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Friday, 12 September 2014

Multipolis Laboratory “kids are allright” @ Fioccardo Kindergarten

During May and June 2014, I used Multipolis as the basis for developing & running an English laboratory for children attending their last year of the Fioccardo kindergarten.  
The laboratory was addressed to 5 years-old children, including some with sensorial disabilities. 
The Multipolis laboratory aimed to support the children in approaching to a basic English through a collective experience of fun & play-time.
Within the short period of two months, the participating children inched toward a progressive path of learning-by-playing, in which the words they learned in one meeting represented the starting point for the next one.
This progressive logical approach allowed children to learn-by-playing in only 5 meetings to:
  • count from 1 to 12, to collectively call the dices results & count each single steps
  • identify & call the main colours, to ask for pencils, to draw together, to play at “Witch calls the colour ...”
  • identify, call, draw & play the role of chosen animals, inventing interrelations between them.
A “booklet of the experience” has been created alongside the various meetings, & it was distributed to all participants during our last meeting.
On their side, children drew a picture representing their experience.
 
For its simplicity & efficacy, the laboratory is easily transferable & duplicable with children attending primary & secondary schools.
 
My thanks go to the children for their genuinely, enthusiasm & will-to-learn-by-play; to Fioccardo teachers Carla & Debora for their enthusiasm & trust; to the Head of Didactic Unit Francesca Podavini for her trust & disposability; to educator Elisa Geda for her support & feedback.

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