Rediscover Preschool: The Foundation of Good Education
Erasmus+ course summary
In Slovenia, care for the youngest is traditionally one of the priority topics both in the broader social sense and especially in the field of education. Regarding the quality Slovenian kindergartens score amongst the highest especially in the following areas: open and flexible curriculum, integration of children with special needs into the regular programme, architectural design of kindergartens, nutrition and hygiene standards, support offered by the local community authorities, and many others. Rediscover Preschool course aims at providing a benchmark of best practices using in Slovenian kindergartens. The participants will be able to study kindergarten life in Slovenia and engage in meaningful conversations about transferring practices into their teaching style. The course covers a variety of topics for successful work with preschool children: psychological needs and brain development, nature pedagogy, sport for children, social sciences for children, children at play and science for children. In today’s demanding and challenging working environment, it is vital that professionals involved in preschool education have the rights skills and attributes and be capable to understand, at an early stage, the needs and requirements of their children and parents. This course equips the participants with in depth knowledge of the preschool education as well as with the different skills and ideas for working with preschoolers.
"Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning." – Fred Rogers
Metka Krajnc, Barbara Hernavs, Gregor Deleja
C - Confirmed
Create a stimulating kindergarten environment.
Include cutting-edge neuroscience evidence into your kindergarten teaching practice.
DAY 1: Introductory meeting, explanation of practical arrangements, presentation of timetable, information about course venue.
DAY 2: Early childhood is the most important period for brain development. The course introduces the latest findings from cognitive science applicable for everyday work in a kindergarten. The workshop will show how all the five main developmental areas are interrelated: cognitive development, social and emotional development, speech and language, fine motor skill, gross motor skill. A modern lifestyle with a strong exposure to technology and excessive adult's control over child's activities often hinders child's physical activity. We will show how motor development plays an important role in cognitive development of a child. Participants will get the knowledge how learning disorders and attention deficit can actually occur because of inadequate motor development. All the knowledge for an appropriate motor development already exists for centuries, we just need to reinvent it and allow children to have a childhood.
Fieldwork: observation of children at play.
DAY 3: Reflection upon the observation of children at play. Team discussion about changes of the current preschool teaching practice.
Game-based learning and intrinsic motivation, language development and socio-emotional learning activities in action. Participants will experience fun and simple activities for different ages from 1 to 6, which will inspire preschool teacher's creative thinking to develop their own activities or find existing activities with a new awareness about brain development.
DAY 4: Fieldwork: session on science for children. Participants will visit a class on science topic. After the class they will discuss the methodology and experience different activities for children from age 1 to 6 to introduce science subjects. Reflection upon the fieldwork and transfer of knowledge to the participants' practice.
DAY 5: More science for children: building a self-esteem of preschool teachers for science subjects. Low cost, simple and fun experiments, which we can use in kindergartens to inspire children's curiosity. Communication about science with children from age 1 to 6.
DAY 6: Social sciences and humanities for children at age from 1 to 6. A series of hands-on activities to explore the world around children: different people, different cultures, places, heritage etc. At first, participants will experience and discuss pre-given activities. In continuation, a structured session to exchange best practice will follow.
DAY 7: Key learning points.
Planning follow up activities, dissemination and implementation of learning outcomes.
Discussing possibilities for future cooperation among participants.