Children learn best when they are having fun doing something in which they are interested in. Our approach allows children to explore through play, and to learn through every experience. Our teachers guide students in identifying their interests and pursuing projects that help them gain a new and exciting understandings.
What Really Works?
We conducted a study in which randomly assigned 4th grade classrooms received Daily Oral Language, Writing with Character, and Books of Responsibility.
Pre and post surveys were administered by the classroom teachers.
With our programs:
- Academic performance increased in math and reading.
- Teachers stated that they observed changes in the language, attitude, and behaviors of their students.
- Teachers used the materials in preparing students for the State standardized tests.
- Attendance increased significantly for all students.
IMPROVED STUDENT BEHAVIORS
- Increase of students citizenship skills improved.
- Teacher perceptions of student behaviors and knowledge about character traits improved.
- Teachers reported fewer disciplinary referrals in their classroom.
Increasing Test Scores and Character Education: The Natural Connection
B. David Brooks, Ph.D.