Boxes everywhere!

Suddenly, large and small boxes appeared in toddlers’ classroom. What could we do with them?

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We turned them into sofas, exactly like in the stories we read. We imagined sailing in the sea and boxes were transformed into boats!

We played “hide and seek” and we found unique ways to hide ourselves inside the boxes. We had fun, we played and we learned! We got familiar with special notions such us “in and out”. We practiced our gross and our fine motor skills.

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Last but not least, we learned to share and to wait for our turn! We became more sociable and friendly. We came closer and bonded more!

(by Evangelia Nteka, teacher in toddlers’ class in Athens)

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Just keep calm and be proud of my toddlers!

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!

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Children started making food with dough for Ilia ‘s teddy bear, because Ilia confirmed that it felt really hungry. Suddenly, Thanasis observed that Teddy bear felt cold and run around the classroom to find a coat and socks for it.

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.

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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)

Our “new” toddlers’ classroom

Coming back from christmas holidays, we decided we need some changes. Everything changes in toddlers class, we become older and our needs change, too.

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So, we decided to accordingly adjust our surrounding, thus our classroom. At first we added more loose parts. Loose parts like wooden blocks, ribbons and clothes, items that can be used to create anything children may imagine.

Everyone got excited with this decision. Children immediately became interested in new material.

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Elvira used two wooden blocks to ski and then put them together to form a skateboard! I was so excited by the way she adjusted her movement, depending on the sport she was supposed to perform!

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Eleni turned ribbons into the big tongue of a whale.

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Moreover, Bill turned to be a superhero with magic glasses made out of ribbons, too.

I think loose parts’ play introduced toddlers into a new way of thinking and playing, and I observed that from the very first day, in our “New classroom”!

(by Evangelia Nteka, teacher in toddlers’ class in Athens)