Decades of research in child development and neuroscience tell us that young children learn actively — they have to move, use their senses, get their hands on things, interact with other children and teachers, create, invent. But in this twisted time, young children starting public pre-K at the age of 4 are expected to learn through “rigorous instructions.” They are hardly given any opportunity to play around when playing is the primary engine of a child’s growth! It is through playing that children build ideas and make sense of their experiences.
Hence, KidStreet has classrooms for young kids that are developmentally appropriate. Instead of sitting on chairs for far too much time getting drilled on letters and numbers - we encourage active, hands-on learning. At KidStreet our children start school and spend their first days getting to know their classroom and making friends.
We believe that the most important competencies in young children can’t be tested. Naming letters and numbers is superficial and almost irrelevant in relation to the capacities we want to help children develop: self-regulation, problem solving ability, social and emotional inclusion, imagination, initiative, curiosity and original thinking — these capacities lead to critical thinking and mould the children to own their life in school and thereafter.
They do not spend their days getting tested and assessed continuously.
We all share a common vision: Education is a human right and every child deserves one. Our endeavour is to offer an excellent education where learning is meaningful – with art, play, engaging activities, and the chance to learn social responsibility so that children can one day participate — actively, consciously and dutifully – in this increasingly fragile ecosystem.