Why use flashcards instead of real fruits?

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Blindfolded taste challenge. Is it a pear, an apple or a tangerine?

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Why use flashcards when we can have some real fresh fruit that we can touch smell and taste?

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(by Claire Hadjinikolaou, English teacher in Athens school)

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Babies Christmas party in a play-based school

In a play-based preschool, babies’ class runs on a continuous providing of sensory-type real life stimuli, assisting this way children to discover the world through their senses, while playing.

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This philosophy does not change even during party events! So, in Dorothy Snot, the annual ritual of Christmas Party for babies class (1-2 y.o), always goes as follows:

  1. It is held in school, while other classes party in some kind of large theaters. Babies need a stable and familiar environment
  2. It involves extensive parents’ participation, to boost the enthusiasm of the children and to ensure whole family celebrates kids’ first Christmas party ever!
  3. It is  based on a set of interactive play activities, connected to children recent school experiences, which lead to a festive ending (i.e. decorating our Christmas tree)
  4. It utilizes life-derived loose parts and lots of sensory play

So, please click on the following set of photos to get an idea of 2016 babies’ class Christmas party in Dorothy Snot preschool!

Babies Christmas Party 2016

Creating sensory bags in babies’ class

Babies enjoy playing with small pasta pieces, at the sensory table. However, they thought that the light yellow color of the pasta is a little dull and wanted to change it. But the question was, “how”?

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First, we picked our favorite liquid color and dropped it into little bags, together with the pasta pieces. To have a big success, we dropped a looooot of color!

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Then, we shook the bags. Babies observed that pasta pieces soon started to disappear! Babies tried then to identify the new content of the bags, by using all their senses.

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The colorful pasta bags were magically transformed into our new “sensory bags”! A new toy that we added in our class play equipment.

A toy, made by babies themselves!

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

Looking deeper

Drawing with cars is not just a fun activity for babies.

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Looking deeper,  someone realizes that through this activity babies interact one another, gain socialization skills, taste the car, throw it down to listen to the sound, and more….

We teachers, the only think to do is to observe all these different behaviors.

Just by evaluating children’ reaction in any activity, we learn so many thinks.

(by Anastasia Kouroubali, teacher in babies class, in Athens)