Exploring space in pre-K

During their “exploring space” project, children in pre-K class did a number of things…

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Constructed their own telescopes to watch the stars…

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Created their own planets, based on what they read about in books…

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Also constructed the moon: used everyday materials to make the shape of a circle and then painted it white by using glue, shaving foam and glitter!

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Their next mission: teddy bear visits the moon!

(by Spyridoula Patouna, teacher in pre-K class)

Process-based learning

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Free play in class is an important part of the day, for any play-based preschool.

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Through play, children imagine, create, disagree, negotiate, learn to solve problems, explore materials – but also develop their relationship with other children.

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The decision of our kindergarten kids to construct a privacy box for their medical corner, gave them the opportunity to master all the above, plus to connect play with maths.

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Children got divided into groups and began to work. First, paid a visit to the local carpenter to pick their wood.

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Then, returned to school and started to work….

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  • grouped pieces of wood according to height, shape and size
  • measured the length of the room and distances between the woods
  • chose the proper pieces for their construction
  • picked the rest of the staff needed, such as screws, nails and glue
  • calculated the quantities
  • chose the right tools.

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While doing the above, class entered into assumptions, cooperation, testing, made mistakes and worked together to produce a certain result. But mostly, enjoyed the process!

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(by Stavroula Gaoutsi, kindergarten teacher in Athens)

Foot sensing in toddlers’ class

Toddlers love to explore with their body and try their senses.

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It’s time in class to explore by using our feet. Sο, we take our shoes off, by ourselves, though we are still two y.o., and the trip begins….

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We walk barefoot on cloth, on sand and on the wooden floor…

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Eventually, we step on paint and left our footprint on paper.

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Everyone loves it!

(by Evangelia Nteka, teacher in toddlers’ class in Athens)

Exploring space

When you are 4 y.o. you ask questions, all the time. Never ending, unlimited questions .

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Questions like these lead us to look for answers about space.

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Today, our children experiment space by creating paper planets. Tomorrow, they may go visit them!

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 There must be always a way!

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 After all, astronomy is a science – and we never say never to science!!!

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(by Charitini Stavroulaki, teacher in pre-K class in Athens)

Sand, rocks and spoons

In our babies’ class, we encourage children to interact with a number of materials, natural and artificial.

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Experimenting has to be unconditional, in order to trigger all senses.

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This way, we give babies the opportunity to become familiar with reality, engage and interact with it.

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Such life derived materials can be sand, rocks, spoons, cups, etc.

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Getting in touch with real world always turns kids more creative…

(by Maria Gryllaki, teacher in babies’ class in Athens)