The Project Approach (Infant Dept.)

         Each project requires students to search for information on topics that interest them. KG. 1-3 students learnt about the Project Approach in their classes. All students in the classroom brainstormed their ideas, what questions they had, and what they would like to learn and experiment on in any topic. All students helped in thinking of key questions and tried to find the important features of each project. They tried to find the answers to the questions through a three-step learning method, as follows:
         Step 1: Beginning. Students chose the topic that they would like to learn about, set up key questions and tried to find the answers. Homeroom teachers helped and guided students.
         Step 2: Collecting information about the topic. The teacher helped students to find information to answer their questions. The teacher drew a mind map for them, using media and tools in the experiment that would help students to learn and analyze the information.
         Step 3: Conclusion. Students arrived at a conclusion through searching for more information and experimenting to see if it conformed with their hypothesis. Students presented their project in class and then showed it to their parents.

         Each classroom applied the project approach to a different topic, such as fish, butterflies, dinosaurs, lotuses, sunflowers, eggs, trees, grapes, musical instruments, tee shirts, milk, and more. Students received help from the teacher in planning, gathering information and in guidance about what the students really wanted to know. Through this they learnt some basic research approaches and methods, e.g. what they really want to learn and how they will find out about it, what the benefits are in doing so, what can they do with this knowledge, and so on.