Our curriculum is based on the ideology and principles on Finland’s National Core Curriculum for Early Childhood Education and Care 2016 because of its universality and core values it envisions for a progressive, competent and noble community.
The Finnish methodology is formed on phenomenon-based learning, where the learning expands from a phenomenon observed near us to gathering new information about the surrounding world. The skills and knowledge learned in early years are strengthening – not only the child’s cognitive skills – but the child’s participation and active involvement in the society.
ECEC is based on an integrated approach to education and care. The essence of early childhood pedagogical practice is to provide integrated care, education and teaching to all the children, equally in a caring and conducive learning environment.
Our child-centered approach to education caters to each child’s interests and learning styles. By providing a rich environment and a variety of educational choices, we help children direct, develop and expand their own interests and unique talents. We recognize and encourage the development of a balanced personality.
Finnish methodology underlines the intrinsic value of play for the child and its pedagogical importance in learning and in the overall development and wellbeing of the child.
The educators’ role is to secure the preconditions for playing, supervise the play in a suitable way and ensure that each child gets an opportunity to participate according to their skills and capabilities. The learning activities, environment and teaching methodology is kept flexible and open for new interesting learning experiences.
The child or children initiate play and it evolves into a direction, where the educator can initiate more questions and more wondering, present resources to explore the phenomenon, gather information and make conclusions. Sustained play requires time, space, ease and appropriate toys and materials available for the children. Observation of play increases the educators understanding of children’s thoughts, interests, emotions and experiences.
The educator initiates play by introducing a phenomenon, presenting variety of different resources, letting the children unfold their natural curiosity and allowing the play to expand even further. While engaged in an activity, children are encouraged to ask questions, interact, express, explore and solve problems in group or independently.
PLAY INCORPORATED WITH LEARNING AREAS
Learning areas describe the key objectives and contents of pedagogical methodology. They guide the educators in planning and implementing versatile and integrative pedagogical activities together with the children.
Children play with words and letters through sensory play art activities, such as molding, drawing, singing. They will play with basic rhythm and sounds incorporated with the phonics. They explore the books and produce their own stories.
Children explore and observe the art forms around them and produce their own expressive art through music, movement, molding, drawing, painting or building. Information and communication technology are utilized to create and store children’s versatile art forms.
Children explore the community by playing in the community or playing with the people from the community. Children will play the characters of the community by using their imagination and imaginary play resources. They can retell and play the stories from the community.
Children explore their environment and find the mathematical structure in daily surroundings. They will play with mathematical resources, experiment versatile science activities and use various means of measurements while playing.
Children will practice self-care and healthy eating through role play, imaginary play, cooking classes and a part of a daily nursery routine. They will be engaged with various physical activities, such as sports, movement, dance, climbing and outdoor play.
Our aim is to provide a learning environment which will guide children’s curiosity, interest and learning motivation and give them opportunities for play, other activities, as well as for rest and silence. These zones include child supervised and free play, exploration, physical activity as well as experience of an expression through art. Children are guided to avoid sitting for long periods and are encouraged to be physically active within the zones. Their well-being is promoted by providing them with an opportunity for calming down and resting. We believe engaging in sufficient daily physical activity supports children’s thinking and learning. Our environment is created to promote taking care of one’s self and managing daily life through activities such as getting dressed, eating meals independently, taking care of personal hygiene and possessions and strengthening their skills related to well-being and safety. Our Learning zones within the classrooms are set up by integrating versatile pedagogical activities meeting the needs of children of various age groups.
Children from all age groups, including the babies go on their pushchairs and by walk to access the outside areas in and around Gate avenue. They also go on regular field trips and walks, including the local park and places of interest.
Arabic, as well as the national identity and local culture of the country, is well integrated into the curricula activities of our Nursery Program. Our Arabic curriculum has been carefully crafted and developed providing opportunities for developing language skills and learning of the local language.
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