Calm Island’s logo is an upside-down tree beneath a small island. The logo represents the idea that beneath the surface of every child there is a whole tree of growth. Calm Island’s simple ambition is to create a full educational method in which children can grow and thrive.
Badanamu was designed to be a new way for children to learn. The aim was to enhance children’s education by utilizing technology while incorporating classic theories of education into our programs.
The initial development period focused on emotional learning (helping children to engage naturally) and active learning (activating a child’s entire brain while they play). This has developed into a full education method combining theories of multiple intelligence and neuroscience. Then, we adapted the leading educational approaches into the Badanamu Method which is applied throughout classroom planning and curriculum. We believe children can learn more effectively, more deeply and more happily using the Badanamu method than any other comparable method.
Emotional Intelligence Background
The ability to understand and manage emotions is at the heart of Badanamu. We point out in the context of a learning a second language (L2) how Badanamu is a unique method.
- Knowing one’s emotions: The contents and learning games provides students the ability to recognize emotions.
- Managing emotions: Stress and anxiety are natural consequences of the L2 learning process. A positive environment is essential to reducing the potential negative feelings associated with the process.
- Motivating oneself: The positive fun of exploring the Badanamu world, exposing to students all the different environments and character
- Handling of relationships: Collaborative activities requiring interactions at various levels.
- The Affective Filter: The positive energy helps to reduce this barrier
- L2 Anxiety: Group activities based on the characters aimed at building self-confidence, trust, and camaraderie.
- Empathy: This is a key skill in learning a second language. Role playing, arts and crafts and team games.
Emotional learning allows for natural engagement.
Total Physical Response
Total Physical Response is a language teaching method developed by James Asher, based on the coordination of language and physical movement. Our extensive music and animated dance routines allow communication to begin for the youngest children.
Associating repeated physical action with words like in the animation, “Ponytail.”
Sequences and movements: Cute animation sequences that children will associate words and phrases such as in the animation, “Badanamu Time.”
Multiple Intelligence Theory
Developed by Howard Gardner (1983, 1999), the Multiple Intelligence Theory (MIT) describes nine different intelligences. Badanamu designs its curriculum to reflect all of these:
- Mathematical-logical: Visual learning techniques
- Verbal-linguistic: Literacy
- Musical-rhythmic: Songs and music
- Bodily-kinesthetic: Dancing and physical activities
- Interpersonal: Group activities and helping each other
- Intrapersonal: Learning about oneself through the characters
- Visual-spatial: Colours and design of our classrooms
- Naturalist: Natural tasks in the lesson plans
- Existential: Characters provoke questions of how and why?
MIT is the framework for Badanamu to motivate learners by activating multiple ways of meaning-making through the use of tasks relating to the different intelligences.
MIT tells us balanced brain development, particularly in young children, is essential to learning.
Many teaching methods require rote memorization for young learners. Rote memorization primarily works the front lobe of the brain. However, the front lobe does not fully develop until a person is 25 years old.
What happens to the brain when we push toddlers to do this type of work?
We force an underdeveloped brain to do work for it is not equipped. A child may experience:
- lack of confidence
- no critical thinking ability
- lack of imagination
- hatred of “learning”
Neuroscience tells us that a stress-free environment and engagement is essential to learning.
Adaptation from other programs
Montessori, Steiner, Reggio Emilia, and Kumon
Our core method has been adapted from the leading learning methods in the field: Montessori, Steiner (Waldorf), Reggio Emilia, and Kumon.
- ordered environment
- play-based learning
- children learn at their own pace
- learn through exploration
- imagination & narrative
focus on creativity
predictable structure and routine
- environment and nature
learn through exploration
- rote learning
learning pace based on abilities
individualized for each student
1. Learn & Play
2. Learning Environment
3. Learning Paths & Deliverables
4. Strong Narratives
All of our learning programs integrate the four steps: Sing, Read, Play, and Do. We believe that incorporating the four learning steps into all of our lessons helps activate the child’s entire brain while learning. We don’t want our learners to just read about a topic. We want them to discover the topic.
Badanamu song and dance build an emotional foundation for learning.
Storybooks and nursery rhymes encourage imagination and role play.
Lightly structured free-play gives children a chance to explore learning topics at their own pace.
Cooking, math, science, and arts & crafts give children multiple ways to explore and learn.