Pre-Ks on the runway of Plefsis dance studio, in Athens! Actual life-derived learning.
During 2016 summer party, post-toddlers walk like the robot they made in class, Mr. Roboto!
Is that play?
Some days, the only thing you have to do as preschool teacher is to observe and just keep being proud of your team! That feeling I had a few times during last days, in my classroom.
My team consists of toddlers, children between 2-3 years old. Their mood changes from one minute to another, but lately they have been using their imagination in a unique way.
One day, Thanasis and Eleni were playing with dough, while Ilia came in the room carrying her little teddy bear. Immediately, an impromptu role play game popped up, from nowhere!
Children started making food with dough for Ilia ‘s teddy bear, because Ilia confirmed that it felt really hungry.
After that, teddy needed a walk and children began walking it around the classroom. Up to the moment a wild storm began! Then, everybody run away to find the best possible shelter for teddy, which was under a table.
For more than twenty minutes children kept being excited in this role playing. Moving from one state of mind to another, on their own initiative, using their imagination, their oral communication skills and body language in an unbelievable way.
I feel really proud of my children!
(by Evangelia Nteka, teacher in toddlers class in Athens)
(video by Irene Lithoxopoulou, teacher in post-toddlers class in Athens)