Children are curious about the world they live in. Early childhood specialists recognise that tapping into this curiosity lends a natural propensity for children to learn. Learning is effectively enhanced through experience – also known as experiential learning which differs from passive rote learning, where knowledge is typically downloaded to the learner.
A child can learn theoretically the essential life skill of cooking through observing from the corner of a kitchen, but involve him actively in the cooking process and he will be able to identify ingredients, measure out quantities, wash, cut and clean – through firsthand experience!
Experiential learning is not novel. If we recall our own learning, prominent lessons were probably those gleaned from experience. In today’s context however early childhood specialists have effectively created specific situations where experiential learning can take place at different levels and in different ways for our children to enhance their quality of learning.
A preschool setting advantageously exposes your children to experiential learning where multiple learning points happen in a stimulating environment. At Bright Juniors, educators re-enact real-life situations that children can relate to which provide the impetus for experiential learning. . For example, through water play our children are not just playing but interacting and learning about different materials and their properties.
Experiential learning is also about creating multiple points of integration and application so that learning is reinforced and extended to different contextual settings. Bright Juniors’ progressive curriculum is designed to enhance experiential learning for our children through group dynamics that go beyond individual knowledge and life skills, to learning effective communications with peers, teamwork, sharing and taking turns. At Bright Juniors, we create accountable systems that allow learning to be monitored meaningfully and systematically by trained educators, which in turn forms a purposeful 3-way bridge with parents, teachers and our children. For example, we keep parents updated through different channels such as sharing observation records on a quarterly basis, and furnishing parents with developmental checklists every half yearly.
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