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OUR METHODS OF TEACHING ENGLISH

  • When reading picture books which contain English expressions, we pronounce English words of things in the pictures. We encourage the child to repeat the words.
  • When drawing we pronounce the English word for the thing which the child draws.
  • We frequently listen to and repeat short English songs so that the child slowly learns the text.
  • When we learn about a certain theme from the curriculum, we teach children some expressions also in English.
  • During daily activities we repeat the already known English expressions for animals that we meet when going for a walk, words for food etc.
  • Children learn by playing. During English hours we repeat the words and phrases and learn new words by different plays and didactic materials.

HOW CAN WE HELP CHILDREN LEARN FOREIGN LANGUAGES?

Children are born with abilities to learn their native and foreign languages. When they are very small they have a lot of time and are ready to accept learning of foreign languages. Learning in this time is fun because it is performed during the children play. Just as in Slovenian the children first listen to the foreign words, then start speaking and after a certain period form sentences. Small children do not bother about grammar but use expressions which they hear. They forget some words and sentences and remember others.

If we teach children in the right way they are not embarassed when learning foreign languages. Parents can help their children if:

  • they do not say that English is difficult
  • they do not force them to understand grammar
  • jih pri učenju tujega jezika zapletejo v zanimivo igro,/try to involve children in a pleasant play when learning English
  • they understand that children at the beginning just listen to, then understand and after that read and write (therefore they should not force children to speak or repeat words)
  • they are patient and aware that the child at first does not understand everything that he/she hears but only some words which he connects with the happening and then makes approximate conclusion about the meaning
  • they understand that children are a bit disturbed by the fact that they cannot quickly express a thought in a foreign language
  • they do not correct the mistakes (the children will soon recognize the mistakes themselves and correct them)
  • they are aware that there are differences between boys and girls and do not compare them.

MONTESSORI PROGRAM

Montessori education which was developed by Italian doctor Maria Montessori is spread in Europe, USA, India, Australia and in other countries. When introducing elements of this education it is necessary to prepare a pleasant place and materials for playing and learning. Teachers should be able to motivate children to independent choice of activities with which they will work.

Montessori education stimulates children to listen to stories, songs, pleasant music, play with different toys and materials, develop their abilities to move, get acquainted with letters, start writing and gradually reading. Their teachers explain geography by telling stories about different countries and their inhabitants and teach them to respect different cultures. Children plant, water, observe and care about vegetables and flowers, learn appropriate behaviour towards animals and discover different laws of science. Fine arts and music education develop the feeling for these two areas of human life and enable children to express themselves.

La petite Academy will introduce especially the following characteristics of the Montessori programme:

  • encouraging independence of children in everyday life
  • encouraging children to learn languages, maths, arts, music, science, geography and history
  • acquire knowledge in different other areas
  • develop respec towards environment
  • develop abilities to solve problems.

Our kindergarten prepared everything necessary to introduce the Montessori education: we renewed very big premises in which children feel free. The rooms are high and full of fresh air, we offer more than 4 square metres per child (standard: 3 square metres). Basic equipment is of pastel colours while pictures, toys, rugs and other things are more colourful. In the premises there are open boards and chests of drawers, tables and chairs made of wood, and real water.

In the garden which sourrounds the nursery, there are flower beds and children plant different vegetables and flowers and observe them growing. The kindergarten has many books, Slovenian and English and also different materials to learn mathematics, geography and arts. Ceramic plates, glasses and other beautiful things encourage children to react carefully and offer the possibility that children develop self-discipline, carefulness, appropriate movement. Children play by maintaining order, hygiene and respect of beautiful things.

Kindergarten teachers speak with children kindly and tenderly, help them with their work and play and watch how they develop. They teach them to be kind and polite. The teachers prepare new toys that stimulate children’s senses, wake up their curiosity and their needs to learn. They organise and take care of the corners in which children develop their knowledge and prepare conditions for children’s learning. When playing with Montessori toys and materials children work and think, make hypotheses and find solutions, solve problems, investigate and experiment. Such education is of special importance till the age of five which is the most important time in child’s development. This is the way in which children start to like learning. The teachers do not force children to learn. Children themselves want to work with Montessori toys and materials and learn in this way.

Kindergarten teachers avoid to disturb the practical work of children. They help them just as much as is absolutely necessary and then leave them play on their own. They let children work both individually as well as in a group. Children work and play in the atmosphere of freedom. The only limits are that they do not hinder others and/or destroy materials or toys.

An important element of the Montessori program is socialization. In the kindergarten there are children of different ages which enables those that are older to become a model for younger ones. Older children are taught to help the younger ones and in this way learn how to be patient, how to take care of younger ones and how to be friendly. Children are also taught to respect silence.

HOW TO TEACH ENGLISH IN EVERYDAY LIFE

Parents have many opportunities to teach children some expressions and phrases in foreign languages: when waiting for the doctor, dentist, in the shop, when going for a walk, when cooking and playing, going to the kindergarten or to the sea.

To motivate children for learning of foreign languages, we say how good it is to understand a foreign language, that the child will be able to speak with somebody from a foreing country or read an English book or watch an English cartoon. When cooking lunch we can say: »Do you know how to say this or that in English? Soup. Bread. Can you repeat it? Soup, soup, soup. Bread, bread, bread.« And we motivate the child to repeat the words as often as possible. Then we ask him several times if he/she still remembers the words.

When we walk with the child and hear somebody speak English we can ask: »Do you hear that they speak English? Do you know how we could say hello if they came to us? We could say hello or good morning. Then somebody might ask you what your name is and you could answer: I am Lili or My name is Lili.

CAN PARENTS TEACH THEIR CHILDREN SPEAK ENGLISH?

Parents can help their children learn foreign languages even if they are not English teachers and even if they think that their knowledge and pronunciation of English is poor. If you try to teach your children English, you do not need any special course but basic knowledge and some expressions and sentences. You should not try to teach them longer than 10 to 20 minutes, once to three times a week. It is important to repeat words but it is not necessary that your child understands grammar.

When teaching your children English it is very important that you do not laugh at them if they pronounce a word in the wrong way. Never say that they do not have talent for languages. Encourage them if they cannot remember words immediately (this is quite normal). Do not compare them with other children by saying that their friends speak English excellently.

Nov vrtec v centru Ljubljane

Zasebni vrtec Mala akademija je v centru Ljubljane na Mencingerjevi 7, Ljubljana, tel. 040/561 896, http://vrtec.leila.si/, e-naslov info@leila.si.

Igralnice so v pritličju, zračne, svetle in velike. Prostor je s treh strani obdan z vrtom, zelenjem in drevjem. Čeprav smo v centru Ljubljane, je v tem okolišu malo prometa. Ohranjena so stara drevesa, na katerih je še mogoče videti veverice, čez cesto pa včasih steče jež. V oddelkih so različni igralni kotički, knjižni kotiček, osrednji oziroma večnamenski prostor, v katerem so predavanja in razgovori s starši in razdelilna kuhinja.

Vrtec deluje na območju Mestne občine Ljubljana in vključuje v svoje enote predvsem otroke tega okoliša. Če imamo prosta mesta, sprejemamo tudi otroke iz drugih občin.

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