The Domains of Inquiry
Some of the critical program inspirations emanate from the work of John Dewey the visionary American educator of the early 20th century and from the Primary Years Programme (PYP) of the International Baccalaureate Organisation; Dr. Lieblich was a co-founder and co-author of the PYP. Dewey taught us that we learn best through experience and he inspired progressive educators all over the world for all age learners to explore and develop approaches to teaching built on experiential education. Finally, the International Baccalaureate and the PYP provided models to structure curriculum and create what in the PYP is called transdisciplinary instruction; the blending of the academic disciplines into educational experiences which reflect the real world interdisciplinary world of the child. The combination of the three helped Dr. Lieblich create a unique model for kindergarten education where the child is at the center of all the actions of the school.
Typically schools, even better schools, are places where children are run through sets of activities; they are kept busy and entertained through the day. The Champa Flower program does not present activities as something to stay busy but, rather as a place to open minds and raise the ability of the children to learn and be independently productive. The Domains of Inquiry are not only guidelines for teachers implement when working with children. They are also lifetime mindsets; way of thinking, learning, living and bring productive that we want children to develop at an early age.
Supported in thinking about their world, using their imaginations, asking questions, allowing their curiosity to motivate actions and to becoming confirmable and proficient at developing unique explanations. Through DISCOVER children are supported in trying to find out by collecting information and managing information through active experiences where they can explore in many different ways. Through CREATE children are supported in making ideas, products and relationships through using what they have been finding out. They learn to express their ideas in many ways and grow confident in their ability to be a maker.