The project approach
Inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach, we follow a very child centered approach to learning. This entails a very high degree of respect for children’s perspectives and their theories of looking at the world. The same philosophy underlies the different projects that the children and educators undertake during the year. The idea is not to feed the children with information but to help them develop their knowledge at their own pace and level of understanding. Observation of children’s interests become the starting point of all our projects. The projects then evolve as the educators extend different materials to satisfy children’s curiosities and extend their learning. Exploration and experimentation is encouraged. Children choose how they want to represent their findings.The educator’s role is to listen, observe and understand. The learning process takes priority over the final product. A project can last over a long period of time, weeks or months and can be returned to as and when children’s interest dicates.