Badanamu is designed to be a new way for children to learn.

Our foundation for everything is emotional learning (helping children to engage naturally) and active learning (activating a child’s entire brain while they play). The teaching method that emerges draws on   theories of multiple intelligence and neuroscience.  Best practices are then adapted from  leading educational approaches such as Montessori. The resulting classroom planning and curriculum is unique and innovative: The Badanamu Method.

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.

Emotional learning allows for natural engagement.

 

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.

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.

Repetition

Associating repeated physical action with words like in the animation, “Ponytail.”

Sequencing

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.

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.

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

Neuroscience

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:

stress

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.

Our core method has been adapted from the leading learning methods in the field:

ordered environment
play-based learning
learning at own pace
learn through exploration

imagination & narrative
focus on creativity
play-based learning
structured and routinary

environment and nature
project-based learning
children learn through exploration

rote learning
pacing based on abilities
individualized for each child
regular assessments

Our core method has been adapted from the leading learning methods in the field:

ordered environment

play-based learning

children learn at their own pace

learn through exploration

imagination & narrative

focus on creativity

play-based learning

predictable structure and routine

environment and nature

project-based learning

learn through exploration

rote learning

learning pace based on abilities

individualized for each student

regular assessments

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 a chance to explore topics at their own pace.

Cooking, math, science, and arts & crafts give multiple ways to explore and learn.

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.

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