Patricia Rades Gerster, Biligual Child Specialist, educational psychologist, with completed seminars on Montessori methodology and 35 years of experience, along with her daughter, Stephanie Poffan Rades, Commercial Engineer, created Pimboli, Teddy bear Explorer.
Patricia worked for 3 years in The German High School of Los Angeles, 18 years in the German School of Valparaíso, and was in charge of a kindergarten in Antofagasta for 7 years before founding Pimboli, which celebrates its 7th anniversary this October of 2018.
Our project was created with the intention of offering an educational space of excellence from an early age, with an integrated educational plan oriented towards forming happy children, since the first years of their lives are fundamental to the development of their identities, emotional safety, and abilities.
Developing the child’s potential at his or her own pace, with his or her own personal interests and needs in mind, in a warm and affectionate environment that favors free election, and which allows the child to experience the happiness of learning for himself or herself. As a kindergarten, we foster the ideas of healthy living, and stewardship for the environment. We are well known for being a small and tight-knit kindergarten.
Accompany your little ones every step of the way. All of our classrooms are equipped with cameras so that you can watch them from your computer or smartphone.
The methodologies that we use in our educational plan seek to individually foster the natural eagerness to learn that each child already possesses. In order to do this, we have incorporated the best elements of the Montessori and Waldorf Methods, as well as the traditional Cognitive, Integrated and Personalized curriculums. In the nursery school we also implement the pedagogy of Pikler Loczy, which allows us to provide care that is focused on meeting the needs of our children from a very early age.
We begin in our nursery school by implementing Loczy’s methodology, which references the importance of complete freedom of movement in infancy. Over 60 years ago, Dr. Emmi Pikler, Hungarian pediatrician and founder of the Pikler-Loczy institute in Hungary, worked to demonstrate the importance of an infant’s freedom of movement, and the idea of never placing the infant in a position that the infant has not elected of his or her own accord. Babies possess enormous potential in their spontaneous activity, concentration, insistence upon attaining self-determined objectives, flexibility and variety of movements, autonomy, and in the happiness produced by a feeling of accomplishment for having achieved a movement that has emerged from deep inside of themselves. However, the adult must provide adequate conditions in order for this spontaneous activity to emerge from within the infant. Namely, a safe area that is spacious enough for the infant to move around, respect for his or her individual development, and autonomy.
This method indicates that human beings form the fundamental cerebral structures that underpin their future intellectual and emotional progress between the ages of 0 and 6 years old. In the Montessori educational model, development through learning is limitless. Children are permitted to learn everything when they want, wish, and need to, in a dynamic and entertaining way, and in a manner which is always fueled by one essential element—their own motivation to do so. The environment designed for this process maximizes each area of development: the sciences, math, language, art, motor skills, among others. At the same time, equally important in the foundation of a child’s education is learning to get along with others, social abilities, the development of self-esteem, organizational habits, perseverance, concentration, a love for work, autonomy, leadership, among many other skills.
The Waldorf Method is rooted in the research of Austrian scientist and thinker Rudolf Steiner, who points out that in the first years life, the development of the child is intimately tied to play. It is fundamental to activate a child’s imagination and fantasies through the use of songs, games, circle activities, and stories. Stories fulfill a very important role in the development of the imagination, creativity, and fantasy. In addition to achieving these skills, children also learn to develop their capacity to listen, as well as an interest in reading. All of this is accomplished in a warm, calm, and safe environment, where a feeling of security is achieved by using natural materials such as: wood, seeds, cotton, wool, stones, shells, cloth, etc, which allows the children to have their own experiences, and thereby awakening their interest and memory, as well as internalizing what they have learned.
At Pimboli Teddy bear Explorer, we have a food handler who, along with the support of a nutritionist, works to prepare a balanced menu for your child.
We support the development of our children and their potential with a psychologist who specializes in childhood issues. We provide family counseling, as well as useful information about raising children.
We have an arrangement with Emecar to provide immediate assistance should any emergency ever occur. Furthermore, our team is trained in first aid.
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