At Kidizens, we believe in the benefits of encouraging experiential learning that engages the whole child. Our students learn by exploring, experiencing and addressing real-life situations. They build to think, explore, and act!
In our classes, students develop cities from the ground up and follow a detailed curriculum, where “kid citizens” take on roles such as mayor, sheriff, city planner, ambassador and more. They work with each other to determine the kind of city governance required and solve problems as they mange and govern their own cities.
They discover the need for cities to provide for public safety, write laws, and pass legislation that takes into account and balances the often divergent wishes of other kidizens. And in this fun and social environment, they learn about social studies, civics, history, economics, money management, architecture, the environment, problem solving, writing, public speaking and much more.
Although, there’s a lot of creativity inherent to the program, Kidizens follows an in-depth curriculum to delivering its lessons. We have an in-depth library of civics and social studies lessons (more than 100 highly interactive lessons) on all topics ranging from constitutions to need for insurance and political campaign strategies! The teachers acting as facilitators pick the lesson that is needed, given the dynamically changing situations in every classroom, dictated by the social interactions and city council decisions of the children.
There is fundamental shift in the way of imparting education – it is to prepare the kids of today for the needs of tomorrow. As educators around the world recognize the value of real-world learning and readiness for 21st century skills, they are embracing newer forms of teaching/learning and are adopting new education standards.
Hands-on projects are at the cornerstone of 21st century classrooms, and are being introduced as part of this new project-based learning. This new insurgence of outside-the-box thinking as it pertains to our children’s education, comes to us in the form of new standards, being adopted and implemented throughout the country.
The newly adopted Common Core Standards are a set of guidelines that will answer the need for teaching children the skills needed in the 21st century. This collaborative, creative, self-directed learning, that involves critical thinking and deep problem solving every step along the way, is quintessential to all of our programs at Kidizens!
Here are just a couple of the examples we are helping teachers and students alike, meet these Common Core standards within our Kidizens’ classrooms for 2nd through 4th grade.
“Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., gaining the floor in respectful ways, listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion).”
Our approach: Kidizens engage in city council meetings respectfully. Students allow and follow a structure to communicate to each other,giving each other a chance to participate/collaborate.
“Ask for clarification and further explanation as needed about the topics and texts under discussion.”
Our approach: Kidizens are guided by teachers through a mini civic (economic, government, social studies) lesson. Students are compelled to engage in the process by asking questions.
“Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.”
Our approach: Kidizens are encouraged to recount lessons to each other, pertaining to experiences from their city building. They are also encouraged to propose new ideas/laws etc. their information is gathered and supported by the lessons taught (Orally).
“Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to clarify comprehension, gather additional information, or deepen understanding of a topic or issue.”
Our approach: Kidizens are encouraged to ask questions after lessons, and because they are thoroughly engaged are more likely to gather additional information to understand the topic at hand.
Our pool of parents strongly believe in developing the whole child, the value of experiential learning, and in their child’s continual growth through guided discoveries. But don’t just take our word for it…
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