“The first five years have so much to do with how much the next 80 turn out.”

Bill Gates

Educational excellenceTessa International School’s Curriculum gives children the best tools they can acquire at an early age to become happy, successful world citizens and leaders. Children benefit not only from full immersion into a second language, but also from being constantly challenged, so that they enjoy giving their best in what they do.

Tessa’s curriculum has been built on the principal of incorporating some of the world’s best practices in preschool education. In addition to focusing on the acquisition of basic knowledge such as literacy, language arts and discovery of the world, it includes one of the top social emotional learning programs available, as well as best practices in math, science and technology.

We believe that language learning promotes global citizenship and increases multicultural understanding and is most effective through daily exposure. The international backgrounds and experiences of our learning community create an environment rich in diversity.

At Tessa International School we are committed to developing the whole child. We recognize the individual needs, abilities, and interests of our students and they are encouraged to question ideas and search for answers. Tessa International School fosters critical thinking and creativity. We prepare our students to be confident explorers and problem-solvers who are able to express themselves creatively. The curriculum is prioritized by key student outcomes and the design and sequence of the lessons reflect how people best learn and understand. Instruction engages the learner to foster deeper learning. Student feel safe to take risks in their learning through structured learning opportunities in an engaging, fun, and play-based environment.

Students and parents both receive authentic feedback about progress student progress toward the outcomes. Assessments at Tessa reflect the outcomes and provide evidence of essential understandings.

Language / Literacy

 Language skills are developed through appropriate expressions of feelings and through social interaction. Children will be exposed to the awareness of English phonics through music and movement, storytelling and hand signs. 

Children will:

  • Ask for help by using the right words.
  • Express themselves in small and big groups according to their age ability.
  • Use short sentences and later on more complex ones to express themselves.
  • Know how to answer various questions clearly.
  • Describe an illustration using the right words.
  • Memorize songs, rhythms.
  • Understand and use their own words to tell the story.
  • Get familiar with their names and gradually with their peers in upper and lower case letters.
  • Identify different types of writing.
  • Create and dictate a coherent text to accompany a picture.
  • Start to reproduce some letters of their name in upper and lower case.
  • Learn some sight words.
  • Engage in share reading by reading stories together that include rhymes, songs and poems
  • Interactive read aloud to develop thoughts about texts, making sense of stories, and to develop independent reading skills
  • Increase communicative confidence using language

Mathematics, Sciences, and Social Studies Development

Hands-on math encourages children to explore spatial relationships, shapes, one to one correspondence, number recognition, comparing, classification and seriation. 

Children will:

  • Learn numbers, how to count, how to quantify the number of objects.
  • Learn shapes.
  • Learn colors.
  • Be able to compare sizes, lengths and colors.
  • Be able to sort and put in order.
  • Learn about their body, their senses and their hygiene.
  • Learn to describe different types of animals, their habitat, food etc.
  • Learn properties of water, air, wood and much more.

Social / Emotional Development

Social Emotional Development is a key element at Tessa International School. Our program helps students manage their emotions, cultivate caring relationships and resolve conflicts which increase social and emotional understanding.

Children are:

  • Encouraged to express their thoughts, feelings in a calm and suitable setting.
  • Learning about community and its values.
  • Using their words, listening to one another and respecting peers.
  • Learning to solve problems.
  • Developing conversational skills.
  • Encouraged to share with peers.

Arts/Music Development

The arts engage students in multisensory learning opportunities which stimulate all areas of the brain. This promotes increased attention, cognition, emotions, and retention of learning. The arts also help foster a love of learning.

Children will:

  • Develop art language and learn new words.
  • Explore, think, experiment and try new ideas.
  • Be encouraged to develop problem solving and critical thinking.
  • Develop culture awareness.
  • Develop growth of fine motor skills.
  • Be exposed to teamwork and discipline. 

Gross & Fine Motor “Physical” Development

The importance of Gross Motor Skills is the development of large body muscles which helps promote good health from physical activity, increased confidence, and release stress and frustrations through physical activities. The importance of Fine Motor Skills development is the development of small body muscles which affect writing, zipping, and buttoning and help develop dexterity and strength.

Children will:

  • Develop coordination while walking, jumping, running, throwing, catching and kicking.
  • Practice climbing and pedaling.
  • Practice running around obstacle.
  • Take an active part in team games, cooperate and take initiative.
  • Follow a rhythm.
  • Develop physical flexibility.
  • Learn how to focus and concentrate.
  • Learn how to breathe and calm down.


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