In Fikamy i Gramy children are our priority. Using proven and innovative methods, we strengthen children’s competences and develop their talents. We focus on working with a project method that allows children to experiment, which is what they like most. In addition, we use:
Developing music skills in line with the theory of E.E. Gordon
Music influences the development of memory, mathematical and organizational skills, and language skills. In using this unique moment in children’s development, we participate in music classes according to E.E. Gordon’s theory and we devote three hours to communicating in English every day.
We provide children with rich musical material, which develops their musicality, melodic and rhythmic abilities, and a sense of tonality and pace.
Our educators sing professionally, and the contact with a live voice is essential for the development of musical skills. This cannot be replaced by recorded music.
While playing instruments or singing we don’t sit rigidly or stand to attention. E.E. Gordon’s theory assumes movement to music and in space, and playing with colourful aids. Our goal is not to let children learn a few songs, but to acquire the skills to understand music, invent their own melodies (improvisation) and be comfortable in learning to play instruments in the future.
Everyday contact with music also significantly influences the development of emotional intelligence. Children learn to perceive emotions in music and thanks to this they can more easily recognise and name their own emotions.
Sensitivity to sounds, developed through frequent contact with singing, affects the speed of language learning – both the native and foreign languages. Children recognize the so-called melody of language, accent and order the words in terms of their sound.
This phenomenon is used in, for example, the Jolly Phonics method, which is very popular in the UK. This method focuses on learning to read and write using a synthetic phonics method, consisting of learning letters through the sounds that these letters represent.
We also like using our own songs while working with children and composing together. In addition to singing a melody and rhythmizing in the spirit of Gordon’s theory, we listen to various musical compositions and vary classes with elements of rhythmics, active listening using the Batti Strauss method, music and movement classes, painting with music and music therapy. Children also participate in concerts and meetings with instruments (including the piano, violin, guitar, accordion or transverse flute).
Total Physical Response Method
We teach English with the help of the TPR (Total Physical Response)method. It is an approach of reacting with the whole body created by Professor James Asher. We use simple phrases (e.g. ‘stand up’ or ‘sit down’) to familiarize children with a foreign language in the most natural way possible. English is used for at least three hours a day, both during everyday activities and in the form of classes/singing/listening to songs.
Sometimes our kindergarten is visited by unexpected guests… children’s favourite puppets that don’t understand a word of Polish! Will the children understand what the wooden princess will say to them? Or maybe they will help the rabbit find the missing carrot? The natural need for conversation motivates children and encourages them to speak in English.
We stimulate children’s senses and creativity during sensory activities. Who doesn’t like to get dirty? We get to know different textures, consistencies, smells and flavours, and get dirty from head to toe while experiencing them with all our senses.
Fairy tale Therapy
We use fairy tales to stimulate children’s curiosity and imagination, develop their intelligence and organise their feelings. Fairy tales also help children to recognise the differences between good and evil.
Speech therapy exercises
Mouth and tongue gymnastics are our daily speech therapy exercises conducted using a speech therapy bag. The exercises aren’t just a lot of fun, but also improve children’s speech production.
Each of us has better and worse days, and for those worse days, we have prepared a cosy place where children are able to calm down and regain their strength. Whenever they feel the need, they can spend time by themselves.
In order to stimulate the children’s creativity, we use wooden toys that are devoid of electronics. We also create toys in the classroom.
Contact with nature
We are not afraid of any weather! We like exploring the world while playing in the garden and going for walks, and observing the life of plants and animals. Contact with nature is important to us.
Sherborne Developmental Movement
We care about the correct development of children by using Sherborne Developmental Movement, which focuses on joyful movement, awareness of one’s body and the space around us.
Everyone knows that building with LEGO blocks is a lot of fun! It is also an opportunity to develop imagination and dexterity. We also use the joy of small constructors for educational purposes. Thanks to creative ideas and unique scenarios, using LEGO we prove that learning is fun and play is learning!
We want children to meet with representatives of various professions. That is why we invite firefighters, police officers and athletes… but also parents who talk about their jobs. Thanks to this, children can learn many interesting details about the work of a programmer, doctor, musician or architect.