School name: Beta Academy
Location: Houston, Texas, USA
Open date: 2010
Joined the Toolkit: July 2020
Number of children in preschool program: 60
Number of ECE teachers: 16
Meet the HEI Schools Partner
Director of Research and Development
I believe that students should be taught in a delightful, whimsical way, and pushing kids hard is having the opposite effect of what we want. With the Finnish approach, children work smarter, not harder. If you look at the research, the play-based approach works with children of all ages, especially early childhood, so I knew it was the right choice for our school.
There will be more time for children to play and enjoy the outdoors
Teachers will feel confident in delivering the play-based approach
Children will engage in joyful and active learning every day
The HEI Schools Teacher Toolkit provides all the tools to help Beta Academy’s preschool teachers shift to an entirely new mindset and equip them with the skills to implement the approach. Children, parents and teachers will be happier with this child-focused, playful pedagogy, and Helen can’t wait to get started this coming fall: “For so long, there’s been so much high-pressure testing with academia being pushed to lower and lower ages. It’s stealing the joy of learning, so our goal with the Toolkit is to return to the golden age of childhood. We hope that with this approach, children will maintain their love of learning and become independent, creative thinkers who are confident in themselves to learn and do anything.”
Want to learn how it worked in practice? Go to Part 2 to read on!