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About the Early Years


Early Years Overview

The early years program at ICS Addis is a part of the elementary school, and includes early childhood and kindergarten children, ages 2-6.

Early Childhood

Our early childhood classes are located on our two spacious Little Eagles Nest campuses, adjacent to the main ICS campus. Early childhood 2 and 3 are half day programs, five days per week.

New in the 2019-20 school year, our early childhood 4 program will have both half day and full day options. Students who attend for the full day will follow the same school hours as students in elementary school, and the program will be a continuation of the morning structure and curriculum, taught by our experienced teachers and teaching assistants.

Students entering early childhood 3 and up are required to be toilet-trained. Students in early childhood 2 are not required to be toilet-trained.

     Grade Level     



     Early Childhood 2 (EC2)     


     8:00 AM-12:00 PM      

     Early Childhood 3 (EC3)     


     8:00 AM-12:00 PM**     
     Early Childhood 4 (EC4): Half Day           4           8:00 AM-12:00 PM     
     Early Childhood 4 (EC4): Full Day           4           8:00 AM-3:00 PM / 2:00 PM on Wednesdays     

*Students must be this age on or before 31 August of that school year.

**Little Eagles Camp: early childhood 3 students may enroll in an optional extended day program, available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.


Our kindergarten program is located on the main ICS campus. Please visit the elementary school portion of the website to learn more about our kindergarten program HERE.


Early Childhood Curriculum

Social | Emotional

In Early Childhood, all children develop at their own pace. Supporting children’s social/emotional growth is highly valued in ICS’s EC program. By the end of EC4, we would like children to be able to:

  • involve an adult in an activity and sustain the involvement.
  • show loyalty to another child.
  • negotiate the resolution of a conflict with another child.
  • identify an emotion and give a reason for it.

Initiative | Self-Regulation


  • Make a plan with three or more details.
  • Join with other children in playing a game with rules.
  • Try three or more ways to solve a problem with materials.
  • Help another child in a self-care activity or program routine.


  • Follow rules and routines of the classroom.
  • Express feelings, needs, opinions and wants that are appropriate to the situation.
  • Choose appropriate responses (re-direction, verbalizing emotions) when faced with frustration.

Language Arts

By the end of EC4, most students will be able to:

  • Identify many of the letters of the alphabet.
  • Make connections between the letters and their sounds.
  • Share information about a particular topic.
  • Use squiggles, sticks, wavy lines, and scribbles to communicate.
  • Write the letters of their name.
  • Respond orally to questions and/or directions.
  • Discover new words.
  • Engage in conversations with adults and peers on a variety of topics, experiences, and activities.
  • Enjoy listening to and retelling several types of readings.
  • Recognize rhyme and alliteration.


By the end of EC4, most students will be able to:

  • Count from 1 to 20.
  • Draw pictures or other symbols to represent numbers up to 10.
  • Develop addition and subtraction readiness using manipulatives. For example, “1 cube plus 2 cubes equals how many cubes?”
  • Understand and use math-related vocabulary, such as first, last, more, less, most, and same.
  • Sort and match objects of similar and different sizes of 2-D and 3-D shapes.
  • Explore shapes.
  • Develop vocabulary related to math activities, such as bigger, longer, and taller, when talking about size, length, and height.
  • Recognize specific times, such as day and night.
  • Use physical objects to make charts.
  • Describe the attributes of objects. For example, how many sides does a triangle have?
  • Demonstrate knowledge of patterns.

Early Childhood Instruction

Our Early Years Educators incorporate music, movement and creativity into the daily experiences and curriculum. Our Music, Movement, and art specialists are nearby for us to collaborate with and assist our educators where needed.