Our Focus and Priorities

We adhere to the Framework plan for kindergartens and its directives, focusing on play and curiosity, through the development of three disciplines:

  • Language
  • Art
  • Science

We strive to awaken children’s interests and ideas through experiences indoors and out.

Language
Birralee International Kindergarten is a dual-language kindergarten, where we use both Norwegian and English on a daily basis.  Language is used to build friendships and share happiness.  Our goal is always to build a language-rich environment for all of our children through rhymes, rules, music, songs, stories and books.

Esthetics
‘The 100 Languages of Children’ (below) is a poem by Luiz Malaguzzi.  We strive to inspire children to investigate their own creativity. The kindergarten offers children a rich selection of materials, methods and time to play, build, and develop their own ideas.

Play/Science
Science through play:  counting and explaining, shapes and color, music and rhymes, building and tearing down, examining the world, inside and out, sorting ideas and objects -- finding enjoyment in ageless mysteries.

 

THE HUNDRED LANGUAGES OF CHILDREN

No way.

The hundred is there.

The child is made of one hundred.

The child has a hundred languages

a hundred hands

a hundred thoughts

a hundred ways of thinking

of playing, of speaking.

a hundred, always a hundred

ways of listening

of marveling, of loving

a hundred joys

for singing and understanding

a hundred worlds to discover

a hundred worlds to invent

a hundred worlds to dream.

The child has a hundred languages

(and a hundred hundred hundred more)

but they steal ninety-nine.

The school and the culture

separate the head from the body.

They tell the child to think without hands

to do without head

to listen and not to speak

to understand without joy

to love and to marvel

only at Easter and Christmas.

They tell the child

to discover the world already there

and of the hundred

they steal ninety-nine.

They tell the child that work and play

reality and fantasy

science and imagination

sky and earth

reason and dream

are things

that do not belong together.

And thus they tell the child

that the hundred is not there.

The child says

"No way- The hundred is there."

Loris Malaguzzi

(translated by Lella Gandini)