Living in a hot Mediterranean city like Athens, snow is a rare thing to see, downtown. But today, it was one of these days!
Being unfamiliar with snowy weather, the Municipality of Athens advised all schools to remain closed. However, a brave play-based school like Dorothy Snot is not afraid of some snow flakes!
The sure thing is our kids loved it. Being able to play with snow in the heart of the city is such an unusual experience down here. Not to mention that most of our 4 and 5 y.o. had not ever seen Athens in white!
Play in life-derived conditions is always the most exciting thing for children. And we are dedicated to keep providing this kind of play!
Returning from Christmas Holidays, pre-Ks started describing how they spent Christmas time. Each one had a story to tell about relatives visiting his/her house or about a beautiful gathering at a friend’s home.
So, they decided it would be a good idea to invite over the post-toddlers’ class, for the first tea party of the year!
They wrote and distributed the invitation and prepared a welcome note!
They got excited by their own creations (look below Anastasis and George astonished in front of the welcome note they wrote, hanging on the wall!!)
They rearranged tables and chairs in such a way that we could all sit together! Children from both classes had lot of fun!!!
Having finished the tea party and after cleaning the class, Rosa said: “I really loved that! Can we have one more tomorrow, please?”
(by Spyridoula Patouna, teacher in Pre-K class, in Athens)
One of everyone’s chlidhood favorite games is definitely blind man’s buff.
All of us have funny stories on wrong identifications to tell and all of us still clearly remember our intense feelings at the moment of blindfolding, when the game was starting.
Same with very young kids: this process is especially well taken by them. There is great anticipation on who will take the place of the next “blind man”.
But why is this so important from educational point of view?
- Because they play and have fun
- Because they strenghthen their bonds and relationships
- Because interaction with each other is enhanced
- Because they develop orientation skills
- Because they enhance their optical memory
- Because they learn in practice what “drama” means
- Because they constantly ask to repeat the process
So, shall we play?
(by Chryssa Vaitsi, teacher in post-toddlers class, in Athens)
During 2016 summer party, post-toddlers walk like the robot they made in class, Mr. Roboto!
Everything started with Christos’ idea for a “rain-robot”. But what is the robot; Our hypotheses were verified by watching videos with robots in school ‘s projector room.
We copied the moves of the robots
We made the faces of the robots from recycled material
We became the robots by wearing tin uniforms
We split into groups and played a board game, cutting parts for a robot’s body
We rolled the dice, found the corresponding member of the robot’s body and stuck it on the paper
And so we made our robots!
(by Eleni Triantafyllopoulou, teacher in post-toddlers’ class in Athens)
Robot inspired play in post-toddlers class!
(by Irene Lithoxopoulou, teacher in post-toddlers class in Athens)
(video by Irene Lithoxopoulou, teacher in post-toddlers class in Athens)