My Child > Educational approach
The active learning pedagogical approach is adopted in our school and inspires the My Child school teachers in their daily activities. What is it? Who are its pioneers? Maria Montessori, Loris Malaguzzi, Emmi Pikler, John Dewey, Baden Powell, Thomas Gordon and others. The best is taken from each pioneer to obtain a unique, genuine and shared melting pot.
The daily presence of mother-tongue English and Italian teachers promotes the experience of a bilingual environment.
Maria Montessori's active learning
The key feature of active learning is that children play an active role in the educational process and are not simply passive receivers of adults’ actions. Knowledge is gained through experience and the concreteness of doing, understanding concepts through action.
Adults are no longer the transmitters of concepts but instead act as guides preparing the environment to facilitate discovery, curiosity and direct activity by the children independently.
The Montessori method involves using structured materials in a specific sequence. It is clear to the children when something is done incorrectly so they are able to self-correct.
The Reggio Emilia educational approach of Loris Malaguzzi also uses active learning in children’s education. It is acquired through experience, decided by each child over time and at the moment he/she feels is right.
Reggio Emilia schools are known across the world and favour the use of the one hundred languages of children – ways of communicating, expressing yourself and thinking. The adults’ role is to present opportunities for these languages to be revealed.
This is achieved at our workshops and by using non-structured materials, such as reusing clean discarded items which are collected and selected, divided by type, colour and material. Together with the teacher, the children express their inspirations, thanks to the huge variety of material proposed. In the workshop, we do not ‘produce’ learning but rather create the conditions for learning.
There is a mother-tongue English teacher in each section of the school every day.
We continue the process of familiarisation with the foreign language that started in the nursery school. The bilingual approach to everyday school life is offered by the class teachers by speaking to the children in English.
All initiatives, be they part of the daily routine, activities in the garden and in the woods, learning maths, writing, biology or play, are experienced by children in both Italian and English.