Our philosophy

Children do not need an artificial oasis. They want to find themselves in an environment that evokes curiosity, and to explore and participate.

INTERNATIONAL KINDERGARTEN “VRAPČIĆI” IS AN EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION

Every child develops at their own pace. Some are capable of formulating full sentences or are already relatively independent at the age of one and a half. Every child has their own learning strategy, as well: some prefer to experiment, accept their mistakes and faliures, while others prefer to observe before getting involved.

Development steps are mutually connected, and must follow a certain order. For example, training an 8-month-old child to stand and walk is not only ineffective, but is also detrimental to the child, as some bones cannot support the child's weight. Next, with appropriate training, a 3-year-old child may be able to solve tasks and count to 20 and back in all languages. The child’s main task at this age, however, is developing their body and senses into a functional instrument that can absorb and process a thousand stimuli. At this stage, cognitive processes begin to develop, such as sorting and comparing, as well as establishing one’s place in a group.

Different approaches and learning strategies are designed differently, and purposeful in their own way. Learning is a sensitive process, and intervening too harshly can diminish the child’s confidence and mar the joy of learning for them. Conversely, we can also build on the fact that the child naturally wants to expand his/her abilities. When we create the right learning conditions (adapted to the individual), the child will discover the world, become self-confident and self-starting.

In “Vrapčići” we want to support and consistently nurture the child in such a way that he/she becomes a confident, strong, intellectually curious person. We believe that children have the right to develop their individuality and to integrate into the community in their own way, provided, of course, that they respect the freedom and individuality of others. The child should not have to become a carbon copy of ourselves, or to realize our (unfulfilled) dreams and ideas, however well-intentioned, notwithstanding the fact that the child, dependent on us, may be both willing and able to make us happy in this respect. Such behavior, in the long run, tends to cause suffering.

THE THREE FOUNDING PRINCIPLES IN THE WORK OF “VRAPČIĆ”

Lifelong learning: The preschooler acquires skills and knowledge, predominantly in the sensory-motor realm and implicitly. The child absorbs multiple stimuli with fantastic inquisitiveness. He/she has an innate need to be active and discover new things. As a result, complex cognitive processes develop in the child’s brain. They tirelessly practice new skills, and no sooner has one lesson been learned than new challenges arise. The unbridled energy of a child is a sight to behold, as is their ability to interact with their environment. In this way, the child can glide through life with greater ease.

Community Life: To take children seriously is to encourage them to participate in our lives according to their abilities, developing their natural self-confidence. Children who know their value and their strength are dedicated children who participate in the world actively and help shape it. Being part of the community involves expression and interaction. The freedom of one individual only ends where the freedom of another begins. This is how we learn mutual understanding and respect.

Sustainability: In a world where almost anything seems possible, with highly specialized technical capabilities and a breadth of knowledge, it is particularly important to live sustainably. By that, we mean the careful handling of resources, as well as connected thinking, going beyond our limited sphere of influence.

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