In the Little Sisters Preschools, Half the Sky-trained teachers use a unique and progressive curriculum that blends principles of the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education with contemporary Chinese teaching methods. The program is designed not only to prepare the children (2-7 years) to succeed in Chinese schools, but also to help develop the "whole child", to help her attain the positive sense of self so often missing in institutionalized children.
Special areas are designed for art projects, music, reading, imaginary play and developing motor skills. Teachers build on the approach fostered in the infant nurture program by getting to know each child's individual interests and developing curriculum and projects based on those interests.
All Half the Sky preschool teachers are university or normal school (teacher's college)-educated in China and also undergo Half the Sky training which includes an emphasis on documenting each child's progress - creating a personal history and permanent record for children who do not have a family to mark their milestones and achievements.
To learn more about the Little Sisters Program, visit Half the Sky's website.