QUALITY EARLY EDUCATION IN ENGLISH
Kamu is an international and home-like early education provider whose inspired and professional staff offer high-quality early education that encourages learning. While English is Kamu’s main language, Finnish-based instruction will also be integrated, based on requests and situations of children and families. For example, we arrange a Finnish language club for children whose families stay in Finland. Language learning and comprehension is supported by instruction that utilizes pictures and helping gestures.
Our community values tolerance and mutual acceptance. Children at Kamu are from varying cultures and countries, which provides an excellent starting point for building an international understanding and appreciation. However, we warmly welcome also children from Finnish families.
Our teaching emphasizes skills necessary for the future, in order for children to have the best possible foundation for succeeding in life and reaching for their dreams. We acknowledge the importance of media education and technology in modern society and help create a basis for technological skills. Our modern equipment aid both teachers in their work as well as children in learning. Kamu’s activities aim to foster not only understanding new information, but also analysing it critically and recognizing its interconnectedness.
The pillars of Kamu
Strength based pedagogy: trusting your skills and daring to to keep trying
Joy of learning and creativity: problem solving skills, and curiosity
Interaction: empathy, tolerance and valuing community
Project based learning: active participation, persistence, and working in groups
STRENGTH BASED PEDAGOGY
Our early education is rooted in strength based pedagogy, which focuses on each child recognizing and practicing their character strengths as well as noticing the same in others. These refer to skills and characteristics that each of us have and which feel natural and rewarding to use. Using our strengths, we are able to reach our own best performance and feel a sense of success as a consequence. Examples of character strengths include kindness, perseverance, and creativity.
Strengths are like muscles that training can help grow and strengthen.
WE ALL HAVE OUR OWN SUPERPOWER!
Strength pedagogy is used to support a child’s confidence, as well as building a positive sense of self and self-assessment skills. The aim is for children to learn to recognize their own strengths and understand that all skills can be learned and improved. A key idea in strength pedagogy is that everybody is good at something. It is based on the notion derived from positive psychology in which learning is built upon a child’s strengths and successes.
Source: Kaisa Vuorinen
At Kamu, we create a safe and caring environment in which children are able to learn, grow, and develop in their own unique way. In our home-like community that expands beyond traditional divisions into groups, our efforts are in ensuring that interactions with each child are both genuine and accepting. At Kamu, each child is important and deserves to be heard, seen, and accepted in their community every day. While we are all different, we are also equals.
Emotional skills are the key to successful interactions. At Kamu, we practice emotional skills alongside social skills from day one onwards. Recognizing emotions in oneself and in others is the first step towards compassion and being considerate towards others. Naming and regulating emotions helps children express their emotions and thus also helps in ensuring that playtime and making friends is a success.
JOY OF LEARNING & CREATIVITY
At Kamu, we aim to foster and enrich children’s natural imagination, curiosity, and thirst for knowledge. We encourage children to wonder, explore, and find creative solutions. We value children’s playtime, since it is how a child practices many skills and helps make sense of the surrounding world. The joy and satisfaction that comes from play is truly visible at Kamu!
Play, exercise, exploring, and arts and craft come natural to children. Each child learns in their own way, which is why we use as many methods and ways of learning, as possible. Learning is a holistic process, in which children obtains new information while interacting with their environment.
PROJECT BASED LEARNING
Themes and projects bring additional structure and pleasure to the learning subject. Projects allow learning that incorporates several areas of content, while maintaining a central idea. Children tend to be active participants in projects, both in searching for information and putting it to use. During projects, children learn tenacity and group working skills in addition to creativity and problem solving skills.
We organize both short and longer projects at Kamu, the longest lasting even the entire school year. The spark for each project comes from children’s ideas and interests and progresses based on the children’s wishes and the group’s needs. When conducted in this way, the subject is more interesting to the child, which promotes commitment to the project as well as learning.