In September 2016, our kindergarten kids participated into a real-life firefighting exercise organized by the officers of Athens 1st Firefighting Station.
It was a fantastic chance for them to be parts of real fire department team, to learn important things on safety and to see how a team works in real life conditions.
Many thanks to our friends in Athens Fire Department!
After the experience children had in school bus with Spyridoula’s eye glasses, they asked me if I can see clearly while not wearing mine.
I replied that when not in glasses, I use eye-lenses. Next day, I gave them a pair of lenses to come in contact with. They touched them, smell them and realized that after a while they got dry.
So, I told them to place them into their own case with the special liquid and lenses became wet and resilient again.
Since then, every time that I don’t wear glasses, children look into my eyes and try to “locate” my lenses.
(by Chrysa Vaitsi, cross-class projects’ coordinator in Athens school)
One of the most beautiful life-derived projects we have performed in our school
Free play in class is an important part of the day, for any play-based preschool.
Through play, children imagine, create, disagree, negotiate, learn to solve problems, explore materials – but also develop their relationship with other children.
The decision of our kindergarten kids to construct a privacy box for their medical corner, gave them the opportunity to master all the above, plus to connect play with maths.
Children got divided into groups and began to work. First, paid a visit to the local carpenter to pick their wood.
Then, returned to school and started to work….
- grouped pieces of wood according to height, shape and size
- measured the length of the room and distances between the woods
- chose the proper pieces for their construction
- picked the rest of the staff needed, such as screws, nails and glue
- calculated the quantities
- chose the right tools.
While doing the above, class entered into assumptions, cooperation, testing, made mistakes and worked together to produce a certain result. But mostly, enjoyed the process!
(by Stavroula Gaoutsi, kindergarten teacher in Athens)
Babies (1-2 y.o.) discover the world through their senses.
In our school, an activity they love doing is producing colored ice cubes.
Then, kids use those ice cubes to paint, while melting.
(by Anastasia Kouroubali, teacher in babies class, Athens)