An Exclusive and Innovative Kindergarten
By: Freinet Education < Show E-mail >
Date: Fri, 05 Feb 2016
Location: Asia (China)
Freinet Education Centre of Hangzhou is the first Freinet kindergarten in China. It is recognized by the International Federation of Freinet Movement (FIMEM) which includes all Freinet schools in the world.
At present, we have two locations in Hangzhou: Wangjiang Park in the East; and Xixi Wetland in the West. Our centres are for children aged 2 to 6 years old. They are areas of education based around the children and are designed in such a way as to foster their independent exploration as they develop harmoniously with the environment.
Our curriculum covers several areas of learning:
- Language and Writing
- Plastic Arts
- Graphic Arts
- The Rules of Social Life
- Physical and Outdoor Education
We have reduced-sized classes: A maximum 20 children per class. Their work is carried out in the form of workshops with 6 to 8 children maximum, which take place in various rooms throughout the school.
Here we stress language acquisition: Each class has an English teacher, a Chinese teacher, and a French teacher. There are English-Chinese, French-Chinese, and French-English bilingual classes every day.
In our classrooms we also focus on rule learning. Children actively participate in discussing, developing and enforcing rules to follow in and around school.
Our partnership with the ICEM (Institut Coopératif de l’École Moderne) allows us to offer training in Freinet pedagogy.
We are open to all those who want to share knowledge and information.