STORIES of SUCCESS
with total duration not more than one hour and a half. Let us introduce VANYA. He came to our center at the age of 1.5. Since that time his achievements are: 13 medals, 13 certificates, 1 cup.
HOW DO WE TEACH CHILDREN?
We use different methods of teaching when preparing scenarios of lessons for our learners (see below), and we do not stick only to the one method. Our choice of this or that method is based on certain characteristics of the particular group or individual depending on the level of their knowledge and skills. We believe that using only one method of teaching, for example, methods of Maria Montessori or Nikolai Zaitsev is not effective as it is narrows the program. Of course, we use famous method of Maria Montessori, but only the most effective exercises that are actual today and suitable for development of the modern child. Generally, our learners are mentally and physically healthy, they do not need Montessori method in full as it was initially created for the mentally deprived children. Use of one method is the same as eat only apples. Apples are healthy food but we see no reason to limit ourselves jus to apples. Human nutrition as well as development of the child should be balanced!
Our educational program is updated every year, we add new methods of teaching and refuse from the outdated and irrelevant ones. Regular participation in educational conferences, forums, seminars and master classes both in Russia and in other foreign countries (France, USA, UAE, Germany, etc.) helps us to update the program on a regular basis. We adapt gathered information to our work with children aged 1+ in Russia and share our knowledge with our teachers.
Our Pedagogical Training Center “ Teacher’s Az-bu-ka” was established in 2001. This is a place where our teachers improve and upgrade their skills. Here we explain them new methods of teaching and other up-to-date techniques that are used for work with children of preschool age. The training seminars and workshops take place here each month, all our teachers attend them on a regular basis during the whole period of their employment. All seminars are held in an interactive form with suits and props. A teacher becomes a child for a while, he plays, hops, crawls, barks like a doggy, makes and draws – does all that he usually has to explain to a child at “Az-bu-ka” classes. The teacher should get his personal experience as if he were a child, go through the same emotions and feelings in order to choose the proper words when explaining the material to a child.
The opportunity of personal growth and continuing professional development is one of the reasons why teachers choose “Az-bu-ka” center as a place of work.
BELOW IS THE LIST (NOT FULL) OF AUTHORS AND METHODS WE KNOW AND USE IN OUR WORK
The Kumon Method was developed by Japanese educators 50 years ago and was created to help children aged 2+ to count and develop handwriting skills. Kumon centers are opened in 47 countries however there is no Russia on the list. In 2014 Kumon’s notebooks appeared on the Russian market. The program is focused on independent skills’ development. Thanks to The Kumon Method children feel they can achieve much by themselves.
JAPANESE METHOD OF EARLY LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT BY MAKOTO SHICHIDA KNOWN AS THE SHICHIDA METHOD
Professor Makoto Shichida has founded 400 specialized centers of early learning and written more than 100 books. The Shichida method is used in different countries such as Japan, Canada, China and others. Teachers develop physical, intellectual and aesthetic skills of the children with the help of special trainings.
MARIA MONTESSORI METHOD
This method is the most popular one. It involves three parts: Child, Environment, Teacher. The child is in the center of the system. A special environment is being created around him where he lives and learns independently. The Montessori Method is characterized by an emphasis on self-directed activity on the part of the child and observation on the part of the teacher. Method can be used for rehabilitative classes.
This method is based on development of logical thinking. Special games help to develop logical thinking, combinatorics, analytical abilities, create skills required for logical problem solving.
GLENN DOMAN METHOD
This is one of the most disputable methods where cards of a certain size are shown to a child enabling him to read the whole words instead of reading letters or syllables.
CECILE B. LOUPAN METHOD
Her method was born out of multiple attempts to learn her daughters using Doman cards. She believes that learning should be more delicate and individual, the most important thing is the child’s own interest. “Believe in your child” is one of her most famous books.
G.S. ALTSHULLER TRIZ METHOD
Genrikh Saulovich Altshuller is the author of TRIZ – TRTS (the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving - the Theory of Technical Systems Development), the author of TRTL (the Theory of Creative Individual Development), inventor, writer.
With children of preschool age we use the textbook of S.I. Gin “TRIZ learning at the kindergarten: textbook for teachers at preschool classes” 2007
MARIA GMOSHINSKAYA FINGERS PAINTING METHOD
A baby can paint with his fingers and palms starting from 6 months using both hands left and right.