Philosophy of Czech School
Lessons for Czech School (Česká Škola) are based on the Czech School Without Borders philosophy.
Lessons at our school are based on method of total immersion, when child is during the school activities in a totally Czech speaking environment.
The purpose is that children, when they grow up, can speak Czech, write Czech, read Czech and are aware of Czech culture and heritage.
Most children of the school come from bilingual marriages, where one parent is of a Czech heritage. The child is therefore exposed to Czech language from birth. Although no child shall be excluded from the program, regardless of his/her nationality, ethnicity or ability.
Our school is suitable for children from about 5 years of age, depending on ability. Lessons are led by a teacher and children are in the classroom by themselves. It is desirable for parents to stay outside the class to reduce distraction.
For younger children, from birth up to 5-6 year-old we organise a Playgroup, that takes place in an adjoining room.
When and Where
When: Every Sunday*
Time: 10am – 12 noon.
Where: Tauranga Boys’ College, 13th Ave, Tauranga
*Except school holidays and public holidays. See calendar for details.View School Calendar
Class is divided into two blocks with a 15-minute break between for a quick snack.
The teacher will greet each child individually and the child will greet the teacher, giving each child the opportunity to practise basic manners.
Teacher: “Dobré ráno, Kačko”.
Pupil: “Dobré ráno, Kláro”.
Upon arrival to school children will spend ten minutes writing basic Czech vocabulary. Each lesson will focus on a group of new words that each child will practice in different scenarios. There is a speaking circle, art time and writing time.
The main focus is extending their vocabulary and fluency in expressing themselves. Children are taught to use correct grammar when speaking. Children’s interests are extended in field of art, music, nature, and physical skills. They learn about traditional Czech celebrations and traditions.
Each child is issued with a writing notepad, which is divided into two parts. From the front it is used for writing exercises and from the back for drawings and illustrations. Whilst working on their projects they are encouraged to talk amongst themselves in Czech, even though to many it doesn’t come naturally.
Our pupils are encouraged to keep a reading diary of Czech books that they read at home either alone or with their parents. A system of rewards is in place for every book they record in their diary. Read below about Grošík and Tolar.
Gallery – Samples of our work
Each lesson is themed around an interesting topic. Children are asked to do a little bit of preparation before each class. For instance find out where they parents come from, or find an interesting postcard from their family in the Czech Republic.
- My family
- My home
- School environment
- Fauna and Flora
Groš and Tolar - What are these?
To motivate our students, we have devised a reward system, which is based on awarding positive learning outcomes with an imaginary currency – Grošek and Tolar. Each lesson pupils have the chance to earn grošek, be it for paying attention, hard work, good behaviour or filling in their reader’s diary with new entries.
Today’s Currency Exchange
1 Tolar = 10 Groš
Groš and tolars become very sought after currency when it comes to a Market Day. This is when children can trade their special money for nice goodies. Whether it is new colouring pencils or colouring books, little bit of sweets or a new book.
It is fair to say that everybody is looking forward for this day.
Looking beyond purchasing new items, our Market fulfils an educational role too. Kids learn about fractions, converting one coin to another, as well as money management. Last but not least this reward system reinforces positive behaviour.
Expected Learning Outcomes
At the end of the school, child or teenager will be able to:
- Listens to a spoken word (speech of a teacher) and can interpret the plot in his/her own words.
- Can talk about any given picture and tell a story they represent (if appropriate).
- Can name most objects around him/her and say a sentence about them.
- Can communicate using sentences and if needed will use nonverbal communication to ensure he/she is understood.
- Can sing songs, tell rhymes, stories and participates in traditional Czech and Slovak dances.
- Understands simple jokes and quizzes, can come up with own version.
- Can recognise and tell simple synonyms, homonyms and antonyms.
- Can recognise simple pictograms, symbols, traffic signs, warning signs.
- Knows greetings, polite manners, can form questions.
- Can lead a conversation (observes conversation rules).
- Uses his/her fantasy, can express himself/ herself.
- Can express his/her feelings.
- Is interested in books, knows most classic Czech stories and is able to read simple sentences.
- Pronounces words correctly, uses correct punctuation in spoken language as well as appropriate tone of language.
- Can recognise all letters and numbers, can write commonly used words and put them into grammatically and semantically correct sentence.
Plan dated: 04/07/2015
Created by: Klara Luxford-Rulisek.
New students will pay $15 one-off enrolment fee. There is an ongoing fee of $20/per term per child over 1 year of age. This fee can is tax deductible and you will receive a confirmation from our Financial officer before the end of the tax year.
Registration fee is used to partly cover:
- Learning material
- Student’s workbook
Please note that activities taking place outside standard classes at the Tauranga Boys’ College might attract additional fee.
Please fill-in the form below to register your child(ren).
What to Bring
Equipment to bring for a lesson:
- Pencil sharpener
- Colouring pencils
- Safety scissors
- Glue stick