is an educational program for children ages 10-13 in which the participants
build a miniature town. The students' village can have houses, town
buildings, a government, money and anything else they think a town should
have. With the teacher acting as a fellow citizen, the children make
all the decisions about the town they build.
begins with the creation of "peeps" the 3 inch or 8 centimeter tall miniature
people who will live in the miniature town. Each participant makes
his or her own peep, which can be anyone: a doctor, a Viking, a basketball
player, whoever a child wants to be in twenty years or someone a child
knows he or she will never be.
|Student with peep, New
||Village students in Bobowa,
Poland who built a peep town named Orzelkowo
||Building a house at a
Teacher Workshop in Poland
Both in the United States
and in Central Europe the Village curriculum has been successfully used
as a semester-long after-school program, as an in-school interdisciplinary
curriculum, and as an educational summer camp.
Village backs up children's
classroom education with practice in the context of building a miniature
society. Learning happens naturally as children discover a need for
it to achieve some goal. Running a miniature town deepens chilren's
understanding of how the real world community they live in is governed.
Village is ideal instruction in civics for fourth to eighth graders.
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