The children's house is a space in which the child satisfies his need for perfect order and aesthetic beauty, surrounding him with a beautiful and harmonious space in which they move freely and participate in society adapting to it in a healthy and natural way. They are offered a physically and temporally ordered environment in which they can easily orientate themselves and foresee their daily activities.
At this stage, children have an enormous need for conscious observation of reality through the senses: experiencing by seeing, touching, exploring, naming, classifying and ordering reality. It is the great moment of the "I" and the discovery of one's own identity. The absorbing mind remains active until the end of this stage of development.
The child expresses his willingness to do things himself and we give him numerous opportunities to develop his autonomy and independence. Clear routines and rules are now an imperative need for the child.
Sensitive periods of language, order, refinement of the senses, interest in small details and social skills are at a high point and are observed to offer them activities for the development of their maximum creative potential. The child is creating the adult he or she will be in the future, with his or her unique personality and particular vision of the world.
The essential elements in our children's home classroom are as follows:
1. Defined spaces with shelves freely accessible for materials from the various areas
- Practical life: it is the heart of the classroom. Children are first drawn to this area as these materials become very familiar to objects they may encounter in everyday life experiences or at home. The child acts and works on real life activities, which support their order, coordination, concentration and a sense of personal independence. Through them, they develop their self-esteem, security and attention for the mastery of the most advanced activities being able to live comfortably in the adult world.
- Sensory: it consists of materials that educate and refine the senses of the child, learn to recognize similarities and differences between similar objects. The purpose of these exercises is for children to train themselves towards observation, in order to be guided to make comparisons between objects, reason, form criteria and decide. The aspects that the child must identify visually are: size, shape and color. With touch they are: texture, temperature and pressure. With respect to the auditory sense are the intensity and timbre. The aspects to identify with taste are: salty, sweet, sour and bitter. The child also identifies through smell a great variety of smells and fragrances. In addition, the gnostic stereo sense is worked on, with which the child discriminates using his muscle-touch ability, and this is done without visual aid.
- Mathematics: this area is based on the order and perceptual awareness found in the development of each individual. Children, by acquiring mathematical principles, acquire a logical development from the concrete to the abstract, and from the simple to the complex. We work on the development of concepts such as: numbering, quantity, fractions, position value and the basic operations of addition, multiplication, subtraction and division.
- Language: adults offer the child a rich and caring language with communication opportunities, the main objective is to extend the ability of speech to include functioning with written language. Written language development generally proceeds at these stages.
- Art and Music: varied and quality art samples are always present at the children's level to inspire their own experiments. With a permanent physical and temporary space to be able to realize their artistic, artisan and musical creations.
- Culture: observation material and introductory manipulation to the areas of Botany, Zoology, Geography, History and General Culture, whose main objective is to learn by itself about general culture and art. There are also group activities and creative art.It is of great importance that they are in contact with the environment and nature through our outer space, so that they admire and value everything that surrounds them.
2. Living beings
- Animals: we are sorrrounded by animals of different species (amphibians, fishes, reptiles, mammals and birds) in order to develop observations and responsability.
- Plants: variety of sensorially attractive plants, diverse flowers and showy leaves with different touches and smells. They are present both inside and outside the living room..
Drawing on the floor for various activities such as relaxation, concentration, meditation, among others.
4. Library and reading corner
Attractive and changing with sensorially attractive books and real stories that help to understand the world. For this initiation to reading, we have a comfortable and pleasantly illuminated space.
5. Outdoor space
Safe space where children can move freely. Orchard, vegetation, activities of practical life, psychomotricity and leisure are some of the activities that are carried out out outdoors.
The educational competences for these two stages for regulated training are included and established in Royal Decree 1630/2006, of 29 December. They define that "the main purpose of early childhood education is to contribute to the physical, affective, social and intellectual development of children in close cooperation with families. At this educational stage, the foundations for personal and social development are laid and learning is integrated, which is the basis for the subsequent development of competencies that are considered basic for all students".
Therefore, in the Children's Community and Children's Home, the competencies are worked on to accompany the child in his development, providing him with those affective, human, physical and environmental elements that cover his basic needs.
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