Is that play?
Sharing is a great thing
One day, Thanasis brought in toddlers’ class a book titled “This is mine!” Two friends who play together but find it too hard to share their toys…
“How easy is for us to share our toys?”, we asked children. Not so easy…
One small car in our class had the same problem. It was alone, because it could not share its toys. So, we decided to help it…
We became friends with the small car and drove it to the big “Luna Park of sharing”, the place where all children and cars share their toys.
Each one of as waited at his/ her own station, to drive the small car towards the next station and finally up to the end of the road, where the Luna park was. When the small car arrived there, it wasn’t alone anymore!
Kids played, cooperated, waited patiently for their turn, but most important helped the small car to understand that sharing is a great thing…
(by Jenny Diamantopoulou, teacher in toddlers’ class in Athens)
Chasing Teacher Chrysa
(Video by Spyridoula Patouna, teacher in pre-K class)
Best supporters ever!
In kindergarten swimming open class on March 11, 2016 kids not participating in the class fully support the rest of the team!
Henry from Taiwan in our kindergarten
These days we have a visitor in our school. His name is Henry and he is a student from Taiwan. Henry will be with us for six weeks and so we have the opportunity to learn many things about his country and culture.
Few days ago, he prepared a very interesting presentation, in order for our children to get to know Taiwan.
We saw Taiwan on the map and he told us it looks like a leaf! We saw its flag and photos of his city.
After that, we tried together to speak Taiwanese! We translated many words from Greek to Taiwanese and he wrote the name of every children using Chinese ideograms.
Our kids were excited and many of them proved to be quite talented in Chinese writing.
Henry thank you, you are most welcomed in our school !!
(by Stavroula Gaoutsi, kindergarten teacher 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?”
“Yes! We can make streets, and pavements and street lights”!
“Oh, and we can make a football field”!
“And we can make a jungle!!!” Me: “A jungle?! Really?!”
“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!
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)
Like a good rock band
Babies discovered plenty of empty tomato cans in our yard and decided to create noise!
Used various toys and a paint brush as drum sticks….
They even composed a song. And after finishing their show, like a good rock band, packed instruments into the car and drove away….
(by Anastasia Kouroubali, teacher in babies’ class in Athens)
Creating a loose parts’ springboard!
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).
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!
In a few minutes, all pre-K and kindergarten class formed a long queue in order to jump off this makeshift springboard!
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!
(from Chrysa Vaitsi, cross-class projects’ coordinator in Athens school)
Elections in preschool
One of the most beautiful life-derived projects we have performed in our school