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.
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.
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
Group activities based on the characters aimed at building self-confidence, trust, and camaraderie.
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.
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.
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:
Visual learning techniques
Songs and music
Dancing and physical activities
Group activities and helping each other
Learning about oneself through the characters
Colours and design of our classrooms
Natural tasks in the lesson plans
Characters provoke questions of how and why
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.
Our core method has been adapted from the leading learning methods in the field:
1. Learn & Play
2. Learning Environment
3. Learning Paths & Deliverables
4. Strong Narratives