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TIS's Elementary Program

Tirana International School’s elementary program is designed to meet the unique needs of students age 5 to 10.  We offer a full range of academic classes as well as a thorough specials program consisting of art, music, technology, library, and physical education.  We also offer multiple levels of French, Spanish, German language for students 5 year-olds and older.

Our Reading, Writing, and Mathematics programs are based on the “Common Core” in the United States.  Each class has 10 units that must be mastered before moving to the next class.  Course work is both age- and developmentally appropriate, and requires students of all ages to apply what they learn as they learn it.

Our Science and Cultural Studies courses are inquiry-based and students are often engaged in interdisciplinary projects, incorporating environmental stewardship and physical fitness into their units of study.  Each class has five units that must be mastered each year.

We believe that a strong academic program must also have a strong “specials” program.  Students participate in musical performances, study art movements and artists, learn to be digital citizens, choose “good fit books”, and learn how to integrate healthful fitness habits into their lives.  

Throughout our program, students are engaged in projects and field trips which give them hands-on experiences, especially as they learn about our host country and the environment.  Our students are excited to come to school each day, and they find that they are constantly learning and mastering new material.

A popular and enriching part of the TIS experience for elementary school students, beginning at age 5, is the after-school program. Many of these activities are simply for fun and social interaction; however, some are curricular-related—activities.

5-Year-Olds

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6-Year-Olds

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7-Year-Olds

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8-Year-Olds

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9-Year-Olds

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10-Year-Olds

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TIS is committed to teaching children habits and skills that help them to build character, manage emotional and social situations, and keep themselves safe. Currently, we have a full range of lessons on Child Protection that we teach children of all ages. We also incorporate lessons to support the Success Orientations and Social Emotional Development of the students.

TIS Elementary Program - At a Glance

In elementary, our student-teacher ratio allows even more support to take place in the classroom so that all students are provided continued opportunities to be successful. Both the homeroom teacher and the assistant teacher are directly involved in instruction, corrective teaching, and they encourage students to work to the best of their potential. Our TIS students experience a warm, inviting, and friendly classroom environment; one which focuses on positive interactions and incorporates important success orientations such as kindness and politeness, group interaction, and others. The elementary classes are an exciting place to be at TIS!

Mike Wood
Elementary Coordinator

Elementary Classroom Peak

ELEM: Concern for Others Challenge

If you have a 5YO-10YO student, they have all received a Concern for Others Challenge sheet.  On the paper, it has 18 different ways to show concern for others.  Help your child decide which challenges might be good for them to complete.  When one challenge has been completed, have both the parent and child sign their name in the box.  These challenge squares can be returned as single squares or as the entire completed (as much as you can) sheet to the homeroom teacher or Mrs. Mudd.  

The different age levels will be "competing" with each other to see who can complete the most challenge cards and show the greatest concern for others.  

Good luck and have fun!

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8YO: Multiplication Squares

8-year-old students work in pairs to practice their multiplication.  In this interactive game, students roll dice to create random multiplication problems and then they solve them while strategically filling in squares on the board.  Kids love it!  Why are games so important for learning?  Well, math games provide structure for children to engage in problem-solving in order to reach a goal.  The challenge is what makes it so thrilling. 

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10YO: Busy, busy!

Students in 10 Orange Science are busy learning all about: habitats, energy transfer through food webs, life cycles of animals, plant and animal adaptations, human impacts on environments, threats to plants, animals and habitats, and conservation efforts around the world to help fight these threats. The students are learning about these ideas in general as a class, then focusing on an endangered animal of their choice and learning about these concepts in relation to these specific animals. Students are constructing models to demonstrate their learning of these ideas and look forward to teaching their classmates soon!

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5YO: I believe I can fly...when I'm part of the 5YO Orange team!

The 5-year-old Orange class has been learning about the power of teamwork. Throughout the day, the 5's have many opportunities to work together, lift one another up, share, play and learn together. We get to see each day how our individual strengths come together with those of others to accomplish so much more than we would have just on our own. When we sat down to think about how we could share what we learned about teamwork, many of us thought of making art. The 5's voted to create this beautiful set of wings to show that when we work together, we take flight. We can fly!

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7YO: Concern for Others Boxes

Mr. Stant's 7YO class is thrilled to be taking part in this year's Concern For Others Boxes charity event.  As part of their service-learning unit in cultural studies, the students decided they wanted to team up with Mrs. Mudd and the PSG to help raise awareness and money for this wonderful giving opportunity, in hopes that they can help make the holiday season a little bit brighter for some less fortunate children in Tirana.  They scripted and shot a video advertisement which will be featured on Tiger News, made posters that will be put up around the school, and crafted handmade wallets, purses, and magnets which will be sold to students on campus.  It has been an invaluable learning experience for the kids that will hopefully stick with them for the rest of their lives.

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ELEM: Concern for Others Challenge

If you have a 5YO-10YO student, they have all received a Concern for Others Challenge sheet.  On the paper, it has 18 different ways to show concern for others.  Help your child decide which challenges might be good for them to complete.  When one challenge has been completed, have both the parent and child sign their name in the box.  These challenge squares can be returned as single squares or as the entire completed (as much as you can) sheet to the homeroom teacher or Mrs. Mudd.  

The different age levels will be "competing" with each other to see who can complete the most challenge cards and show the greatest concern for others.  

Good luck and have fun!

Read More about ELEM: Concern for Others Challenge