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Optimist – a Programme for Holistic Excellence
 
Optimist is a programme for personalised education, which means that it is targeted to the person, i.e. the child. The tasks and objectives of the programme are diverse and numerous, based on the personal requirements of each individual child. The idea and guiding principle is that every child is formed through a holistic education that, above all, is based on values and active pedagogical work in small groups. In this way children learn in a meaningful and holistic manner, through early motor and sensory stimulation. Starting early (or better put: on time) with the appropriate education means to make the best of the "sensitive periods," i.e. the optimum moments during which the child is ready to absorb a given set of knowledge, achieving the activities that incorporate the start of education (reading, writing, etc.) and thereby setting the foundation for the beginning of learning in the following stages. This programme also helps parents, guiding them in every moment/stage in the life of their child, operating under the assumption that they are the primary nurtures of their children, and equipping them for the role.
 
What is the Optimist programme for holistic excellence? 
 
Education centres for Holistic Excellence Programme have achieved an excellent level of implementation of the Optimist programme, providing personalised education appropriate to the needs of every child. Every year their experts participate in innovative training programmes that help improve the work strategy in the classroom or kindergarten group and in the actual training of early childhood educators and teachers. They also organise visits by expert, advisors that assist in maintaining the existing level of quality and in developing further programmes in an innovative and creative manner.

 What is the character of the child we wish to form? 
  • A child with a firm will
  • That will be keen to learn
  • Independent
  • Capable
  • Ready to learn reading and writing
  • Ready to learn languages
 
An overview of the various education programmes 
  • Languages module
  • Listening to music
  • Intelligent thinking
  • Early mathematics
  • Emergent reading and imagination
  • Learning teamwork
  • Learning corners
  • Learning paths – neuromotor stimulation
  • Formation plan
  • Reading and required reading programme
  • Graphomotor skills programme
  • Visual effectiveness programme
  • Languages module
 
Language development is encouraged through songs, poetry, nursery rhymes, short stories and games that involve learning new words through images (flash cards). Language acquisition is fundamentally achieved through repetition and imitation. Short stories, poetry and children's songs, like toys, further develop language skills and play an indispensable role. Through these daily activities children acquire clearer articulation and improved verbal memory and comprehension.
 
  • Listening to music
Develops auditory recognition and differentiation and fosters sensitivity for aesthetic qualities and good taste in music. It also facilitates language learning by extending the child's auditory register.
 
  • Intelligent thinking, early mathematics, emergent reading and imagination
Develops the capacity of active attention and memorisation, stimulates the child's intelligence and expands the vocabulary. Also develops memory and the child's cognitive capabilities.
 
  • Technology corners
For children computers are as commonplace as any other learning tool, as their use comes naturally. Children see computers as a toy in the classroom, one that stimulates attention, coordination, differentiation and other skills. The computer, like other didactic tools, also stimulates and develops physical, affective, intellectual and social skills. The use of computer options in the kindergarten group introduces children to the world of technology in a manner that helps them acquire basic knowledge.
 
  • Learning corners
Emphasise and at the same time respect individual learning capacity in each child through work on projects with a target goal. Nurtures independent work, interpersonal communication and the development of a sense of responsibility.
 
  • Learning paths
This programme stimulates curiosity for everything in the child's environment and in this way develops the child's ability to perceive, sensory capabilities and the development of good behavioural habits. It can be summed up as "walking while learning and learning while walking."
 
  • Neuromotor stimulation
Consists of diverse games and movements that facilitate the neurological organisation of the brain, assists in the child's maturation and learning, prevents reading and writing difficulties and, as a consequence, allows for appropriate motor development.
 
  • Formation plan
Achieved through a programme based on the learning of human virtues ("Vamos crescendo"). It encourages the child's capacity for self-control, shapes the child's will through exercises in acquiring habits like order/neatness, obedience, justice, honesty, generosity, prudence, responsibility, always bearing in mind the child's "sensitive periods" that indicate when it is ready to acquire a given habit.
 
  • Reading and required reading programme
Respects the learning rhythm of every child. Motivates, improves and develops memorisation and verbal comprehension and promotes meaningful learning.
 
  • Grafomotor programme
Develops visual and auditory discrimination/differentiation, time management, directs and encourages correct lateralisation, good posture and pressure on the writing medium, direction and appropriate posture.
 
  • Visual effectiveness programme
Helps the child develop the visual skills necessary for the learning and development of reading skills. This requires the activity of the entire visual system and requires its adequate functioning in various segments such as ocular motility, harmonious movement, convergence and the eye accommodation reflex.

  
The education centres with which we collaborate
 
Our mission is to serve early childhood educators and teachers by training them for instruction at a high pedagogical level. We develop methodologies and styles of Personalised Education that offer dynamic tools targeted to the constant improvement of each professional and every institution. The Optimist programme aims towards pedagogical excellence. We collaborate with the following education centres: Fomento de Centros de Enseñanza and the Centro Universitario Villanueva in Spain and the Parents' Institute for Upbringing and Education (RINO) in Croatia.
 

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