Clubs and courses are integrated into our weekly and yearly educational program and form the stable part of the schedule.
Every class has an individual weekly schedule of clubs which all the children attend. Basic clubs usually cover a wide range of interests and support the potential of children from wider perspective in accordance to their age. Clubs are covered usually by core teachers and main focus is to extend the area of knowledge or skills of children additionally to curriculum.
Sports help children develop physical skills, get exercise, make friends, play fair, build team-spirit, have fun and improve self-esteem. On Sports Club children try various kind of sport activities and learn to use sport equipment such as balls, play parachutes, hoops and ropes, jump and balance ladder, cones, goals and more.
Art helps kids to grow and develop. By Art club children develop their fine motor skills when they paint, colour, glue and cut. By doing something creative every time, they express themselves and cope with their feelings. Art also fosters mental growth by providing opportunities for trying out new ideas, new ways of thinking and problem-solving.
Children have lots of fun with music, as it brings great stimuli for their overall development and helps to express emotions. On Music Club they learn new songs, sing, dance to music, try new and extraordinary musical instruments and experiment with all kind of sounds and rhythms.
Finger Fitness Club develops Fine motor skills. Children strengthen finger and hand muscles via manipulating with small objects, playing with the play-dough and clay, playing games with soft balls or by practicing proper pencil grip.
On Science Club little Scientists learn about world by doing experiments, observing, describing and discussing simple scientific theories. Children talk about weather, Solar System, electricity, magnetism, sound and nature and are lead to never stop wondering.
On ABC Club children develop their knowledge of phonic sounds for learning how to read. They like to have fun by playing various phonics games, learning and forming the letters, or reading and working with the stories. ABC Club brings lots of fun.
MATH AND LOGIC
On Maths Club children learn mathematics in simple, funny and playful way. They learn about all four operations (additions, subtractions, multiplications, divisions), problem solving, measuring, recognizing and ordering numbers, geometry and they play various logical maths games.
Fun Travelling Club brings fun for little explorers. Children gets to know different continents, nationalities, cultures and most famous monuments.
Nature Club brings experience of always changing nature. Children explores the world outside by using all their senses - they watch, smell, listen, taste and feel. They develop their love for plants, animals and natural world in general.
Drama allows children to express themselves through movement and storytelling. On Drama Club classroom changes to a theater and kids get their different roles.
Prosocial Club fosters children´s prosocial behaviour and empathy through various games, activities, role plays and cooperative play.
Little constructers use different blocks in size and difficulty according to their age. They construct walls, houses, buildings and bridges. By focusing on constructing children learn geometrical shapes, colours, sizes and spatial concepts. They stimulate their concentration, imagination and creativity, and they learn to plan. On Construction Club they usually work in teams and improve their cooperation skills as well.
Children gymnastics is a great start for any sport. It is helping kids to develop in a healthy way and to improve their motor skills. They are exercising through games and competitions and moving to the rhythm of music, which also develop and maintain correct body posture.
Using fairytales and short stories, the Book club is introducing children to the world of fantasy. They will learn how to recognize individual characters, understand sequence of events and the concept of good vs. evil. At the same time, it is boosting creative thinking by making up their own stories according to book illustrations.
For children, discovering the world around is always an amazing experience. Thanks to the Geography club they will learn about different countries and their pecularities, as well as get to know our planet Earth and her beauty.
Working with playdough is one of the best possible ways of relaxing and exercising kids´ fingers, as well as developing creativity. Modelling of basic and more difficult shapes helps children develop fine motor skills and learn how to bring their fantasies to reality.
Kindergarten may also offer some extra clubs or courses in case there is demand. These activities are devoted to Reception and Y1 children only. The number of children per group is limited and they are scheduled for after 16:00.
Judo - combination of physical, mental and moral activity. Judo Extra Club combines exercising and discipline to teach children healthy lifestyle.
Lego - new way of thinking. Playing with Lego is a perfect way to excite kids about problem solving and inovative thinking. Lego Club is here to trigger kid´s phantasy and thinking through magical world of Lego blocks.
Dance Club is lead by the external sport instructor and together with music helps children improve their coordination, balance, sense of rhythm, and basic locomotion.
Board games teach children to follow the rules, team play, the essence of fair play and mutual respect. Children will playfully find out that it is okay to win once, sometimes to lose, but especially to have fun with friends.
Parkour is an art of movement in which children learn to find their way through various obstacles using their own bodies. Through playful activities, children explore the limits of their motor skills.
Outdoor sport activities represent a natural part of the kid´s life. Chasing and other games are helping children to learn about the cooperation and team spirit, and above all, they are developing their gross motor skills.
Riddles, brain-teasers, mazes, ... all of that is promoting the development of a child´s mind. Logical games are boosting normal curiosity and appetite for exploring, and at the same time, the kids are learning a lot of new stuff in an easy and fun way.
Travelling and exploring the world is an important part of life, even if it´s just by tracing the map with a finger. On this club kids will learn a lot of new information about countries and cultures all around the world, as well as about various types and possibilities of travelling and transportation.
Our Kindergarten has special sport instructors who cover all the sport courses led over the year focusing on basic seasonal sports including swimming, skiing, skating and tennis. Instructors are part of our team and organize all the courses, so we have full control over the content and the methodology as well as the quality and the extent of the individual progress. One of the biggest advantages is also the fact that they know all the children well as they work with them all over the year. Most of the courses are devoted to children in Reception and Y1 classes. Nursery classes take swimming course only. All the courses are free of charge and expenses concerned are included in school fees.
Swimming is an essential part of the weekly schedule of each class. Swimming lessons are lead by our Sport instructors, who know the children and take in consideration their level of swimming skills. Lessons start in October and are on weekly basis. Nursery classes use the pool on Gajova site to get used to water, to learn how to dive, float, swim, but overall to build positive approach towards swimming. Reception and Y1 classes use the 25 m long swimming pool at Pasienky or at Faculty of Physical Education and Sports. Swimming lessons are fully voluntary and are included in school fees.
Skiing course is designed for the children in Reception classes and takes place on the slopes near the Bratislava region. For the last several years we have completed the Skiing course in the skiing center Zochova chata which provides optimal conditions for teaching children with different levels of acquired skiing skills. The course lasts a week and children travel to the skiing center every day. At the end of the course children get a diploma with a brief report about the main activities and their progress.
Skating course is devoted to children in Reception and Y1 classes and, similar to Skiing course, it is intensive and lasts a week. Parents are informed about activities and progress with a certificate.
The course can be cancelled this academic year due to Covid-19 high risk, and will be then replaced by different outdoor alternative.
Tennis is realized in the form of an intensive weekly course during summer. In smaller groups, children first warm up properly on the courts through games and competitions. They move smoothly from games to tennis exercises, through which they learn basic tennis techniques. They improve their concentration, perception and, above all, they experience the joy of the game.
Our Kindergarten provides a special service of Speech therapist, who is an integral part of our team. Speech therapist supervises the overall speech development of children with a special focus on Slovak children and her work covers a wide range of fields including language impairment, articulation disorders and balbuties.
Speech therapist works with children from the age of 2 until Y1 and provides diagnostics, individual sessions and therapy, early speech child development programme, Slovak literacy programme according to Eľkonin, consultations to parents and teachers when necessary, lessons of Slovak conversation for foreigners. The biggest advantage is the fact that she is a part of our team and knows all the children on a daily basis in everyday situations. Of course, parents´ cooperation and intervention in the whole therapeutic process is always the most important. The work, progress and intervention plans are reported to parents weekly and via individual personal consultations or by e-mail. The basic service is included in the school fees and extra lessons upon request are charged extra.