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Finnish education is highly valued and recognized worldwide. Here we will discuss some topics that are important regarding the Moomin Language School service, and that are closely related to Finnish education.
Early Childhood Education
Finnish early childhood education is ranked as number one in the whole world (UNESCO 2012). In Finland we believe that every child is unique and we see children as their own individuals – every child has their own way of learning. All children have the right to learn and explore the world in a fun and playful way.
Early childhood education means educational interactions in different learning environments and consists of physical, psychological and social elements. The aim with early childhood education is to promote balanced growth, development and learning in young children’s lives. The kindergarten day should be meaningful and full of well planned, developmental activities. We want our children to be happy and not to feel pressured while they are learning new skills.
To maintain high quality in early childhood education it is important that educators have a strong professional awareness. All early childhood educators in Finland have a university degree and are highly recognized professionals.
Early Language Education
Children have a natural curiosity about their environment and a strong will to learn new things. Language has a very important role in this process because language supports the development of the child’s cognitive processes. Language is the most common way to express ourselves and to communicate with each other.
Children start to develop their language even before they are born. In early language education, play and stories have an important role for the language development. Language development is a personal process where educators and parents have a very meaningful role, since they give children the cultural and social models of the language.
When children are at the age of 3-7 years old they are going through a critical phase when they are highly receptive to new skills. At this age children learn new languages easily; they can become multilingual and learn up to five languages. When children are 8-10 years old their mother tongue is so well developed that learning new languages is already much more difficult.
Foreign Language Education
Finland is a bilingual country and we have had a strong foreign language education since the 1970s. Many young Finnish citizens are multilingual and speak four languages. Because of our bilingual identity, we have had to come up with solutions for language education from the early beginning. Finnish language education methods are highly respected because we recognize the difficulties in learning a new language.
Research shows that early foreign language studies improve cognitive abilities. Starting at an early age is really the best way for learning new languages. The results of early foreign language studies are spectacular: better reading and writing skills, better social skills, better concentration and stress tolerance. This all results in better self-esteem and better school results for the children.
Language immersion is the best method for language learning. The target language is spoken by bilingual teachers, and it is used in familiar everyday situations during the kindergarten day, every day of the week. Language immersion is the best method for learning languages at an early age, because the new language is learned intuitively like the mother tongue, in a natural and safe way through meaningful interaction and fun activities with no pressure and no testing.
Language immersion starts at the age of three, because at that age the children’s mother tongue is developed well enough. Language immersion requires years of commitment, but it produces fluent bi- and multilinguals that are able to use their acquired languages effortlessly to express themselves.
Play is the natural way for children to learn and learning should be fun and versatile. That is really what playful learning is all about. We don’t want our children to feel stressed and pressured. Instead we listen to our children and let their reality reflect in what we do. As an educator you need to think outside the box and find new solutions for learning and play. And this is what Moomin Language School offers; an exciting, versatile and stress-free way to learn a new language through play. That is why Moomin Language School is the world’s best language learning service.
While learning, children should be happy and feel the joy of success. Children can succeed if we, as adults, can find the right ways to guide and help them. Children learn best when they are active, interested and motivated. When children act in a meaningful way, they can feel the joy of learning and enjoy the success. Children do not play in order to learn, they learn through playing.