Who is the Child?
At Kids Academy the child is viewed as a strong powerful and rich in potential. He/she is driven by the power of wanting to grow and nurtured by adults who take this drive seriously towards growth. Children’s curiosity makes them question and research the reasons for all surrounds them.
Central role of the teachers at Kids Academy is to create a partnership with the learners. They walk beside the children. They launch themselves in to the experience and begin the process of co-construction of knowledge. Teachers facilitate children’s explorations of themes; work on short and long term projects and guide experiences of joint, open-ended discovery and problem solving. Children need to explore their world by using all of their senses and to be able to experience firsthand how things work. Therefore they need to be provided with the opportunity to solve problems independently.
Parent participation is considered essential in our program. Parents play active part in their children’s early experiences in school. The skills they bring to the school and even more importantly, the exchange of ideas between parents and teachers favor the development of collaboration between the school, teacher and the home.
All students can learn significantly in a nurturing environment when given the sufficient time, developmentally appropriate goals, well-considered learning materials and strategic programs.
Environment becomes a third teacher when children can explore and move around safely, manipulate, and change the materials they are surrounded, make decisions on what they want to do and carry out and when it is a rich, new but familiar space around them.
Creating developmentally appropriate spaces will provide relationships, exploration and emotional and cognitive situations that produce a sense of well being and confidence.
Creative Curriculum is a forward thinking, comprehensive, rigorously researched Early Childhood curriculum integrated with STEM curriculum. The acronym Stem is originated by the National Science Foundation. STEM refers to NSF’s education-related programs in the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mat.
Upon the recent researches about early childhood we have seen that teaching children about peacefulness, expression of emotions, caring, knowing how to build and keep secure relationships and friendship that help the child to become more confident, happier and academically more successful adult. So we have incorporated the Mindfulness-Based KINDNESS CURRICULUM to our day to day teachings. This curriculum have been innovated and used by the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
In the Curriculum other foundational attitudes include; curiosity, kindness, compassion, generosity, gratitude, non-judging, patience, beginner’s mind, trust, non-striving, acceptance and letting be. The practices include meditation and breathing, conscious movements, plating a seed (a metaphor for friendships) and many activities to encourage gaining impulse control.