As educators, we constantly strive to prepare our students for the ‘real world’ that exists around them. We want to prepare them to lead productive and successful lives once they leave us and enter adulthood. But what lies ahead for our students in the future? Did educators of twenty years ago know what skills would be needed in the job market today? It is unlikely; however, they did their best to prepare their students for the world as it is today. Nowadays, educators are still charged with the same complicated task – preparing students for the unknown. Our children will busy themselves with jobs that haven’t even been invented yet! Experts worldwide acknowledge that today’s children need more than the traditional 3 R’s (reading, writing, and arithmetic) to prepare our youth for the future. Leaders have now added the 4 C’s: critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication. What can we do to help our children succeed at a skill set such as these? How can we create a curriculum that maintains a high academic standard and will also enrich our children with these lifelong abilities?
Neshama Preschool, the very first in South Brooklyn, has adopted the Reggio Emilia Approach, to provide our young learners with a lifelong quest and LOVE for learning, innovation, and thinking WAY out of the box. We have combined this approach with a high academic curriculum that is taught in a hands-on and creative way. We believe every child is unique, with his/her own interests and learning styles. As such, we give children the opportunity to interact in a meaningful environment where they can construct new ideas, learn to think, reason, question, problem-solve, and experiment, as they discover who they are and the world around them.
Our schools are unified by our shared vision and mission; that the earliest events in life are the most important and formative ones and are the critical determinants of the long course of development.