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Our Learning Philosophy

Learning happens through our daily experiences and is reinforced by our relationships and interactions with one another. nurture’s Life Skills Matrix focuses on skills both you and your child can practice everyday. We believe that these 21st Century life skills will help your child navigate both the opportunities and challenges of our times.

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At the core of nurture is intergenerational learning. We’ve structured our Immersive Learning Platform to be fun, engaging, and to strengthen relationships between children and their parents. By engaging in nurture’s Family Adventures together, you will build a sense of curiosity, collaboration, and adaptability that are essential for our ever evolving society. These adventures are designed with the following four principles.

*Review our FAQ below to read more on why these skills were selected.

Nurturing future-ready humans

To prepare our children for a creative and resilient life, we aim to foster openness and resourcefulness in children through engaging, appropriately challenging media. With this in mind, we developed our learning philosophy with these principles.

1. Context through stories

We’ve adopted animated stories as a medium to help your children understand life skills in relatable and exciting contexts. Children learn best when they know why. Without context, learning becomes boring and pointless.

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2. Practice through games

Our games pull you into the story, empowering you to solve challenges and practice life skills together. Through play, both children and adults learn to take risks, iterate on their ideas, and persevere.

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3. Bond through shared moments

Through co-operative activities and facilitation questions to engage your children in deeper reflection, we provide security between children and their parents, driving life long returns in learning, health, and self-esteem for children.

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4. Learn through curiosity

Learning is structured to help children understand how to approach new topics with curiosity, and draw connections to their existing knowledge. By cultivating intrinsic motivation, you can help your child develop the agency to love learning and learn how to learn.

The Role of Parents in Learning

The Three nurture Parent Pillars

The parent-child bond is the foundation for everything. It is the essence of the child’s relationship building and the soil from which the child becomes nurtured.

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We believe that parents grow and evolve as our children grow and evolve. Parenting is a lifelong process of listening, learning, and growing.

Parents are the mirrors through which our children will develop their relationships to themselves and to the world around them. children mirror what we do, how we act and what we say.

What can we expect of parents in their learning process at nurture?

At nurture, we believe that a parent’s involvement within their children’s learning journey is one of the most impactful determinants of that child’s learning trajectory.
 

  • Be present during the nurture experience.
     

  • Take the time to ask your child questions. Listen to what they say and how they respond and see the world from their perspective.
     

  • Reinforce and create a holistic learning approach by implementing the learning into your daily lives in our activities, tips and leadership content.

  • How does the curriculum align with child development?
    We referenced major reputable child developmental theorists, such as Bronfenbrenner, Piaget, Bandura’s Social Learning Theory, and Vygotsky’s Sociocultural Theory, and early childhood education sources, such as the Teaching Strategies Gold, Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework, Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning, and Center for Disease Control and Prevention to ensure that our curriculum is developmentally appropriate. We also consulted with early childhood educators, child developmental and cognitive researchers, and parenting experts to further gain a holistic understanding of child development in practice. Deep Dive Bronfenbrenner’s Bioecological Model of Human Development Piaget’s Cognitive Developmental Theory Bandura’s Social Learning Theory Vygotsky’s Sociocultural Theory Teaching Strategies Gold Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework Collaborative for Academic Social, and Emotional Learning Center for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Which life skills does nurture teach? Why did nurture choose these life skills?
    We reviewed a vast array of literature on 21st Century content knowledge and skills and distilled down to these that we believe are most important for young children’s development and growth (see Life Skills Matrix). We aim to leverage the unique development opportunity of 4 - 6 year old children’s cognitive abilities, and closeness to their parents to create a product that reinforces the strength of their foundational relationships and helps them develop essential life skills.
  • Why is the parent and child relationship building so important to a child’s healthy development?
    Parents are often children’s first role models, confidantes, and playmates. Building secured and positive interactions between caregivers and their children set a healthy and stable foundation for children to explore and develop. Strong, harmonious parent and child relationships also have positive effects on children’s cognitive, social emotional, and health development. Deep Dive Ainsworth’s Attachment Theory Parenting Influences on Executive Function in Early Childhood: A Review Attachment and Social Functioning: A Longitudinal Study from Infancy to Middle Childhood The importance of play in promoting healthy child development and maintaining strong parent-child bonds Home learning in the new mobile age: Parent–child interactions during joint play with educational apps in the US.
  • How does nurture scaffold parents to learn alongside their children?
    Parents will find facilitation questions and reflection prompts throughout the immersive learning experience. We have designed these questions and prompts to low-friction and easy to implement. Parent can extend their learning by accessing supplementing resources, such as parental learning content, activity ideas, and interact with our AI-assisted parenting coach, Kira.
  • What perspectives inform nurture’s View on Parenting?
    You can find more information on the role of parents in children’s learning journeys section above.
  • Why does nurture use animated content and mini-games to teach children life skills?
    nurture strives to create high-quality, engaging, animated content and mini-games to support children’s learning and development. Through the use of animated stories, children will be able to observe how characters develop life skills and to learn alongside the characters. As children immerse themselves in every Family Adventure, they will develop emotional connections with the stories and the characters, which further increase information retention and intrinsic motivation. Skills are reinforced through developmentally appropriate and fun mini-games. Through playing the games, children will be able to practice the life skills in a safe digital environment. They will also receive their parents’ scaffolding through co-playing, that is not only fun, but bonding. Deep Dive Bandura’s Social Learning Theory The Influences of Emotion on Learning and Memory Vygotsky’s Sociocultural Theory
  • How do I know if my child is making progress?
    We have included checkpoints throughout the immersive learning experience to provide parenting scaffolding, such as facilitation questions, reflections, and parent self-reporting. Studies have shown that dialogue prompts promote positive parent and child bonds and child social emotional development. We hope that parents can understand their children better and connect with them deeper. Young children do not always immediately demonstrate what they learn. Depending on your child’s temperament, development, and the environment, sometimes, it can take them weeks or even months before they start showing what they have learned, and that can come in many different forms. The Immersive Learning Platform allows children to practice these life skills in a safe digital environment. Our goal is to partner with parents to further extend their children’s learning to the real world. Deep Dive Relation between active mediation, exposure to Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood , and US preschoolers’ social and emotional development Value Added: Digital Modeling of Dialogic Questioning Promotes Positive Parenting During Shared Reading
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