Curriculum

 

STEAM PHILOSOPHY

 
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STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math education. We focus on these areas together because the skills and knowledge in each discipline are essential for student success. Students who are exposed to STEAM teaching techniques are innovators and critical thinkers. STEAM skills are increasingly necessary to engage in a knowledge-based learning for students to obtain academic success throughout their schooling. Some STEAM activities that we engage our students in at Learning Ladders are:

  • Five senses centers
  • Sink or float experiments
  • Recycling activities
  • Sorting activities
  • Balance and measurement centers
  • Pattern blocks
  • Creating and building different 3D structures
  • Compare and contrast observations
 
 
 

THEME BASED LEARNING

 
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At Learning Ladders we create monthly themes that guide our classroom instruction. This is called theme based learning. Theme based learning helps teach students a range of skills and content by integrating curriculum areas around a topic. This method of teaching creates a sense of purpose and community in the classroom. Our themes are planned for multi-aged groups within school. Our teachers carefully plan activities that correlate with our theme, prepare sub-themes, tasks and materials and to identify the language learning goals of each activity. Theme-based teaching is considered a good approach in teaching for young learners because it offers exciting possibilities to the students and the teachers. There is a real potential for effective learning to take place because the students and teachers open up the classroom by bringing in the world outside and linking it to children’s real interests.