Nature-based education has been shown to improve cognitive, linguistic, social- emotional, motor skills, creative thinking and promotes environmentally friendly values in preschool children.
Nature-based education is a pedagogy where nature is the central organizing theme of the curriculum. This educational philosophy is where the natural world is the integrating thread that intentionally weaves together the philosophy, methodologies, classroom design, outdoor spaces, and sets values surrounding awareness and appreciation for the environment.
When students step out of the classroom and explore the concepts they’ve learned about, they deepen their understanding of science, themselves, and the world. The children will experience how to work in groups, which will provide a powerful bond in their learning experience. Children will have every opportunity to learn and engage in their very own interests!
Age-appropriate experiments will provide children with life-altering experiences and new challenges, along with opportunities to apply skills learned in the classroom, collect data for use in the classroom, solve problems, bond with classmates and teachers and develop self-confidence. Often, these experiences give children rich topics for their writing, drawing, and conversation. Adventures in the field and outdoor education are ideal opportunities for integrated teaching and learning. Students experience outdoor play daily: explore, play, perform scientific experiments, navigate, reflect in journals, sing, and create artwork. Outdoor education is an inextricable part of the way we teach and learn.
The Reggio Emilia Approach is an educational philosophy based on the image of a child with strong potentialities for development and a subject with rights, who learns through the hundred languages belonging to all human beings, and grows in relations with others. Loris Malaguzzi was an early childhood educator who founded the educational philosophy known as the Reggio Emilia Approach. He was instrumental in the creation of a network of municipal preschools in Reggio Emilia, Italy.
Place-based education is the process of using the local community and environment as a starting point to teach concepts in language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, and other subjects across the curriculum. Emphasizing hands-on, real-world learning experiences, this approach to education increases academic achievement, helps students develop stronger ties to their community, enhances students’ appreciation for the natural world, and creates a heightened commitment to serving as active, contributing citizens. Community vitality and environmental quality are improved through the active engagement of local citizens, community organizations, and environmental resources in the life of the school.
Children will discover different art techniques & famous artists, have the opportunity to try different types of art, and draw things that interest them.
This will give the children the opportunity to learn more about sign language and the importance of respecting different types of languages and language barriers.
Children will expand their understanding and appreciation of different types of music, spatial awareness, movement, balance, and coordination.
Children will experience and learn to understand the basic “poses” in yoga. This will help with fitness and help facilitate and channel children’s energy that is over-stimulated by today’s living and society.
Children will learn through the observation of living animals, insects, plants; exploring weather; and discovering the solar system. Kidz Go Eco will educate children on the importance of environmental awareness through recycling, conserving, and reducing. We “adopt” an animal that is on the “Endangered Species” list every year, and will display a photo of that animal on a bulletin for all the children to see.
At Kidz Go Eco, students are engaged and captivated by hands-on learning experiences. Learning through direct experience offers children the opportunity to actively master skills—it brings learning to life—from creating and running their own grocery market to learn about money, conduct archeological digs of mysterious cultures as a way of studying world cultures, perform field ecology research around our school, see & hold real-life animals, view life cycles to see how plants grow, see how tadpoles evolve into frogs, and children even begin to learn how to reuse items to create recycled art. These are some fun examples of how the students learn in our school.
When students reflect on their experiences, they develop a genuine understanding of what they have studied. Reflection reinforces and enhances their learning. It gives them the opportunity to better retain information and build on earlier discoveries. While journal writing is central to this process, students also reflect on their experiences through discussion, writing, drawing, and creating visual presentations. Kidz Go Eco recognizes that children communicate in multiple “languages.” Through these different channels of expression, students have the opportunity to first, individually reflect, and then share their discoveries with a larger community. Teachers love to incorporate “show-n-tell” and “star of the week” so children can reflect upon themselves and their very own interests as well.
Through a strong core curriculum, students at Kidz Go Eco become proficient in traditional subject areas: language arts, math, social studies, and science. Teachers provide themes to enhance the core academics by providing students the opportunity to apply and broaden their knowledge through studying special topics in-depth. Topics are designed based on students’ interests which provides the children the opportunity to immerse themselves in a focused area of study. Through themed studies, we incorporate science, math, writing, reading, research, visual arts, and outdoor education.
Kidz Go Eco inspires and challenges students while supporting them in a nurturing environment. Two teachers are in each classroom. Our low student-to-faculty ratio allows teachers to personally know students and respond to their individual learning styles. By working closely together inside and outside the classroom, teachers and students build strong and meaningful personal relationships that make children feel valued and appreciated for who they are. Teachers collaboratively work at each child’s level, and students are often divided into age appropriate groups for core subjects and preschool classes. Overall, students receive a high level of individual attention. The teachers challenge students to think critically. Creative problem-solving begins with valuing differences and fresh insight. Working in small teams, students learn their own ideas are often enhanced by collaboration and interest.
We provide personalized daily feedback to help you understand what activities your child participated in during each school day. We encourage children to progress at their own pace according to their individual needs and abilities. We facilitate exploration, reflect on “how the world works”, and aim our thoughts on concerning biological objects that attract a child’s attention, such as a new plant beginning to bud, an animal running, or the discovery of different foods.