Our Dual Rich Curriculum
Our curriculum is categorised into 3 divisions, thus :
- Finnish Curriculum (National curriculum)
- Montessori Curriculum (School curriculum)
- Theme areas (Montessori themes /Preschool education)
The Finnish Early Childhood Education Curriculum, is and has, undeniable and incredibly been recognised worldwide as one of the most efficient way of Play and Free Education for early year toddlers and early years educators. Our learning environment has been divided into 3 divisions to suit the group learning age system under the Finnish education style. With this method and mechanism, we are able to help children develop in needed areas that suits their ages and as well as help build their individualism and developmental traits.
Between 9am until 11.30am on a daily basis, we give more focus towards the educational style relating to the Finnish education curriculum.
On the practical terms, we incorporate into our learning program, the 5 learning areas in the New Finnish curriculum which includes :
- Rich language environment
- Many modes of Self expression
- Me and my community
- Exploring and experimenting with the local environment
- Growth and development
With the combination of the Montessori program and the Finnish curriculum, our Kindergarten is regarded as one of the most competitive day cares in the Helsinki region with its unique way of educating children.
Between the hours of 12.00 until 17.00 , children have a real feel of the Montessori learning sessions where they mingle as one common group. Children are able to freely move to all learning areas, they participate in all kinds of projects as a group and by choice and there is no age restrictions towards any learning materials during these sessions. They are able to learn from each other and support each other in needed areas.
There are five key areas of learning in the Montessori environment which includes; Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Mathematics, and Culture.
1. Practical life includes life skills to help develop independence, coordination, concentration, self-control, self-awareness, confidence and it as well includes:
- Care of Self (food preparation, dressing, washing),
- Care of Environment (cleaning, gardening, care of pets, environmentalism),
- Grace and Courtesy (greetings, manners, social interactions),
- Control of Movement (refining movements, walking the line, moving quietly).
2. Sensorial activities allows the child to refine each of their senses:
- Sight (visual),
- Touch (tactile),
- Smell (olfactory),
- Taste (gustatory)
- Sound (auditory)
- Stereognostic (kinaesthetic).
This includes the manipulation of specifically designed materials that isolates qualities. Refines fine motor skills, visual and auditory senses and develops coordination and the ability to order and classify. Materials include Pink Tower, Brown Stairs, Knobbed Cylinders, Colour Tablets.
3. Language is based on phonetic awareness. Children work through specific hands-on and tactile language materials such as the sandpaper letters to the moveable alphabet. Language is not an isolated topic but runs through the curriculum. The spoken language is the foundation for writing and then reading.
4. Mathematics is developed with the use of concrete learning materials. The sensorial area is the preparation for mathematics. Hands-on materials are used such as number rods, sandpaper numbers, number boards, spindle box, number tiles, beads, and games. Each exercise builds upon another and the child gradually moves to and from concrete to abstract areas such as place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and fractions.
5. Culture allows the child to explore the natural world around them and it includes:
- Geography (continents, landforms, earth layers, solar system),
- Zoology (classification, physiology of animals),
- Botany (ecology, classification, physiology of plants),
- History (time lines, using a calendar),
Art and music could be considered cultural activities, however, creativity is encouraged across all curriculum areas. The cultural area is clearly identifiable by globes, puzzle maps, flags and perhaps images or materials from other cultures.
The structure of our rooms have been divided according to the montessori learning areas and age groups. However, we do organise lots of activities which allows children to be part of all the Montessori allocated areas in the room and explore with all those learning areas.
The classroom set up has been themed according to the groups thus:
- Green group : Practical life
- Blue group : Sensorial
- Pink group : Language, Maths and culture
We have additional educational services for our preschoolers. We offer education and experimental sessions with the children on :
*Computers and programing
Our rich approach of blending the Finnish Early Childhood Education and the Montessori Learning Approach makes us outstanding in our educational style.