(self)knowledge through fellowship
An elementary school for 90 children from first to ninth grade, connecting Christian basics and innovative education.
We would like to open in September 2021.
In Prague, Czech Republic.
Our values are: faith, freedom, relationship, responsibility, creativity, courage, openness, perseverance.
Who and why?
We are a team of teachers of various areas of expertise. We share the desire to give children the opportunity to spend meaningfully the 13,000 hours of mandatory schooling.
To know who I am
and where I belong
I come to you
Children and adults in our school know more and more deeply who they are and where they belong.
Based on this deep understanding, they relate to themselves, to others and to God.
Girls recognize that they are created beautiful, courageous and loving, and boys recognize that they are created strong and loving.
The community of teachers reflects love and respect, and teachers invite children (and their parents) into this community.
We understand the heart as the center of our whole being – of thoughts, feelings, desires, and choices leading to action.
We strive to be personal, creative, and connected to the real world..
This is an active response to what children learn and experience in the school. “You” means other people and for some it also includes God. Our hope is for children choose to relate to others openly, honestly, lovingly, self-confidently, and responsibly.
Children get opportunities to respond to each other’s needs and interests.
Educators recognize this number as an ideal number for a basic group for children. Everyone can still know each other and care for each other, yet there is big diversity.
Teachers are aware of what knowledge is foundational. They motivate children to acquire the knowledge or skill through a personal approach, appropriate stimuli and appealing goals.
This strengthens the motivation of students to learn and wholeheartedly experience what they learn.
This ratio will help teachers to be authentically connected to children’s lives, interests and current skills so they can offer them appropriate challenges.
The goal is not to be better than others but together to use our gifts for the joy of people around us. Children learn to help each other. What’s more, teaching others is a great opportunity to learn.
Every child gets their own list of tasks and they can organize part of the day themselves, which teaches them responsibility. Children can decide the topics of some of their learning tasks and explore their own questions.
Children have the opportunity to say how they are doing in the school, hear the feedback from the teacher and discuss their goals for the next month.
Every day everyone gathers to start the day together and to exchange news about school life. Later in smaller groups they read inspirational texts and share their hearts.
Children are part of the decision making process about school rules, school events, etc. This helps them develop leadership skills and learn responsibility
degree in sociology, media studies and pedagogy, heart for education and others’ stories
teacher, mother of three, open heart for everyone
mother of two, originally a veterinarian, currently completing teacher training, heart for adventure
assistant professor of computer science, mind for math, heart for people
originally from the USA, degree in math and pedagogy, heart for individual students
In the Czech Republic, children have to spend at least 13 000 hours in school throughout nine years of mandatory education. As preschoolers children are looking forward to going to school but after a couple of months many of them lose their natural curiosity and joy of learning and school becomes something they “need to survive”. We would like to make these 13 000 hours a meaningful time for children in which they develop their curiosity and their character, they acquire general knowledge as well as deeper knowledge about things that interest them, and they start finding their place in the world. Moreover, throughout all this they themselves would see the purpose of it all and would keep the joy of learning for their whole life.
Many teachers feel alone in their roles. Moreover, there is an ever-present temptation to see their value in the teacher’s popularity among children or their results. We are motivated by the picture of the teaching staff as a fellowship where teachers accept each other as they are, they can share their joys and struggles, and they can help each other to see their true value. Our school aspires to give teachers lots of space to bring their own ideas, methods and interests into the process.
Our team has five preschool kids together and there are many parents with small children around us. These parents are looking for a school where their children would be happy, where they would have a role to play, where they would gain useful knowledge and skills in a safe environment, and where they would develop their gifts. We are motivated by the picture of having such a school, and not only for our children.
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