Why Theamtic Teaching
Are Preschool Themes an effective way to teach?
Recent brain research points out the significance of creating patterns and assisting children in figuring out the connections to learn. Jane Healy, a child development expert says. "I am increasingly convinced that patterns are the key to intelligence. Patterning information means really organizing and associating new information with the developed mental hooks."
A theme based curriculum model encourages children to form those patterns. When all the learning activities are connected around a single theme, children see how learning is inter- connected. (the preschool professor)
All subjects are interconnected allowing the child to flow from one activity to the next and better understand what is going on. For example, science is related to math and reading and not a subject all on its own. Thematic teaching allows the child to learn through interacitve play, exploration and planned activities allowing them to engage in complex thinking.
Themes should be:
At our kinder themes can last between 1-2 weeks based on children's interest and these are some of the examples we use: dinosaurs, jungle, emotions, five senses, letters, etc.