Inquiry learning, whereby children discover, explore, and share actively, has become more widespread, not only in Japan but also worldwide. We will give you examples of how to use the children’s inquiries to enhance their learning.
International recognition of Reggio Emilia preschools exploded in 1991, when a panel of experts commissioned by Newsweek magazine identified the preschools of Reggio Emilia as one of the “best top ten schools in the world” (Newsweek 1991). We will introduce the Reggio Emilia approach which is based on inquiry learning.
There are two different ways to introduce art into a program. Product art is about arriving at a final product by following teacher’s instructions, focusing on esthetics, colors, and size. whereas process art focuses on the process of producing art and the experience the children gain from it and the personality of each child is expressed in their work.
This style of training has immediate useful content for both those who teach English directly and those who support English teachers. Educators will learn with songs and movement how to teach songs and finger plays to children from traditional British tunes such as ‘Mother Goose’ to re-arranging familiar songs into a variety of more modern versions such as jazz and hip hop.
How does drama help in the development of childcare and education? What is the most effective way to bring drama into everyday life in school? Drama can teach children confidence, verbal skills and so much more! Through hands-on training we will focus on encouraging teachers to express themselves through drama and how to enable them to bring out the expressive skills of the children.
Teachers need to know how to develop and support children who speak more than one language. Through this seminar, teachers will learn the definition of bilingualism, how children acquire a second language, and how teachers can support second language learning in the classroom.
It is important for teachers to document children’s progress. Many early childhood schools around the world, including Reggio Emilia in Italy, emphasize the importance of documentation. The teachers in this seminar will learn how to document a child’s learning journey and how to involve parents, the whole school and the greater community.
Creating a portfolio is one method of documentation that visually documents a child’s progress. Through this seminar, teachers will learn how to put together different types of portfolios and the benefits of creating a visual record of children’s progress.
We believe that taking a look at early childhood education in other countries can provide a stimulus for introducing new perspectives in one’s teaching. By looking at education from a different angle, we can review and reflect on our own practice. “Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own”. ‒Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
According to the economist and Nobel Prize Winner, James J. Heckman, investment in early childhood education will provide huge returns. (He calls it the Heckman Equation.) The financial investment he talks of will have a huge economic impact on a country. We propose various long-term and short-term tours abroad to learn about different countries’ educational situations which will help educators and school owners assess the choices that they make for their schools.