At Lumiar, the day care comprises two groups:
NURSERY (Ages 0 to 2)
For children at these ages, caring and educating is part of all tutors’ and his/her assistants’ actions.
These two adults are responsible for the group and create situations in which the children can find their own space and their space among new friends. Painting, clay modeling, storytelling, oral language practice, body movements and music-related activities are especially devised for this age group.
PRE-CHILD (Ages 2 to 3)
In this age group, although the focus is still caring and educating, toddlers show evidence that they are better able to interact with other children and with adults. The activities done with the masters can already be more structured. As in the Nursery, there is a tutor and an assistant for each group and the activities are basically oriented to: Oral language, art, music, and body movement.
Groups: Morning, afternoon and full-time
CHILD EDUCATION (Ages 4 to 5):
The main focus in this age group is the development of autonomy both regarding personal care and language and social interaction. Children feel at ease with the school routine and move confidently around the house environments. At this point in time, masters and children jointly devise projects in areas which involve skills and competences related to art, oral and written language, mathematics, body and movement, music and foreign languages.
Groups: Morning, afternoon and full-time in 2010
The BASIC EDUCATION covers the age group from 6 to 14.
In this schooling period, the notions of freedom and responsibility start to be gradually acquired by the learners, who begin to manage their choices, projects and decisions with greater autonomy.
The Circle, the Projects, the Workshops and modules are actual learning opportunities. At Lumiar, each learner takes the leading role of their own pathways.
The school thus believes that this can lead to a consistent school experience which allows differences to exist among learners so that they may, year after year, become growingly aware of their knowledge acquisition and development process.
At Lumiar, learners are divided into three cycles:
- Children aged 6-8, during the period when they learn to read and write.
- Children aged 9-11, already reasonably familiar with written language and are gradually acquiring new knowledge.
- Teenagers aged 12-14, about to complete their Basic Education. These are learners who have gained autonomy to manage projects.