New World Kids an introduction
New World Kids is an innovative suite of programs for young children, Pre-K — 3, taught in an afterschool format and focused on building creative thinkers. Children explore a new way of looking at and understanding the world around them, and their parents learn about the individual strengths that will help their children to learn productively in the future.
New World Kids engages children with the creative thinking processes, the capacity to invent with many media, the ability to think across disciplines, and the reliance on (and joy in) the imagination.
These skills are taught through The Sensory Alphabet: the elemental building blocks for digital media and for a real literacy of creativity. Just as basic as the traditional alphabet used in teaching the traditional literacies of reading and writing, it is the basis of our sensory connection to the world — line, color, texture, movement, sound, rhythm, space, light, and shape. Learning and exercising the Sensory Alphabet multiplies a child’s early repertoire of ways to symbolize, understand, and communicate ideas.
Each week children explore an element of The Sensory Alphabet by collecting ideas, engaging in open-ended activities, reflecting on their work, and hearing from people in the community about what it is like to think and work the way they do. It is our intention that each child will attain a sense of “I can do that!” at some point in the program.
The involvement of parents is a key aspect of New World Kids. At the end of the program, the educators organize an informal exhibition, which includes the children’s work and documentation of both the children and teachers’ reflections on their creative strengths. This gives parents an insight into the natural abilities of their children.
The Foundry believes in the importance of programs that prepare young minds to learn and grow in a future that will require new literacies and innovation.