The carnival organized for the third time this year was held at 14-16 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 “Our favorite stories” so after lunch we dressed up like the characters of our favorite story 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.
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!
On December 17, 2019 was organized our unusual Christmas Celebration, when instead of the children the parents had surprised us with their puppet-shows. They prepared for this big event a lot with great enthusiasm and the shows were big successes indeed.
After the puppet-shows we sang Christmas carols together and we burn sparkles, which has gave the night an extraordinary festive mood.
Like in every year, it was organized the preparation for Advent in this year too in our kindergarten. This is an occasion for the parents, children and teachers to prepare together for the most wonderful season of the year. The Christmas songs, the smell of the gingerbread, the decoration created a familiar environment. We talked a lot about the meaning of Advent and the waiting, and what the candles on the Advent crown symbolize. Beside the candy in the Advent calendar we hide a story too, so the waiting will be much more exciting. The afternoon together with was a great experience for the children.
We participated with great enthusiasm this year too on competition for preschooler named „Oviolimpia,” which was organized at „Sonia Iovan” sport center, at Cluj Napoca. It was a great opportunity to exercise and play with other preschoolers from different kindergartens. Our team skillfully took the obstacles, and we have won recognition for the most consistent and playful team. We are so proud of you! Congratulations!
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.