INQUIRY BASED INTERNATIONAL PRESCHOOL CURRICULUM
We all know that children love to ask “Why?” when they are able to express themselves verbally, but have you noticed that even at an infant stage, they are already curious to explore?
It is for this reason that at Pegasus, we believe in Inquiry-based Learning, where we ensure that our environment is conducive for them to be curious and we encourage them to build their confidence in order to observe, inquire, explore and comprehend.
Often, through observation, children will start to wonder, “Why?”. They will begin to ask questions and this process promotes their creativity. It also builds their confidence and fosters a passion for learning and exploring.
Initiated by their interests, we engage our pre-schoolers in many activities which provide opportunities for them to explore various concepts creatively such as Language & Literacy, Mathematics, Physical and Cognitive developments and many others.
We also touch on their physical well-being, character building and to care for our environment and the places we live in.
APPROACHING THINGS DIFFERENTLY
We stand out from others because due to our unique approach. We are aware that learning in childhood takes place instantaneously and we utilise that opportunity to our advantage. Parents are encouraged to provide their kids with Early Learning Experiences at home simultaneously to provide a memorable childhood for their kids. We are one of the unique schools who are collaboratively working together with the community to provide the meaningful learning experiences for our children and their families.
This conducive learning approach ensures that children don’t shy away from observing, exploring and asking questions by understanding the world around them. When they experience ‘joy of learning’, students benefit from a positive learning experience. A classroom where ‘joy of learning’ exists is one in which students are given appropriate levels of challenges and one in which they are able to make decisions about their learning.
As Pegasus embraces an Inquiry-based curriculum, hands-on projects and class activities are an integral part of day-to-day activities. Our interactive classrooms and extensive outdoor play areas provide kids the independence to learn freely and have fun in a stimulating atmosphere. The safety-oriented and conducive qualities will bring out their creativity!
OUR LEARNING CYCLE
The Learning Cycle of Pegasus reflects the process of inquiry and occurs in several sequential phases. Our learning cycle moves children through investigations that creates awareness, by enabling the environment, and explore materials, then constructing a concept that they need to acquire and finally apply or extend the concept to situations. Our learning cycle is a sequential process for both learning and instruction. It places focus on a series of steps that encourages a more thorough understanding and a deeper application of content. It also pushes students towards in depth inquiry and discovery in their learning. The learning cycle gives teachers a process for instruction while giving students a formula for learning.
While several variations have been developed over the years across many preschools, the idea of a learning cycle was first introduced based on ideas Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget had in regards to how children learn. Piaget’s goal was to match content mastery with a student’s cognitive development process. His model, known formally as the learning cycle, consists of three basic steps: exploration, concept development (sometimes called invention), and concept application.
In Pegasus we believe that experiential learning brings together observation, creativity and active interactions in early years education. Our Learning Cycle was derived by the inspiration of an American Educational Theorist, David Kolb, who believes that learning happens through the transformation of experiences.