Social responsibility

Social responsibility requires having a general interest in other people. The inner stability of the child is therefore the basis for building up a development process in all areas of life. 

In the classroom, we believe that treating each other right, integration in the group and learning affective conflict resolution, is of great importance. The support, guidance and encouragement of the team is the foundation of a growing feeling of belonging together. It is our aim to create an environment in which the child feels accepted and part of the group. That means having a safe place in the group. Through constant encouragement the child is challenged, reared and supported in its development. 

When the child feels comfortable in the group, and shows responsibility for himself, he will also be ready to show responsibility for others. We encourage this through partnerships within the group. 

The older children become partners for the new children. The children decide whether and for which child the want to be a partner. Together with the teacher they help to integrate the new child into the group, by showing him the rules of the group, helping him to get dressed, or going to the bathroom and comforting him etc.

In all our activities we pay great attention to participating in a group. The child not only learns to be responsible for himself but for others. 

These aspects are worked on especially in our monthly children groups. Social skills are of great importance to us in this group. Activities in this group are roll play, chat circles, reading books and drawing, to themes like dealing with conflict, feelings, beeing different etc. Building up and encouraging social togetherness is of most importance here. 

Another benefit in rearing children as a group is being together with different generations. Old and young come together and compliment each other. We supplement family up-bringing. 

Our children visit a seniors home on a regular basis, in order to have contact with older people, to make others happy, to do something for the community, and to support the contact between old and young.

Activities like cooking, singing, game afternoons or festivals are sometimes combined with the children, seniors and the parents.

Once or twice a year we also have a grandparents afternoon, in which we have tea, play or do crafts together with the grandparents of the children.

Responsibility for the community and others

In order to have good general knowledge we keep contact to different schools and kindergartens in other countries. For instance we are in close contact to a school in El Salvador. Through letters we get to know children in El Salvador and what their life is like. Materials and toys are sent there to support the school. We also finance the education of two children in the school. For our children it means learning to do something useful for the community, and to be socially responsable.

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