THE IMPORTANCE OF RECOGNISING OURSELVES
The basis of our educational format
Early Education in Italy in renowned throughout the entire world.
In the prestigious American publication, Newsweek, international experts identified the network of Kindergarten and Nurseries in Reggio Emilia as globally avant-garde institutions in the field of early education.
Over the years, recognition has widely been given to this experience as well as the work of Maria Montessori. Little Star’s Educational Format takes the best of Italian education while giving space to values.
Little Star is, before all, a place of protection, of love and of truth: the Stars, Science and Ethical Values are transmitted through the examples set by adults.
We strive to encourage children to discover themselves and everything that is UNIVERSAL, such as science and the human rights. Our educational format is based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on the 10th of December 1948 and we use a unique form of communication in order to activate and unite followers for a better world!
We believe that Early Education is the most important of human priorities!
Supporting people who are free, independent and aware of their own identities! Future students who take charge of their lives and the world that surrounds them! Children aged 0-7 years old “learn to learn”. At this age, their personalities are being formed. We are not speaking about notions and contents, but about how children approach knowledge, and this imprinting will stay with them for the rest of their journeys as learners. Little Star celebrates the importance of freedom of expression. We respect and encourage an unconditioned development of each and every child’s personality. Every child is unique! We do not see children as producers! We have set ourselves the important mission of making everyone understand the importance of transmitting universal ethical values to children. Values that go beyond the various religions and cultures, values that see man as an inhabitant of the Planet Earth!
Our vision is a world where children and families are effectively supported to build on their strengths and achieve their goals in life. Our staff is regularly involved in workshops run by experts trained at the Tavistock Clinic in London with the aim of developing their skills in baby and young child observation and in applying this observation to the early years’ work setting. Parents are also supported through private and confidential meetings with a child psychotherapist, aimed at helping them in understanding their child’s behaviour, play and communication and facilitating early identification and assessment.
Ethical values are the basis of human personality
We believe in Love as a fundamental value! This incredible force must stem from Self-Esteem! From accepting and understanding who we are and following our dreams. We work to bring children closer to the value of self-esteem. We dream of a planet where each and every school follows one single important rule: believe in yourself and in the infinite potential that we all have inside us. A child that views himself with love will radiate love to the world. A child that learns through Fun and the respect of his skills and kindness will become a strong student who takes charge of his life and will have a winning approach to knowledge! Values are the basis of our personality. Children dream of what they truly desire. Adults develop defence mechanisms in order to be accepted by society and finding a “socially acceptable” position becomes an absolute priority. So the vision that others have of us is often identified by what we are and what we wish to be. This way of living removes us from ourselves and our deepest wishes. We encourage children to recognise who they are through the free development of their personality so they can thinking critically and feel able to change the world around them with their precious vision.
FUN AND CREATIVITY! THE BEST WAY TO LEARN
A Mad Hatter in every school will spread fun to everyone in the school – the best way to learn! Offering a child tools rather than notions leads to active and free students who build ideas and paths! When I speak of winning, I do not mean we should not fall, make mistakes or lose battles. It is about being a winner in the long term, about respecting the path that will lead us to achieve our destiny! Taking energy from our abilities and creativity which is the highest form of human intelligence. It is about dreaming, feeling, living life to the full while taking destiny by the horns! We are committed to educating the generation that will stand up and change the world, think critically and see the truth surrounding them with clear eyes! The generation that will act by walking its own path, that will respect and love itself, its personality, its values! The generation that will have the tools to communicate its thoughts and feelings to the world.
With its head held high. With its eyes on the horizon. Free and strong! We encourage questions, we do not impose answers! Little Star is the first school to focus its main attention on the value of “self-esteem” as the key for students to become lifelong learners and leaders of tomorrow. Believing in ourselves is the key to releasing the incredible energy that feeds the human mind in order to achieve any goal through imagination. We believe that imagination is the highest form of human intelligence and we celebrate Creativity as a crucial force in developing a child’s personality. A creative child will become a student with an interior strength that will support him for his entire life.
Our Mad Hatter spreads fun and wonder to stimulate the development of each child’s personality. He helps us to live in a special and colourful and happy school where we work to bring a smile to everyone’s face! We dance and we joke with the silly Mad Hatter because the best way to learn is by having fun!
“Imagine, Believe, You Can”!
THE SCIENTIFIC MINDS OF CHILDREN
Preserving the most important human heritage
We give great importance to experimental science through labs in which children are free to experiment the laws of physics, biology and chemistry. Little Star works with avant-garde educational materials and tools used by universities and scientists because we believe in the immense intuitive capacity of children, and we respect each child’s cognitive capabilities that, contrary to popular belief, diminish as they grow up. At this age, children have naturally scientific and curious minds and we believe in preserving this heritage. In our opinion, UNESCO heritage sites should also be extended to this perfect human trait. We do not feed children preconceived notions, but guide them to discover and experiment in order to draw their own conclusions about themselves, their emotions and the world around us. Lessons full of truth, simplicity, unfiltered and without misleading constructions. Children should actively participate in choosing their educational content because in this way the perspective changes: from a teacher offering lessons to the children, to a school where children offer lessons to the world. Their authenticity, together with their inherent predisposition to science, to experimenting, to the world of emotions and feelings, wonders, exploring, understanding and knowing, is what children have to offer our world! This is the time to challenge ourselves!
We introduce the children to astronomy, the human skeleton, biology and natural sciences through direct contact with our avant-garde scientific educational tools and directly explore nature and the wonders it offers. Children should actively participate in choosing their educational content because in this way the perspective changes: from a teacher offering lessons to the children, to a school where children offer lessons to the world. Their authenticity, together with their inherent predisposition to science, to experimenting, to the world of emotions and feelings, wonders, exploring, understanding and knowing, is what children have to offer our world! This is the time to challenge ourselves!
We introduce the children to astronomy, the human skeleton, biology and natural sciences through direct contact with our avant-garde scientific educational tools and directly explore nature and the wonders it offers.
Quantum Physic at Little Star
A Hat Box for children to capture memories and be key players of their time and lives! There will be time for sitting at a desk, now is the time to live without defences, without fear, it is the time for truth and vulnerability, it is the time to make mistakes and know how to say sorry, it is the time to be better and to do our best! It is time to understand that Time does not exist! Time is a conventional adult criterion used to measure physical laws! Adults are often conditioned by repressive time constraints which sap them of their energy. Children do not comprehend time! They are able to grasp pieces of their lives through their memories, activating vital energy!
“On the extremely large scale (general relativity) and on the extremely small scale (quantum physics), where science still today does not have all the answers. Where known laws change! Scientists are forced to re-describe the world without referring to time!” (Prof Rovelli/TED 2012/Time does not exist)
“Imagine that all physical equations up until this point have been made with time as a variable. Humanity in its entirety would come out of a definitive vision and discover that everything is different. Imagine a world where everything moves to a rhythm set by an orchestra conductor. In the infinitely small there is no set rhythm dominated by time, but by a single dance of each and every micro piece of the world. Like an ocean in a storm! Everything wonderful that happens in the universe is the result of vibrations from single units, ultra-microscopic strings hidden in the depths of matter. The way these vibrate, the notes made by these strings, determines the intimate construction of matter, like violin chords playing a harmonious cosmic symphony”. (Brian Greene/Columbia University of New York)
There is a link between the mind of a child and the brilliant minds of scientists. There is a link between human beings and the universe that surrounds us! Just like the most brilliant scientists of all time, children have the ability to re-describe the world through their pure uncontaminated imagination!
A wishing well in every school
A Wishing Well in every school will help children to express themselves! It will be a place where we all take the time to think about ourselves and our deepest desires. About what we want to be and who we are. A place where we are aware of ourselves, our emotions, where we can reflect on our place in the world, what makes us happy, the things we like to do, what kind of job we would like, the different values each holds, fairies and magical powders, innovative tools created by our staff to support our mission that works with values, starting with self-esteem, and working with the delicate development of a child’s personality.
A planetarium in every school will help children become closer to a sense of belonging to the human race without distinction of race, culture or religion!
Of all the activities, our planetarium is the most meaningful experience which we offer to our children, it is a unique tool which encourages the children to open their mind to the enormity of the universe which surrounds us and transmits a sense of belonging to the human race as they are attracted to the universe inside them.
In our planetarium, children can study the stars and planets because for us, Astronomy is the most fascinating science to offer in our educational program. In Little Star we never forget that we are made of the same material of the stars and our planetarium helps us to feel the same under the stars.
A Little Fairy in every school with a sprinkling of magic dust encourages children to dream and free their imagination!
Dreams are the desire to be happy. He who dreams has no worries, he expresses himself with serenity. Dream and hope blindly, forget the present and your dreams will come true! Surely there must be a place on this earth where we are taught to dream…Little Star! With a sprinkling of magic dust, our Little Fairy encourages children and teachers to dream and free their imaginations!
“Today our planet faces many challenges and it will take dreamers like the ones here at Little Star to meet these challenges head on without fear. Here at Little Star, we are in the business of creating dreamers. We believe that everyone is the same under the stars and that there is no limit to what a child can become. We work very hard to nurture the imaginations and dreams of our students because it will be these dreams that change the world. If you want to change the world, first change yourself and the world will change around you”. Charles, Little Star Teacher
A VEGETABLE PATCH IN EVERY SCHOOL
Salad, fennel, tomatoes and courgettes – from green and red to the orange of our tasty carrots: a world of flavours, fragrances and wonderful colours to explore. Through caring for and looking after the vegetables grown in our vegetable patch, we are able to experience first-hand how constant love and attention yield good crops. The respect for food, the care and love for these small plants born from seeds create feelings of happiness and pleasure and encourages feelings of gratification because of the plants which are transformed, thanks to the love we shower upon them, from seeds to rainbows of colour and goodness. We feel important when we experience this balance and sense of social protection: farming and gardening encourage that sense of belonging to the human race.
A vegetable patch in every school which the children take care of helps build a sense of respect for food!
Human Rights Art. 25: Respect for food!
HUMANS: THE SENSE OF LIFE
We no longer ask ourselves what we truly desire, if it makes us happy. We no longer look at what surrounds us if we do not possess it. But the Universe around us belongs to everyone. So we do away with the stars and the sky, away with the changing seasons and falling leaves, away with fragrances, the arid earth, the wind, colours, stories, away with the cold and warm blankets. Away with listening with real interest, away with learning simply because we are curious. Self-esteem is understanding our own desires and dreams and following them even if they are unrecognised by many, even if they are useless, even if they are mad.
There is a message for us to understand, a path to follow. We are all part of the same destiny. And this is the message that we are called upon to follow to fulfill our own lives to the upmost.
If we do not get close to children and try to set aside our prejudices and misconceptions, if we do not help them become key participants in the world surrounding them, when they grow up their thoughts and actions will be strongly determined by society and the precious perspective of their reflections will be lost.
Their perspective, the way in which children observe, live and judge the world: their emotions, their feelings! What they think and how they think: all this is a vital part of what we do at Little Star.
ANGELICA! OUR COMMUNICATION
“Hello! I am Angelica!”
“I am the perspective that leads to the meaning of life!
I am found between two universes
In a new dimension of time
Suspended in my mind.
I am made of the same material as the stars.
My power is infinite
My eyes are the ocean
My body is made of five clear rainbows
That make up my universe and the stars.
I will take you on a journey in exploring the wonderful world of children!
I am made of 5 educational areas that have stolen the colours from the stars!”
We have taken the colours of our educational areas from the Hertzprung-Russell diagramme because stars have colours too!
Every child is born under the stars. An incredibly strong emotion makes children unique within the universe that surrounds them and of which they are made. Because human beings are made of the same materials as the stars.
OUR MENTAL MAP: BRINGING OUR VALUES TO LIFE
Each and every Little Star educational lab is linked to one of these elements that are in turn linked to values. Angelica is our mind map that allows us, for the first time, to communicate all Little Star educational areas through a single image. A mind map that conveys a usually protracted and dispersive technical language in a simple, direct, intuitive and accessible way. Our mind map represents a mixture of powerful elements that support the communication of our educational programme, so that all the educational areas are in perfect harmony with the brain’s natural ability to perform an immediate connection, to openness and creativity. Words become short sentences, punctuation reinforces the sense of experience, cutting sentences in half like a poem, like arrows which strike straight to the reader. It is a dive in the ocean, among precious corals and creatures of all colours of the rainbow, of light and dark, of shapes and infinite expressions.
Shown below are all the map’s aspects that allow an efficient introspective understanding and communication in the world of early childhood education:
- It has a general overview of the educational programme: one of the greatest advantages derived from using the mind map is that of having a linked global vision of the laboratories and related values offered to children, the map has a branched graphical structure which allows the mind to work simultaneously.
- Describing the map’s contents in words would result complex and would not have the same effectiveness, whereas a graphical representation is clearly more representative, emotional and direct.
- The language on the map is written in a linear way, allowing for an easier and more immediate memorisation of the information.
- The map allows for additions, with just one step, making it possible for our staff to integrate new contents on the map without altering the order or balance of each individual educational area
- The ideas are made real through this representation and are therefore easily assimilated!
We remind you that at Little Star we build ideas, because children who build ideas are free spirits! And freedom is magnificent !
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