The Learning Environment
The learning environment at Mālamapōkiʻi is filled with opportunities for exploration in both indoor and outdoor learning environments. The environment is rich in interesting materials that teachers prepare to help children become self-regulated, self-directed learners that foster the drive to learn. Keiki self-select items from this interest-laden environment to work on independently or in one-on-one interactions with the kumu as a guide. Keiki activities result from a combination of their own enthusiasm coupled with kumu who listen and reflect what they hear back from children. Kumu and keiki work together to identify and solve problems using materials, books, tools, and collaboration. Parent and family involvement is an integral component of the program.
Outdoor Imagination Stations provide opportunities for keiki to pursue their interests in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) made possible through grants and hard-working parent volunteers. Keiki thrive in this setting exploring to their hearts content and satisfying their curiosity working as researchers and scientists. Due to the pandemic group outdoor play time will be staggered, and children will be supervised by the staff member designated for health checks/sanitation and outdoor play.
At Mālamapōkiʻi we believe that children learn best in an environment that values them as individuals, allows them freedom to learn and enables them to become self-regulated learners.
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, community huaka’i have been put on hold until further notice. Our keiki are able to go on mini huaka’i around the larger campus to explore the different environments we have and engage in hands-on learning outside of the classroom.