Teaching & Learning Approaches

Learning programs at 360 Kids consist a balance of investigation or exploration, guided instruction, and explicit instruction, children need many opportunities to investigate and explore in their learning proccess. These experiences allow children to build on their existing knowledge, create and clarify their own new understandings, and experience a variety of approaches to a problem or question. 

Learning Approaches

1. Learning through Inquiry
2. Learning in real-life contexts
3. Learning through exploration
4. Language development

In investigation and exploration, children’s autonomy is high, and teachers observe, listen, and question in order to provide the children with the support they need using the instructional strategy of scaffolding. In guided instruction, learning experiences are thoughtfully planned and guided by the teachers. While providing guidance, our teachers are flexible in order to make the best use of alternatives and strategies that are generated by the children.

Explicit instruction is used by the teachers to clarify steps, extend an idea in a particular direction, or demonstrate a skill that may be used in a broader context.

Assessment is the key to effective teaching and is the starting point for instruction in the play school program. A well-planned Kindergarten program provides teachers with many opportunities for ongoing observation and assessment of children’s strengths, needs, and interests. On the basis of this ongoing assessment, teachers plan instruction to help children build on what they know and extend their thinking.