At Up! Kids School – Escuela Infantil® we believe that holistic education by its very nature contains a multitude of complex elements that must be discovered, developed and strengthened in children, taking into account the different particularities that each one brings with them. With this in mind, we have drawn on various different pedagogical and philosophical theories as an inspiration for our actions, programs and other educational strategies and we have grouped them together and adapted them into the following modules, which form the backbone of our Up! Kids Circuit®.
Daily spaces for creative moments based on the interaction between the children and between the children and the adult when it comes to taking decisions about what they want to learn, how they learn it and how to present the knowledge and experiences they acquire. Project work helps develop both logical-mathematical thinking and reading and writing in English and Spanish.
These activities and all other aspects of everyday life will be conducted in English, which the children acquire naturally as a second language (native speakers) rather than learning it from a foreign language perspective.
Motor coordination forms the basis for the development of areas of the brain related with the acquisition of knowledge. It is therefore crucial for children to learn to master the coordination of different kinds of movements. It also helps enhance their self-esteem and self-image.
Sensory integration is developed by stimulating the different senses, so creating an essential platform for learning, as well as for improved attention, motivation and relaxation. In this space the children explore, discover and enjoy a range of sensory experiences that lay the foundations for more complex neuronal connections in the years that follow.
A space set aside for creation and construction in which the children acquire new knowledge and problem-solving skills through technology and by learning the basic principles of robotics, mathematics and science, using teaching materials such as Lego, iPads, and robotic models.
A space in which the children work in teams and plan a project through a personal, investigative process in which, among other aspects, they analyze how they did it and what the experience was like. The teacher helps broaden their thought processes by asking questions and making suggestions.
All of this within a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) type approach to learning.
By making use of different kinds of musical sounds, instruments and styles, we stimulate the children’s listening skills so laying the foundations for numerous neuropsychological processes such as language acquisition, sensory discrimination, attention capacity and memory among others. The children set out on a journey of exploration of musical instruments, rhythm, singing and movement.
Reading stories, handling books, visits to the library, using the interactive blackboard and borrowing books are combined with similar activities at home. These form an integral part of the child’s development in that they enhance language acquisition, imagination, creativity, abstract play and a love of reading in later years.
Expressing feelings, emotions and ideas. Exploring their consciousness of the body and the relationship between the body and psycho-emotional aspects of life through dance, theatre, yoga, playing, etc.