Monday, February 15, 2016

Children work collaboratively and cooperatively.

In the kindergarten, your child was best able to concentrate when working parallel to his peers, each with her own activity.  The primary children, however, are at a different stage of development and have a strong drive to be social and to collaborate.  For this reason, most of the lessons and follow-up projects in primary level are done in pairs or groups of children. Each day, your child will practice the social skills necessary to plan and carry out his projects: delegation and division of labor, sharing resources, making group decisions, taking responsibility for actions, and celebrating the success of peers. Conflict is not uncommon, but the motivation to resolve it comes from the children and their engagement with their projects.  The teacher models and supports constructive and respectful problem solving.   Learning how to work well with the different personalities and characteristics of other children in the classroom community is a significant life lesson with practical applications in the “real world” of high school, college and the professional workplace of the future.

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