The best way to learn is through first-hand experience. The method that implements this approach is the Project-Based Method.
“Brainstorming” is the central tool of the method. A small child usually asks adults lots of questions. When a child starts school, they unfortunately get used to learning only what the teachers tell them to as part of their homework. Soon the child concludes that passing tests and getting grades are the only purposes of going to school.
At the PWN Bilingual Elementary School, we want to maintain and develop children’s natural motivation and curiosity about the world. We encourage children to ask questions and teach them how to seek answers. We give them the opportunity to experience, experiment, cooperate in a group and solve specific issues.
- Participation in projects teaches teamwork, ingenuity and innovation, as well as responsibility for one’s work, perseverance and patience. It drives curiosity about the world and gives a lot of joy from work and play with peers.
- Project topics and scenarios are based on children’s actual interests, their natural curiosity and fascination with the surrounding world.
Tried and tested methods
In our daily educational and pedagogical work, we employ a number of tested and tried methods:
Professor Edyta Gruszczyk-Kolczyńska’s “Children’s Maths”
This stimulating method develops children’s maths skills utilising a child’s natural creativity and desire to play. The method, besides teaching maths, makes children more aware of their own bodies, helps them improve their spatial perception and learn game design.
Veronica Sherborne’s Developmental Movement Method
According to this method, movement is on the one hand a developmental factor, and on the other a therapeutic tool. Movement aids development. It raises the awareness of one’s own body and physical fitness as well as the awareness of space and acting in it. Through shared movement activities, children form close relationships with their peers, thus raising their awareness of others.
Carl Orff’s Creative Movement Method
The method promotes creative interactions with music through dancing, singing, speaking, playing instruments, and pantomime. The main objective of this method is to trigger expression in children and to develop their creativity, especially through the combination of music and movement.
The “KLANZA” Pedagogy of Play Method
This method values group work aimed at involving each group member. The KLANZA games emphasise the diversity of the group and the importance of each group member. They also teach children to express their feelings in public as well as to respect the feelings of others.
Activities involving movement combined with acting. Drama fully engages the child – his or her emotions, body and imagination. According to the drama-based approach to teaching, there are no bad ideas – a notion that encourages children to become creative, open-minded and spontaneous.