Spreading Their Wings
The Hungry Caterpillar Concept
Caterpillar is a creative concept in pre-school education, established
in Singapore in 1999. Its methodology is based on the internationally
acclaimed Project Approach to learning: a hands-on, interactive
style of education that stimulates and develops children's multiple
intelligences through enquiry, participation and communication.
balanced approach to education results in children with highly developed
multi-intelligence (IQ+EQ). They tend to be creative thinkers, confident
speakers, and well-adjusted, responsible and socially adept individuals.
graduating, students are ready to spread their wings and take on
not only primary school, but the world!
A Cocoon and a Launching
The Hungry Caterpillar Environment
Caterpillar employs the Project Approach complemented by innovative
learning techniques developed by Professor Lilian Katz. It provides
a secure yet challenging environment where children are unafraid
to 'test their wings' within a set of safe boundaries.
Work is a learning experience that aims to provide students with
the opportunity to synthesise knowledge from various areas of learning,
and critically and creatively apply it to real life situations.
Fruits of Our Labours
to the effectiveness of the Project Approach was the striking 150-ft
long canvas mural, entitled 'Children Building the Future', that
was exhibited in the Arrivals Halls of Changi Airport during the
last quarter of 2001. Created by students of the Hungry Caterpillar,
it is considered a 'masterpiece' of Project Approach teaching.
Hungry Caterpillar students were selected as International Children's
Day 'friendly ambassadors' to welcome all the young travelers arriving
at Singapore Changi Airport. This combined event showcased students'
artistic and social skills while attracting extensive media coverage
for the Hungry Caterpillar Kindergarten.
proof of the creativity fostered at the Hungry Caterpillar was the
winning entry of a young student, Seraphina Wee Ying Wel, in the
recent Young Talents Art Award Exhibition in 2006. Her original
artwork, based on the theme of 'Uniquely Ours', was among 52 selected
from a total of 740 entries hailing from eight Asian countries.