“Can we have one more party tomorrow, please?”

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.

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So, they decided it would be a good idea to invite over the post-toddlers’ class, for the first tea party of the year!

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They wrote and distributed the invitation and prepared a welcome note!

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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!!)

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They rearranged tables and chairs in such a way that we could all sit together! Children from both classes had lot of fun!!!

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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)

Pop up basketball play in kindergarten

“Let’s play basketball” someone said… And so, kindergarten kids just constructed a pop up basket from used tires!

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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.

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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 sent us a letter

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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…

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Cornelius’ first request was to get to know us better. He asked for our portraits.

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Children drew them with pleasure! But, just a wall full of our portraits was not enough.

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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)

Shall we play?

One of everyone’s chlidhood favorite games is definitely blind man’s buff.

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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.

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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”.

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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

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  • 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)

International Fairy Tea Party 2016

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We spent the whole week preparing our fairy tea party which took place on Thursday and Friday in the woods. After reading in school the legend of the rainbow fairies, we decided to help these little fairies make a rainbow.

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In school, we put on the wings we made out of hangers and rope and practiced how to use the fairy dust and learnt a few spells! We mixed paints, just to find out that we only need three colors to make so many more.

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We even tried to make our colors shine by sprinkling some fairy dust on them.

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The result was to make everything around us shine bright, including ourselves!

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On Thursday and Friday, we had a wonderful day in the woods!

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We looked around for some fairy signs and while looking we found some acorns instead and a little tortoise wandering around.

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We built our fairy welcome houses in the trees and decorated them the way we wanted.

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Then, we went hunting for colors.

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And used what we found to make a rainbow.

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And after all this hard work, we set the table and had a cup of tea and biscuits!

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(by Claire Hadjinikolaou, English teacher in Dorothy Snot, Athens)

Marrying Teacher Chryssa

Learning occurring through play based on real life situations, is in the core of life-derived learning. Here is a perfect example:

Kindergarten kids visited a fashion house specializing in wedding gowns! They were excited (ok, it goes more for the girls!) and coming back in school decided to perform a wedding!

Teacher Chryssa was convinced to be the bride, so play started! (FYI, they took it up to the end!! 🙂 )