My name is Marlena, and I am a mom of 3 children. When I decided to open a kindergarten, two of my children had already finished their kindergarten adventure, and Oliver, the youngest son, remained. I am very grateful to the institutions my children attended. Kind, committed ladies, and my children happy and smiling are excellent values. So why did I create my own kindergarten? Obviously, because of my youngest son and the needs that were crucial to me, and it was hard for me to find them in existing establishments.
Proximity to nature – our kindergartens are located very close to the sea and two beautiful Gdansk parks. From the windows, you can see nature, hear birds singing, and on windy days the sounds of the rough sea reach you. Children spend a lot of time outdoors, running on the beach, playing in the sand, and walking a lot while learning about and communing with nature.
Healthy cuisine – this is an extremely important aspect for me to ensure that the children’s daily menu is valuable and that meals are created locally with love from organic and seasonal products. Throughout the day, children have access to delicious fruits and vegetables and learn from a young age how important it is to eat healthy and tasty.
Montessori philosophy – which is based on gaining independence and self-reliance, self-confidence, and developing one’s potential.
In our kindergarten, we support, provide tolerance and acceptance, respect each other’s opinions and give space for freedom of choice. We also pay great attention to our preschool environment. We prepare it and take care of it so that children can move and function in it freely and independently.
Open and honest communication with parents and respectful cooperation. It is essential that the place chosen by Parents and the people who create it are chosen consciously, in full collaboration, in mutual trust and similar values. We, the people who create the space for your children, feel entirely responsible for their safety, transmitted values, empathy, role models, knowledge, and the search for their own path and discovery of their own talents. We assure you that work is our passion, and we fully commit ourselves to it, asking the Parents of our preschoolers for respect and cooperation.
The most important pillar of our Seaside Kindergarten is the staff. Extraordinary, qualified, sensitive, dedicated, patient ladies who create these places, and work is their passion. Seaside Montessori Preschool is a place created with passion and love for children. I would like to share with you the original photo of our logo, which my children created. I am very proud of them.
Seaside Montessori Preschool is a special place where we focus on children’s needs and development, including emotional development, with respect and trust. We are a friendly place where a little person evolves at his own pace, in an atmosphere of peace and love.
We operate according to the pedagogy of Maria Montessori. In our kindergarten, we follow the needs of children, respect their individuality and accompany them in their quest for independence. We encourage cooperation and the development of their individuality in mixed-age groups. We create an environment that supports children’s development during this significant and sensitive period. We encourage their curiosity and creativity. We are also inspired by the values of intimate parenting and focus on respectful communication. We believe in the gradual and friendly adaptation of the child in the kindergarten, in close cooperation with the caretakers. We gently introduce the child to the rhythm of preschool life in harmony with the child’s needs.
At our kindergarten, we help children grow into happy, high self-esteem and curious people who remain themselves and are prepared for life.
Our teachers are experienced personnel with the required qualifications, working according to the principles of Maria Montessori’s pedagogy. They respectfully assist the children daily, creating an environment in the spirit of Montessori. They diligently care for the safety and development of the children, closely observing and following their needs. Our teachers give all children love and believe in their abilities. They are guided first and foremost by the well-being of the children. They strive to teach by a good example. They also take care of their development, regularly taking part in the necessary training. Daily in our kindergartens, we communicate respectfully, using nonviolent communication (NVC). Our staff is also prepared to provide first aid if needed.
The preschool period is a time when children intensively absorb information from their surroundings – including those related to speech and language learning. That’s why we use the principle of language immersion in our kindergarten. In this way, the youngest children learn a second language naturally. Learning English through language immersion makes the children at the first stage listen to the language. They listen to statements about everyday activities, songs, and stories to speak spontaneously and independently in English over time – imitating the teacher. In each group, an English-speaking teacher (in addition to the Polish teacher) communicates with children exclusively in English. We also work in English with Montessori material, read literature and listen to music. Thanks to this method, the child is in a bilingual environment close to the natural one, and the learning of English proceeds on its own.
We focus on healthy eating, so we carefully plan the preschool menu. We select ingredients according to the seasonal availability of products, from which we prepare tasty and nutritious meals. We use fresh vegetables and fruits in the season. We follow the principle of limiting sugar, salt and wheat flour products. We have friendly and organic suppliers. From an early age, we teach children healthy eating habits, including preparing meals together. We organize culinary workshops, during which children experience culinary diversity independently.
We are located in a beautiful district of Gdańsk, full of greenery, not far from the sea and two parks. Daily time spent outdoors is significant to us. According to Montessori pedagogy, it is essential to enable children to have contact with nature, so we regularly visit the nearby beach, parks and organize outdoor excursions. We believe that there is no bad weather, so we try to be outside every day, thus supporting children’s harmonious and natural development.
In our kindergarten, groups are differentiated by age. It is similar to the relationships and dependencies that occur in a family. Older children learn to take care of the younger ones, while the younger ones model themselves on the older ones. They learn to help each other without selfish competition. Teachers follow the children, trying to inspire them and show them opportunities to work with the material while being companions and mentors. They focus on the child and awaken intrinsic motivation. In our kindergarten, teachers respect the individual development of each child, who follows its own educational pace. Our goal is for children to be responsible for themselves, others and the environment. We are also distinguished by modern and spacious classrooms, equipped with professional Montessori aids, which develop the child’s comprehensive skills and perfectly prepare for school education.
Maria Montessori (1870-1952) – Italian doctor. The world’s first woman to create laws for children. She specialized in psychiatry. Early in her career, she worked with children with intellectual disabilities. She experimented by offering children educational materials that allowed them to explore their environment through their senses – with highly positive results. In 1907, she used her knowledge and experience by opening the Casa dei Bambini (Children’s Homes) for children hailing from one of Rome’s poorest neighborhoods, San Lorenzo. At the Casa dei Bambini, children acquired respect for their environment, confidence in themselves, and skills of independence and responsibility. Maria Montessori observed that young children were fascinated with letters and numbers at a very early age. They also exhibited deep concentration. Montessori continued to observe children, improved her educational materials, and shaped a method of education that soon extended to older children in many countries. Maria Montessori spread her approach to child development by traveling worldwide: from Italy to Argentina, Spain to England, and the Netherlands to India. She defended the rights of children. She was nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize. To this day, children of all ages and all over the world are being educated along the lines of Montessori pedagogy to grow into capable, creative and sensitive adults.
“No one can be free if he is not independent, therefore, in order to attain this independence, the active manifestations of personal liberty must be guided from earliest infancy.”
“The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to the age of six. For that is the time when man’s intelligence itself, his greatest implement, is being formed. But not only his intelligence; the full totality of his psychic powers…”
“Social grace, inner discipline and joy. These are the birthright of the human being who has been allowed to develop essential human qualities.”