How do we learn?
What do an extensive research of educational philosophies, the analysis of the needs of our society, and the skills needed for life beyond the classroom, have in common? They all guided us to adopt The Project Based Learning Approach as our educational axis, enriched with vital elements from other methodologies that deepen and enhance ours.
Project Based Learning
The Project Based Learning is the method of teaching children through project investigations that develop in-depth thinking while engaging their hearts and minds. The duration of each project depends on the age and interests of the children, they will last as long as needed until the development of an authentic sense of curiosity and the desire to delve into the knowledge is achieved.
Teachers are currently challenged by this question: How can schools continue to engage and teach children who have access to so much knowledge at their fingertips? Today’s students, more than ever, often find school to be boring and meaningless. The Project Based Learning Approach is the answer to this dilemma, providing the foundation for both knowledge craving and proficient problem/conflict resolution.
Method of Personalized Education
The method of personalized education proposed by Pierre Faure was largely based on an integral vision of the human being, he believed that in order to teach students it is not enough to have the right instruments or materials, it is necessary to treat each student as an individual and cultivate their spirit, meant to shine their entire lifetime. We adhere to his principles.
Principle of Singularity: Recognition and respect of the individuality of each human being with his particularities and rhythms. This respect must be translated into a pedagogy that is adaptable to each student .
Principle of Autonomy: The human being is free and has to learn to be aware of this freedom and to commit to what he chooses. We help grow the kid's ability to make choices and to act following a personal choice and its consequences.
Opening Principle: The school should educate the social or communicative dimension of each student. To achieve this, it is necessary to create a happy and relaxed atmosphere where each child is invited to participate and to express himself spontaneously.
Reggio Emilia Approach
An innovative and inspiring approach to early childhood education which promotes the child as a strong, capable and resilient being, rich with wonder and knowledge. Every child brings with them deep curiosity and potential, and the innate curiosity within them drives their interest to understand the world and their place within it.
- The adult is a mentor and guide to observe (our) children
- Emphasis on documenting children’s thoughts and progression of thinking; making their thoughts visible in many different ways.
- The environment is the third teacher, recognized for its potential to inspire children. An environment filled with natural light, order and beauty.
- The Hundred Languages of Children: each child uses many different ways to show hers/his understanding and express their thoughts and creativity,