The Kids ‘R’ Kids curriculum is founded upon the theories of three educational theorists, Jean Piaget, Lev Vygotsky, and Sara Smilansky. These theories guide our decisions for each level of learning to ensure an appropriate educational experience for children throughout our programs. At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of First Colony, our curriculum is designed so that children learn through teacher and peer interaction in a safe and creative environment in accordance with Vygotsky’s theories of the development of the young mind. We are committed to elevating learning strategies at every age and in each classroom using Piaget’s framework of proposed stages in a child’s developing ability to learn. Finally, we support Smilansky’s teachings of learning through play. Our curriculum has been designed to include a plethora of recreation and playtime both inside and outside of the classroom. This gives children plenty of freedom to run and play while exploring the world around them.
Each of these three child development experts agree that young children learn best when they take an active role in constructing meaning from the world around them. A different proponent of educational constructivism is the Montessori method of teaching. Although the Montessori method is similar in philosophy to Vygotsky, Piaget, and Smilansky’s methods, the Montessori approach has several unique differences.
Below is a comparative chart between the Kids ‘R’ Kids teaching philosophy and attributes of the Montessori teaching method for young children: