Project Construct: inspiring Hands-On, Minds-On Learning
Project Construct is an early childhood curriculum approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, or DESE. " This program reflects current knowledge about how children learn and develop. Project construct is derived from constructivism--the theoretical view that learners construct knowledge through interactions with the physical and social environments. Constructivist theory assumes that learning is due more to the reorganization of ways of thinking, of building upon the "known," than to development alone or the accumulation of facts alone." Many preschools in Missouri use this curriculum, including the St. Louis Zoo preschool.
See the video the left for an example of open art projects vs processed art projects.
The Reggio Emilia teaching philosophy believes that "children are equipped with extraordinary potentials for learning that are made manifest in an unceasing exchange with the cultural and social context.
Participation is the educational strategy that is constructed and lived in encounter and relations day after day. Participation generates and informs the feelings and culture of solidarity, responsibility and inclusion, and produces change and new cultures.
Every child, like every human being, is the constructor of knowledges, competencies, and autonomies.
The process of learning privileges research strategies, exchange and discussion, and participating with others."
These are the tenants to the Reggio Emilia philosophy.
Loose Parts Theory