VESS Educational Approach
The VESS model upholds that all children are citizens of the world, individuals who, no matter how young, can think and learn about the world through meaningful experiences that must be facilitated and encouraged. VESS understands that children are individuals who can add value to the community that surrounds them and who wields a voice as active members of society.
Under VESS, all people are learners in distinct stages of their learning journey. As such, VESS provides the tools and strategies necessary for children to take active roles in their own journey and take autonomous steps toward discovering meaning, balance, and wisdom as these apply to each child’s reality today and throughout their lives.
VESS views children as collaborative individuals with the immediate potential to inspire learning in their peers, their teachers, and the community that surrounds them.
As such, VESS recognizes children as relevant agents of change.
To fulfill the immense potential of each child and help them express their individuality to its fullest measure. VESS promotes a cultural shift composed of a series of life-long habits of mind that facilitate Social, Emotional, Intellectual, Physical, and Spiritual development and wellbeing.
Children who have grown up in a VESS context have developed the necessary wisdom to adapt and add value to new and changing challenges. They live their lives in a meaningful way and strive to find balance with all of their actions, leading them to live happy and fulfilling lives today and for the rest of their life journey.
Under the VESS Philosophy Children are Citizens of the World
Meaningful Experiences build Knowledge
We design learning experiences based on children’s interests and questions about the world. Every day, we provide novel, multi-sensory learning opportunities that engage children emotionally to want to know more.
Children are active participants in their learning process – that is, they are aware of the learning they are experiencing, they participate in the design of their learning experiences and they see themselves as valuable members of their learning process and that of others.
Our schools respond to the well-established premise that learning only happens when the experience is meaningful to the child, when the experience involves all of the senses (multi-sensory), when it engages them emotionally and when the child feels physically and emotionally safe.
Everything we do and design responds to this core belief.
Holistic Development for the Real World
We nurture the development of the whole child in a way that is relevant to the needs of that child in today’s ever-changing world: Critical thinking, innovation, grit, a scientific mindset, musical knowledge, art appreciation, bilingualism, and emotional intelligence are equally integrated through our VESS program to promote their development in children.
Every child is an active citizen, capable of great positive impact in his/her community, and an innate desire to add value to the world, no matter how young. The development of these skills in the early years allows children to add value to today’s world and in the future, no matter the changes that may come, leading them to live happy, balanced, and fulfilling lives.
Play is the Highest form of Research
Our VESS Thinking Strategies strategically turn play into discovery by taking advantage of fun and provocative multi-sensory experiences to engage children emotionally into asking questions, problem-solving, innovating, collaborating, and thinking deeply, leading them to develop important brain functions and habits.
Our educators are highly trained and experienced in utilizing these strategies through meaningful play. We go way beyond preparing children for elementary school.
Our goal is to nurture their innate love for discovery and to provide them with the tools to be autonomous learners now and for the rest of their lives.
A Collaborative Mindset is an Entrepreneurial Mindset
We promote a culture of collaboration and diversity at every level.
We encourage sharing of ideas and teamwork between children, teachers, families, and our international school network because working together multiplies everyone’s impact, increases innovation, learning and growth for everyone involved.
Building a collaborative mindset from the early years leads to an entrepreneurial mindset: one that innovates strategically and works collaboratively with others towards solving problems for society and for oneself.