Reportage in a bilingual Montessori school in Haute-Savoie, France, which caters for children from 2 to 6 years old. The 2-6-year olds are all in the same class to encourage socialisation : the older ones look after the younger ones, which boosts self-confidence in the older ones and increases motivation to work in the younger ones. Montessori education psychology used in the school aims to develop the autonomy, desire and curiosity of the child. Every useless help given to the child becomes an obstacle to its development said Maria Montessori. The children have specific materials available, each can choose the exercise they wish to carry out.
In this exercise, the child must transfer water from one bowl to another using a sponge.
Everywhere in the world, education is a major issue. In France we are about to change the organization of the school year from September 2013. Our photographer Amélie Benoist has taken some great pictures of children learning to read and write in classroom to illustrate this issue.
Our photographer, Amelie Benoîst, witnesses sports in retirement houses. What is good for young people is good too for retired people !
Even if you start practising in old age, you will benefit from sports:
it’s good for the cardiorespiratory system and helps fighting obesity;
it’s good for the musculoskeletal system, maintaining the balance and feeling of the body in space like fall prevention
it’s good for the nervous system like the maintenance of vigilance
Psyche receive good also from sports: good quality sleep, less anxiety and depression, greater confidence in one ability.
And last but not least, reduce isolation. Want to make sure? just have a look on the smiling face of these people.
Reportage in a snoezelen room in Liège.
This multi-sensorial environment, which is both soothing and stimulating, allows people with Alzheimer’s, who, despite their disease, maintain a sensorial memory, to lower their anxiety levels. These rooms are as beneficial to the patients as to the medical staff, allowing a privileged relationship to be established between the two, and setting up means of communication other than speech.
This room is equipped with a liquid oil disc lamp that has a relaxing, and even hypnotic effect, and a water bed heated to 37°c that plays music.