Our Kids ‘R’ Kids curriculum is founded upon the educational theories of Jean Piaget, Lev Vygotsky, and Sara Smilansky. These three educational theorists guide our decisions for age-appropriate learning experiences for children. Our schools are designed so that children learn through peer and teacher interaction in a creative and safe environment as put forth by Vygotsky’s theories of 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. Finally, we believe in Smilansky’s teachings of learning through play. Our curriculum includes a plethora of playtime both outside and in the classroom, giving the children the freedom to create and explore their world.
All of these child development theorists agree young children learn best by taking an active part in constructing meaning from the world around them. Another proponent of educational constructivism is the Montessori method of teaching. Though similar in philosophy to Vygotsky, Piaget, and Smilansky’s methods, the Montessori approach to education has some unique differences. Listed is a comparative chart between Kids ‘R’ Kids’ teaching philosophy and those attributed to the Montessori teaching method for young children.