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FALL 2018

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L ynne Danon has seen firsthand the value of early childhood education. Prior to entering Foundation 2 classes at the British Inter- national School of Char- lotte in Ballantyne, her daughter was an assisted learner. One year later, she had fast forwarded to an accelerated learner. "My daughter is now in Year 10 at the school, and thanks to this curriculum, she has enough confidence that she could go anywhere in the world by herself and be fine," Danon says. Similar success stories are occurring across the street at Endhaven Elementary School. There, two Bright Beginnings classrooms provide a literacy-focused curriculum for children disadvantaged in some way, enabling them to enter kin- dergarten prepared to learn. Lori Corpening taught 16 Bright Beginnings children during the last school year at Endhaven. "English was not the home language for most of my students, but I am proud of their accomplish- ments," she says. "I had one girl who only spoke Spanish, and by the end of the year, she spoke English as flu- ently as the other children." These two examples illus- trate the nationwide trend away from basic child care to an emphasis on early childhood educa- tion. The first day of school is no longer only taking place in kindergarten or first grade. Instead, parents and educators are kickstarting the learning process before children are even out of diapers, responding to neuroscien- tific findings that show a youngster's mind is most fertile in the early years. At the British International School of Charlotte (BISC), the curriculum throughout its program — from 18 months old to international baccalaureate — is rooted in the Nord Anglia approach to learning. "The Nord Anglia philosophy is to 'Be Ambitious,' and this is embedded in learning every day," says Jude Penson, BISC foundation stage leader. "We have a highly talented teaching staff committed to a rigorous learning environment." The Nord Anglia concept incorporates child-centered learning, which Danon thinks made all the difference with her daughter. "Their teachers are trained differently than Kickstarting Education Endhaven Lane programs tap power of pre-K minds By Nan Bauroth Photos courtesy of Bright Beginnings and the British International School of Charlotte Parents and educators are responding to neuroscientific findings that show a youngster's mind is most fertile in the early years. Jude Penson BALLANTYNE FALL 2018 43 Feature

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