Pikake School’s earlychildhood curriculum is based on the Montessori Method, and is inspired by Reggio Emilia approach and new educational research methods. Our goal is to support our children by helping them become bilingual to contribute to the global community and provide an enchanted childhood.
What is Montessori Method?
Maria Montessori was the first female doctor in Italy. She conducted tremendous observations and research about young children and she created the Montessori Method. There are many famous graduates from Montessori schools and now there are many Montessori schools all over the world.
The Montessori method is based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play. It also values the human spirit and the development of the “Whole Child”, physically, socially, emotionally, and cognitively. In the Montessori classroom children make creative choices in their learning. Children work in groups and individually to discover and explore mysteries of the world and to develop their maximum potential. Every material in a Montessori classroom supports an aspect of child development, and children can learn through their own experience and at their own pace.
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What is Reggio Emilia approach?
“100 Languages of Children”
The Reggio Emilia Approach is named after the town of Reggio Emilia in Northern Italy. These schools have been described as “best top ten schools in the world” (Newsweek 1991) and this approach has made an impact quickly worldwide. Educator, Loris Malaguzzi(1920-1994), said each child has 100 languages to express themselves. In the philosophy, children learn in a hundred different ways and explore and express themselves in 100 different ways such as movement, drawing, painting, reading, writing, building, sculpting, shadow play, collage, drama play and music among many other communicative and cognitive means.
Like Reggio classrooms, we have art studio in each house, where children explore art mediums and natural materials to have opportunities to express their ideas in various forms. We believe that children learn best though hands on approach. We also construct our curriculum based on their interests and curiosity. If you would like to learn more about Reggio approach, please click here.
Pikake’s Global education
We believe that language is such a powerful tool to communicate and collaborate with each other in the global community. We have immersion programs for English and Japanese language and bilingual program(Japanese and English). We start from the step of “learning languages are fun” and move to next steps of global awareness, cultural celebrations, and nurturing hearts for our planet.
(Japanese Program) Even though we are far away from Japan, we would like to provide the curriculum that children can feel the seasons and learn about the cultures and traditions of Japan. Our children will learn and develop their communication skills in Japanese.
(English Program) All areas of learning such as language, math, science, geography, zoology, art and music will be guided in English. Montessori Phonics help to build up the children’s foundation in the sounds of the alphabets and they learn to read by decoding. The Montessori way has a systematic way of teaching the children to be able to read independently and has proven itself as one of the best educational models in the 21st century.
(Bilingual Program) Our world is getting smaller. Our bilingual program offers our young children opportunities to learn both in Japanese and English. The goal in Bilingual program is help children get familiar and comfortable with both languages. Then, we hope children develop love and appreciation of cultures and cultural awareness.