CREATIVITY & RESEARCH
The Finkenau music kindergarten in the so-called “Schanzenhof” follows the principle of “musical immersion”. Every day, the nursery and kindergarten children of the day-care centre immerse themselves in a “musical bath”; interacting with music is playful and natural. Due to a close collaboration with the State Opera and the Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg, the children receive visits from instrumentalists or singers twice a month. The children are made familiar with the world of classical music at an early age this way.
“BEI DEN PINGUINEN” (“WITH THE PENGUINS”) STUDIO
The studio “Bei den Pinguinen” is a meeting and educational workshop for people from 2 to 90 years old. The large, bright studio room offers a printing press, tools and a large variety of craft materials along with large walls for colouring on. The spacious floor area and terrace in front of the studio are also used for arts and crafts. Exhibitions, celebrations and projects regularly take place on the premises.
Children have a very natural strategy to explore the world. They absorb it with all their senses. In the studio they are able to meet their need to explore and experiment with colours, tools and materials. In all they do, it’s the creative process that matters – the artwork as the end product is of secondary importance.
The studio is run by Silja Breckwoldt. The studio and workshop educator has been working with children at Stiftung Kindergärten Finkenau since 1995. Her creative workshops have varying focuses and are geared towards children and adults. Silja Breckwoldt also offers further training for Finkenau’s qualified educators on a regular basis. She says: “In each person, there is immense potential for creative ability. The aim of my work is to recognise, preserve and promote this potential. I want to stimulate the curiosity, joy of experimentation, thirst for knowledge and creativity of the children and adults in different ways.”
- Courses on various subjects are held for Finkenau’s children’s groups.
- For Finkenau’s qualified educators, there is training on the subject of aesthetical education.
- In agreement with the studio, “Bei den Pinguinen” can also be used by groups of students from the Fachschule für Sozialpädagogik Hamburg (Hamburg Technical College for Social Pedagogy).
All interested parties are invited to contact Silja Breckwoldt for more information about the studio.
The Synapses research laboratory can be used by all facilities of the Stiftung Kindergärten Finkenau. The vision multiplier of the “Haus der kleinen Forscher” (Little Scientists’ House) Sönke Frahm is available to support the educational staff.
In Synapses, the children can try out things with water, colours, sounds, numbers and letters. An adjacent garden offers space for exploring nature. Insects, beetles, leaves or trees can be observed and scrutinised more closely. Microscopes with computer connections for large pictures are available for this purpose. The research lab was backed by donations from Philips as well as the Asklepios Klinik Barmbek hospital, which provided laboratory equipment from their former pathology department.
Haus der kleinen Forscher (LITTLE SCIENTISTS’ HOUSE)
The non-profit “Haus der kleinen Forscher” foundation offers educational training and materials on “Education for Sustainable Development” (ESD) across Germany and helps educational specialists and teachers to provide qualified support to girls and boys at day-care centres or primary schools in carrying out research. The “Haus der kleinen Forscher” is meanwhile Germany’s largest early childhood education initiative.
»Today not at the expense of tomorrow,
here not at the expense of somewhere else. «
(Changemaker manifesto, Utopia 2009)
The Stiftung Kindergärten Finkenau has been a network partner of the “Haus der kleinen Forscher” since 2013. Since then, our qualified educators have been given hands-on support in allowing natural sciences and everyday phenomena to be included in the work with the children. In connection with the cooperation, our long-time employee Sönke Frahm upgraded his qualifications and has been training the qualified educators at Finkenau since then. In these training sessions, he provides the theoretical background to the “Haus der kleinen Forscher”. The educational staff has the opportunity to try things out in our Synapses research workshop, looking into topics like water and air, for example. The staff is given enough time to explore their role as learning guides while doing so.