The annual St Martin’s Day celebration was organized again for the fifth time by the Association for an Innovative Education and the Mikó Daycare. The Central Park of Cluj Napoca was lit by a multitude of lanters made by the children. The participants of the celebration had a chance to take part in the march with the lanters, grab some simple but delicious snacks and warm their hands with tea on this Novermber night. The event was made more interesting by the addition of a photo exhibition called Forms of generosity displayed at the Casino building.
St Martin’s Day celebration in numbers:
1 horse and one horseman
A dosen of musicians and volunteers
Aproximative 1600 participants
Representatives of 20 kindergarten and school groups
50 kg of bread and 20 kg of dripping (traditional spread)
250 l of tea
We would like to thank every participant for sharing this evening with us. We would also like thank our partners, the Petry and Culina Nostra companies for their contribution to the delicious feast; the Szilaj Lovastanya for the presence of the animals; and last but not least the Kallós Zoltán School and Csanád Antal and band the for music.
It’s already spring, we are talking a lot about the changes in nature, but we want to learn more about plants and animals. This is the reason why on March 25 we were visited by the NECC (Nature Educational Community Center). The members of the group are biologist and ecologist committed to pedagogy. After a short discussion, the children had the opportunities to try a lot of interesting games and instruments, like magnifying glass or binocular.
At this activity-centered event the NECC, using the methods of experiential education, did create a friendly atmosphere, so the children would gain knowledge on amusing, distracting way about nature.
On March 23 we organized the traditional spring family trip. We climbed the “Árpád-pike.”
During our walk we collected numerous flowers, insects and acorn. The children climbed trees and we met with the grazing lambs too. In the fresh air everybody could relax and enjoy the sunshine.
On March 21, the World Puppetry Day, we were visited by a group of second year students from the Faculty of Theatre and Television and their teacher, Kisó Kata Palocsay.
This meeting was important for the children and the students too. We collected the puppets from every corner of the kindergarten and we played, sang and told stories together. We are thankful for the oppurtunity, and we are looking forward to similar meetings in the future.
On the occasion of the European Day of Speech and Language Therapy (March 6) the daily activities were organized around this topic.
In the nursery generally the most important target is raising body awareness and strengthening speech organs. The activities took this target in consideration.
In kindergarten groups the emphasis was on language and breathing exercises.
The title of this year`s first “School for Parents” was: The Education for a Healthy Lifestyle begins in family. The invited expert was Tibor Bóné, who has been studying the topic with passion and enthusiasm for years.
The main message of the event was that we need to search for our own ways, we need to find out what kind of diet is best for us. If we try to live a healthy lifestyle we are able to motivate other people. And we can be perfect/good role models for our children, too.
The pig slaughter and carnival organized for the second time this year was held at 16-17 February. The time we spent together was constructive not only because we practiced our traditions but also because we were close to nature. The weather was great, as if it was already spring. We also took a trip with a horse cart. The theme of carnival was “The Bear,” so after lunch we dressed up like bears and the party started. The kind, enthusiastic musicians created a happy, friendly atmosphere. We played games and sang songs about the bear and the carnival. After a good sleep we took a walk at “Varjúvár”. The air was fresh, we breathed it in deeply with pleasure, and we saw how the winter said goodbye.
Although winter is here to stay, following the hungarian traditions we decided to banish winter. The purpose is to make as much fun and noise as possible by setting up a carnaval mood. We established the old traditions during carnaval period and choose to follow them in many ways. We digged out the carnaval mascaras and costumes and recalled the songs and rhymes. We also got to know the classical music from Camille Saint-Saëns called The carnaval of the animals. And created a lot of fantasy figures from shapes. The focus was on preparing a carnaval mood in every possible ways making it interesting and enjoyable!
In Miko Kindergarden we started the new year with a lot of enthusiasm and energy. The starting days were full of story telling about the Holidays. The following days we started to study the circle of a year, including seasons, months and the concept of the passing time. Based on children’s experiences we spiced up the facts with a lot of role playing, movement,songs and rhymes. The kids had a lot of knowledge of the seasons and we added to this a lot of fun experiences.
This winter gave us the best opportunity to enjoy the snow. Each day spent sliding or making snow balls and practising winter activities was very enjoyable. Snowy activities are the best and you never get tired of it as a child!
Here is how summer school begins in our school and it’s fairytail garden. First of all kindergarden and elementary school children are aspected to join us in nature centered, homelike environment, spiced up with a camp mood. Every week a new theme is developed with the help of our best tool: games and plays.
Themes and dates:
June 27 – July 1 – The island of peace
July 4-8. – I’m a gardening
July 11-15. – What an adeventure!
July 18-22. – The secrets of our garden
July 25-29. – Treasure island
August 1-5. The river meanders
August 8-12. Treasure hunt
August 15-19. Crowded city
August 22-26. So long summer!
The summer school fee is 250 Ron + food. Places are limited and filled by the order of enrolments. Furder information at firstname.lastname@example.org or call tel. 0745372676.