Kindergarten Architecture Study
Project-based learning gives rein to self-discovery, inquiry-based learning and creative expression. In kindergarten, this goal is fully realized during the study of identity and the use of "emergent curriculum"-- explorations of study that evolve from the work, play and conversations of the students themselves.
One recent example included a project that revolved around the shared experience of life in a New York City building.
Following several neighborhood walks, teachers chose nearby buildings and challenged students to draw a building using a photo plus observations from the walk. Students studied façade details and discussed scale. To enhance their study, they visited the Center for Architecture and welcomed a parent architect into their classroom.
With repurposed materials, each child created a three-dimensional model of his or her building, mixing paint to match the exterior color and using additional materials to replicate architectural details.
In conjunction with the building study, children asked questions about the community such as who lives and works on 74th Street? A neighbor visited the classroom to answer questions about her 74th street life and apartment.
Throughout this project, each child worked one-on-one with a teacher to organize and record all of the information collected through the several-month study.