In school we talk a lot about the environment and the future of our planet. It is crucial to turn children caring & protecting, from very very early.
“Veronica” pre-K class entered this year a recycle & reuse project. They visited, some months ago, DOANYS industry in Athens that recycles paper and learned all about it. Returning to school, they decided to assume the responsibility of collecting the scrap paper from all classes.
When gathered some bags of scrap, they visited again the same recycle factory. Delivered what they collected and attended, hands-on, their garbage turning into paper to reuse.
Since they delivered a dozen of big bags, factory’s manager handed them the 1st recycling prize! Now, they will prepare for the Olympics….
Everyday, children bring in school questions and ideas arising from their own life. For example, they all have in home displays and other IT equipment but hardly ever have the chance to find out how do those things look, from inside.
So, whenever this question comes in school, and the truth is it comes quite often, we just give them old pieces of HW and screwdrivers, to find out on their own. It’s always so much fun!
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)
“Let’s play basketball” someone said… And so, kindergarten kids just constructed a pop up basket from used tires!
They arranged by themselves a shooting order and patiently waited for their turn. They were little puzzled about how to get the ball out of this basket and needed to come up with some original solutions.
Through this spontaneous yard play, kindergarten children accomplished a bunch of educational milestones by themselves, just being based on pleasure and joy! Priceless….
(by Ioanna Eleftheriou & Stavroula Gaoutsi, teachers in our Athens kindergarten)
Cornelius Crick, the famous detective of our favorite book, sent pre-K class a letter! He was informed about our talent in solving problems and finding answers to mysteries…
Cornelius’ first request was to get to know us better. He asked for our portraits.
Children drew them with pleasure! But, just a wall full of our portraits was not enough.
Kids also wanted to add their names under their own portrait.
So,we played a game after which each paper obtained the right name, on it!
We are now ready for the next Cornelius Crick’ challenge…
(by Spyridoyla 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)
as presented in IPSEF, Dubai, on September 2016