We encourage children to use a variety of media to express their feelings and ideas, explore properties of those materials and use concrete means to deepen their understandings.
Projects can provide a structure through which children can share perspectives on a common theme and learn together. Projects include opportunities to discuss, revisit ideas or common experiences, research an area of interest, develop skills, develop theories or solve an intellectual problem. They can last a day or several months, and may involve the whole class or a small group of children who share a common interest.
Projects typically are begun by teachers, and have three parts:
First, the teacher discusses the topic. Children talk about what they already know, and may identify questions they would like to answer about the topic.
The second phase of the project may include activities, opportunities to research the topic, opportunities to talk with “experts” or participate in presentations about the topic.
Projects typically end with a culminating event or product that brings closure to the shared experience.