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Posted: April 24th, 2013
Legos to open a school

I have to call my sister right away. This news could be exactly what she’s been waiting for, since her oldest son, now 9, isn’t enamored with school. But loves playing with Legos. This could be the answer to her prayers: A school that combines learning with Legos.

According to the The Telegraph, the school, scheduled to open this summer, will fuse traditional teaching with its own brand of play-centered learning.

Kind of sounds like Montessori to me. The initial plan is to open the school to what would be considered preschoolers (3-5 year olds) and then unfold more advanced programs in 2015 for up to 16-year olds. But the goal of the school appears to be much grander than just teaching kids with an experiential form of learning. According to billionaire Legos owner, Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, the new institution to be called the International School of Billund will be based in Billund, Denmark, and is intended to put its on the map and become known as the “Capital of Children.”

The cost to parents for the school is 3000 Kroner, or $455….a month. Plus the cost of relocating to Denmark.

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