanding of social studies and history is the foundation of well-informed, civic-minded citizens. Our 1–5 scope and sequence begins with exploring relationships that students have within their immediate circle of family, friends, teachers, and neighbors. Then students learn the basics of geography, economics, and citizenship in the context of expanding their view to include the local community. Learning broadens from there to an awareness of local and global communities, the exploration of different cultures, and public service roles. Finally, students begin to learn about American history, from the first migration to the 20th Century.

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Just as children explore concentrically larger circles of community in social studies, the science curriculum teaches them to understand and appreciate the physical world around them. Students take part in engaging, hands-on investigation focused on life science (plants and animals), physical science, and earth science. We always retain an emphasis on engineering, and helping each child to applying these scientific topics through experimentation and creation.

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Our math instruction and curriculum are carefully designed to allow students to connect with, build upon, and refine their mathematical understandings. Students use metacognitive strategies when they engage in solving mathematics problems not only to understand specific concepts, but also the process by which they learned them. Six content strands are at the core of instruction in all grade levels: number and numeration, operations and computation, data and chance, measurement and reference frames, geometry, patterns, and functions, and algebra.

Student experiences

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Learning beyond lessons

The best learning is active and engaged. It can be found in ordinary places. Take our open gym nights or our elementary dance troupe practices, for example. These activities energize students and help them to see the holistic connections between mind, body, and spirit. Activities outside the classroom are not merely add-ons to the core curriculum. They are a continuous enrichment, a way to sustain and deepen learning.

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Co-curricular activities

Co-curricular activities offer students the motivation to learn, build confidence, develop their character, grow physically, and nurture their creativity. Students who are involved in co-curricular opportunities also become more invested—socially and academically—in their overall school experience.

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Spoilt for choice

For Grades 1–2, options for co-curricular activies include… Crafts, Coloring Project, Japanese Club, Food Art, English for Beginners, Beginner Chinese, Intermediate Chinese, Rollerblading, Drum (intermediate level) and Piano.

In Grades 3–5, the range of co-curricular activies changes to reflect students’ changing abilities and interests… Jewelry Making, Recorder Ensemble, Beginner Chinese, Intermediate Chinese, STEM Elementary, Soccer, Board Games, Baking, Rollerblading, Drum and Piano.

Our Elementary teaching team

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