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Education continues to evolve as teachers and parents realize that every child doesn’t learn the same way. Private schools are taking new approaches to help students stay ahead of the learning curve, including children enrolled in pre-kindergarten. Inquiry-based learning involves children asking questions and finding solutions.


The ability to reason is developed before the age of five, meaning that most children enrolled in pre-kindergarten will thrive when involved in inquiry-based learning. Kids are naturally curious and full of questions. This is why this approach seamlessly harnesses their natural inclinations. By fostering an environment where young learners’ curiosity is nurtured rather than suppressed, they delve deeper into understanding the world around them through meaningful inquiry.


After students ask a question, they participate in research to dive deep into discovering the answer to the question. This investigation includes reading, hands-on activities, and experiments to thoroughly respond to the question. Children participate in age-appropriate data analysis and evaluation to strengthen logical and reasoning skills. This component of inquiry-based learning helps children learn to navigate various methods of research, encourages literacy, and enhances their ability to think outside the box.


Reflection is a crucial component of inquiry-based learning. Children are encouraged to think about the data and research gathered to form opinions. This helps them determine an answer to the question, encouraging independent thinking, problem-solving skills, and critical thinking. As young students continue this process, it will help them develop a deeper understanding of everything from topics in science to history. They will also learn to think for themselves, a critical component in budding entrepreneurs.


Inquiry-based learning may involve a small amount of independent research, but a large portion involves working with other students and teachers to reach a solution to a problem. Collaboration among young children, such as pre-kindergarten students, lays a foundation for healthy teamwork skills. Children will learn to work well with other children, and that everyone is full of important ideas.


Inquiry-based learning offers several benefits for children in pre-kindergarten. They will be more engaged in the learning process, encouraging a lifelong love for learning. Students will also understand the importance of research and reading. Reasoning skills are developed, a logical understanding of the world is reached, and critical thinking skills are enhanced with this approach.

To learn about our pre-kindergarten program and the teaching styles we value, reach out to Bellevue Children’s Academy today! We would love to discuss more about our academy with you.

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