What is Kindergarten in the eyes of the parents?

As a kindergarten worker I am sometimes baffled how some parents think that a kindergarten is just a place where you leave your child for 5-8 hours and then come back. Kindergarten is not your garden-variety “child park” its a place for education and holistic growth of the children.

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Home but NOT home

When I researched for the definition of home, I couldn’t find a clear definition. But what I did find is that everyone has their own definition of home. Most common answers were that home is a place where you are safe where your family is. In an article that I read, I found an answer that I thought was fitting for my topic in this blog post:

“Only three words: safety, security, stability.” — Kathy (Habitat for humanity)

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Suru

Koemme kaikki surua elämässämme, kukaan ei valitettavasti välty niiltä. Usein suru liitetään vastoinkäymisiin ja menetyksiin. Vastoinkäymisiä voi olla työpaikan menettäminen ja menetyksiä voi olla jonkun läheisen kuolema, sairastuminen tai ero. Myös lasten muuttaminen kotoa tai jokin muu iso elämänmuutos saattaa saada voimakkaita surun tunteita aikaan. Surua voi kokea ilman läheistä tunnesidettä. 

Surun ilmaisemiseen on monia muotoja, mutta useimmiten tarvitsemme jonkinlaista apua ja tukea surun käsittelyssä. Suru voi aiheuttaa mielenkiinnon menetystä moniin asioihin tai surun tunnetta koetetaan korvata toiminnalla. Lamaannu tai toimi. Omalle surulle ei ole minkäänlaisia sääntöjä, kuinka sitä tulisi käsitellä. Itke, naura, lenkkeile, piirrä, kirjoita, laula tai kuuntele musiikkia. 

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Sandy L

Playing is, perhaps, the most effective way for a child to learn. Play promotes children’s development, learning and general well-being. During play, children develop understanding about themselves and other people. Through playing, children can process whatever is going on in their lives. Imagination allows children to experience different roles and ideas.

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No place like home – Our last blog

The process of writing blog posts was completely new for us and it turned out to be a very nice experience. In our blog posts, we covered homelessness from various points of view, not only in Finland but also all over Europe, developing countries, Asia, USA, etc. We gained a wider perspective about the situation in each place and how policies and other factors affect homelessness and how we can help improve the situation.  

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