The Butterflies – kindergarten for children from 3 to 7 years
“All I need to know, I learned in kindergarten.” R.Fulghum
… and for that reason, we made sure that every child gets that experience! Our proven recipe is: learning through play, creative and safe surroundings, plenty of love and attention, busy hands, and tons of fun!
All areas of the curriculum are performed in an integrated way, age-adjusted, and clearly presented.
Activities are guided by children’s individual preferences, which, through play, stimulate their overall development with ease.
Children adopt the right behavior patterns very early in their childhood. Teachers are the models, but also their play partners, who help to direct them.
Every child needs an individual approach and this makes us explorers of children’s magic and an unpredictable world to help children to develop complete, happy and satisfied human beings.
Language and literacy development are important domains of early childhood development. They involve the development of the skills used to communicate with others through languages (language development), as well as the ability to read and write (literacy development).
Examples of activities we do with children:
- Reading/listening to stories, poems, and rhymes
- Singing songs, chants, and nursery rhymes
- Playing with puppets and making a puppet show
- Conversation in a circle time
- Matching letters and sounds
- Word games (“I spy”, Bingo, Scategories, etc.)
- Letter/words hunt
- Writing letters with different media: crayons, shaving cream, sand/flour, watercolors, sticks, etc.
- Recognizing and writing own name and short word
Fine motor skills
Activities that reinforce fine motor skills encourage the development of fingers, hands, arms, and eye-hand coordination.
Examples of activities we do with children: playing with play dough, exploring sensory play materials, transporting small parts, threading beads, hands-on art projects, cutting and sticking, tearing and scrunching papers, drawing, painting, etc. All these exercises are the foundation for more complex activities, such as writing, cutting, tying shoelaces, etc.
Gross motor skills
Gross motor skills are those which require whole-body movement and which involve the large muscles of the body to perform everyday functions, such as standing and walking, running and jumping, etc. Those activities are practiced daily by children.
Early childhood is a period of tremendous cognitive growth. Children this age are undergoing a large amount of change very quickly and are learning to see the world in many new and interesting ways.
We also teach children STEM, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
Examples of cognitive activities:
- Memory matching
- Solving puzzles
- Sorting and classifying (toys, beads, colors, and other objects)
- Activities with shapes, numbers, quantity, sizes, etc.
- Science projects
- Exploring objects and natural phenomena
Arts & crafts
Preschoolers love to express themselves and their ideas using different materials and techniques, such as painting, drawing, collage, modelling, etc.
They enjoy experimenting with texture, space, and colours in pieces of art.
There are many benefits of using music with preschoolers, and some of them are: music and dance engages the brain, it helps cultivate communication skills, it allows children to express themselves, music and dance contribute to creativity and imagination
Play is the most important children’s activity! It is a child’s way of engaging and making sense of the world. Children learn from experience: from what happens around them, from what they see, hear, smell, taste, and touch. To absorb those experiences and make sense of the world, they need to be engaged in imaginary or creative play.
A tremendous amount of social and emotional development takes place during early childhood. As children experience temper tantrums, mood swings, and an expanding social world, they must learn more about their emotions as well as those of other people.
Adults are here to help them, but the most important is their own experience, which they get in kindergarten.
Activities that we use are:
• Teaching problem-solving strategies
• Listening games
• Board games and games with rules
• Talking about emotions, family, and friends
• Reading stories, watching videos, and playing with puppets
Practical Life activities are the activities of everyday life and they are involved in all aspects of life. Through practical life, the child learns about his culture and all about what it is to be human.
Examples that we do with children:
• Self-care – nose-blowing, washing hands, brushing teeth, etc.
• Dressing and undressing, tying shoes
• Table setting and self-service during meals
• Cooking and baking
• Recycling and composting
• Sweeping and mopping
• Tyding up the room
• Taking care of plants
• Growing a garden
• Repairing toys and other objects