The Kindergarten your child would choose
Kindergarten should be fun. Children have twelve long years of school ahead of them, so why start making them behave like students now? At Lady Forster, we want them to enjoy themselves. And surprisingly, when they do, them learn far more valuable things.
Learning to think rather than obey
Parents love structure, because it's a good way of measuring 'progress'. Children, however, aren't so fond of it. Tell a group of pre-schoolers what to do, and half of them will tune out. But let them decide what they're going to do, and things become much more interesting. They start learning for themselves, rather than others. That's why we favour an unstructured approach.
What exactly does unstructured mean?
It means giving a child freedom. Freedom to explore. Freedom to make choices. Freedom to set their own limits. And, rather than resulting in a room full of kids running riot, you get a room full of children who are engaged in activities that really interest them. You also get a room full of children who are thinking.
So what do children learn through play?
They learn the most valuable thing of all - that they are important. Lady Forster helps develop children who are self-motivated and who believe in their own abilities. And we think that not only makes them ready for school, it makes them ready for life.
Links to Interesting Articles
Old-Fashioned Play Builds Serious Skills
As this article on the National Public Radio Website explains, imaginative play allows children to make their own rules and practice self-control.
Kathy Walker, a renowned Melbourne- based educational consultant has a website which contains her useful and interesting articles.