We wanted to create an environment that nourishes the child whole. So, we made an environment where children developed social and emotional skills, learn about the world around them and find their voice and use it to make changes.
That's where Project Base Learning comes in, Project Base Learning is the open-ended learning environment we wanted for our students! Children learn to ask questions, collaborate, create, and problem-solve together in a way that is stimulating and exciting for kids. As a group, we create a curriculum that allows the children to pick from choices that they will learn for the week and how they will learn. We use a variety of tools such as Brainpop. Jr, Khan Academy (math), Scholastic F.I.R.S.T, and iStation for reading.
What's the GOAL? For children, to take the knowledge they've learned outside the classroom into the real world.
QUESTION, LEARN and INVENT
Parents here are some great tips that we use in class that you can use at home to reinforce learning.
• Let’s discover the world! Observing is important in science. Talk throughout the day about what you see and what children are looking at: “Wow, I love that big red truck you are playing with! How many wheels does it have? 1, 2, 3, 4 wheels. Four wheels altogether.”
• Use STEM language in everyday routines. During snack time, encourage children to lift the heavy apple and light napkin. Show children a whole sandwich being cut into half.
• Ask open-ended questions. These are questions that encourage children to respond with more than a “yes” or “no” answer. Ask children to describe objects and toys around them. Encourage them to compare the size, shape, color, texture, smell, and weight of different objects.
• Use books. During reading time, use the STEM language, too. Count objects on a page out loud for infants, or ask toddlers if they can find a square or a triangle.
• Follow the child’s lead. Focus on your child’s interests to create STEM learning opportunities. Observe children closely and see what they are pointing to, looking at, or seem curious about. If the child is excited about playing with dolls, count the doll’s arms and legs, talk about the shape of the doll’s eyes, and compare the size of the doll to other toys. Is she bigger or smaller? Taller or shorter?
• Make discoveries together! Go outside and explore new objects. Talk about them and compare them. How many different types of leaves can you find? Can you find a small, medium, and large rock? Can you find a square object and a circular object?
• Sing about STEM! Songs with repetitive patterns like “Old MacDonald Had a Farm,” “Wheels on the Bus,” or “Los Cinco Hermanitos” can teach children about patterns.
• Make it fun! Children are naturally curious. Children learn best through play. Teach children spatial awareness skills by playing simple games like peek-a-boo. Teach them about the position of their own bodies in relation to others (e.g., next to, in front of, above, behind, etc.).
Rhythm of the Day
7:00a - 7:40a Arrival and Breakfast
7:45a - 8:15a Outside Exploration
8:15a - 8:30a Clean up, Morning Stretch
8:30a - 9:00a Collaboration Time (what will we do today?)
9:00a - 10:30a Leader Lead Exploration
10:30a - 10:45a Mind Break ( Self-Care)
10:45a -11:45a Small Group and Independent Exploration
11:45a - 12:30p Cooking Exploration
12:00p - 12:30p Lunch
12:30p - 2:30p Quiet Activity and Mind Break Self Care (Meditation time)
2:30p - 2:45p Storytime and Music
2:45p -3:10p Outside Exploration
3:15p - 3:45p Afternoon Snack
3:15p - 4:30 Tech and Open Exploration
4:30p - 5:00p Afternoon Stretch , Music, Storytime and Closing Circle Time
5:00p Transition to Home: parents pick up their children, school is now closed