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Welcome to Mákvirágok

HUNGARIAN PRESCHOOL AND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL – ORLANDO

Preschool

Hungarian rhymes, stories, circle dances, songs and many other activities for 3-6 year old children in the context of a real Hungarian style preschool.

Elementary School

Developing 6-10 years old students’ fluency in reading and writing in Hungarian, as well as teaching basic historical and geographical knowledge of Hungary.

Field trips

Our field trips are not only lots of fun but they are very valuable learning experiences by building background knowledge and Hungarian vocabulary.

Meet the Founder

VIKTORIA BUTALA FROM HUNGARY

 

Living 6000 miles from our motherland is not always easy. But Viktoria Butala had a dream. As a mother of 2 daughters she wanted to fill the need of the missed Hungarian preschool experiences for her kids, as well as for the Hungarian community’s children and their parents.

In 2014 she founded her open, ideologically and politically neutral, non-profit Saturday preschool in Orlando. From the 2015-2016 academic year the Mákvirágok Preschool has grown and the graduated preschoolers can continue their education in the Mákvirágok Elementary School.

Viktoria’s incredible energy, enthusiasm and selfless dedication lends wings to the Mákvirágok Preschool and Elementary School. Week after week, new experiences enrich the lives of the children with Hungarian roots in Orlando and Central Florida, giving a taste of the atmosphere of a real Hungarian kindergarten.

Our Mission

WHAT'S OUR GOAL

Mákvirágok Hungarian Preschool and Elementary School was founded with the purpose to strengthen the next generation’s Hungarian identity.

Our programs and events are for 3-10 years old children giving them the opportunity to practice and learn the Hungarian language, culture, history, and geography and to form ties within their community in a playful setting.
Our events include cultural celebrations, camps, folk dance, singing and fun play time as well.

Our founder continuously participates in workshops such as the annual professional development training of Pannon University. Our students use a variety of materials that include textbooks and workbooks published for schools in Hungary.

Our school is proud to have created a solid Hungarian community where the student body consists of first and second generation Hungarians.

OUR VALUES:

Community
Based on the belief that young people learn best from each other, our school encourages them to cooperate and build their own community.

Engagement
Our school expects its students’ families to be actively engaged in the activities of our Hungarian Community. These activities are connected to Hungary, Hungarian culture and traditions.

Responsibility
By including children of a wide range of ages, the student’s families learn to show responsibility for the younger generation, thus passing on their pride in their Hungarian heritage.

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Activities

THINGS TO DO

Children develop social and communication skills while learning about Hungarian culture and traditions through stories, songs, games, crafts at the Mákvirágok Preschool.

The primary goal of the Mákvirágok Elementary School is to develop students’ fluency in reading and writing in Hungarian, as well as to teach basic historical and geographical knowledge of Hungary and the Carpathian Basin.

Our students use a variety of materials that include textbooks and workbooks published for schools in Hungary, other resources are learning materials that were developed for learners of Hungarian as a heritage language.

Hungarian children games are steeped in the tradition of story-telling. Games played in groups are often combined with folk songs that reflect Hungarian history. Other games resemble those played in the US, such as hopscotch.

Many other Hungarian games for children involve traditional folk songs and poetry. The poems often recall events in Hungarian history. Other poems are used to scare away unwanted animals, such as wolves or crop-eating birds. These poems and songs often accompany games with dancing.

Playing these traditional Hungarian games helps children to learn their language in a fun way.

In order to become healthy, happy and productive teenagers and later healthy, happy and productive adults, at Mákvirágok Preschool and Elementary School the children have lots of experiences and repeated practice with tasks in the Cognitive Development (Thinking), Emotional Development (Feeling), Social Development (Relating) and Sensory-Motor Development (Coordinating) areas. Arts and crafts help our children experience and practice their skills in all four of these areas.

Our Arts and crafts sessions offer children endless opportunities to learn by doing. All of our projects are related to the Hungarian culture.

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One of our school’s mission is to enrich the lives of children by introducing them to Hungarian culture through dance, music, and folklore with the goal of preserving and passing on the Hungarian heritage. Our students perform several times throughout the year in various community events. The children share their joy of Hungarian dancing and music in a fun, friendly and engaging environment.

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Sport is an important part of our schedule. We engage the children in activities that are fun and challenging, but not beyond their abilities. We know, that kids who enjoy physical activity tend to stay active throughout their lives. And staying fit can improve self-esteem, help maintain a healthy weight, and decrease the risk of illnesses. All of our activities help develop skills and coordination. It’s important for our students to engage in a variety of activities to encourage a wide range of movement and skills.

 

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WHAT PARENTS SAY ABOUT US

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OUR DAILY LIFE

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Phone: 407-715-4017

Email: info@makviragok.com