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Every child’s personality is unique. Each child has different endowments and talents. Preschoolers have the great ability to absorb new stimuli and learn new things; they will never have such ability in the future. Our teaching principle is to not only enable children to acquire new knowledge but to also teach them to do things on their own and have fun at the same time. Therefore, it is very important for us to pay attention to each child individually and provide a solid foundation so that he/she can succeed in the world.
We consider our educational program to be the main advantage of our kindergarten. It has been neither borrowed, nor based on one educational method only. The program is inspired by three methods that are currently being applied to contemporary preschool education—in particular “Montessori,” “Waldorf” and “Začít spolu“ (Start Together). In addition, we are cooperating with selected institutions and organizations to integrate their knowledge into our program—in particular “Mensa.” Every educational method is specific and can bring elements that are high quality, but also some that are contradictory and even controversial. Our educational program and its core pillars are based on our seven years of experience in managing “Veselá školka” (Jolly Kindergarten), our continued work with children, and especially on the assessments of results of all activities and approaches during that time. Each element of the program reflects the advances of today´s world and prepares children for a problem-free and successful life. Our educational program enables us to help advance each child’s development areas and personality. Our individual approach produces above-average results that go beyond any requirements stipulated by the Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic. The educational program is a complex system of all activities; each activity has a specific purpose and is important for the correct and harmonious development of the child. The themes of our educational program allow us to reveal any area the child can find himself/herself in and is interested in.
English in Our Kindergarten
We teach English to the children; however, it is never to the detriment of other activities. Preschool children should first get a solid grounding in areas, knowledge and activities they will need in the next stages of their lives. Unless this grounding is firmly anchored, children might have difficulty learning and their development may become problematic in some areas. This is why our program is not led in English and we speak to the children in Czech. The intensive, one-hour English language class is held twice a week and is based on each child’s age and abilities. This type of teaching has proved successful for us. At the age of six, by the time the children start attending school, they develop a very good and solid basic knowledge of the English language. If the children continue learning English at school, they will not have a problem reaching the level of a native speaker.
Every child is a unique individual who is specifically gifted, has specific needs and has his/her own direction he/she follows. It is key for us to work with every child so that we can find his/her talents, uncover the direction he/she enjoys and excels at, and notice areas, which will require more focus so that the child can effortlessly overcome the difficulties. Therefore, we have developed a system of assessment and regular self-reflection of educational activities for each child. This way, we are able to be very effective and work with each child according to his/her specific needs. This allows us to achieve above-average child development results in the areas the children are good at and interested in. On the other hand, this system also provides us with plenty of time to spend on the areas where the children are not gifted enough, but that are important to achieve. Parents get the professional assessment of their child every three months, which includes a detailed description of how the child is doing in each area, what he/she excels at and needs to work on. When the child leaves for school, the parents get a detailed report including the assessment of the child’s development and knowledge and the direction which he/she should take. This report is suitable not only for the parents but also for the homeroom teacher who can then work with the child more efficiently.
Self-Reflection with Children
This is one of the most important educational elements in our kindergarten. We regularly sit down and talk to each child about the things we did and learned. We have a conversation, brainstorm ideas, and talk about where we succeeded and where we could have done better. As a result, the child is not afraid to show when he/she knows something and is not afraid to ask if something is not clear. We are striving to have children assess themselves and be able to evaluate the positive and negative consequences of their behavior.
Profile of Our Graduate
Perfect knowledge of the Czech language, correct pronunciation
All personality areas well developed
Responsible for his/her own actions (taking into account all consequences of his/her behavior)
Capable of finding constructive solutions (of conflicts)
Ability to join a group and take a role in it (not staying in seclusion)
Respects his/her own work and the work of others
Ability to assess things in a broad context, not in isolation
Mensa NTC Learning
The intellect of each person depends not only on the number of neurons, but also on the number of bonds between any pair of neurons. These bonds are formed gradually during the development of a human. Seventy-five percent of those bonds (synapses) are formed by the age of seven. Another fifty percent by the age of five. Therefore, the way we work with children is crucial for the number of neural connections that can be formed during preschool. The following educational levels (elementary and secondary schools) can only affect the remaining twenty-five percent of all possible neural connections that can be created. Our teachers have attended the one-year course at the Czech branch of the Mensa organization, mastering the NTC Learning program, which is focused on the maximum development of a child’s brain and his/her intellect. This program is integrated into our educational activities and projects. Our cooperation and activity-consulting with the Mensa experts is key. Time that is wasted during a child’s development can never be replaced.
Working with Preschoolers
Kindergarten is the first stage of education and it is important that it be properly followed up by other school stages. During the last year of preschool, we concentrate on preparing the children to enter the school environment. We focus on special homework and activities and we also visit schools. It is fundamental to know the child’s potential, his/her knowledge and development level so that an appropriate school can be selected. During this time, we intensively work with the parents and discuss all possible options. Together, we try to find the best school for their child.
Veselá školka - Mateřská škola Stodůlky s.r.o., Na Dolnici 526/42, Praha 5, 150 00, IČ: 01533339
Zápis ve školském rejstříku - IZO: 181044820, Identifikátor: 691004986
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