Our educational methodology
Magical Classroom uses the Active Learning Methodology which consists of a combination of methods, techniques and strategies that put the child at the centre of learning, thus giving them more freedom, control over their education and for them to be more participative.
The Active Learning Methology looks to create an education that offers children an enjoyable working environment that is innovative, participative, dynamic, fun and active. This is through the implementation of different methods inside and outside of the classroom, which are adapted to the subjects taught, as well as adapted to the child’s age and their rhythm of learning. The methods that we use are:
Montessori: the child has the opportunity to explore freely and discover through their curiosity and their own experiences with different teaching activities including numbers and letters.
Waldorf: we promote the artistic and creative skills, contact with nature and good values.
Thought-based learning: we develop the critical-thinking of the child.
Project methods: This is carried out through spaces known as learning corners, such as reading corners, block corners, art corner, numbers and letters corner, and music corner. In these corners, different activities are carried out and children can experiment with different recycled and natural materials.
Alphabetical & phonetical method: we use the alphabet so that children learn vowels, consonants, with their relatedsounds, imagery and movement.
Newark Method or Story method: A story is read in each class, taking advantage of the curiosity and imagination of the child, awakening a love of reading in which they use rhymes, games, tongue-twisters, plays and reading comprehension.
Little Star method: Children learn sounds and to trace the letters.
The Base National Curriculum & Creative Curriculum: both curricula are combined so that the facilitators have teaching tools, offering the necessary content to encourage and support the students, helping them achieve success, to be creative thinkers, and offering practical opportunities to explore and discover new things.
Amongst the strategies which they’ve involved in the program are: small experiments, magic words, learning through games, educational audio activities, using technology, and developing fine and gross moor skills.
The benefits of the Active Methodology for children at Magical Classroom are: a greater motivation for the learning of new knowledge, the acquisition of new cognitive, social, emotional abilities, greater curiosity and imagination, motor skills, language skills, and benefits to the development of autonomy. Through this, we help the children to be successful, thoughtful, creative and confident children.
The method is implemented and adapted to the social context and the culture of each communities in the different departments where we are currently working.
Our facilitators become people who can guide the learning of our children, basing the learning in concrete experiences to achieve learning that is appropriate and effective.
Our best wishes to all of you and see you soon!
Aula Mágica Guatemala