Kindergarten Iskrica has existed in the Zagreb city quarter Trnje for almost fifty years. From the age of one until starting primary school, the children of our neighbourhood grow up, gain knowledge and develop in their game, supported in their childish curiosity, encouraged to express themselves through various ways as only a child can.
The paradigm of early childhood and pre-school age, a ‘framework’ made up of science and practice, have never been more connected than today. Iskrica Kindergarten is an example of this connection that has existed through cooperation with the Faculty of Teacher Education for over thirty-five years. Starting from doing student practice, exercises from the field of kinesiological methodology to the methodology of visual arts, in which our preschool teachers feel sovereign, open and honored by the role of participants in the process of developing children’s creativity. With every step made in the space of our kindergarten one can feel the creativity of art. Expressed in colors, shapes and forms, using everything available, and naming it as artistic equipment, our children’s works of art “reveal their attitude” towards topics of today’s life, seen through the eyes of the child …
The topic of Croatian traditional values is strongly present. It is part of the vision of the development of our institution, especially in the world of multicultural connectivity, which we contribute to through the specifics of our national values.
The following pages introduce you to our experiences. We want this material to be an inspiration, motivation, encouragement for preschool teachers and other experts, for research and creative games with children. By nurturing the spark of our professional curiosity, we can believe in discovering the talent that a child carries within itself. Preserving tradition is the predisposition of the survival of every nation, and our task is to introduce the child to this process. The artistic creativity of the child, if encouraged and discovered with respect, is a guarantee for achieving the goals we seek, but also a great satisfaction of creativity for adults, as it certainly should be for the child.
Renata Grdić, defectologist, principal of kindergarten Iskrica
O autoru: Antonija Balić Šimrak
O autoru: Snježana Cukrov
O autoru: Renata Grdić
O autoru: Slavica Laco
O autoru: Jasna Lisac
O autoru: Dubravka Pandl
O autoru: Vesna Stojanović Hauzer
Category: Standardna izdanja