Inquiry, Discovery, and Play
For our youngest learners, the world is a new and amazing place. Every experience is an opportunity for learning. And it is best learned when children have the ability to engage with it.
The ability to ask questions and experiment is crucial. As such, TCIS elementary school learning is very much inquiry- and reflection-based. We take a child's natural curiosity and tendency to play and help grow it into a life-long system of learning. Younger students are taught through play and encouraged to ask questions about what they are doing. As children progress through their years, there is a gradual shift, and they are presented with concepts and processes for asking questions. They engage with their senses, make connections, and reflect on what they experience.
It is all a fun and developmentally-appropriate way to learn – building a foundation of skills and tendencies for creativity, research, experimentation, and reflection.
The idea is to take a child's natural curiosity and tendency to play and help grow it into a life-long system of learning. In 40 years, these Elementary School lessons should still be some of their greatest assets.