Preschool Projects

Welcome to Imagine International Preschool. Here at Imagine, we are proud to incorporate the Project Approach as the core of our curriculum. We believe the Project Approach is an excellent method for promoting fun learning among children, as they develop their interest and curiosity about the world around them.

What is the Project Approach?
The Project Approach is a child centered philosophy that focuses on studying real world topics that can be beneficial to children’s growth, as they learn more about the world they live in.

How does Imagine use the Project Approach?
First, we identify topics that children have shown some interest about. We then identify how much they know about the topic, gaps in their knowledge and questions they may have. Teachers then plan a wide range of activities that will:
l  give children a broader knowledge of the topic;
l  help children understand how the topic relates to them and their environment;
l  answer children’s questions and address their gaps in knowledge, through hands-on activities, field studies, guest speakers and other methods;
l  incorporate the theory of multiple intelligences (the belief that all children have different strengths and learn in different ways) to develop children’s skills in various areas of learning (Linguistic, Logical-Mathematical, Body, Spatial, Musical, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, Naturalist).
The project is then concluded with some type of presentation or display that allows children to share what they have learned about.

Results of using the Project Approach
One of the biggest advantages we notice with this approach, is that children have a great recollection of the knowledge they learned, even well after the project has concluded. We believe this is because the “learning knowledge” stage incorporates many different methods of learning. All children learn in different ways and we aim to teach them in many different ways. Our learning is also very hands-on and allows the children to have some say in what they learn about and how they do various tasks. Because our topics are things that can be seen in the real world, children are often reminded of them, even after our project has finished. In this sense, the project may be finished in the classroom, but for the child, their learning and curiosity never ends.

Please read on for reviews of projects in the preschool class:

Preschool Projects since 2009
* Projects in blue denote projects that have reviews. Please click on it to read more J

2008-2009 – Clothes, Musical Instruments, Money, Shopping, Restaurants
2009-2010 – Health & Nutrition, My Family & Home, Earth, Animals, Music, Flowers, Towers
2010-2011 – Yokohama, Art, Games, Cars & Taxis, Restaurants
2011-2012 – Computers, People who help us, Growing plants, Money
2012-2013 – Things that go (vehicles), Senses, Animals, Solar System
2013-2014 – Shopping Centers, Recycling, Signs
2014-2015 – Trees, Ants, People who help us, Weather, Fruit & Vegetables
2015-2016 – My Neighbourhood, Planet Earth, Bags, Cats, Cameras & Photography
2016-2017 – Houses, Appliances, Shoes, Sea Creatures, Books
2017-2018 – Our SolarSystem, Airplanes, Individual Projects, Zoo Animals, Light & Dark
2018-2019 - Clothes, Money, Maps, Jobs (What do you want to be when you grow up?)
2019-2020 - Patterns, Creepy Crawlies, Electricity, Traditional Toys & Games, Mountains
2020-2021 - Colors & Shapes, Survival Adventure, Things in the Sky, Shopping
2021-2022 - Things that Grow, Yokohama, Construction, Restaurants, Opposites

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