‘Key to Learning’ is a unique educational programme based on Vygotsky’s ideas but benefiting from and developing out of the latest worldwide research into children’s learning.
The theoretical framework that forms the basis of ‘Key to Learning’ Curriculum is Lev Vygotsky’s social-cultural theory of cognition and learning. He was the Russian Mozart of Psychology, who taught us some fascinating things about the process of growth and transformation.
What is so special in Vygotsky’s Theory that makes it so attractive and relevant more than half a century after its conception? It’s a novel and unique way of viewing mental development.
Vygotsky proposed that mental tools are to the mind as mechanical tools are to the body. Cultures use symbols, diagrams, models, graphs, maps, language and other symbolic devices. Children need to acquire these tools of the mind early, because it is these tools that will enable them to succeed in formal education. What’s more, these cultural tools radically change the process of learning, allowing children to organise and regulate their own cognitive processes.
This Early Years programme brings the Vygotskian approach into the classroom in an easily accessible form. It is designed so that the new teacher can implement it immediately and the experienced teacher can develop it further as appropriate to that institution’s needs. It comes with all the necessary resources – see Our Shop. Training is also offered so that the curriculum can be easily implemented.