Our methodology is inspired by John Dewey’s general principle, which maintains that "We learn what we live".
The linguistic learning process is part of the child’s direct experience in a context involving games, colors, images, actions, words, in the English language, close to the child and what he/she loves.
Contact with a foreign language in primary school must therefore be a natural and inductive process: the child attempts to use the language through the proposed recreational activities.
Our educational approach is a natural approach, the Natural Approach or TPR (Total Physical Response) as examples: we have developed a project based on a recreational approach, mindful that a game is the vehicle of awareness.
Play to learn!
Play is one of the main ways of learning and an instrumental exercise of intelligence in which the school becomes an educational mediator.
Here are the principles on which recreational methodology is based:
- sensoriality, which consists of allowing the child to activate all the sensory channels. In fact, words are believed to be learned sooner when associated to odors, images or other sensory experiences;
- motility, which consists of associating language to movements;
- semiotics, to favor a harmonious development of the language together with the non-verbal languages available;
- interpersonal relationship, to enrich the development of social skills;
- pragmaticism, because language must be used to reach specific objectives. In this way, the child understands that language can be used to satisfy his/her needs;
- emotion, a language is learned easier when associated to emotions and very strong emotions can evoked in children through the use of games;
- authenticity, because games create an authentic situation on a psychological level.
The Busy Bees educational program was conceived based on the familiarity and comparison of the Italian ministerial programs with the English programs (Early Years Foundation Stage). The areas of development and the training objectives in our work are those indicated in the two ministerial programs.
We have a permanent team of teachers, aimed at giving stability and continuity,
comprised of teachers from Italy as well as native English speakers
from Scotland, England, the Seychelles, the United States and Australia.