In the Early Childhood classes at Qingdao Amerasia International School, the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme combines with the Montessori educational environment to reinforce connections between students’ personal world and the global community in which they live.

Primary Years Programme units of inquiry help children to further develop their research skills, thinking skills, and communication skills. In each unit, students explore a central idea, bringing their own questions and building understanding through hands-on activities, research, and other learning engagements. Over the course of three years in our Early Childhood classroom, each student will complete eighteen units of inquiry. After students leave the Early Childhood classrooms, the Primary Years Programme continues up to Grade 6.

As the child’s guide, the teacher will introduce inquiry-based learning activities that illuminate the IB units of inquiry by teaching lessons one-on-one or to small groups of children. Teachers know that each child will learn at his or her own pace and so the child is encouraged to explore all areas of the classroom and units of inquiry.

Over the course of the day, children are free to explore the classroom and complete work in each of the Montessori Early Childhood subject areas:



Language Arts


Practical Life

The Montessori approach helps each child in the following ways:

  • encourages independence and problem solving skills
  • creates a joyful learning experience
  • aids order, concentration and coordination
  • teaches respect for oneself, other people and the planet
  • teaches social responsibility

The classroom environment exhibits the following characteristics:

  • scientifically designed didactic materials
  • aesthetically pleasing
  • atmosphere that encourages social interaction
  • schedule that allows for uninterrupted learning time
  • identifiable ground rules
  • outdoor environment to complement indoor learning environment

The program is organized in the following ways:

  • multi-year age span
  • commitment to complete a three-year developmental cycle
  • individual and group instruction
  • observational records and progress reports of each child
  • regularly scheduled parent conferences
  • public observation policy

We are committed to providing:

  • encouragement towards intrinsic motivation, spontaneous activity and self – education
  • sensory education for intellectual development
  • competency through concrete experiences helping the child towards abstraction
  • a cooperative learning environment through peer teaching and social interaction
  • learning opportunities through the exploration of the outdoors and the community
  • learning activities for creative expression
  • opportunities for cultural experiences