TESLA Inspired Kindergarten ® – Launching fall 2017 !
What could kindergartners invent if they were given the foundation of academics, freedom to tinker and create, and the room to express their creativity?
Nikola Tesla had hundreds of patents registered in his name for his lifelong work with electricity. His inventions and discoveries, particularly in the late 1800s, are the basis for much of our modern lifestyle. His innovative work, fueled by human curiosity and science influences our life today.
Much like Nikola Tesla’s dedication to alternating currents and wireless transmission shaped our world today, a TESLA-inspired Kindergarten classroom is dedicated to the exploration of Technology, Engineering, Science, Leadership, and Art (TESLA). A special emphasis is placed on developing a child’s Creativity, Communication, Collaboration, and Play.
Our advanced kindergarten is playful yet rigorous, curiosity-fueled, and integrated within the greater community. This approach allows new concepts to come alive and opportunities for children to witness their impact on the world.
We have replaced the traditional desks of the past with an active learning lab where opportunities to learn develop through
field work, service projects, tinkering, coding games, and innovation.
Student lead projects connect learning through real world problems that require the use of literacy, math, innovative technology, ecology, art, music, and field work. Our STEM units are framed through the study of the great inventors and thinkers of our time, including: Nikola Tesla, Ada Lovelace, Alexander Bell, Stephanie Kwolek, Steve Jobs, Thomas Edison, The Wright Brothers, and more.
Field experience trips include:
- The Thinkabit Lab at Qualcom
- The Ocean Institute
- The Pacific Marine Mammal Center
- The Ecology Center
- The Museum of Making Music
- The Irvine Google campus
- Various local art institutes and galleries
Students will spend the year working toward their final project- the design and creation of their own invention and its patent (kindergarten style). Our Innovation Showcase will provide an opportunity for our students to speak to the community about their invention and its importance to society. Kindergartners already have brilliant ideas, now they get to put them in action!
In addition to the traditional foundation of literacy, math, history, science, emotional development, learning to code, and artist expression, we have designed standards of experience that we want all of our students to have. Rather than delivering education, we are most likely to help children by providing experiences known to benefit young children.
Our Standards of Experiences include:
- Being intellectually engaged and absorbed.
- Being intellectually challenged.
- Being engaged in extended interactions (e.g., conversations, discussions, exchanges of views, arguments, participation in planning of work).
- Being involved in sustained investigations of aspects of their own environment and experiences worthy of their interest, knowledge, and understanding.
- Taking initiative in a range of activities and accepting responsibility for what is accomplished.
- Experiencing the satisfaction that can come from overcoming obstacles and setbacks and solving problems.
- Having confidence in their own intellectual powers and their own questions.
- Helping others to find out things and to understand them better.
- Making suggestions to others and expressing appreciation of others’ efforts and accomplishments.
- Applying their developing basic literacy and numeracy skills in purposeful ways.
- Feeling that they belong to a group of their peers.
- Having curiosity and appreciation for the inventors and scientists that contributed the world they live in today.
This is a full-day program, beginning at 8:30am and ending at 2:30pm. We ask students to arrive between 8:20 and 8:25 to ensure a timely beginning of morning circle.
*Admission to kindergarten requires an assessment and a two hour play-time at our school.
Enrollment in the 2018-2019 school year will begin January, 2018. Acceptance of placement will be announced March, 2018.