The following article was published on the website of Independent Free Press Canada.
Chances are you grew up with LEGO. Perhaps it was your favourite toy, or a building tool that invoked your imagination to create and build something extraordinary.However, did you know that LEGO can also be an important educational tool? LEGO Serious Play focuses on the development of oral language skills, and is used as a tool to develop creative, problem solving, and group work skills, which are important in 21st century education. Halton Hills Christian School is one of the first schools in Canada to offer LEGO Serious Play as part of their curriculum, and uses LEGO education as a tool to motivate student learning. Halton Hills Christian School has now invested over 100 LEGO Serious Play kits.
Geared mainly to primary and junior level students, LEGO Serious Play is incorporated into every subject— from math to science to language arts. How does it work? Each child receives a kit and the teacher asks the class a challenging, curriculum-based question. Then they are given a brief time to think and build. Once completed, each child must tell his/her story of their build with a group, classmate or his/her teacher. In turn, the teacher must also ask key questions back to allow kids to further develop their analytical thinking. It is multi-faceted, multi-level, and fun learning. “It is an excellent teaching tool for us to use so the kids are motivated and engaged at a different level,” says Halton Hills Christian School Principal Marianne Vangoor. “ It helps kids to express themselves where paper and pen can’t. It is about thinking outside the box and it focuses on the new priorities of education in the 21st century.”
To find out more about how LEGO Serious Play can benefit your child, contact LEGO education, and visit Halton Hills Christian School Serving the Halton Hills community for over 40 years, Halton Hills Christian School is dedicated to providing a high quality, Christian education for all students that will allow them to live up to their unique potential. Visit their website for more information.