by Riddhi Nandola*
From my experience, at Dorothy Snot, I can truly say it is an exceptional school. From the first moment to the last, my time spent there was incredible. My first interaction with the school was my walk up to the building and seeing the bright and colorfully painted exterior giving it a feel of welcoming and warmth. Little did I know that the teachers and children would be just as, if not more, kind and welcoming.
My entire classroom was filled with happy and active children. The joy contained by these children was in part due to the extraordinary effort put in by the teachers. I saw first hand the work they put into making the days for the children not only fun but an effective and creative way of learning. The time these teachers spend with the children in school is only half the energy they put into making the school days a good time. They spend a lot of their time out of school preparing lessons and activities for the children.
The school is known for its “play-based” learning, which is a great way for children to absorb as much material as well as expel all the pent-up energy in them. From reading & writing to yoga and outdoor education, the children have a vast amount of opportunities to learn.
The school offers multiple different classes from English to Art, to Outdoor Education. The students are grouped off into their respective classes where they are able to participate in the class and then rotate into another class. This allows the children to interact with the teachers more, thus giving more attention to them, which is always a positive for younger children. Following these lessons, the children are involved in a free play which allows them to be creative while also subconsciously discovering more about their selves.
Overall, the school is designed and includes teachers that allow the children to grow up to be well rounded and kind individuals.
* Riddhi, a student from Canada, became part of our our school during May and June 2018, while participating in AIESEC’s “International Kindergarten” exchange program
Jenny coming from Kenya & kindergarten kids together draw a Kenyan flag
On International Fairy Tea Party Day we went on a hunt for fairies and found all the evidence we need to prove that fairies do exist!
After reading a story about a naughty fairy, we looked for fairy signs.
Flowers where fairies like to sleep.
Acorns they like to eat
And wands they use to turn anyone in anything they want.
After spending the whole day tracking them we decided to dance in a circle to call for them.
They didn’t appear but they left a surprise for us instead. They filled the place with colors!
And sprinkled fairy dust all around
They even gave us wings to fly
They also left a book for us to read.
After reading it we act out the story and threw a fairy tea party in their honor.
What better way to celebrate the wonderful world of nature all around us?
While sparking their imagination, children exercised their tracking skills and learned how to spot the tell-tale signs of fairies.
(by Claire Hadjinikolaou, our English language teacher)
Hosting students or teachers from other countries, is a desirable situation in our kindergarten!
Early this year we had the luck to be joined by Shriya, an education student from India.
We love this process cause helps our children to understand the diversity of the world and to spot the differences between humans and civilizations.
As always foreign students do, Shriya presented us her country and her family. She told us about Indian civilization and Indian mythology, participated fully in school life and played a lot of games with the kids.
The difference in language is always a bit of barrier, but kindergarten kids find a chance to exercise their English and become really enthusiast when manage to understand each other.
Of course, most of fun was the time of bollywood dancing!
So long for our next host. Shriya, thank you so much for being in school, we hope you had as good time in Dorothy Snot kindergarten as we had!
These days we have a visitor in our school. His name is Henry and he is a student from Taiwan. Henry will be with us for six weeks and so we have the opportunity to learn many things about his country and culture.
Few days ago, he prepared a very interesting presentation, in order for our children to get to know Taiwan.
We saw Taiwan on the map and he told us it looks like a leaf! We saw its flag and photos of his city.
After that, we tried together to speak Taiwanese! We translated many words from Greek to Taiwanese and he wrote the name of every children using Chinese ideograms.
Our kids were excited and many of them proved to be quite talented in Chinese writing.
Henry thank you, you are most welcomed in our school !!
(by Stavroula Gaoutsi, kindergarten teacher in Athens)