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)

Not just a pizza box

“Hey, what are you doing, again?”
Me: “I’m not doing anything, yet. I’m trying to think of what to do”.                                               “I know!!!! Why don’t you make something?”                                                                                                 Me: “Like what? It would be nice to make a table game. Any ideas?”

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“Yes! We can make streets, and pavements and street lights”!

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“Oh, and we can make a football field”!

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“And we can make a jungle!!!”                                                                                                                             Me: “A jungle?! Really?!”

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“Yes! We will paint in on the box! And we can put our animal toys in there and we can play in the jungle”!

So, now we’ve got three new table games in pre-K class!

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Always think twice and do not throw anything! Just let it to children’s imagination…

(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)

Exploring space in pre-K

During their “exploring space” project, children in pre-K class did a number of things…

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Constructed their own telescopes to watch the stars…

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Created their own planets, based on what they read about in books…

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Also constructed the moon: used everyday materials to make the shape of a circle and then painted it white by using glue, shaving foam and glitter!

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Their next mission: teddy bear visits the moon!

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

Exploring space

When you are 4 y.o. you ask questions, all the time. Never ending, unlimited questions .

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Questions like these lead us to look for answers about space.

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Today, our children experiment space by creating paper planets. Tomorrow, they may go visit them!

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 There must be always a way!

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 After all, astronomy is a science – and we never say never to science!!!

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(by Charitini Stavroulaki, teacher in pre-K class in Athens)

Dad of Philip helps children connect their hand-made antenna

Last year’s pre-K class worked on a project about communication (how we talk and listen one another, when away).

Filippos' dad at school for the antenna(click on the picture above to see more)

Under this concept, kids decided to create their own antenna to be able to listen to radio, in class. And so they did. But, then had to find a way to connect it to the radio.

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So, they called in class Vasilis, dad of Philip, who is an engineer, to help them finish their project

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With his assistance, children managed to connect the antenna….

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