ERIC Number: ED430731
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
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A Visit to Kindergarten No. 490 in Minsk, Belarus.
Good, Linda A.
Although opportunities for sharing information about early childhood education increased with the disbanding of the Soviet Union in 1991, knowledge about how young children are cared for and educated in countries of the former Soviet Union remains limited. This report presents observations of a kindergarten class in Minsk, Belarus conducted through the auspices of Friendship Force, an international organization striving to promote peace through understanding. The report describes the facilities housing Kindergarten No. 490, including the building, classrooms, sleeping areas, bathrooms, and additional rooms. Also described are the children attending the program, the program staff, and the daily schedule and curriculum. Teaching methods are highlighted, with a focus on the kindergarten's unique approach to health education involving water treatments. The report further provides information on services for children with special needs, and on teacher training and compensation. The report concludes with a discussion of changes in the educational system since the dissolution of the Soviet Union and a comparison of programs for young children in Belarus and the United States. (KB)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Comparative Analysis, Cultural Differences, Educational Environment, Foreign Countries, Health Education, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Children, Preschool Curriculum, Preschool Education, Preschool Teachers, Program Descriptions, Special Needs Students, Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Belarus