Monday, November 03, 2008

I suppose if they have to be in school..

then there's worse places than Sweden (i.e. the UK school system).
Here's a link showing the way Sweden runs it's preschools and how it seems beneficial long-term as regards literacy. I do think though that Swedish is a lot easier to learn to read as it is generally more phonetic. (I'd advise putting mute on until title comes to avoid garish music)
Funny, they have fairly recently built an outside shelter so the little ones can have their nap outside in H's nursery, whatever the weather. The chairs and tables are exactly the same as in his nursery. Only thing they don't show is the kids whimpering for their Mummy (although I admit this isn't a hughly regular thing I come across), nor the whiffy nappy changing area.
I think they have got it right not pressurising the kids to do formal learning until 7, but 'social training' was mentioned ! and I think age 1 is too young to go to nursery, especially when it can be from 7 am until 5 pm, 5 days a week.


muslimah trying to home edu said...

The Swedish got it right! Isn't it the Sunnah to teach kids from the age of 7?
Also how nice is it for kids just to learn throu play in a more relax way.
I like the video, it highlights the need to leave the kids explor their world at their own pace!
It also, once again, confirm how bad is the UK school system :( which isn't a news!
In Italy we have exactly the same system. Kids would play up till the age of 6 and then a kind of formal education will take place including literacy, numeracy and science.
Jazak'Allahu kheir for sharing the video and all the information about Sweden education system!

UmSuhayb b David said...

wa yaki, some chidren are interested in the 'school-type' activities at a young age, but leaving it a couple of years seems to be easier in the long-run, and less pressurised.

Fayrooz said...

Thank you for sharing the link to this video. I enjoyed watching it... Couldn't help notice all the similarities with the Steiner-based philosophy, though it wasn't said outright. The way the Swedish do it just seems to me like good common sense!
Thanks again, Fayrooz