INQUIRY BASED LEARNING
Young children love to ask questions. Questions are also a powerful tool for educators to promote children’s thinking and learning. When children are able to pose questions and investigate the answers, they feel in charge of their own learning. As we use the Inquiry-based approaches to learning, we harness this spirit of investigation, creating an interesting, engaging and meaningful curriculum that uses children’s interests and questions as a starting point for effective learning. We also ensure that they are exposed to relevant open ended questions that are thought provoking and stimulate them to think and share their views.
Our curriculum takes into consideration all the components of a high quality preschool program. The curriculum has been developed keeping the developmental milestones of children of the chosen age group in mind and makes use of the best practices from some of the tried and tested popular curriculum philosophies namely; Reggio Emilia, Multiple Intelligences and Inquiry based learning.
The Reggio Emilia Approach is an innovative and inspiring approach to early childhood education which values the child as strong, capable and resilient; rich with wonder and knowledge. Every child brings with them deep curiosity and potential and this innate curiosity drives their interest to understand their world and their place within it and arrive at various conclusions which deepens their learnings. In Reggio settings there is an emphasis on carefully displaying and documenting children’s thoughts and progression of thinking; making their thoughts visible in many different ways: photographs, transcripts of children’s thoughts and explanations, visual representations (drawings, sculptures etc.), all designed to show the child’s learning process. We work with these guidelines to observe and document the child’s thought process thereby capturing their understanding and learning.
The multiple intelligence theory focuses on the strengths and learning styles of every individual child there by motivating the child and giving him/her opportunities to learn in ways that the child learns best. Proposed by Dr. Howard Gardner a renowned professor at Harvard University who has identified eight distinct types of intelligences that are widely used as a basis for many preschool curriculums.
According to Gardner's theory, one form of intelligence is not better than another; they are equally valuable and viable. By incorporating the theory of Multiple Intelligence in the way we teach, every child’s learning style can be catered to.
Our curriculum takes into consideration all the components of a high quality preschool program. The curriculum has been developed keeping the developmental milestones of children of the chosen age group in mind and makes use of the best practices from some of the tried and tested popular curriculum philosophies namely; Reggio Emilia and Inquiry based learning.