Our pedagogy - a constant work in progress
Being a research-based school, we take the inspiration to create new educational methods and tools from the most recent and relevant research, and from learning and adapting various best practices from pedagogues such as Free Schools, Forest Schools, Gaia Schools, Montessori Schools, Waldorf Schools, Democratic Schools, Reggio Emilia Schools, Finish Schools, Mother Nature and from anyone who can teach us something. We work on our curriculum constantly and adapt our learning designs to be a school that fits to children and responds to their specific needs, not to work with children that fit our school.
We work with an Emergent Curriculum, where the learning process is guided by both children and educators. Through this learning process we also look at the results of the children, so they can easily transfer to/from Green School and can adapt to a new environment. A fourth grade Green School graduate will be able to adapt to the 5th grade in another school.
In Green School we are educating in Romanian and English, using the language animation technique, children also learn the languages of the community: Romanian, Hungarian, German.
The learning process happens mostly outdoors, where children can choose to eat and sleep as well. The children learn form the nature, play around, learn values, attitudes, behaviours and also relevant skills and knowledge. In Green School the children learn the value of a good education while childHOODing and having authentic learning experiences.
Green School has opened in September 2017 with a kindergarten and primary school (class 0). Each K-group or school-group has maximum 12 learners and 1 teacher.
In kindergarten the children are not separated by age or by the native language, having the possibility to interact with all the other children in well-planed activities and recesses.
In primary school we extend the curriculum with project-based and phenomenon-based activities from which the children can extract learnings in different school subjects. For instance, in the afternoon, helped by their teachers and international volunteers, and using vegetables, herbs and produce from the pedagogical garden and farm, kids can learn how to cook different recipes. The next day, in Maths, they can talk about quantities, addition, subtraction, weight. In communication (and language) they can discuss about the way they communicated with each other and with the educators, what new words they learned from the recipes or from the adults and they can also write their own recipes book.