How We Embrace Experiential Learning at GIIS Preschool

Rema Rajiv
May 17, 2021
GMP

Experiential learning is at the heart of our philosophy of education at our preschool in GIIS. Young children learn best by being deeply immersed and physically engaged in their learning. We take this into account as we carefully and deliberately craft every aspect of our learning environment and preschool programme.

One of the unique features of our preschool programme, the Global Montessori Plus Programme, is our ability to cater to students’ different learning styles. Based on Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences, our GMP Programme supports each of our students’ varied strengths, needs, and learning styles. In our kindergarten programme, a wide range of activities and opportunities are provided to allow each of our learners to discover their passions, interests and personal strengths.


Exposure to Outdoor play areas

At GIIS, we understand that time spent outdoors is one of the most valuable experiential learning experiences a young child can have. To provide these opportunities in a comfortable environment, we offer a specially designed green space for our young students to learn from and explore. This custom-designed physical space includes a kitchen garden and other open-air areas such as our Mist and Nest play zone. These spaces give our students much-needed contact with nature and valuable opportunities for hands-on learning.

Montessori Lab

Manipulatives (objects that allow children to explore an idea in a hands-on approach) and customised, child-centred individualised learning are at the heart of the Montessori approach. Our customised Montessori Lab at GIIS provides our students with unparalleled opportunities for hands-on learning in both numeracy and literacy using manipulatives. Our students thrive with the experiential learning that our Montessori Lab allows them to experience. This engaging lab experience ensures that our students gain knowledge and skills in a motivating, child-centred environment.



Skill-development

Developing communication and collaboration skills are of critical importance for preschool children. Mastering these skills at a young age sets children up for success as they learn to communicate well and collaborate with their peers and teachers and advance in their education and beyond. 

At GIIS, we ensure that our classrooms are designed to maximise our students' opportunities to develop their interaction skills. This helps our learners become adept at communication and speaking skills. Our special programmes, such as virtual student exchange programmes, conducted through smart TVs, provide children with even more opportunities to practice their communication skills.


STEM-Based Learning

Our emphasis on experiential learning extends to STEM learning. Our teachers carefully plan special activities for our students that enable them to gain valuable skills in science, mathematics and problem-solving in a hands-on way through the use of manipulatives. This allows our students to use their different senses to explore and learn about the world around them.

For example, in a lesson on colour mixing, our teachers provide paint and water to enable students to create a rainbow effect. By allowing students to experience these activities by themselves, they learn more quickly and easily retain what they learn. It also makes learning fun and helps to build curiosity about the world around them. Students learn scientific truths through several such hands-on activities, such as the fact that every action has a reaction.



Exposure to Age-Appropriate Technology

Our students are given sufficient opportunities to work with technology to ensure that they develop age-appropriate technological skills. Using iPads to play drag and drop games, complete puzzles and navigate mazes provides motivating, age-appropriate technology skills for our learners. Students are allowed to select some activities for themselves to increase their motivation and engagement.

Free Playtime, Child-Centred

An important aspect of experiential learning is allowing for free-choice playtime. Our state of the art facility provides our students with learning materials such as building blocks, jigsaw puzzles and other toys for free playtime.

Our teachers provide plenty of stimulating learning materials and guidance as needed but also ensure that children are given sufficient time and space for self-directed play. Free play is scientifically proven to help children develop their critical thinking, innovation, collaborative problem-solving and communication skills as they work with their peers in an environment with minimal adult direction.


Contact Us For a Campus Tour

Experiential learning can prepare your preschooler for a successful future. Come and see the possibilities at GIIS for your child. Contact us today to schedule a tour.

Rema Rajiv

Ms Rajiv has been an Early Childhood educator and practitioner for the past 15 years at GIIS. She heads the Global Montessori Plus (GMP) Programme, supporting kindergarten students in their learning and holistic development to maximise the potential of every student. She has been instrumental in implementing developmentally age-appropriate curriculum that provides a strong foundation for lifelong learning. She is well-respected due to her rich experience in the field and passion for working with preschoolers, helping establish a good rapport with the parent community.​

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