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Our approach to a meaningful tech education

We encourage every kindergartener to express themselves creatively using technology by nurturing them to think computationally, have empathy and act boldly.

 

Education should be meaningful. It should give purpose to learning, inspire creativity, self-expression and action. Blindly learning is such a waste of time. That’s why we believe that a meaningful tech education should lead students to self-actualisation through both technical and expressive knowledge and skills.


This is what it looks like.


Feel empathy


Our students are required to put aside their knowledge, learning, opinion and perspectives to understand other people’s experiences deeply. By developing a keen sense of what someone else is going through, they design solutions that meet others' needs more meaningfully.


Think computationally


Students use 4 techniques in our courses to sharpen their critical thinking so that they can solve problems logically & efficiently.


  1. Make rules and take a step-by-step approach (algorithmic thinking).

  2. Break problems down into smaller, easier to solve parts (decomposition).

  3. Remove unnecessary details (abstraction).

  4. Find similarities (pattern recognition).



Act boldly


The future is defined by those who invent it.


Our classroom environment gives students a safe place to defy the odds and dare to fail. If there is a problem that our students care about, whether it concerns themselves, their family, friends, neighbourhood or community, we root for them to take action to make things better.

 

Forget how smart your child is, and discover how they are smart.


Kids are naturally excited and curious about technology and how things work. We enable every child to discover all their different types of intelligences by allowing them to lead their exploration through new realms using inquiry, guided play, developmentally appropriate activities, and a multidisciplinary approach to learning.


Observation & Inquiry

Inquiry is the act of asking questions with an investigative objective. Through inquiry, we encourage our early learners to observe, recognise patterns, articulate their thought processes, ask follow-on questions, and find solutions.

The pro-active learning develops curiosity, critical thinking skills and intellectual resilience. Students will overcome their fear of the unknown, express themselves and communicate ideas coherently – essential soft skills to complement their technical know-how.


Guided play


We leverage on the natural instincts of pre-schoolers to explore, experiment, and have fun. Play creates novel scenarios that lead to undiscovered outcomes. Layer their play with some guiding lights such as:

  • learning parameters;

  • clear objectives; and

  • observable outcomes.

And that’s how learning new skills and enduring understandings become fun again!


Differentiated learning


Every child develops at their own pace, and in their own unique way. To maximise understanding and absorption, we ensure that our activities engage their 5 senses, appeal to different learning styles, and keep them challenged and stretching their minds.


Multi-disciplinary curriculum


We defy the practice of a siloed education that forces young learners to specialise too early. Learning should be diverse, highlight parallels, draw connections and encourage lateral thinking. We believe this cultivates open and positive habits of the mind.


We therefore encourage our kindergarteners to see the parallels between different disciplines, and draw connections between seemingly separate concepts, such as those grounded in science, math, computer science, nature, art, interpersonal relations and technology.

 

Want to see these approaches in action?

Find out more about what we do in class here.


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