Our Proposed Teaching Methodology
At Green Mountain School it is our intention to utilise Steiner Education as a foundation whilst incorporating nature pedagogy and Reggio Emillia methodology. We hope to create an environment that supports a child's individual development through hands on experiential learning.
ABOUT STEINER EDUCATION
"Our highest endeavour must be to develop free human beings who are able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives. The need for imagination, a sense of truth, and a feeling of responsibility - these three forces are the very nerve of education."
Rudolf Steiner's educational approach aims to educate the whole child. It is through the balanced nurture of a child's physical, emotional and spiritual development that their intellect can grow most successfully. Steiner provides an unhurried, non-competitive and creative learning environment which fosters imagination and a love of nature in order for children to discover the lifelong joy of learning.
Steiner's pedagogy is designed to complement the different phases of a child's development, preserving and honouring the rich experience of childhood through age-appropriate teaching. Steiner focuses on experiential learning: making, doing, creating, and all lessons include artistic, practical and intellectual content. Steiner nurtures strong moral and ethical capacities, building resilience and producing well-rounded human beings who cope with the demands of a rapidly evolving and uncertain world.
ABOUT REGGIO EMILIA
“Our task is to help children communicate with the world using all their potential, strengths and languages, and to overcome any obstacle presented by our culture.”
Loris Malaguzzi (from the catalogue of the exhibit ‘The Hundred Languages of Children’)
The Reggio Emilia approach is an educational philosophy focused on preschool and primary education. It is a pedagogy described as student-centered and constructivist that uses self-directed, experiential learning in relationship-driven environments. The program is based on the principles of respect, responsibility, and community through exploration and discovery through a self-guided curriculum. At its core is an assumption that children form their own personality during early years of development and are endowed with "a hundred languages", through which they can express their ideas. The aim of the Reggio approach is to teach how to use these symbolic languages (e.g., painting, sculpting, drama) in everyday life.
The Reggio Emilia philosophy is based upon the following set of principles:
Children must have some control over the direction of their learning;
Children must be able to learn through experiences of touching, moving, listening, and observing;
Children have a relationship with other children and with material items in the world that they must be allowed to explore;
Children must have endless ways and opportunities to express themselves.
ABOUT NATURE PEDAGOGY
"Most people are on the world and not in it" - John Muir
Nature Pedagogy is a way of working with children and creating settings for education that embraces nature.
It includes the educational environments we create, the process of assessment and planning and the learning journeys that we encourage children and families to take throughout childhood. By being in and with nature, we can gain understanding of the centrality of relationships both to the land and to each other, create a community of learning, build respectful acknowledgement of the role of the natural world in all aspects of human development and hold a view of the child as confident, capable, and curious.
When encompassing nature pedagogy children’s education is not about the mastery of nature, the conquest of the mountain or the domination of nature, but about our connection to it. Nature pedagogy teaches children about managing risk and meeting challenge and through it, to build resilience and capabilities ready to face their dynamic futures.