One of the most important aspects of learning at The Hive is our focus on teamwork and collaboration. Children joining our missions work in small groups, learning how to share their talents, support one another and develop ideas as a team.
Over the past year, many children have missed the collaboration and teamwork that is a natural part of in-person teaching. We've heard from parents who worry that their children have lost out on the opportunity to develop their social skills at school.
Of course, children still learn a lot by studying at home. But learning alone doesn't bring the same benefits as working with others.
Why is collaboration so important?
When we collaborate, we solve more problems, faster. We're more creative because we draw on a wider range of experiences, attitudes and ideas.
When children collaborate, they learn to trust each other. They become more confident because they know that the group has their back. Collaborative learning has been scientifically linked to higher self esteem, achievement, and positive relationships.
How do we encourage collaboration?
On Hive missions, children work in small groups of just 8-10 campers. We find that this is just the right size for everyone to have an important role and a voice in the group.
We work with experienced facilitators who know how to empower children and help them fuel their own thinking. They create a safe environment where children can try out new skills together, take calculated risks as a group and learn through trial and error. They're encouraged to explore their creativity with support and feedback from the group.
The result is that the children develop their own ideas and solutions. They can see the benefits of teamwork in action. And they have the satisfaction of seeing their team complete the mission together.
That's what The Hive is all about: giving children confidence through hands-on, collaborative learning experiences.