PLAYFUL SPACES IN PRESCHOOL EDUCATION
Playful spacessuch as free play or role-playing are important in the first stage of our education. In fact, children spend a lot of time in a classroom to receive classes, to work on a book or to develop some of their skills, but always is necessary to have different spaces, moments, and activities to complement the development of those skills.
To use playful spaces, we need to consider the environment, some important features as comfort, an easy access, and the most important thing; we must to think in their needs according with the age. We need magic in our playful spaces!!
Playful spaces are created to make funny activities to encourage learning, to socialize, to create, to play, to know and respect others. These spaces are not only for the school, are recommended to implement at home with the family who is part of the educational process of our kids.
By: Johana Cortés
Students work together with specific goals. They have roles where interdependence is established. Each one has skills and individual objectives. Pupils practice some mental operations in order to improve math processes and use different materials to gain their goals successfully.
Learning about other cultures is really important. It expands and finds new ways of thinking, and new ways of approaching problems. Students get fun through several activities.
At the same time, playing is another good strategy for learning effectively. Pupils interact with their partners having communication, meeting mental challenges and helping students process how well their groups functioned.
By Yazmin Moreno
“Every child has a different learning style and pace. Each child is unique, not only capable of learning but also capable of succeeding.” – Robert John Meehan
Studies have shown that accommodating different learning styles can significantly increase a child’s performance at school. Also, as a parent, you can play on your child’s strengths and help to improve the other learning styles.
At GCRB, we foster different learning styles through different activities. Let’s take a look:
- As a visual learner, this student learns best with visual cues or pictures. When information is presented in written form or visually through diagrams or pictures the student retains more information. They prefer to read the textbook rather than listen to a lecture. A teacher who uses a lot of visual aids, such as notes on the board or handouts, will be easier for them to understand in comparison to a teacher who just lectures.
- As an auditory learner, this student gains understanding when s/he hears instructions or information verbally. Learning is most effective when they can hear the information such as teacher lectures and classroom discussions. The student understands and remembers information better if they hear it.
- As a tactile/kinesthetic learner, this student learns best when there is movement or some sort of physical engagement involved during a lesson. This student enjoys hands-on experience where they can manipulate things in order to learn about it. The more they are able to touch and manipulate the information, the easier it will be for them to learn. They learn by doing, in contrast to just simply seeing or hearing.
Consequently, if your child is a visual learner, they will benefit from flashcards and books. A physical learner will work well with puzzles and blocks and if your child is an auditory learner, reading aloud can improve learning. By figuring out your child’s style, they will be able to learn more effectively.
By: Alejandra Borrego
If taught properly, learning English is fun!
Even at an early age, bilingual children show greater understanding of shapes and patterns.
English is the official language of 53 countries.
English is the most commonly spoken language in the world. One out of five people can speak or at least understand English!
By learning English, you open a window to other cultures.
Being bilingual means having total control of two languages.
English is the language of science.
English is the language of many textbooks and universities around the world.
Knowing English improves your native language skills, as well.
Traveling and living abroad is a much more enjoyable and rich experience if you can communicate with local people and/or other tourists freely in English.
Knowing English means they can understand and be understood almost everywhere in the world
Knowing English means they don’t have to use Google Translate
Knowing English means they can watch movies in the original language
A speaker of two languages can think up two or more phrases or words for each idea and object, and can utilize this talent to sharpen personal creativity.
Knowing English means they can speak to Queen Elizabeth if they meet her in the street!
Helen Doron English
by Angela Castillo
Science in primary is important in many aspects of the daily life. It cultivates a positive attitude with opportunities to experience the excitement of working as a scientist.
In GCRB Science helps kids to think about what could happen before they do it, to create a hypothesis in their mind. Then kids learn that not everything works the first time. Some experiments fall in a heap and you have to find out what went wrong, and try again.
- Science involves a lot of communication with other people.
- Science develops patience and perseverance in kids.
- It can help kids form a healthy dose of scepticism.
- Science teaches kids about the world around them.
- Science can spark in kids’ minds that they, too, can help solve the world’s big problems.
By Angela Castillo
One of the most important objectives in Preschool at GCRB is helping our little learners to develop fine motor skills. We provide activities that allow them to strengthen not only cognitive abilities, but also simple physical capacities such as hand-eye coordination, grasping skills or in-hand manipulation.
Fine motor skills are coordinated movements of the muscles that involved in small actions in the forearm, hands and fingers. Young children need to have good control of these body parts to be able to write, tie shoelaces or properly use the spoon to eat, and other activities that they will perform during their life time.
To that end, kids practice fine motor skills by exploring sensory play materials, developing art projects, cutting, sticking, coloring with pencils or crayons, tearing, or getting dressed by themselves. As a result, Preschool learners have the opportunity to learn newideas and practice concepts through these activities. For instance; kids count beans, make numbers using clay, decorate pictures using given resources or learn about plants, touching the soil, water and seeds.
On the other hand, these processes, besides developing motor skills, contribute to some other learning mechanisms too, such as attention and concentration. Some researches show the link between cognition and motor abilities. Timothy Curby and Abby Carlson, (2014) expresses that learners who have well-developed motor abilities in their early childhood, will be able to navigate and manipulate their environments easier. In consequence, it is vital that parents support this development before school age, and when the child does not perform a fine motor activity correctly, engage his kid in several related activities at home. Fine motor skills practice should be an important objective for both parents and teachers.
By: Nelida Corredor.- Transition Teacher.
Realia, The Way To Bring Real Life Into The Math Class
“If we teach today´s students as we taught yesterday´s, we rob them of tomorrow.”
Have you ever struggled in learning math? If so, did your teacher just write problems on the board, or were you actively involved in the learning process?
Students need hands-on materials that help them create real life mathematical experiences. This is what the use of realia in the classroom is all about: the use of real life objects that students can touch, feel, and even smell to effectively learn in the math class.
Here are the reasons realia should be included in the classroom:
- Kinesthetic learning is the type of learning that students will most effectively acquire, mostly because they will have hands-on experiences.
- The use of realia brings a welcomed change to the class, a break from typical class activities like reading and writing.
- Having to suddenly interact with real objects will keep students attentive; it will create excitement, and they’ll have fun.
- Students have the chance to practice real life situations.
- Students will clearly understand the reason they’re learning.
When it comes to use realia in the classroom the sky’s the limit! The best part is that G.C.R.B. students will learn, have fun, and they’ll also enjoy math classes the most.
By: María Fernanda Castro Hernández
Docente Integral – 2D
Gimnasio Campestre Reino Británico
“The best way to make children good is to make them happy.” Oscar Wilde
As educators we know that the atmosphere within a school contributes as much to the success of the student as the curriculum. We believe in creating a positive and wholesome environment conducive to a lifetime of learning, a place where your child can learn, explore and grow.
GCRB is a place where students get many education, but not only education, students can get many friends and many experience too. We know that the first years of a child’s life are fundamentally important to develop learning skills; therefore, we develop activities through the year where teaching a subject in a foreign language can help improve in students their thinking skills in different ways: creativity, problem solving, and innovation.
We introduce your child to a world outside home with immense love and care. It is about making school a place where children feel challenged but competent, where they work hard but enjoy it, where achievement is the product but not the only objective. Here, at GCRB, we try to give students the freedom to learn outdoors and through a number of different clubs or activities that can boost creativity and movement such as the arts and sports.
Making school an enjoyable place to inhabit and learning a fun thing to do should be a goal to which all of us could be dedicated. So, Dear students, enjoy your well-deserved vacation and see you soon here…at your second home!!!!!!!
By: Mayerly Lesmes