Young Kidizens Program
Our unique constructivist framework of city-building, role-playing and social learning enables groups of younger students to take on a guided discovery of real-life concepts. Leveraging the overall philosophy and framework of Kidizens, our curriculum for the “Young Kidizens,” is designed specifically for the target age group of 6-7 (as well as mature 5’s and young 8′s), with the goal of simplifying many civic and economic concepts and bringing them to life with many play-based and real-life elements.
Our Young Kidizens Winter/Spring program is a 18-week interactive learning session in which students meet once a week to build and manage their own LEGO city. The program meets from January-May at all our locations and includes one week of exciting, multiple field trips.
Some of our Young Kidizens will be building a brand new LEGO metropolis while some will continue their urban development from the Fall semester, with each kid also governing in some capacity as a city council member. The program begins with a unit on urban housing solutions, using examples from cities all over the world to explore different living environments. In the first couple of weeks, each of the new students build a house in their city in which to live. They also learn about the “Dot Economy©” at Kidizens and decide which objects to purchase for their own home. In addition, some of the classes that serve as the continuation of the Young Kidizens Fall program, revisit the fundamental civic and economic concepts introduced in the Fall semester, while exploring new ways to apply these concepts in the city!
Once our Young Kidizens have accommodated the growing housing demand by learning about, designing and building skyscraper apartments, their focus will shift to creating a unique culture for their city! Kidizens will create a zoo, a park or other outdoor recreation area, and other entertainment venues (not explored in Fall) to keep their city life vibrant!
Young Kidizens will also be launching businesses for their cities, all the way from candy shops to toy stores. They will also be building a school system for their city. We’ll be taking a look at schools around the world for insight in creating a dynamic education center to serve the children of our city!
All the while, we will also be performing our duties of the sheriff, fire chief, safety inspector and other council positions and running and for new ones. We will also be building city halls, court houses, building and selling cars, designing floats for the Kidizens May Fete Parade, and studying landmarks of the world and constructing extravagant landmarks for our cities.
In the later part of our program, we’ll take our city to a new, international level! Young Kidizens will build ships and set out for Lego Island in a quest for gold (taking care to avoid any pirates they might meet)! After a triumphant return, they’ll set about designing their own World’s Fair, a celebration of cultures from all over the globe!
We’ll learn a lot and have lots of LEGO fun!
|Dates: The classes run the weeks of January 6th – May 24th with a week off for Spring Break; April 4th – 8th. Our field trips will take place during the afternoons of the week February 15th – 19th, there will be no regular classes during this week.|
|Pricing: See our Pricing Page for more details