The early years of a child offer a unique opportunity to shape their development. In the Aflatot curriculum three to six year-olds gather the building blocks of social and financial literacy before they reach primary school. Much of what they know about saving, spending and using resources is based on their daily routine. Even before monetary concepts are learned, simple concepts such as making full use of available resources, i.e. ‘finishing one’s food’ or ‘buying only necessities’, are promoted.
Preschool is a time when children typically develop time preferences. They learn that there are times when it is better to wait for something rather than having it now. Mastering gratification deferral is a competence that Aflatot helps them gain. Children as young as three years of age are exposed to the social values of giving and sharing, not just with gifts or tangible materials, but also through interaction with others.
Other important life skills that are embedded in Aflatot include taking turns, making decisions and setting goals. We believe that, even in their early years, children are highly capable and competent, regardless of their backgrounds, experiences and ages. Children are active, self-motivated learners eager to understand the world in which they live, and learn best when supported through adult interactions.