Jump!

Free play in the yard for pre-K’s…

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One day after swimming class…

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Last Monday,  only Cynthia, Poppy and Marina from toddlers’ class participated in swimming lesson.

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Girls got ready in few minutes after lesson was finished. We had plenty of time since post-toddlers’ class was still in locker room. So, l asked them what we were going to do, and theιr answer was “We can discover the place!”

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And so the game began…

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We found water in the road…

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And jumped in it….

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We focused on the plants…

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Smelled them….

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And brought one back to school….

But time was running so fast, so we had to return in our school bus!

(by Chryssa Vaitsi, teacher & projects’ coordinator in Athens school)

Two hours in the woods, are enough….

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….to discover new paths.

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….to discover the botanical walk (and to possibly see the Christmas goblins making their magical tricks using herbs, according to Myronas!)

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…to see a strange and huge tree.

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….to make signs on the ground to help us find our way back.

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…to find something looking like a hollow for birds (but it was not…)

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…to cook!

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…to show our leadership skills!

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…to discover the beauty of nature.

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….and to leave our mark on the ground!

All, until next time!!!

(by Spyridoula Patouna, teacher in pre-K class in Athens)

Creating a loose parts’ springboard!

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Andreas, a kindergarten kid, had the brilliant idea to create a springboard using loose parts, particularly old tires arranged in a pile and a pallet, serving as a ladder).

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First step was to collect all the items needed for his idea. Second one was setting up his construction and testing, while the final step was…. the actual game!

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In a few minutes, all pre-K and kindergarten class formed a long queue in order to jump off this makeshift springboard!

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Its one more time I see waste material (items with no practical use from an adult’s point of view) to become the center of children’s outdoor play. Kids only add imagination and ingenuity- so easy for them!

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(from Chrysa Vaitsi, cross-class projects’ coordinator in Athens school)

Why not the whole universe

When we looked through our big plastic telescope, we noticed something very strange: everything had turned upside down!

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So, we asked help from Yannis, an amateur astronomer!

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He brought his professional telescope, let us see the sun through it and answered all our questions.

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Children  grabbed the opportunity to make constellations on the ground with sand and small stones.

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But why not even form the whole universe!

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(by Spyridoula Patouna, teacher in pre-K class in Athens)

An I-don’t-want-it-to-end game!

Something special happened in pre-K class!

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Everyone brought his or her favorite doll or teddy and turned it into an astronaut!

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The space suit was made from aluminum foil.

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When all astronauts were ready, went to the roof top of the school and flewwwwwww!!  (wearing parachutes for protection)


An I-don’t-want-it-to-end game!

(by Spyridoula Patouna, teacher in pre-K class, in Athens)