Workshops

The program of Povratak prirodi is accredited by Serbian Ministry of Education. Thanks to the joint initiative of the Ministry of Education and Technological Development, UNICEF, Institute for the Advancement of Education and Institute for Pedagogy and Andragogy, Povratak prirodi has been recognized as a kindergarten with good practice.

The workshops create an atmosphere in which a child spontaneously acquires knowledge through the guided activities perceived as a game.

Each topic is carefully approached, with simultaneous usage of different types of intelligence. The selection of contents is thoughtfully done, in order to meet the children’s interests.

Program is based on integrative planning i.e. on approaching the subject from different angles. It enables child’s observation of the reality as it is, not in pieces and partially.

Learning by doing principle is realized through thematic projects within our numerous unique workshops.


Our Unique Workshops


 

Eureka


I n the maturation process a child encounters with interesting phenomena that stimulate their imagination and raise many questions. This workshop provides the children to discover cause-effect relations between the things and occurrences that surround them.

On the workshop the children will be experimenting with: water, air, heat, light, sound, electricity, motion, body inertia, forces of action and reaction, gravity, liquids, electric energy, magnet force, etc..

The workshops are adapted to children of all ages and are completely subordinate to their desires and interests.

Wisdomania


Can a child be a philosopher?

E arly pedagogues, like Jean Piaget, considered the children up to 11-12 years as not capable of critical thinking, as not ready to think about thinking. Huh! It is more likely that children in those times were not encouraged to think. In the late 60`s of the last century, Montclair University, in the USA, created the program named Philosophy for children. It was initiated by Matthew Lipman, who was influenced by John Dewey`s philosophy and Lev Vygotsky`s psychology. The aim of the program was encouragement and improvement of the children’s thinking skills.

This program was adjusted in order to meet both ours and children’s neccessities. And that is how we’ve created Wisdomania! The goal of the workshop is not teaching philosophy to children, but using philosophical dialogue as a learning method for the development of communication and social skills, critical and creative thinking.

Activities in the program mainly have the form of structured and disciplined dialogue. We discuss about traditional philosophical notions that are at the same time the key notions for our everyday life; tolerance, friendship, truth, justice, happiness, knowledge, love etc.

The process starts with asking questions to children, in order to better understanding the issues and concepts we deal with.

Communication in the program has its own moral culture that leads to cultivating abilities and virtues.

Hands In Dirth


T his workshop is our painting and sculptural atelier.

Children have natural urge for putting their hands in dirt. We offer them the possibility to do so in a creative way.

By creating a relaxing, creative and working atmosphere we encourage liberation of a child`s artistic expression. We nurture freedom and inventiveness in the children’s creative development.

Children are introduced to a wide range of design materials: plaster, clay, organic waste, textiles, foil, wire, sand, glass, and we also use colors.

Children are introduced to a wide range of design materials: plaster, clay, play-doh, organic waste, textiles, foil, wire, sand, glass, colors.

Chatter Box


T he origin and development of the speech depend on genetic and social factors. A child adopts basic language elements by miming, practicing, stimulating, which depends on its physical and psychological abilities and needs. Speech adoption is a natural speech-language development process and it is spontaneous, influenced by speech-language environment.

Speech development is crucial for creating a notion about oneself, for adopting the behavior rules and for creating the moral judgments. A child masters different use of speech through active language practice in everyday life situations. It spontaneously overpowers the complex language elements (voices, meaning, syntax) and learns how to use the language in adequate ways.

The communicative (social) speech functions are developed in direct contact with the others. In order to develop communication flexibility (explicit speech – speech adjusted to speaker and context) it is essential to practice all the speech functions, especially those that develop in contact with others.

Chatter box is a speech and drama workshop that stimulates the right articulation and distinction of speech of children up to 3 years. We encourage the proper voice articulation and distinction, as well as vocabulary enrichment and grammatically correct pronunciation. More complex speech and drama workshops are created for children between 3-7 years, starting with immediate child experience and current interests.

Besides the above mentioned, the targets of the Chatter Box are:

  • boosting creativity, conscious and unconscious creativity
  • getting experience in well-tailored, meaningful and proper communication
  • developing and nurturing listening skills
  • encouraging drama activities amongst children

Smile Keepers


P sychological workshops that encourage development by facing changes during critical situations, accepting pleasant and unpleasant emotions, acquiring the effective verbal/non-verbal communication skills, learning about conflict solving models, understanding upbringing methods and their effects.

Retro Science


R etro Science consists of: mineralogy, botany and zoology. The content of the subject was modernized and widely expanded. Besides studying these scientific fields, a child is encouraged to get to know and experience oneself, and its relationship with the world around. The additional aspect to these subjects was getting children familiar with the social world and civilization heritage which in undoubtedly present in the city life.

Workshop content included the following topics:

AUTUMN: Let me introduce myself, My family, My kindergarten, People’s professional occupations (what do my parents do, what do my teachers do…), Autumn night sky, Autumn in my park, Autumn market, Insects, Bulb planting, Autumn migrations, Food preparation…

WINTER: Winter night sky, Winter in my park, Winter market (tropical fruit), Trees in winter (Christmas tree), Winter birdwatching, Forest animals, Hobbies and a leisure time, People’s professional occupations…

SPRING: Spring night sky, Spring in my park, Spring market, Spring landscapes, Roots and shoots, Flower planting, Egg coloring, Baby animals, Farm animals, My street, Traffic rules

SUMMER: Summer night sky, Summer in my park, Summer market, Summer blossoming, Bugs in nature, Harvest time, Enjoy the beach, ZOO animals, My pet

The main goals of these workshops are the development of child’s self-consciousness, awareness of the world surrounding it and awareness of itself being a part of the environment. A child keeps learning by doing and independently exploring. We strongly encourage its natural curiosity and initiative.

Around The World With Kids!


A round the world with kids is a multicultural program where children enjoy meeting different cultures and countries worldwide. Our goal is to explore various national customs, geographic features, flora and fauna. Basically, we travel to far away countries in order to spend some time living like the locals. For such occasions, we make national instruments, masks, toys, prepare traditional food, listen to traditional music of our hosts… Every second week we change our traveling location. During the program, from October to July, we visit around 18 different countries all around the world.

English Language


O ur English language program is adapted for children between 3-5 and 5-7 years.

It is based on belief that children at early age can learn a foreign language in similar ways they learn their mother tongue.

Learning needs to take place in the relevant context for children.

We provide this context according to children’s age and organize two types of workshops:

  • - The Adventures of Elephant Ellie (for the beginners age 3 to 5 years)
  • - The Adventures of Woody and Frosty in Fairyland (for children aged 5-7 who have already studied English for one or two years)