Almost all creativity involves purposeful play. – Abraham Maslow
THE PROJECT APPROACH
The Project Approach is a well-documented teaching methodology that engages children’s natural curiosity about the world around them. Students work together to investigate a topic that holds meaning to them. Teachers are active facilitators, helping children to identify their questions about that topic and providing rich, first-hand experiences which allow them to discover the answers themselves. By responding to the children’s ideas, teachers create opportunities for literacy and numeracy skills to be practiced in a meaningful context, with real-world applications. Problem solving, critical thinking, and collaboration are at the heart of Project Work, with each age-group investigating topics in a developmentally appropriate way. Some examples of recent investigations are shown on the following pages.