3 Benefits of Integrated Learning in Preschool
Our adult world is not simply divided into daycare class periods. We don’t solve problems and overcome obstacles in our everyday lives by using just science or history or reading skills. Whether you’re troubleshooting a car problem or deciding how to plan a family get together, you’re constantly integrating your areas of knowledge to find solutions. And if your children are going to be successful at on-the-fly problem solving, they’ll need to be sharp when it comes to interdisciplinary thinking, too.
Why is it important for even the youngest kids to have learning opportunities that layer multiple areas of education at the same time? Let’s look at some of the benefits of interdisciplinary education for daycare and preschoolers.
Early Application Enhances Later Education
Even the best students can struggle with applying what they learn in a daycare classroom to the real world. That’s why it’s critical that from the earliest ages, your kids are encouraged to see what they’re learning as interconnected and relevant to their world. It’s important for children to see connections among such “big concepts” as reading strategies, fundamental scientific concepts, and art appreciation. When they do, they grow into students and adults who can transfer and synthesize knowledge more easily than they would if they hadn’t received an interdisciplinary foundation.
You’ve probably heard it said that people create their own understanding of the world around them based on their experiences. This common-sense concept is called the “constructivist paradigm.” Most educators take this concept as a given. That’s why your preschooler is almost guaranteed to be engaged in interdisciplinary learning activities as she goes through school. The objective of these layered learning activities that bridge disciplinary divides will be to give her the tools she needs to understand how her experiences relate, which in turn will foster a deeper understanding of each experience.
Cultivating Curiosity in Challenges
When your child learns to see connections between math, language, art, and other areas of knowledge, he’ll be more likely to start looking for connections on his own. That spark of curiosity will start your child on a learning path that he’s unlikely to step away from later, no matter how challenging the future homework assignments or life situations he faces are. He’ll be able to use his ingenuity to synthesize solutions when others might have given up.
Students at Mt. Elizabeth are creating their own interdisciplinary understanding of their educational experiences. We believe that educational activities aren’t just something to be checked off before your preschooler can go to recess. Our interdisciplinary curriculum is designed so that your child will enjoy layered learning and get the most she can from every educational experience.