When *Sandra (not her real name), almost 2 years old, came to Brick’s Place, her parents’ concern was for her not to be treated differently because, being an intelligent girl, she was used to receiving a lot of praises from people around her. They first enrolled her in the toddler level where she confidently breezed through tasks, and later on, she was moved to the preschool class where she mingled with kids of different ages including older ones. Although she was superior academically, there were other things she could not do which she saw older children accomplishing. She then set goals to develop her other skills, and found out that there were many new things to learn from her classmates as well.
Where preschool children engage in a stimulating and meaningful social interaction, learning becomes reciprocal between big and small kids who belong to the same class. Younger kids set higher goals emulating the older ones who, in turn, gain a lot of confidence from being looked up to, and learn to be responsible for the little ones.
Laying the foundation In 2005, three educators got together to conceptualize the curriculum for a new learning approach in preschool education that has yet to be duplicated here in the Philippines. Richelle See, Directress, Cherry M. Chiok, School Administrator, and Och Umlas, Preschool Teacher, previously worked together in a preschool before setting up their own system.
“We believe that the formative years are very important to the development of a child, and we want to build a solid foundation where each skill learned builds on previous skills without skipping anything along the way. Just like brick-laying, if one part is missing the whole thing will collapse,” says Teacher Richelle. Thus, Brick’s Place came to be.
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Brick’s Place has been operating in the country for seven years now, offering a Toddler Play Group for children 1.6 – 2.11 years old, a Vygotskian Preschool for children 3-5 years old, and the Brick’s Learning Solutions for educational therapy, reading intervention and enhancement, academic tutorial and Filipino and Chinese language learning programs.