Our curriculum is founded upon the educational theories of Jean Piaget, Lev Vygotsky, and Sara Smilansky. These three superior educational theorists have helped to guide our decisions for age appropriate learning experiences for children. Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Charlotte is designed for children to learn through peer and teacher interaction in a creative and safe environment based on the theories of Vygotsky regarding the development of the young mind. Our curriculum scaffolds teaching strategies for every classroom age grouping using Piaget’s framework of proposed stages in a child’s developing ability to learn. We also support Smilansky’s teachings of learning through play. The Kids ‘R’ Kids curriculum includes an array of playtime in the classroom and outside on the playground. This strategy gives children the welcomed freedom to create and explore the world around them.
According to each of these child development theorists, children learn best when they take an active part in constructing meaning from the world around them. Another proponent of educational constructivism is the Montessori method of teaching. Even though it has a similar philosophy to Vygotsky, Piaget, and Smilansky’s methods, the Montessori approach to education has some very distinct differences. Listed below is a chart comparing the Kids ‘R’ Kids’ teaching philosophy and the Montessori teaching method for young children.