The events of the past year have given our team the opportunity to think deeply about how we as an institution–and as a society more broadly–approach early childhood education.
We at Big and Tiny want to ensure that we are providing our tiny ones with an educational foundation that allows them to learn core values of life.
Implementing Gardner’s Multiple intelligence theory allows us to use a systematic approach and provide the opportunity for children to benefit from multiple ways of engaging with content and showing their understanding. These are not meant to categorize or label children with a particular style, but to help educators understand human learning and honor their individual needs and strengths.
Big and Tiny School will provide the opportunity for your child to exercise each particular intelligence they hold inside every single day, granting them the confidence they deserve to grow about their lives.
Number Smart/logical Intelligence : This intelligence demonstrates problem solving skills, especially in mathematics and science. Students usually show curiosity on how things work and create order out of chaos by analyzing, grouping and categorizing. Our goal is to encourage logical thinking and reasoning to solve problems that one encounters in real life.
Sound Smart/Musical Intelligence. Students understand the world though traits such as rhythms, patterns or compositions. We use music as a way to connect with our emotions and identify rhythmic, tone patterns and sounds from musical instruments, humans and the environment.
People Smart/Interpersonal (Emotional) Intelligence: Rooted in your ability to understand and relate to others, we use verbal and non-verbal communication skills to develop healthy relationships. We focus on understanding other people’s feelings and needs, helping others and developing empathy and coexist in harmony.
Word Smart/Linguistic Intelligence. Sensitive to the meaning, order and sound of words, this intelligence shows great capacity for words and languages, explanations and allows good articulation through vocabulary. Students usually enjoy reading, writing and stories. We use a form of progressive repetition and explore questions & experiences with children which we revisit throughout their time, developing ideas with increasing depth.
Nature smart: An Intimate understanding of the natural world. Our goal is to educate students on how to take responsibility to act for a sustainable world.
Picture Smart/Visual Intelligence. Students with a strong spatial intelligence enjoy creating and engaging with visual arts and process information in pictures and images. Normally skilled with visual recognition and patterns, they have excellent fine motor skills and ability to think and plan in 3 dimensions. Our goal is to boost imagination and allow for creative expression to transform the physical world into new forms.
Body Smart. Generally good at sports or dancing and skills that require dexterity. In our program, we support children in becoming aware of how their bodies and mind connect to a personal sense of health, efficacy, and resilience. We focus on defining developing self expression to promote confidence, health and physical education opportunities.
Self Smart/ intrapersonal Intelligence: This intelligence is related to the ability to be introspective and self-reflective in order to thoroughly understand one’s own strengths and weaknesses and individual characteristics. We focus on expressing feelings to develop a profound sense of self. We use yoga and mediation techniques on a weekly and daily basis.