Learning Through Experience

What?

Learning through experiences (or) Experiential learning is a Hands-on approach, in which student plays an active role in creating their own experiences. Scholars in early childhood development, from all across the globe, have extensively worked and analysed the importance of hands-on learning, saying that it is developmentally appropriate as young children discover best through their senses, movement, and through their sense of wonder and curiosity about the world around them.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)—the world's largest organisation of early childhood professionals—says that a quality early childhood education is one, in which “Children are given opportunities to learn and develop through exploration and play...materials and equipment spark children's interest and encourage them to experiment and learn.”

How?

Abiding by the Hands-on learning at preschool, which aids the children to be active learners throughout the day: exploring with materials, learning by doing, moving throughout the classroom, and interacting with each other. The teacher acts as a facilitator—not by telling the children what to do with the materials—but by challenging them to use those in novel & creative ways.

We employ Practical questioning model for facilitators, helping them to promote critical reflection in experiential learning. It is a "5 Questions" model, including:

  • Did you notice?
  • Why did that happen?
  • Does that happen in life?
  • Why does that happen?
  • How can you use that?

A teacher skilled at hands-on learning will often begin her enquiries with how:

  • How can you build that bigger without falling?
  • How can you make sure those plants grow healthy?
  • How can you all play together so everyone gets their turn?

Why?

Is it ADHD? A Behavioural Disorder? Immaturity? Perhaps, then, only Hands-On Learning at Preschool might not be sufficient to cope up.

It's not a coincidence that young children are suddenly getting diagnosed with a plethora of behavioural problems just as we demand more from them academically in & out. Teachers talk to the concerned parents about their kids' behavioural issues, ADHD, or immature/self-insufficient for their age, if noticed by either in the classroom or during the activities in our premises.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)—the world's largest organisation of early childhood professionals—says a quality early childhood education is one in which “Children are given opportunities to learn and develop through exploration and play...materials and equipment spark children's interest and encourage them to experiment and learn.”

The NAEYC articulates the following about standards that are harmful to young children: “Practices of concern include excessive lecturing to the whole group, fragmented teaching of discrete objectives, and insistence that teachers follow rigidly, tightly packed schedules. There is also concern that schools are curtailing valuable experiences such as problem-solving, rich play, collaboration with peers, opportunities for emotional and social development, outdoor/physical activity, and the arts. In the high-pressure classroom, children are less likely to develop the love for learning and a sense of their own competence and ability to make choices, and they miss much of the joy in the expansive learning of childhood.”

About Us

World class preschool education by BITS Pilani and ISB Alumni, Curious Kids International Preschool is unit of Aksharam Educational Society. We are experts in Early Childhood Education and Nutrition. With passion for Education and certification in Early Childhood Educataion Gowrie Australia, our vision is to inspire curiosity, independence and love for learning in future citizens.

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