Today we are speaking with the person who breathed new life into Bloom's library, our librarian Aida Dreković. Bloom's library has never been better taken care of, and the children are showing a lot of interest in reading and taking care of books. In this interview, Aida Dreković speaks on the importance of stories and individualized learning.
Tell me something about yourself. My name is Aida and I am the librarian in our school library. I am always available for curious students, whether it is through reading stories together, practicing reading, fixing books... I like working with children and I think the children feel it too. Our library is a place where children really like to come.
How would you define your purpose at Bloom?
I think my main purpose is to support and encourage a love of reading, research and independent learning among children. As a librarian, I believe that I have an important role in creating a rich and stimulating library environment that is aligned with the Montessori philosophy and principles.
How does Bloom differ from other schools?
Bloom, unlike other schools, provides our students with a unique holistic learning experience.
In our school, the importance of developing practical skills in children is emphasized. Children have the opportunity to participate in everyday activities such as cooking, gardening, cleaning and time management. These activities help them develop independence, responsibility and practical skills that are useful in their everyday life. Our school also emphasizes the development of emotional intelligence and social skills in children.
Why are books and stories important?
The Montessori approach emphasizes individualized learning, and reading stories and books allows children to explore and learn at their own pace. Each of our students can choose books that are adapted to their interests, abilities and developmental stages.
Through books, children come into contact with different cultures, values and perspectives.
Through reading, children get involved in a story, following the plot and characters, which develops their ability to pay attention, focus on details, develop vocabulary... What do you hope to teach or give your students?
I hope that their love for reading and the written word will follow them as they grow up and further on in life.
What have your students taught you?
One of the most valuable lessons I have learned from my students is that every child has unique interests, needs, and learning styles. I realized how important it is to adapt my approach to each child and ensure that our library has a variety of books to suit their individual needs. Do you have a favorite memory from this academic year? International Poetry day, which has been celebrated in our school for two years now in the month of March. It is a day where we celebrate poetry and the arrival of spring by reciting the poems of our favorite poets.