The main objective of the "Learn with Me" project is an after-school educational program. This adequately responds to the demands of the students' families by offering an educational service that aims to build up the skills to learn, to follow a study program and recreation, to interact, to form a team.

The specific objectives we have been following were:

  • eliminating existing gaps in students' knowledge
  • developing and strengthening linguistic skills
  • developing and strengthening calculation skills
  • training and consolidation of individual study skills
  • assimilation of efficient learning techniques
  • developing intrinsic motivation for learning
  • the formation of positive character traits
  • spending leisure time in a pleasant and productive manner

The After-school program provided children with educational services after school hours, educational programs, a warm meal, homework and recreation support. These services benefited children aged between 7 and 11 years, most of them from disadvantaged families from Viişoara and Sărata. The basics of education proposed in this program aimed at improving social skills, level of cooperation, level of verbal and nonverbal communication and level of creativity through play, educational activities and personal development.

Within the After-school program, the following types of activities were also carriedout at the Sarata Primary School:

  1. Didactic activities in order to improve, consolidate and complete curricular activities:
    • Little mathematicians - Logic-mathematical games
    • Story telling - childhood readings
    • The Reading of the week (reading, imaginative writing)
    • Travel on the map - geographic curiosities
    • Hard-working workshops - plastic education and practical skills
    • Sports competitions
    • Counseling activities - How do we behave
  2. Educational and recreational activities:
    • voice and instrumental music
    • dance and relaxation
    • theater and reading
    • workshops
    • painting and drawing workshops

The After-school educational program is a service to the community, highly appreciated by parents, meeting their needs for educational support and professional surveillance of children outside the school curriculum. The skills of the children in this program are greatly improved and some gaps are complemented, where they exist.

 

The Secondary School No7 Bistrita developed the educational program The Summer Kindergarten during July and August 2017. The activities took place at Viişoara Kindergarten and Sărata Kindergarten.

The works invite the children with the beauty that they themselves have created. These creations talk about the interests and needs of the children, about ways of expressing themselves, whether they are clumsy or naive, if they are appreciated, positively influence the self-confidence of children.

Information obtained through activities in the form of drawings of all kinds, collages, photographs or various objects has helped children to learn more. Before starting kindergarten, some children already had some basic knowledge: they knew the colors, they could represent the position of the objects in space, they knew the geometric figures, the figures. Almost all children flounder for their age. As for social skills, there were big differences between children, some of whom were very communicative and sociable, others showed a more secluded and less confident attitude.

As a result of activities in kindergartens, all children have made progress at all levels: in the field of communication skills, math knowledge, socialization skills. Throughout this period we had a very close collaboration with the families of the children in the program to get a better frequency of kindergarten.

The activities followed the training and development of skills and knowledge as planned and kindergarten summer program. So we can remember some activities loved by children: „Colorful dreams gathered in summer” (where children know themselves and their surroundings); „Everyone feels safe, everyone feels challenged”. The themes of our activities were: the alphabet, the numerical axis, the museum, the graphic representation of age, colors, birthdays, experiments, stories, books, trips, artworks and historical objectives.

We listened to what the children said, helped them develop their ideas, expand their comments instead of direct correction, giving children the opportunity to respond in large groups, a small group of teachers, and the other children.

Kindergarten is a place to trust! This is a good place!

The educational project initiated and developed with specific after-school activities in our school since the 2014-2015 school year, under the auspices of the Municipality of Bistrita, arose from the desire to give children, their parents implicitly, educational services and activities consistent with the current national curriculum by solving homework, but also a relaxing setting in which they should be able to capitalize on the potential physical, cognitive and socio-emotional.

In our approach we started with the idea that every child is unique and endowed by mother nature with traits and skills to be enhanced, and we adults - teachers and parents, we have a duty to discover them, using all methods and means available. Thus, through this project we aimed to stimulate children's creativity, discover their talents and their skills, giving them the chance to create a positive image of itself.

We have supported them solving their homework, we wanted to teach them to learn first, but we guided to manage the relationships with colleagues, with teachers, with parents of their own and colleagues by presenting positive examples.  At the same time we wanted to learn to know better themselves and to value as beings that develop harmoniously in all respects.

The activities developeded during the implementation period were diverse and complex, so they requiered both the intellect and the emotional of children, because together we have lived a wonderful time both in the classroom, but especially walking, hiking and in the camp from September 2015. In such activities we have given free rein to joy, we unleashed talent and we practiced all the skills, because we had the opportunity to find wonderful people who have given us their support and appropriate framework. There are still echoes of the camp,, Happy Faces "from Ighiu, jud. Alba and last summer we were happy to spend quality time during the Summer School and Summer Kindergarten.

We, the instructors involved in the project, we are pleased that we found talents  in our children that may be underused during a school year, for various reasons, but also because from them we learned what means a free spirit, happiness, joy to explore and discover new things, small at first sight, in a world where technology and daily life transformed us into thinking machinery, leaving the feelings on the second place.

Adam Mirela - primary school education instructor