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Educational concept

La Rueda kindergartens

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Desarrollo social y filosófico 

Desarrollo artístico-creativo

Conexión con la naturaleza, el medio ambiente y la diversidad cultural

Integración sensorial y movimiento

Nutrición y alimentación

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At La Rueda children are valued and encouraged to develop their curiosity. Its educational concept has 5 pillars:

1. Social and philosophical development: language as a gateway to the world of understanding.

The space for reflection and dialogue through daily rounds of philosophy in which children reach the development of critical thinking.

In focus are the issue of gender, diversity / plurality, care for the environment and sustainable development.

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2. Artistic-creative development:  

Due to the spontaneity of each girl / boy, her natural communicative need and the provision of spaces for various forms of expression.

Theatrical improvisation, dance and body expression, free painting and recycling. Reggio's pedagogy as a line of work and orientation.

3. Connection with nature, the environment and cultural diversity:

The Augarten opens a direct access to nature, its seasonal changes, colors and diversity.
Visits to the theater, museums, cultural centers, libraries, etc. as well as participation in festivals throughout the year. Feast of the Pachamama, the Farolito, New Years Eve and Carnival.

4. Sensory integration and movement:

Focusing on the senses, the development of touch and hearing, taste and smell as well as muscle tone, coordination and balance. Paying attention to the sensations of the body in relation to the environment. Sensory integration and psychomotrocity

5. Nutrition and nutrition:

The promotion of a healthy and varied diet, cooking every day with organic, fresh and seasonal products and involving children. Menu

Ivana Reyero
pedagogical director

La Rueda Development

We base our annual development on the seasons of the year.

During spring and summer we mainly spend the day in the Augarten, for walks and excursions or in our Bürgerinnengarten orchard next to Filmarchiv (Augarten).

From 8:30 to 9:30 we have the possibility to have breakfast freely.

Then we make our round of the day where we greet, sing, dance and talk about ourselves and our day.

At 12 noon we have lunch and then we relax for a while so that we can enjoy a cozy quiet hour during which some of the children sleep.

If those of us who do not sleep need more outdoor time, then we go to the Park or we play in our playground.

In the fall and winter we also go out a lot.

Naturkindergarten, the natural and green kindergarten

We feel very fortunate to live in Vienna, a city that offers us many possibilities to develop our concept of a natural kindergarten based on green pedagogy. We believe that you have to live with nature , not just get to know it, which is why we move most of the activities to an open and natural environment . In this way, our children learn from the earliest childhood to relate to the planet on which they live, feeling empathy for its creatures and developing their motor skills above the usual.

Green education implies continuous learning

We have a team committed to continuous learning. At La Rueda we offer courses and materials so that employees and volunteers can continue training in pedagogy. In the same way, we investigate our beliefs, publishing interesting articles on biophilia , the montessori method or children's multilingualism, for example.

What is "Reggio" and how is it applied?

An experiential teaching method that has to do with the commitment of all members of the educational community in teaching children, to ensure that they strengthen ties of communication with the world.

The Reggio Emilia Methodology, named after the Italian town where it originated in the 1970s, is an innovative teaching system. It was developed by the pedagogue Loris Malaguzzi, who introduced art to nursery schools, advocating that students learn through observation in order to finally develop their own creative projects.

 

In Reggian principles , “the pedagogy of speaking for the pedagogy of listening” prevails. Thus, it is an educational philosophy developed by the people who are part of the daily education of children: parents, educators, teachers, artists and the children themselves.

The natural environment is incorporated, as far as possible, in all educational activities and languages are the tool for the development and understanding of the world around them.

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How we develop Bilingualism in our kindergartens:

Learning German and Spanish in parallel, merging cultures, expressions, visions, ideals. Comparing identities and developing your own. Enriching vocabulary and communication.

Opening access to new worlds.  

Reflecting on one's own family constellation, this being a source of inspiration.

Modular workshops for learning the German and Spanish languages. Language and Literature in both languages. From the study of grammar to literary development. Team work, language projects.

The creation of stories, narratives, songs and plays.

Children's philosophy, philosophizing with children:

Thinking through dialogue, cooperative research, the exchange of ideas and thoughts , all based on personal suggestions caused by reading stories and questions, such as: Where do people come from? What is a @ friend?

This is how you start to build a topic.

Our philosophical gatherings are characterized by their exchange, by their development of communication skills and the ability to dialogue and listen, by sharing values and ideals as well as a method and a specific attitude of respect for others and freedom.