Our Approach to Learning

Project Approach

A project is an in-depth investigation of a topic that emerges from the children's interest or is initiated by the teacher. Teachers provide focusing activities and common experiences that children can relate to while learning about the topic. 

 

The Project Approach is experiential, allowing children to explore textures, sounds, color and other concrete materials to represent what they are learning through a topic.  This approach allows them to take an active role in their own learning as their young minds develop a curiosity toward learning and the world around them.


Documenting Children's Work

During a project, children's ideas, discoveries and creations are thoughtfully displayed throughout the classroom, assuring them that the work they are doing is meaningful, respected, and valued. Teachers also watch carefully as children explore, play and create, and collect physical samples of their work for individual learning portfolios.

Project Work and Illinois Learning Standards

By utilizing the Project Approach within our curriculum, children are able to meet benchmarks and learning standards across each of the learning domains while investigating their topic of interest and participating in project-related activities. Throughout any given project, children spend time observing, interviewing, experimenting, researching, sketching and constructing-- all while answering questions about their topic, meeting learning standards, and developing a love for learning.

 

Project Work and STEM

 As children participate in project work, they naturally take part in STEM-based learning as part of their in-depth investigation. Project work provides children with hands-on opportunities to explore the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in ways that are relevant and meaningful to them.