The new edition of the course “The best for preschool teachers”, which took place in Palermo from 06/06/2022 to 10/06/2022, had as participants a group of Estonian teachers from the School Rakvere Kungla kindergarten: Evely, Riina, Reet, Elizaveta, Alla, Kristiina, Marika, Helena, Birgit, Kristiina, Liidia, Terje and Anne.
After some team building activities, the first day we introduced the Italian system, and the main differences and similarities with other countries in Europe.
During the other days of the week, we had the opportunity to deepen innovative preschool teaching methods.
Firstly, we discovered the key elements and theories of non formal education, practicing them trough practical activities and games, where the “debriefing” guided participants in the understating of the usefulness of this approach.
Secondly, we explored the power of Outdoor Education with an “outdoor challenge” in the beautiful park “Villa Trabia”. This challenge was an opportunity to understand in practice the 10 principles of Outdoor Education developed by Hann, and to experiencing the benefits of learning in nature.
Lastly, we deepened the Montessori method, analyzing the role of the educator, the characteristics of the environment and the specific learning materials, learning how to help our pupils “to do it themselves”.
During the week we had the opportunity to meet Anna, a preschool teacher in Palermo. She explained the value of teaching “life skills” in school starting from the first years of education, as the best way to prevent behaviours at risk to health, psychological and physical. Thanks to her, we had a rich sharing moment whereby teachers from the Estonian school had the chance to explore what a real preschool teacher does during a school day in Italy.
Palermo, with its colours and traditions, was the background of this amazing training week, giving the teachers the possibility to experience the real “Sicilian life”.
Our best hope now is to have given you a rich set of tools and methods to use inside your school, and to have left in your hearth a little piece of Palermo.
Grazie mille, ci vediamo presto!
Discover more about this course in: https://www.erasmustrainingcourses.com/preschool-teacher-training.html