“Can we have one more party tomorrow, please?”

Returning from Christmas Holidays, pre-Ks started describing how they spent Christmas time. Each one had a story to tell about relatives visiting his/her house or about a beautiful gathering at a friend’s home.

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So, they decided it would be a good idea to invite over the post-toddlers’ class, for the first tea party of the year!

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They wrote and distributed the invitation and prepared a welcome note!

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They got excited by their own creations (look below Anastasis and George astonished in front of the welcome note they wrote, hanging on the wall!!)

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They rearranged tables and chairs in such a way that we could all sit together! Children from both classes had lot of fun!!!

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Having finished the tea party and after cleaning the class, Rosa said: “I really loved that!  Can we have one more tomorrow, please?

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

Cornelius Crick sent us a letter

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Cornelius Crick, the famous detective of our favorite book,  sent pre-K class a letter! He was informed about our talent in solving problems and finding answers to mysteries…

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Cornelius’ first request was to get to know us better. He asked for our portraits.

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Children drew them with pleasure! But, just a wall full of our portraits was not enough.

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Kids also wanted to add their names under their own portrait.

So,we played a game after which each paper obtained the right name, on it! 🙂

We are now ready for the next Cornelius Crick’ challenge…

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

Dorothy Snot sent us a postcard!

During the first days of school this year, children in pre-K class read the book “The disappearance of Dorothy Snot”, the book out of which our school was named of!

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As the story was moving on, Dorothy started sending letters to the children. Green envelops began to appear in class, very often. Dorothy was asking for help and ideas.

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In one of her letters, she sent us some photos of her last trips around the world and asked for our imagination: Was it possible for us to construct with those images by using toys and other materials?

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Children thought of it, worked together, and responded to Dorothy’s request with great success!

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

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)

Ophthalmology class in school bus!

20130821_193831-1Children always laugh when they see my eyes like this!

One day,  kids asked me: “hey, what’s happening with your glasses and they can make your eyes so big? We want to know how you see”!

I told them eye-doctor says I have Hypermetropia. “And how does he know?” they further asked. So, I brought them printed papers with numbers and pictures, like the ones eye-doctors use.

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They started examining themselves

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and also asked to be examined by their friends.

IMG_20151204_083031Then, I gave them my glasses to understand “how I see”. Children tried them in many ways and said “Woooooow, everything looks bigger through your glasses!!!”.

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They got really excited by all this. Now, they may decide to construct an eye-clinic in class, examine other children and prescript the right glasses!!!

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

Free Play

Free play emerges everywhere, you just need to let it happen.

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Free play involves anything, you just need to have stuff around.

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Free play can be more fascinating if you have a friend to mess with.

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Free play can be relaxing, you just need to let yourself be.

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Free play can be collaborative, you just need to share it with your friends.

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Free play is natural, it’s play and it’s free!

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

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)