Ikigai Rules: Bringing different schools of early learning together
“Essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.”
There is no better line for all of us to live by - especially young children. We understand that the pressures of today’s world are unparalleled, but happiness and fun are the most essential to children’s all-round development. Learning is not to be viewed as separate from fun. It is when learning and fun go hand-in-hand that the child has the most memorable experience.
At wonderlearn, our learning program has been carefully curated to ensure the best of all these worlds for little ones. Our programs have strived to achieve the best balance of something for children to do and something that they love, in order to create a future that they can dream of and hope for!
To this extent, we have chosen the best and most relevant elements from different early learning methods - montessori, playway, waldorf and the early years foundation - to deliver a meaningful and rich early years program for children in the age group of 2 to 6 years.
Our program focuses on the all-round development of skills such as literacy, numeracy, motor, speech and language, communication, awareness … the list is endless! That’s not all, the whole program is delivered through three main mediums - toys, teachers and technology.
So why does a multi-modal method work the best?
Research shows that a combination of different ways of learning new concepts helps children learn according to their innate abilities - that is through doing, through listening, through movement, through repeating etc. Our multi-modal method caters to each child’s unique learning needs.
By adapting the program according to different elements from various schools of thoughts, we ensure the best possible and most meaningful learning outcomes for the little ones. This ensures they learn, and have fun - therefore developing an innate love for learning!
Montessori and Waldorf: These two schools of thoughts blend to give children a structured learning program, where there is freedom within boundaries.
Waldorf and Emilio Reggio: The concepts of freedom within boundaries are strengthened while not adhering to a strict age group. We understand children learn at different paces, and hence allow them to choose their own pace to ensure the best learning outcomes for them.
Emilio Reggio and Playway: A combination of these two schools of thoughts reinforces the importance of play, while ensuring basic structured programs to develop foundational skills. This is again not constrained by the limits of age and age-groups.
Playway and Montessori: By using a set of toys and ‘learning materials’, as well as teacher-facilitated guidance, these two schools of thought ensure learning remains fresh, new and fun! This encourages children to develop the best of all worlds and nurture a lifelong love for learning as well!
By giving children access to a plethora of methods of learning something, we are creating a channel of opportunities to lay foundational skills, develop them and come up with creative solutions to problems.
This learning experience doesn’t stop with age, it is an ongoing process. By giving children an array of learning opportunities, their innate curiosity for learning is strengthened and they become empowered to think creatively, speak confidently and act from a place of innate knowledge. This, we feel, is the ultimate need for the children that are going to be tomorrow’s creators, leaders and empowerers!
At wonderlearn, our programs have been carefully curated to ensure the best of all learning worlds for little ones. we have chosen the best and most relevant elements from different early learning methods - Montessori, Playway, Waldorf, Emilio Reggio and the early years foundation - to deliver a meaningful and rich early years program for children in the age group of 2 to 6 years"
P.S.- We sought inspiration from #Ikigai, took creative liberty in shaping this framework. #ikigai rules :)