The Käferberg – a mountain with several names
In Wipkingen, the mountain is called Käferberg, but in Höngg it is known as Waidberg. It extends as far as Oerlikon.
Käferberg and the Käferholzstrasse are named after a forest with a large collection of beetles.
Together with ramparts and entrenchments, the Käferberg was part of the so-called third town fortification in the 17th century. The city wall or fortifications of Zurich were demolished in the 19th century, because they were of no military value and hindered the growth of the city and traffic, especially at the gates.
Even today there are still large areas of agricultural land on the Käferberg / Waidberg in the immediate vicinity of „Science City“ (ETH Hönggerberg).
History of Am Käferberg School and KITA
Originally, the School, Kindergarten and Day care centre were located at Griesernweg 26, directly on the Käferberg Mountain in Zürich.
Am Käferberg was founded in 2003, by a group of parents, to educate and care for children aged between 2 months and 12 years. Since 2006, it has been run by Natalie Lutz alone.
In March 2020, the Käferberg KITA moved from Griesernweg 26 in Oerlikon, to the new spacious premises at Gubelhangstrasse 6. The old property was demolished. At the same time as the move, KITA Käferberg was renamed Am Käferberg Schule & KITA.
At Am Käferberg School and KITA we follow concepts that promote independence and personal responsibility, such as The Maria Montessori method. The daily routine is structured in such a way that the care of the children and their education interlock. The teachers are responsible for both care and education.
The philosophies according to Maria Montessori and Emmi Pickler
We would like to outline the basic attitude of Maria Montessori and Emmi Pickler with the following two quotes:
Help me do it myself. (Maria Montessori)
Give me time (Emmi Pickler)
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Children should discover the world through true-to-life examples. This is what the scientific drawing of the May beetle stands for. Which gave the Käferberg its name.