If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn – Ignacio Estrada 

Younger children have …

  • a natural inclination and considerable skill at role-playing
  • great concentration when something interests them
  • spontaneity
  • a love of touching things
  • a seemingly boundless amount of physical energy

So we work with these natural learning tools rather than struggle against them.

THEREFORE…

 

  • All lessons are taught with enthusiasm and a genuine interest in the subject. We believe lessons should be fun, stimulating and challenging.
  • Children have the opportunity to explore and work on their own interests and projects during Free Choice periods during each school day.
  • In the Kindergarten and Primary classes children are encouraged to understand life using all their senses, particularly touch, as this natural learning tool helps stimulate vital connections between the hand and the brain.
  • Rather than hold back the child’s natural energy we use it in lessons as much as possible.
  • Lessons tend to be active, hands on, rather than passive and abstract.
Learning as we play, playing as we learn

 

Older children have …

  • a natural curiosity about who they are and where they fit into this world
  • a love of philosophy and psychology
  • great concentration when something interests them
  • a sense of humour
  • a strong sense of integrity and justice
  • an in built radar that can detect hypocrisy and falseness

So you need to engage teenagers by encouraging self reflection and ensuring that you make connections between topics and their everyday lives. Self awareness is the key to education. Only by knowing ourselves can we begin to understand the world and people around us. Subsequently we tap into their philosophical minds, by giving them plenty of opportunities to explore and discuss with integrity, honesty and humour.

I learned most, not from those who taught me but from those who talked with me – St. Augustine