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school Project

Casa da Árvore, located in the beautiful neighborhood of Restelo, has been offering an outstanding educational project since 1992. At Casa da Árvore, we believe in promoting confidence and independence among children by allowing them to flourish and grown in a familiar and warm environment. Our ultimate purpose is to create a happy, secure and stimulating environment where children can reach their full potential.

As such, Casa da Árvore follows an original educational project that is built around the children it welcomes. Our educational project was initially created by adapting Torre school's educational project and it is, to a certain extent, inspired by the Modern School Movement.

Over the years following the foundation of Casa da Árvore the educational project was being updated in line with the development of the nursery's experience and the knowledge of other relevant references.

Our vision of the Nursery

We consider time at the Nursery to be an important phase where children develop around their relationship with adults and their peers who accompany them and by exploring the environment in which they find themselves. We believe that “communication constitutes the motor of all education” (Niza, 2004 e 2010, quoted in Folque, Bettencourt e Ricardo, p.19) and that the affective and emotional relationship, above all with adults, allows a child to go further in their development at all levels (Vygostky, 1994 quoted in Folque, Bettencourt e Ricardo, p.19).

 

Educational Goals

  1. The well-being and harmonious development of children, allowing them to feel happy in their everyday life.

  2. Contributing to the overall development of the child: affective, social, cognitive and motor.

  3. The early identification of problems with a child's development, referring each case to competent entities.

 

School and Family

Parents are responsible in the first instance for their children’s' education, and because of this, Casa da Árvore serves as a partner to complement the guidance that the child receives at home, and if needed, to help parents and families better fulfil their role. Regular contact between families and the nursery is vital.

 Parents are always welcome at Casa da Árvore and are invited to maintain a collaborative relationship on a daily basis with us through an exchange of reciprocal information of all relevant events in the child's daily life.

 

Organization and Routine

Rules for spatial awareness and routine are essential to a child's inner structure and offer them a safety net that they can lean on in all their efforts in discovering and relating to others and to the environment they are in.

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Outside periods

Our garden is a special place for the children of Casa da Árvore and we invest a lot of resources and energy into it. We like to provide the maximum amount of outdoor play time and to offer our children a wide range of opportunities to discover nature, play in the sand, run, jump and explore the area, to look after the flowers and collect fallen leaves, to be aware of and adapt to the weather.

We live in a wonderfully bright and sunny city that has very favorable conditions all year round. Nonetheless, even when it rains or on grey days, and when we have the opportunity, we put on warm coats and rain jackets and go jump in the puddles.

 

Educational Activities

Early childhood literacy: group sessions are based on theatrical narration of a children's book and expressive exploration, in other words: fun games which provide a combination of mental/emotional/physical activities providing the means for the baby/child to constantly and freely express themselves, according to their taste/imagination/needs, mirroring the story itself.

Music: a weekly musical session, in which children, guided by a professional musician, learn Portuguese songs based on children's stories.

Psychomotricity: a weekly practical psychomotor session, with a specialized teacher, working the motor component hand in hand with affective and cognitive components as a whole. Children are exposed to different challenges on a motor level, through sponge blocks, wooden ramps, mattresses, balls, arches, etc.