CURRICULUM

Fun and play time
At the Avocado day care center we know that fun and play time is not a waste of time. It is a very valuable and natural form of activity for children who learn more about their environment and discover that they have a real impact on it. Children satisfy their curiosity, which is very active in the first years of life, by looking, listening, touching, tasting and smelling. Children like to observe, but most of all, experience. They form their first hypotheses and test them regularly to draw independent conclusions. We want the children at our day care center to have time to play. We believe that allowing them the freedom to choose what, how and how long they want to play will have a great influence on their independence, self-esteem and will awaken creativity. These precious moments of the day create the opportunity to build relationships with other children and adults.

Classes according to the Avocado curriculum
In addition to creating the conditions for fun and play time, every day we do our best to make children curious, to show them something new and give them a nice surprise.

  • We organize absorbing art projects. We are not afraid of making a mess – we are able to arrange the space and protect clothing so that they are easy to clean. We like to use natural materials and unsophisticated techniques. Children often work with their own hands. We do not use brushes or line drawings for coloring. Toddlers knead, mix, pour and splash to their heart content. We work using flour, water, salt dough, non-toxic paint, etc.
  • We encourage children to come into contact with books by creating the right conditions for doing so. Shelves with sophisticated booklets and albums are hung low. We have a grass-like carpet, pillows, nice blankets and warm lamps… Who could resist the temptation of a nice book?
  • We organize topic-related play stations based on an infinite number of ideas (e.g. store, post office, farm, car wash). In the play stations there are both toys (such as animal figures, felt fruit and vegetables) and safe items of everyday use (pots, sponges, cardboard boxes and empty containers). We eagerly use recycled materials such as newspapers, plastic cups and bottles.
  • Patient researchers are provided with a magnifying glass, measuring instruments, scales and space for placing exhibits. Young technicians and engineers will also not be bored because they have at their disposal blocks and elements allowing them to build the longest track for vehicles or the highest tower.
  • We make sure that children have plenty of opportunities to move in a specially adapted room and outdoors. We build obstacle courses, use mattresses, tunnels, a Klanza sheet and balls, both big and small. We have fun while listening to music. We also organize shadow theaters or we use rattles and drums to create an orchestra.

We operate in a number of ways to develop children intellectually, emotionally and socially. We remember, however, that children are experts in the field of play. A colorful scarf can be used as an element of clothing, a tablecloth for dinner with a teddy bear, a rope for dragging and in many other situations imagined by children. Our task, as teachers, is to ensure that at our day care center colorful scarves are available for small hands.

While having fun we remember the safety of children and only use safe objects.

Everyday English. Everyday Interculturalism
We create an intercultural day care center – a place where constant attention is paid to the values from intercultural dialogue as well as where Poles and foreigners with children are welcome and the whole family can have fun and develop. Every day the children have contact with an English-speaking teacher and naturally acquire the melody of language and the first words related to a specific situation. This is an introduction to learning English and a chance to experience linguistic and cultural diversity.

Additional activities
We cooperate with people who are able to find a common language with the youngest children and show them the cultural richness of the world. Classes are available for all children in Avocado Day Care Center. Currently the staff includes:

Katarzyna Szurman – is a musician and plays the violin and three-row button accordion, which she learned to play from old village musicians. She has her own band called Czarne Motyle (Black Butterflies) and plays interwar tangos, waltzes and foxtrots. On a daily basis, she conducts music classes for children, based on traditional games, fun, fairy tales, counting rhymes and instruments.

Agnieszka Hakizimana – is an animator and actress. She gives a series of dance, movement and theater classes for young children, using music from different countries as well as traditional songs sung live. She spins tales and encourages children to make music together. She is a founder of Teatrzyk Kieszonkowy (Pocket Theater). The topic of multiculturalism is close to her – together with her African husband she raises three children in a spirit of openness towards Polish and African culture.

Schedule

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
from 8.00 Children’s arrival, time for fun, conversations, morning adaptation
9.00 Breakfast
9.30 Classes according to the Avocado curriculum/ Fun and play with native speaker  Classes according to the Avocado curriculum/ Fun and play with native speaker  Classes according to the Avocado curriculum/ Fun and play with native speaker  Classes according to the Avocado curriculum/ Fun and play with native speaker  Music classes/ Fun and play with native speaker
   
10.30 Walk/Playground activities
11.30 Dinner: soup
12.00 Time for rest (sleep, calm-down time, book reading)
14.00 Dinner: second course
14.30 Movement activities / Classes according to the Avocado curriculum
16.00 Evening snack
16.30 Play time while expecting parents