January 2012 Early Learning Webinar: What Parents Can Expect from Objectives
How Did We Design VINCI Learning Objectives? <ul><li>Publications (pediatricians books on Age Norms) </li></ul><ul><li>Recent Research (studies on how children learn in early years, how the brain works) </li></ul><ul><li>Montessori curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>High Scope curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>State published recommendations for early childhood education </li></ul><ul><li>A combination of theoretical analysis, practical considerations and possibilities with digital technology </li></ul>
VINCI Learning Levels Level 1 - The Curious (18 m ~ 2.5 yrs) Level 2 - The Confident (2.5 ~ 3.5 yrs) Level 3 – The Capable (3.5 ~ 5 yrs) Level = Age correspondence is only an estimate . The key is for parents to look for signs of readiness .
Level 3: The Capable Preschoolers <ul><li>Critical Stage - Research has found strong correlation between the level of development at the age of 3 and future school performance </li></ul><ul><li>Children who have grown up being taken seriously when they ask “WHY” (L 2) tend to continue to be curious and form a habit of inquiry; getting to “HOW TO” stage </li></ul><ul><li>Social play is very significant during this stage – EQ is as important as IQ </li></ul>
VINCI Objectives for Level 3: The Capable Thinking Skill – helping children to grow from “What” (L1), to “Why” (L2) and to “How to” (L3) Emotional/Social – Learning about emotions and being considerate at level 1&2, social/group play at level 3 Language & Literacy – story telling at Level 3 Maths & Reasoning – “Think before calculating” is a key habit at Level 3 General Knowledge – from categorizing, grouping at Level 1 & 2 to geography and culture diversity at Level 3, the key is to know MORE and to let the confidence grow Science – learn Observation, Investigation and remain Curious for future learning
VINCI Objectives for Level 3: The Capable Thinking Skill 1. Reference Reading: Help your child ask good questions by Prof Forman 2. Put emphasis on OBSERVATION – from watching to seeing 3. Form a habit of taking time to think before answering a question Examples of VINCI Games: “Do, Watch & Think”, Pattern game in Africa, upcoming game “Day & Night”, social or solo game “Learning Sequence”
Emotional/Social – Learning about emotions and being considerate at level 1&2, social/group play at level 3 VINCI Objectives for Level 3: The Capable VINCI play party at http://www.vincigenius.com/
Language & Literacy – focus on Understanding, Imagination and Storytelling at Level 3 VINCI Objectives for Level 3: The Capable 1. Remembering the alphabet is the easy part. The key is to help children understand how words and sentences are constructed and what the meaning is for each word or sentence – again, thinking is the key 2. Easy daily exercise: ask your child to tell her own story of any picture including books, pictures from your camera, or anything you spot together on the road
VINCI Objectives for Level 3: The Capable Maths & Reasoning – Think before doing! General Knowledge – Knowing MORE means nothing until you can put that knowledge into practice Science – Learn Observations, Investigation and remain Curious for future learning. These 3 aspects are tied together. Examples of VINCI games - The World: USA, uses culture and geography to show math and science concepts. Upcoming games are “Busy Bugs”, “Water”, all include knowledge, math and science, allowing children to visualize how knowledge is used in daily life. Daily exercise: talk about weather, cloud formation, liquid or solid materials, transformation from ice to water, etc.
What are we working on? 1. Monthly learning themes from 18 months to 60 months 2. Smaller and a lower-cost learning system, VINCI dBlock 3. Keep an eye out for many new apps coming within weeks