Inspired by the STEM approach, in 2016, Kinderland introduced its STREAM through Nature programme in Science, Technology, Reading and wRiting, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics at its Yio Chu Kang campus.
Now, there are selected centres islandwide that offer this unique programme.
STREAM promotes intellectual ability and integrates knowledge across various disciplines by encouraging children to inquire in a three-step manner: explore, discover and apply. Read on to see how it can benefit your child.
The STREAM programme enhances Kinderland’s Integrated Curriculum (KIC), which includes other classes such as a Children’s Music Programme, Literacy Through I.T., the KinderFit Cardio-Wellness Programme and Coding. STREAM allows children to engage in exploration, active learning and inquiry-based learning through project work.
As a project-based programme, your child will receive guidance from experienced teachers, who will be involved in every phase of the project – from conceptualizing to creating prototypes and assembling structures.
During Phase 1, teachers facilitate the discussion and creation of mind maps, including KWL charts – What I Know, What I Want To Know and What I Learned – to guide and help your child understand the project better. Phase 2 of the project involves research and illustration of your child’s ideas. At this stage, your child will create miniature models to help visualise his or her idea in a practical way as well.
Phase 3 is where the fun really begins! Your child will start constructing actual pieces of the project, before finally arriving at Phase 4 to consolidate, review and complete his or her KWL charts.
Typical activities include creating marble maze boards to explore the the concepts of gravity and its effects on various objects, and making pinwheels to learn the properties of air.
Since the launch of the programme, STREAM has evolved to include more time for students to engage in their projects. Students not only undertake a variety of projects at each centre, but their projects differ between schools, too. For example, the projects at the Yio Chu Kang campus are not only larger in scale but involve active participation and engagement outdoors.
Contact Kinderland to find out more about its uniquely integrated curriculum today!
By The Finder, The Finder Issue 299
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