What’s on the catwalk?

Pre-Ks on the runway of Plefsis dance studio, in Athens! Actual life-derived learning.

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Mixing cultures

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!

So much learning on fruit play

Talking about winter fruits in our English pre-k class. We introduced new vocabulary by giving fresh fruit to the children to feel, smell and taste. With their eyes closed they were able to identify and name them all!

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Then, we made a fruit salad. After we ate it all we played games in the yard.

We rolled plastic fruit to see how far they can go…

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….hang them high and tried to hit them with improvised bats.

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We also had a real grocery store set up in our dramatic play area!

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The next day we decided to make smoothies. We came up with a recipe….

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….executed it and decided whether we like it or not!

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(by Claire Hadjinikolaou, English teacher in Athens school)

“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)