In this digital age, children have fewer and fewer experiences working with their hands to make physical representations of the world around them. Keva Plank lessons ensure that Collegiate Kindergarteners have the opportunity to, not only build with their hands, but to further develop fine motor and spatial awareness skills.
Keva lessons also teach basic building principles: balance, cantilevers, and counterweights. Math instruction is woven throughout these lessons in such a way that the children do not even realize they are learning about number representation, patterns, geometry, arithmetic, and measurement. The Keva curriculum also includes lessons that incorporate creative design, language arts, build from a drawing, and drawing what is built. Lessons at the beginning of the year start out very basic. For example, students are asked to build the tallest structure possible using only ten Keva planks. Activities become progressively more complex. In the spring students work in pairs to do a plastic egg support activity that blends a design challenge with a mini-economy lesson. Parents are invited to the final Keva activity. At the beginning of the session, the students educate the adults on key building techniques. They then work collaboratively to create a single room-sized structure.