During the 10th, the 11th and the 12th of October, Erasmus Days have been celebrated all over Europe. The schools of our Erasmus project “Learning Outside in the European Nature” have dedicated different events to this celebration preparing logos, posters, and crones. They also invited the families of the students to join the scholar European atmosphere!
As the celebration of ErasmusDays is coming closer we are getting prepared. At first, we have designed a banner which shows the constant participation of our school in various Erasmus programs. At the same time, we are choosing exceptional artworks, postcards, photos, flags and posters to be exposed to an open gate installation inside and outside the classrooms of the school. The event will be open to the families of our students, to other teachers and to the local community. The principle aim of the event is to present the central idea of every project and also disseminate the great feeling of sharing experiences with partners around Europe.
The 26th of August was a beautiful day full of joy, excitement and activities in Aruküla kindergarten. On that day 8 groups of children, all together about 120 participants were taking rhythmic activity like teachers saw it in Italy, practicing relaxing yoga like teachers enjoyed it in Greece, dancing a traditional italian children’s dance, looked back to transnational project years.
In the evening of the same day 31teachers came together for seminar to evaluate the results of two-years project, through presentations get knowledge about kindergarten education in Greece and in Italy, to participate in outdoor activities we saw in Italy. A budget overview was also provided and a picnic with dishes from project partners cuisine was held too.
Thank you, dear project partners, for this great journey on outdoor education and cooperation!
On Friday 23rd of August 8 teachers of Eramsus+ team at Aruküla kindergarten headed to town Pärnu to get knowledge about research oriented learning. Connections between outdoor education and research oriented learning were main goal of this training.
On first training day we got information about backround and theoretical part of this pedagogical method from professional trainer and practicing teacher Kaidi Tuus. We made experiments and discoveries with different materials on different fields.
On second day we visited kindergarten Mai in Pärnu, which is methododical center of research oriented learning. We discovered the garden of the sences through personal experiences in this kindergarten. We also explored innovative outdoor sports and music opportunities in this kindergarten.
It was great inspiring training trip for teachers with professional trainer!
From October 11 – 2019
Erasmus+ Dissemination in the open air!
Pupils and teachers of Pre Primary and Primary schools at Ottavo Circolo Piacenza, Italy, will celebrate #ERASMUSDAYS 2019 spreading Erasmus+ flyers, posters, slogans and drawings on the benches of parks and playgrounds and at Montecucco park, where some book houses were placed, in order to disseminate the great outcomes of the Erasmus Plus project “LEARNING OUTside the classroom IN the EUROPEan nature”.
On the 2nd of July, 50 pupils spent a day outside in the park closed to our school.
Under the fresh shadow of linen and chestnut trees they had play many outdoor games. The oldest children helped the youngest and explained the rules.
Finally after a lots of effort every one had the pleasure to eat a healthy picnic with many parents who came for an hour to share the pleasure of being outside and spend time together before going on holidays!!
On the 1rst of July 2019 the Greek National Agency, State Scholarships Foundation (IKY) www.iky.gr
organised with great professionalism a day conference for the coordinators of Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships – Co-operation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices in the field of education dedicated to final report and dissemination of the projects. Our coordinator Vassiliki Anagnostou participated with joy, had the opportunity to meet colleagues coordinators of other Erasmus+ projects, exchanged thoughts and ideas regarding European programmes and discussed about learning outside the classroom in the European nature. It was a successful meeting among active teachers who love Erasmus+ projects!
The visit to the Ottolenghi Pre-primary school was full of surprises! A classroom with a rainbow in every corner and a garden with arts and crafts everywhere composed a perfect scenery. A concert was organized to be presented in the open air and students were proud to be the greatest musicians! Their teachers and their maestro guided them to play their instruments like an authentic orchestra and the audience was happy to hear it. We all felt very lucky to listen to the classical music from the “orchestra dei sogni”!
A fresh idea of combining storytelling with art was presented to our group of European partners at the Don Minzoni Pre-primary school. The students of 5 years old with the support of their teacher narrated the story of “the hungry caterpillar” in a creative way. They moved, the acted, they talked and they offered us a joyful hour!
The second day of our transnational meeting in Piacenza we enjoyed a “matinee” full of music! We visited the Besurica Pre-Primary School where we were invited to follow the program “Ritmia” in its garden. In a theatrical scenery with trees decorated with colorful ribbons, the teacher of “ritmia” lesson showed us a unique way to combine movements, voice, and rhythms. Synthia, the creator of this great program, prompted all the partners to participate, move and relax with the students of her class. It was an unforgettable experience and the best way to start our day in the Italian nature!
On June 19th during the first day of our transnational meeting in Piacenza an artistic workshop was organized by Ilaria Casciaro at Carella pre primary school. Based on the book “La Fabbrica dei Colori I Laboratori di Hervé Tullet” students, teachers, Erasmus+ partners and representative from Erasmus + Italian National Agency followed the instructions accompanied by music… used the colours of European partners’ flags in order to create a unique colourful and joyful banner! An artistic creation that symbolises our friendship and cooperation!
An article dedicated to our transnational meeting in Piacenza was posted on the local newspaper’s site piacenzasera.it
The schools of Piacenza always more European, thanks to Erasmus+ projects!
Our Erasmus+ project was presented on Erasmus+ Indire National Agency’s site and Facebook! Mrs Valentina Riboldi representative from Italian National Agency for Erasmus+ projects, who participated in our transnational meeting in Piacenza, expressed her opinion that for her it was a great pleasure experiencing LEARNING OUT IN EUROPE!
The 3rd and final Transnational meeting of our European project took place with great success from 19th till 21rst of June in Piacenza!
Many meetings in Primary and Pre primary schools, presentations of all partners participants, dissemination of our project to more than 60 teachers of the region, great participation of representative of the local municipality Mr Jonathan Papamarenghi, the coordinator of Infoambiente Mrs Alessandra Bonomini, the representative of Erasmus+ Indire National Agency Mrs Valentina Riboldi. We had many discussions for the evaluation of our project and the cooperation regarding the Final report.
On Thursday 13th of June we had the great pleasure to welcome a small farm in our school yard !
More than 100 children sat outside in the cold and rain to see a show with the animals of the farm. Some pupils could give a bottle of milk to a baby pig. The milk came from the goat.
Children could see hen, cock, baby sheep, baby pig, goose, rabbits, canettons…
They were allowed to caress the animals and they enven milked the goat !
Its was a great oppportunity to learn outside the classroom (the name of every animal, what they eat, eggs or babies …and learnt a lot concerning the animals of the farm.
Children also learnt how to make goat cheese !!
All the pupils were very pleased and excited as itw as an unusual experience !!!
On Friday 24th of May Pre Primary and Primary classes from Ottavo Circolo took part in the celebrations for the 24th birthday of Montecucco park. A small bat house was located on the first tree of the park:( Montecucciolo tree ) by the fightfighters.
3 classes received a price for MIGLIA VERDI ( GREEN MILES) .Each Group was showing our project logo . Song, dance, Poetry, playing instruments and having a pic nic on the grass was great fun!
Houses for books were also located in the park.
You can take a book and leave another one… Culture in the green!
The great closure of our project was a beautiful journey to Greek culture, to Cycladic culture with the poetry of Odysseas Elytis. The kids presented their theatrical play with joy in front of their families and many friends of our school! The audience was informed about the aims of our European project and congratulated all the students – participants who were honoured with a special personal award! The exhibition of these artworks were presented in our Erasmus+ corner of our garden where the party was continued!
This year we decided to celebrate World Environment day on June 5th as it is.
As weather was great and there were no more snow left in our garden, some groups started day with happy breakfast at outdoor and they enjoyed it a lot with good apetite.
Later all the kindergarten came together to open new musical wall. Some musical examples from music teacher and children started to experiment with new instruments. It was a great day full of sunshine and happy experimental music as neighbors could hear it!
Thank you, Greece team, for this lovely idea!
Floor games in the schoolyard were the central subject of our Erasmus+ program for May. We used different options for everyday lessons -math, language, science, arts, physical education- and we transformed them into joyful outdoor activities. Kids created a boat by using plastic bottle caps, they did their magnet fishing, they checked all the letters of the alphabet, they run with a plastic glass full of water…They really enjoyed all of them!
The Open Day of Gates, 29 May 2019
The Open Day of Gates on Wednesday May 29, was a great occasion to meet over 100 parents and grandparents to promote the results obtained in our European project.
Teachers worked with all the kindergarten students on that day, more than 140 children, in partnership with parents and grandparents, and made special artworks using different working techniques and different materials, most of them natural. The pedagogical experiences of that day were unique and unforgettable.
On Monday 28th of May, 26 years old pupils had entered a contest on mail art organized by Aline Rutily from the association « Paysage et patrimoine sans frontière »
The work shop was organized in their classroom and they have to decore envelope with flowers drawn with grassy chalk. The stamp was realized from a big mural created by children from the very famous picture of Claude Monet « Poppies field ».
On Saturday the 25th of May we had our artistic exhibition on all the work done by the pupils of the school. At the same time we disseminate our Erasmus + project and explained to the famillies what has been done in our school and in the partners’s schools.
3-4 years old children decorated the school ground by painting the trees with flags of the schools partners.
Our Erasmus corner was decorated with sounds bottle. The bottles were decorated with partners countries‘s flags and filled with semola, water, stones and suspended to our kiosk. Pupils and famillies could shake then and hear the sounds !!
During the open gates our mayor and municipal councillors went to visit us and where were impressed by all the work done and our project ! More than 200 famillies went to admire the exhibition !
For children and teachers itw as a real success !!
Artistic exhibition and dissemination of our Erasmus project.
Our school ground decorated with snails painted by 4 years old pupils !
With the great help of our parents’ association a new corner with herbs was created in our garden! Thyme, lavender, rosemary, lemongrass were added to the plants of our school yard. All the students smelled them, learned their names, discussed about their use in kitchen and every day life, felt closer to nature!
We are doing more and more outdoor activities at the Erasmus corner. Outdoor education is very important to us thanks to this European project. Thus the small group shaped dough from flour and water and
made pretzels of different shapes and sizes after which they did sport and
jumped among the circles. And the big group served the snack at the outside
Erasmus corner and enjoyed the beautiful weather.
Estonia is a land of hiking and we start to train this great habit in early childhood.
In Aruküla kindergarten we have long tradition of hiking twice in a year -autumn hike and spring hike. Last year we had lovely Erasmus experience – hiking with parents, this year we found another exciting way to connect two great pedagogical approaches – outdoor education and adventure education.
Purpose of our hike on 21 May for 4-5 year old pupils was first of all to investigate life forms in water bodies and learn social skills through adventure centered experiences.
On our 3,4 km hike we had several critical moments to solve problems like what to do when your feet are wet, how to build a bridge over the stream, how to work all together as a team, how to share your last lunch sandwich with your team-mates, what was a cause for the death of a wild boar who`s skeleton we found…
As adventure education is an active process, on that great day we learned a lot about nature and life at outdoor through adventures.
Wednesday, May 14, twenty middle-class of our students accompanied by their teachers, parents and grandparents had a fresh experience at the “Chocolate Museum” in Breaza (40 km North from Ploiesti). For the first time they entered the wonderful chocolate world, where they painted a black chocolate tablet with a special brush and learned a lot about the history and chocolate production. Because of the rainy weather, at the end of the activity we made a short picnic outdoors and they enjoyed excited chocolate painted by them.
We spent a lovely spring morning at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center where there was an exhibition dedicated to public sculptures by iconic artist George Zongolopoulos. All the students took part in an educational program by experts and they enjoyed the secrets of these unique metal sculptures. Coming back to school, inspired by our artistic excursion, kids created their personal or team-work arts crafts!
The children explored the natural elements of sky: sun, moon, clouds, rain,
They decorated the ceiling of the classroom with artistic activities.
Every day in the rainbow room the children explore the magic gifts that the sun gives them.
In our garden the trees tell many stories…
The rainbow tree tells colourful things and friendship!
The sun tree tells warm and pleasant things!
The clouds tree tells the beauty of rain, wind and snow!
The night tree tells of the dark… that is not scary!
On Friday the 10th of May 21 children aged 3 to 4 went to a parc owned by a sculptor Noredine FALEK.
First they created with natural elements found in the woods like all artists of land art we took photograph and left all the elements in the nature in order to avoid to destroy it.
Then pupils met the artist who explained them what they can do to create their own « wonderfull garden ». They can use natural elements such as big bark of wood on which they can paint, glu what they want.
They have to chooose shells, feathers, pearls, sands, small pieces of wood… Children were help by parents to glu all the different element.
Children were so happy to experiment the pleasure and difficulties of artistic creation, parents were very pleased to be with them all together in nature.
Then we all had a picnic in nature !
To prepare the exhibition of the closure of our Erasmus + project, on Monday 6th of May, 25 children aged 3-4 had an artistic workshop in the courtyard of the school.
The biological colors were preprared by Karine Bascle a local artist who told pupils what they have to do.
Children have paint the 5 european flags of the schools partners of our project. To help them we had parents who explained how and where to put the right colors.
All children were so happy to paint outside on the trees, at the end of the day they were very excited to explain and show to their parents what they have done !
After several days of rain and cold, the sun came out even on the Day of Europe. Our students, almost 100 children of four groups celebrated in the yard of the kindergarten on freshly mown grass. They made a huge carpet with the flags of the partner countries in our European project, the flag of the European Union and the flag of Romania. Several techniques of work, painting, applications and garments were used. The children were delighted and recognized during the activity, all the European flags.
On the 23th of April Estonia celebrated St.George’s Day, then Estonians make St. George’s Night’s bonfires, organize torchlight processions and special running and orienteering races, to mark the famous uprising of 1343.
Aruküla kindergarten arranged for children a running competition with “torches” too. The kids ran around the kindergarten. At the beginning older children and after younger, all together 165 runners. Teachers helped and encouraged them. Also teddy-bear mascot from local sweet factory visited our outdoor activity.
An event was completed with award ceremony where all the children received a chocolate for the participation.
Luckily there was a sunny and warm day for our outdoor sport event!
Our educational team is very well connected in social media. In Twitter, our project’s memories from our training event in Greece were selected and presented in April 2019 collection of incredible EU-funded Erasmus+ projects.
During this school year we emphasized the importance of farm life. We integrated many subjects and tried to find connections with farm life. Thematic year ended with the whole week before the Easter with different activities connected with farm life. All activities took place at outdoor.
Every group visited local small farm. Children could feed and touch cows, sheeps, gooses, roosters, turkeys, chickens and a pony. Also the farm lady talked about every animal. Children visited stable and saw how these animals can live during the whole winter.
There were different types of real chickens in our kindergarten. Every group visited chickens in our outdoor classroom. Chicken-costumed teachers showed us what they eat and why chickens are important and useful for us. After getting new knowledges we danced chicken dance.
Another day we had rabbits in our outside corner. There were different types of rabibts: for meat, for skin and pets. Rabbit-costumed teachers teached us why people grow rabbits and later we made a special easter ritual to be more healthy next year.
On the last day of this week there was exposition of every group’s craft creation about farm life.
Also we made conclusions about the whole week. Children and teachers were happy and full of positive emotions and new knowledge about animals and inspiring week.
Our training event from 3rd till 5th of April 2019 was published in local news! At local site nou-pou.gr on 10/4/2019
As Easter approaches we started preparing ourselves for Holy Week. A visit to the neighbor church was a perfect idea that became even better with the company of grandparents of our students. They were perfect volunteers and kids were totally proud having their grandparents in our school team. We all walked carefully to the church where the priest talked to us for Christ’s Passion.
After coming back to school, we had time to get prepared for the “Easter candle workshop”. For this event it was parents’ turn to participate. We arranged all the ornaments in a …buffet in our schoolyard and when parents arrived, we begun creating with them! 60 Easter candles got decorated and also 60 smiles were shining under the flourished trees of our school garden!
This was the first time that we received a visit from gentle Carousel miniature horses in our school. Two therapeutic miniature horses arrived at school accompanied by their patrons who explained to us the way that these horses make people who suffer feel better. They also taught us how to take care of them. At the end the Carousel miniature horses stood as models so that kids could draw them!
On the 11th of April, 26 pupils aged 5 years old went to the park near our school to create with a local artist Karine Bascle. They could experience the feeling of being an artist for few hours by painting in a real studio. The class was divided in two. One group painted large pieces of cloth to create huge snail. Once the snail is finished it will decorate our playground for our school open gates.
The other group went into the park to collect natural elements to create land art.
Our European partners visited also the Primary school – Dimotiko – of Vouliagmeni where Mrs Sofia Kakatsi, Mrs Tina Karaleka and the headteacher of the school Mrs Alexandra Stathopoulou organized a cheerful welcome in their school, where they presented us their European project “Students against violence in Europe”. It was a great exchange of European projects and ideas!
Our European partners had the chance to see another school of the municipality of Vari- Voula-Vouliagmeni : 1st Nipiagogeio Varis an eco school where Mrs Ioanna Antipati welcomed them in their lemon- tree garden and played all together with her students a traditional Greek game. At the end a beautiful present was given to every teacher… a bouquet of herbs!
This was our first time for our school team to draw with food ingredients. Marmalade, chocolate spread, mustard and beetroot gave us their colors and kids used their fantasy to create beautiful pieces of art. Their parents were welcome in our outdoor exhibition. Wonderful drawings were hung in our Erasmus+ corner.
Our Erasmus + program impelled us to exchange good practices with other schools and so we did. We arranged a visit to 1st Dimotiko Sxoleio Voulas where we “realized” a sightseeing tour to Greek islands together with the students of 5th grade and their teacher Mrs Christina Anastasaki. They presented their power point project and we narrated the story of Icarus who flew from Crete by wearing wings. We all felt much more connected after this experience.
What a unique combination…Our European partners, our students, few of their mothers, and us admired, under the clear sky on the Astir beach, some Greek ancient myths from the theatrical company “Eleftheri theatriki spoudi”. The scenery was splendid: The ancient temple of Apollonos Zostiros from 6th century BC…Our spirit travelled to the past, our soul rested by the sea. This was an excellent experience for all of us!
Our dear partners from Estonia, France, Italy and Romania are finally here and we were all very happy to welcome them in our schoolyard! We had prepared a celebration full of songs, European words and the animation of the Greek mythos of Daedalus and Icarus through our giant hand made book. Few parents came to this celebration offering traditional sweets to our European group and applauding this precious collaboration. Later in that evening our training event took place in our school where 50 teachers from other schools came to learn different educational techniques from our partners. Mrs Feggerou, our Pedagogical Consultant, Mrs Vorylla, the coordinator of Environmental Education Programs of Eastern Attica and Mrs Karayianni the coordinator of English lesson practices had supported the event with their presentations about Erasmus+ . All the participants received pencils and note sheets with the Erasmus+ logo!
On Wednesday, March 27th, our kindergarten carried out an outdoor activity at Erasmus+ corner. At this activity participated 30 children of 5-6 years-old who played with enthusiasm, roles from a play inspired by a traditional Romanian story called, THE THREE GOAT’S KID” that has an educational value for the children. The story tells of a spoiled baby goat by three goats: mother, aunt and grandmother without whom he refuses to dress, eat and sleep alone.
The students have creatively illustrated the content of the story in a great book they made with fine artwork. In making the book they used various techniques: decorative drawing, painting, applications and clothing.
This spring 8 groups, all together about 150 children, of our kindergarten had a very fun day at the ZOO. The largest zoo in Estonia is in Tallinn and it’s almost 80 years old. Tallinn zoo holds the best collection of mountain goats and sheep in the world. There are outstanding number of eagles and vultures and a remarkable collection of owl and crane species.
We had a thematic tour about owls, polar bears and domestic animals, but after that we watched the other animals too. Children listened to the guide and they were very interested of that. At the end of our tour children played a game with the guide and reminded what they learned.
We had a sunny weather outside and children was learning outside the classroom!
In a wonderful spring day we tried to capture the beauty of blossom trees by observing them through mirrors … Our garden was covered from little pink flowers from our favorite tree “koutsoupia” and kids loved so much the setting, that they have just sat and drawn it. What a marvelous exposition!
On Thursday 21rst of March 24 pupils aged 4 to 5 went to our children’s library located near a park. To reach the library they had to walk. Then assistant, mothers and teacher read books on different subjects. Then pupils could look by themselves.
Its always a great experience to visit library with other pupils and teachers. A lot of them go regularly with their family but with friend its another experience.
On the way back to school, they spend some time playing in a ground in the park closed to our school.
They could run, play all together or rest !! they just enjoy the pleasure to be outside moving in nature and the first sun of spring !!
We are glad to present you our activities of the last week.
First of all, Thursday, March 21rst our kindergarten organized a methodical action in the presence of teachers who work with four years old children in some of kindergartens from our city Ploiesti.
At this action were invited and participated 30 teachers and 20 parents of children from two of our classrooms: BUTTERFLIES and STRUMFS.
Our teacher presented two methodical activities: one of them was Mathematics called, Where did fly the butterfly? and it was carried out at the our outdoor ERASMUS CORNER; the other one, was a dance called Spring waltz with the children wearing very specific suits.
Finally, the teachers prepared a power-point presentation about all outdoor activities carried out in this 2 years while we were involved in our international project.
This activity was an opportunity to disseminate our pedagogical experience presenting the types of teaching activities that can take place outdoor, in a specially designed educational space.
Secondly, on Friday March 22, we participated for the second time at the national contest Made for Europe, county level, organized by the School Inspectorate of Prahova County, in the Europa Hall of the Prahova County Council with the participation of all the schools involved in the European projects from Prahova County.
It was a new opportunity to promote our project, dear european partners. Our team has used several promotional materials: roll up, fliers, and albums with photos from the activities that took place throughout the project.
The participants were very interested in our project and remarked that we are the only kindergarten in the county that participated in this event, congratulated us for the results obtained.
On Friday 22 of March the class of 4 to 5 years old pupils prepared their mobile herbs garden. They learn how to plant seeds and all the vocabulary and verbs of gardening
Outside their classroom, in the playground of the school, children put mould in small potted pot then they made a small hold with their finger, where they put seeds of aromatic herbs such as : parsley, basil, coriander, chives, thyme… Finally they water pots and they have to wait and watch seeds growing. To recognize their pot pupils wrote their name on a small piece of wood.
Pupils were very happy and proud to plant they own pot.
To celebrate the coming of spring on 21 of March, 30 pupils aged 6 planted bulbs in our pedagogical garden. After a long dry winter the soil was very hard and it was quite difficult for them to dig but they were very pleased to work outside and plant bulbs to decorate their playground.
Meanwhile in our Erasmus corner, a group of pupils drew bulbs and different gardening tools by observing them.
On the 21st of March our teachers performed a traditional fairy tale about the cat who forgot how to say “meow”. Performance took place in the yard. There were a sad kitten who forgot how to ask for food. The kitten met farm animals on her way and they all taught the kitten how to do their voices to ask for milk. Children got knowledge, how farm animals are useful for people and what products we get from them. Finally the kitten met her mother and the kitten could say “meow” to ask for food again.
After watching performance all kindergarten barbecued sausages on the bonfire. It was first time we used our brand new fireplace bought with Erasmus+ support. Students really enjoyed outdoor activity and now we are waiting when the snow is finally melted and flowers will be blooming… Spring is finally arriving to Estonia.
Celebrating carnival brings always a joyful atmosphere to our school. We really enjoyed playing traditional games from different origins in the schoolyard, presenting morals and customs from various places and tasting delicious ‘tzoulamas’ a cretan speciality with rice, sugar and milk that a sweet mom cooked for al l of our students!
On Thursday 21rst of February 2019 we went together with our students by city line bus to the Art Gallery of our town – Galleria d’Arte Moderna – where they participated in an educational workshop about light and shadow! All the experience … the transfer, the visit in the art gallery and the workshop … was fascinating for all!
It was a brilliant sunny day full of joy, songs and traditional music outdoors, celebrating “Tsiknopempti”. This is the day where we feast on charcoal grilled meat ahead of the lent fasting period leading up to Easter! Delegates from the Parents’ association and from the municipality of VVV came and participated in our festivities!
On the third of March a group of teachers from Aruküla Kindergarten was participating on popular “President’s hike”, in which Kersti Kaljulaid, President of Estonia, also took part.
The “President’s hiking trail” is a 7 km-long trail that starts in Aegviidu. The trail was named after former presidents of Estonia Arnold Rüütel, who came here often and graduated Jäneda School. The hike has taken place 16 times and about 2000 hikers was participating this time. At the end of the trip, a warm soup and a band was waiting for everyone in Jäneda.
We arrived to Aegviidu by train with our president and we were lucky to get her on the photo with our team. Lady in the middle with blue jacket and black hat is the President of Estonia.
It was a happy day full of motivation for healthy life style.
It’s a fact that children love very much, animals. That’s why in the last few weeks, in our kindergarten we studied along kids more about animals. Thursday, February 21, two medium- sized groups went out to the Erasmus corner for making an evaluation of the thematic project “In the wonderful world of animals”. The kids expressed their joy by playing, singing and exposing their work.
“The Smurfs” group carried out a craft activity in which they realized bear masks. So they became little “Dancing bears” for one day.
“The Butterflies” group realized a didactic activity named “The animals’ farm” in which they made lots of animals from grandma’s yard with shelter, food for the animals and for their babies. All teaching materials have been made of materials gathered from nature and also recyclable materials.
Also the youngest came, the “Dwarves” group came out enthusiastically in the yard of the kindergarten. We sang, we played and we laughed in the mild sun rays of a beautiful day at the end of February. This week, the children from the small group learned new and interesting information about changes and processes that occur in nature at the end of winter. So, they enjoyed the opportunity of discovering new colours, smells and textures in the middle of nature. We took outside paper and cardboard which the little ones used in order to create colourful flowers and butterflies. The children were very interested in exploring and discovering details from nature and participated with all their hearts at our activities. Dreaming at the most vitalizing season of all (spring) we gathered afterwards in our classroom in order to share with the others our thoughts and impressions and to play a cheerful motion game.
With few weeks in advance on the spring we experienced very sunny and warm days .We couldn’t resist to spend more time outside and to continue to teach or just enjoy being outside !
For example glass of water outside, listening a story read by a teacher, show of their carnival mask for the youngest !
The „Pinocchio” group has carried out Wednesday , February 20, an ecological activity, in the framework of the Erasmus Project, with the theme “We take care of our yard” . Activity with our group preschoolers took place in the yard of the kindergarten, where children practiced the practical household skills specific to the spring season. Therefore, children have cleaned up the green space using specific tools ( broom, dustpan, rake, house bags ), have prepared little houses for the arrival of the birds and enjoyed the fresh air.
During the freezing days pupils had the chance to experiment the pleasure to see frost. Some part of our playground was very frosted therefore children were not allowed to walk or run on ice because it could be dangerous so guided by a teacher they made ephemeral land art. The result had last just few hours but children were happy to put their hands on the icy outdoor carpet !
On Friday 18th of January by a very cold morning, 30 pupils aged 3 to 6 went to the cultural center located in a lovely park closed to our school.
There Children have seen the mantle and the basket containing the butter and the biscuit of the « Little Riding wood », the ginger bread ‘s house of Hansel and Gretel, the cauldron with the magic soup of the witch « Cornebidouille », the pumpkins of Cinderella, The giant green bean of Jack.
Their teacher read the two fairy tales : « Hansel and Gretel » and « the Little Riding Wood » !
Then all the pupils explored the different sounds and noises of the park.
Is space interesting for the kids? Do they like pretend to be astronauts? Are they fascinated by extraterrestrial creatures? Would they love to get in a rocket and fly to the moon?
Yes, Yes, Yes! All these are really very attractive for young students and impelled us to dedicate few days in “SPACE” realizing different activities: we observed the shining sun by the telescope that a parent of a student carried to school, we got dressed as an astronaut, we created a big alien head with 11 eyes and we decorated “crowns” with rockets and funny eyes and antennas!
On the 14’th of February we celebrated Valentine’s day with dance party in the morning. The teachers talked stories about friendship and then all kids and teachers danced together. It was fun!
What a pleasure to see the spinach in our schools’ garden growing. What a pleasure to have a great vegan cooker in our schools’ parent-group. She was willing to prepare a spinach pie and bring it at our Erasmus+ corner so that all the kids could get a bio tasty bite of it! We all enjoyed this nibble of homemade pie under the sunny Athenian sky very much. …Even those who dislike vegetarian tastes…
A lot of actions are taking place around Europe every year to celebrate European 112 Day on 11th of February. Under the leading of Estonian Rescue Board every year there is a photo contest “From snow to snow” for kindergartens.
Several groups from Aruküla Kindergarten created European Emergency Number by using snow, colours, handy outdoor materials and creativity. Photos of our masterpieces we uploaded to FB-page of Estonian Rescue Board.
It was lovely experience to use snow for something more than just to have fun. Number 112 can save your life and every child participated in this project knows now it well.
When our school- team arrived at “Archelon”, the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece, sea turtles were accepting care from volunteers. We were lucky to see young people from all over the world feed and nurse injured and sick sea turtles in a gentle and calm way. It was a perfect way for our students to raise their awareness for animals and also adopt environmental consciousness. Returning to school we found different artistic ways to create our own baby sea turtles telling “Thank you” to the volunteers, writing their name “Careta-Careta” and walking by the sea in a small group!
As we are members of a great European group we thought that it would be interesting for our students to travel –using their fantasy- to our Erasmus+ partners’ countries. The mother of a pupil, who is an air hostess, organized a simulation of a flight at school! She showed us all the tips of a safe way to travel by plane: using belts, sitting in calmness, having emergency reactions… All the kids were enthusiastic with their air-experience.
Returning to the classroom after our flight we had another surprise: another mother volunteer had prepared for us airplanes made by tissue and she came to our school to show us how to paint them. All the pupils left school having a tiny colorful airplane hung from their fingers… Dear passengers, enjoy your flight!
It was a precious gift for our school to receive greetings cards from our European friends. Our pupils were excited to observe the postcards, the stamps and the written texts. We were proud to decorate the classrooms having them hung from colourful ribbons! We were very happy also to exchange calendars for the new year with our partners! Wishes and special cake in our outdoor Erasmus+ corner for a sweet 2019!
On Wednesday 23rd of January 2019 30 of our children, their teachers and members of the ERASMUS + project team met with the children of Greece and Estonia and their teachers. For the children of Greece, our students performed with great joy two songs in English, using musical instruments made by them from recyclable materials: „If you are happy” and „One little finger”. The children of Estonia presented us traditional songs and dances, dressed in traditional Estonian costumes. It was a unique, special experience, our children interacted virtually via Skype with the children of Greece and Estonia and enjoyed a lot.
On 1rst of February 2019 our project was presented in local site www.3vita.gr specifically an article with title “1 Nipiagogeio Voulas: Learning and art creation in the nature”
presented an artistic aspect of our outdoor activities with students.
Estonia is covered with thick snow. Children are very happy and enjoy every minute being outside. They make snowmans, snowhauses, snowballs, carrying ice plates and sledding. Teachers also use our wonderful weather conditions for teaching different subjects. We do maths: comparing and counting through the experiments and experience. Also we investigate ice, snow, water and snowflakes – connectings between different weather conditions. Winter is a great time for outdoor education!
Volcanoes are always a very appealing subject for the kids. That was the reason for us to realize a visit to “Eugenides Foundation” where an exhibition about Petrified Forest, geoparks of Greece and Cyprus with significant geological heritage under the title “Mnimes Gaias” was carried out. We had the opportunity to see and touch many different pieces of volcanic rocks and hear about their story from the guide of the exhibition. Kids liked the issue this much, that we also invited a specialist to our school. Mr. Tzitziras , grandfather of a student, Dr Mechanic Geologist accepted our invitation and brought a decent part of his private collection of solid rocks to our school team! What a pleasure! Our students were happy to learn more about them and enthusiastic to create their own ones!
On January 17, 2019 at the invitation of the pre-school inspector of the Prahova County Inspectorate we carried out methodical activities of continuous training at the Prahova Teaching Staff House where we promoted our European project “ Learning outside the classroom in the European nature “ through a power point presentation with all outdoor activities as well as their results. It was a great opportunity for us to share with 45 preschool teachers our results and our progress in learning outside the classroom developed by this European project. The teachers were very interested to see outdoor activity with different themes and locations.
Our flourished “vokamvilia” (a typical Greek plant) outside the main entrance of our school inspired us to create another one inside the school! We followed a long procedure working in small groups in order to pass from one step to the other. We began from cutting small colorful paper into pieces, then we spread them in a plastic surface, we put white glue on the top of them and then we waited for our craft to get dried. The day after, our indoor handmade vokamvilia was ready to get rid of the plastic surface and decorate the window above the entrance!
30 pupils aged 5 years old have decorated all the pages of the calendars with graphic design. Photographs were taken from different outside places where pupils can learn around Marly le Roi. They also learned how to write « BONNE ANNEE » in the different languages of the partners of the project.
Then we went to the post office to buy stamps for Europe. They were very proud to send the calendars to the « teachers who don’t speak french ! »
The first grade students of Don Minzoni primary school together with the lady representative of Infoambiente the regional institution for the environment, and Mr Maccioppi the person responsible for the environment from our Municipality took place in an official and beautiful celebration for trees in our schoolyard. We celebrated “Festa degli Alberi” … the Day of Trees on 21rst of November. We planted a tree, that we named Erasmus and we feel as a green brother!
Christmas time is the most important holiday celebrated in Estonia. The guest of honor in Christmas tradition is of course the Christmas tree. Trees were decorated in homes, schools and kindergartens, on public areas, in the parks and gardens.As Christmas tree is the most inspirational object in children drawings, paintings and handicrafts in December, we decided to make a calendar on this particular topic. Aruküla`s biggest and most important Christmas tree is growing behind the board of local municipality. With our students we take walks to the tree to observe it .We also have Christmas tree growing in Aruküla kindergarten. It`s decorated with Christmas lights and woolen elves made by children. Children just love the tree. The most famous Christmas tree in Estonia stands on Town Hall Square in Tallinn, in the middle of the magical Christmas Market. In December 2018 Tallinn was awarded the title of Best Christmas Market in Europe!
Before the winter vacation children, parents and teachers made a team work for the Outdoor education calendar with the most characteristic outdoor cultural education sites of the county’s cultural heritage. It was a new opportunity for them to be next to us working together and the children were very happy and interested. The students’ parents photographed all the places where we had the outdoor activities and after that some of pictures were chosen for each month of the next year 2019 .The children were excited to decorate each frame with specific elements to every season. After a lot of work and fun we managed to have six calendars for each class of the kindergarten. Furthermore, each group will personalize their calendar according to the outdoor activities they will participate in 2019.
5 years old pupils were very happy and proud to discover the postcards received from Piacenza !!
Their teacher translated them and they could admire the different places of the city : churches, statue, squares…
It was very interesting because they started to learn some words in English last year and they can remember it !!!
It will be useful for the next Skype session in January.
The postcards has been read in the classroom then in our Erasmus corner !!
On Thursday, December 6th 2018, 30 children from the big group “Piticot” performed a math activity outdoor where they made gatherings and decreases using natural materials like : pine cones, nuts, chestnuts. Their teachers made a numerical scale with the help of children. All the materials used in the mathematical activity turned into Christmas ornaments with which we decorated the pine from the yard of the kindergarten. The children were very happy because Santa Claus can see by far the pine decorated and so he will find our kindergarten easier to bring them gifts.
After the meeting we had with a local newspaper reporter at our school, an article has been published on ” LIBERTA’ “, our local daily newspaper, to talk about our outdoor activities and our wonderful Erasmus Project ” LEARNING OUTside the classroom IN the EUROPEan nature”.
We have built 4 birdhouses, with recycled material ( plastic bottles…) and natural materials ( leaves, sticks, topsoil…)
Besurica preprimary school also had joined the Project ” ORTO IN CONDOTTA”, in collaboration with SLOW FOOD, International organization that promotes natural food, traditional cooking and livestock characteristic of the local ecosystem, participating in a competition organized by this Association. We were very happy to participate!
On 1rst of December this year, we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the major political event of 1918: the completion of the Romanian national state, made by the union of the Romanian provinces with Romania. On this occasion, 50 students from our kindergarten, (5-6 years old) had a joint activity with 30 students (7-8 years old) from “Nicolae Balcescu” Secondary School. As part of this activity, the children made the map of the country by collage, decorated popular costumes, and with their songs and dances they expressed the joy of being Romanian.
On the 27th of November we visited our woolhouse – cafeteria. It is founded by our local artist Maia Raudkivi who loves specially reusable and natural materials to work with. Main materials are clay, wool and wood. Children made woolen Elfs. Now we know where wool comes from and how it can be red or green. We wraped model to the wool and wash it with soap and warm water. We had to rub the wool very well and gently then it came tight enough. When they got dry we put them noses, mustaches and beards. It was very interesting day in our local woolhouse with the eco artist. Now we have a lot of woolen elves decorating our Christmas tree.
On November 23rd 2018, we had a wonderful day. A group of 29 children, 13 parents and 4 teachers went on a very interesting trip organized by our kindergarten, to the pottery school, “Lut Ars” from Piscu, a small village situated at 45 km from our town, Ploiesti.
Our hosts, Virgil Scripcariu sculptor, one of the most promising contemporary Romanian Sculptors, with exhibitions both in the country and abroad such as countrys like Great Britain, Belgium, Israel, Japan, and so on and his wife, Adriana Scripcariu, expert in art history, have prepared a special learning experience.
First of all, they made a brief introduction to pottery history, an ancient Romanian tradition. Second, they explained us how clay pots were made and how were used in Romanian kitchens many times ago. After that all the children each, received a clay pot which they painted using symbols of nature and they also experienced the technique of making clay pots at the potter’s wheel under the guidance of a potter worker.
The parents and the teachers painted alongside the children, and the final products/ results were almost spectacular. Our students were very pleased and proud about their new skills and also about the result of their efforts. All the pots that they painted will be exposed in the kindergarten at the corner dedicated to the National Day of Romania, celebrated on First of December!
With every chance we prefer to organize outdoor maths lessons in our yard. One day we created a path with a repeating pattern 2 pines 1 signal (pine needle signal that each child created and interpreted differently its own, for example: pine attention in front, attention animal’s nest etc.).
As the motifs strengthen children’s visual memory, we created this particular path to the pine tree of our garden and then we walked it. At the end the students were asked to put it on paper.
Another maths activity connected with our pine tree… we wrote the number 1 using pine needles.
We also organize matching, sorting or pairing activities with coloured paper crafts, or other type of motif with 3 turtle crafts and one plastic bottle cap. Kids really love these math lessons outside the classroom!
On 12th of November, 23 pupils aged 2 ½ and 3 years old went to the park Jean Vitold close to our school. They gathered pine cones, pieces of wood, feathers, moss, leaves, branches… It was the very first time we all went outside therefore many parents came with us to look after children and enjoy the time spend together.
First of all they experienced to look at the park. They looked with frames to isolate few elements such as leaves, moss… they had look with magnifient glasses and mirrors to enlarge their own view.
When they went back to school they organized the natural elements in order to create an artistic personal creation.
Like land art we wanted to have memories of these ephemeral creations so we took photographs in order to organize an exhibition in our kiosque.
On day we shall tell the “Red Riding Hood” Story at kids of nursery near our school … Here how are getting ready!
Our garden is our set: we are good actors! (photo story)
With the robot: how many steps will the wolf made to eat the Red Riding Hood?
The labyrinth in the wood
We drew the story and we made a plastic
The story’s box: into there are the clothes to disguise
It was a great pleasure for all of us at school to make Christmas decorative crafts inspired by the mother of a student. She proposed the idea to make Christmas ornaments by using pine cones and she has also offered to work with all of our students! She brought all the necessary material and we all enjoyed creating shiny crafts in our Erasmus+ Corner!
Making paper was an awesome experience! All the students and the teachers had the chance to follow the whole procedure of tranforming used sheets of paper to new ones! The activity was led by the artist Giannis Papadopoulos -a well known painter and sculptor- specialising in making paper and creating art with it. Parents were able to watch our recycled paper drying and they were enthousiastic with their kids’ creations.
The 17th of November is the National celebration of Democracy and for that reason we prepared a special decoration in our Erasmus+ corner. Kids painted a big wall paper using the most happy colors and …words of a famous song. They also made few pieces of art combining various tools such as oil pastels, markers and pencils. Our pupils enjoy living in a democratic country
We had an amazing experience this morning at school working with Elena Giuliani, expert of ancient art with natural materials! She is the president of the cooperative ARCHEOTRAVO which is an Archaeological Parc of Travo -open air Museum- near our school and she wrote a short text about this special installation of Land Art.
The reduced forest
Land art experience for installation in the school garden
– Birth, social motivation and conceptuality of Land art; meaning and places of land art; symbols and meanings
– The concept of nature in Prehistory; art and ritual for the Earth in Prehistory; the Paleolithic “Venuses”; natural materials for art
– Landscape as a canvas of art:
a) the work created on and in the place with the materials it offers, adapting the technique to the materials available
b) inclusion in the natural place of conceptual forms, creations that for purposes must return to the state of nature that generated them, following the life cycle foreseen for all the elements (caducity and non-permanence of the work of art)
Branches of recovery from a plant destroyed by intense atmospheric events, destined for disposal, which are reused by the pupils. The colors, recalling the colors of the natural elements, cover the stems of the trees of the Forest. The definition of a graphic symbol will be the plan on the garden level where the reduced trees will be installed. The choice of the symbol will take place by voting within the class group.
We are very happy to announce you the installation of our outside Erasmus+ corner !
On 5th of November, 23 students aged 2 1/2 and 3 years old were proud to be the first ones to use it!
They were very happy to stay outside and listen to the instructions for the activities outside. Our outside corner is large enough to welcome one class later they will draw, listen to stories and even organize art exhibitions and all sort of outdoor activities.
On 5th of November 23 pupils aged 2 ½ and 3 years old explored our court yard with magnifying glasses and insects box. They try to find « gendarmes » but as autumn is all ready there, most of the insects were hidden in their house. They started to hibernate.
The door of their house has been open by our assistant to reveal to the pupils a comfortable nest made with dead earwigs, feathers, earth all sort of things necessary for the gendarmes for a long winter.
Pupils were very interested in this activity.
Our love for animals moved us to borrow the museum kit “Painting an animal” from the “Museum of Greek Children’s Art”. Our daily program was enriched with pieces of art and kids were happy to approach the animal kingdom with different ways. We even installed an outdoor museum in our Erasmus+ corner with free etrance to … parents!
The museum kit gave us also a perfect chance to meet our friends in the 1o Primary School Voulas . We arranged an appointment with our colleagues of the 1st grade , Spyridoula Kiskira and Gogo Riga and we visited their schoolyard . All the kids were happy to look at the different paintings and to play games inspired by various animals. We spent a joyful morning travelling with our precious museum kit!
This year all week before Father`s Day on 11th of November we celebrated it in our kindergarten. Some groups made celebration like a concert, some groups took a trip to the museum with fathers, one group made event like a yoga training. Erasmus+ groups decided get more attention to outdoor education and we made the evening adventurous with sports-games and various tasks for children and their dads on huge territory around kindergarten. Later we had a picnic with snacks made by children. One group baked pancakes straight in the cold November rain. It was an evening full of excitement, great team-work between fathers and children and adventurous outdoor experience. Teachers were happy for fine partnership with parents.
From September to November parents and grandparents helped 40 middle-class kindergarten children and 30 large group children made musical instruments from recyclable materials and material from nature: drums in metal or cartoons, balloons and yarns of elastic, trumpets from cartoon tubes, plastic glasses, coloured wire and buttons, shoe box guitars, elastic yarns and coloured paper, plastic boxes filled with rice, clipped between two plastic spoons.
Blessed and proud of what they did, they went out into the yard of the kindergarten and held a real concert to complete the musical collection.
An article issued in the last Marly le Roi’s local magazine (October 2018) relating the visit of the european teachers to our school last June during which they went around the different classrooms, observed the artistic work in progress and saw the pupils at work.
During the visit, the pupils have introduced themselves and sang in english and finally, during a diner party in the school yard, all the french teachers and the european partners had exchange their different views on pedagogical and personnal matters.
On Friday 2nd of November 2018 we had the honor and the joy to welcome at our school the artist Martha Dimitropoulou. With studies in Athens School of Fine Arts, in London Royal College of Art and in Fine Arts of University of East London, and also with many honors and awards in solo shows and group exhibitions in Greece and abroad, she is a visual artist who uses the pine needle as a unit repeated with the same steadiness with which one would choose to make a sculpture of clay or plaster. She shared with us her love about pine needles, material which is neglected by nature, and organized with us and our students a unique workshop! We created castles of pine needles, inspired by the cheerful sand castles that kids make by the sea, combined at the end in a final sculpture, a synthesis of all the small ones, named “The Castle of our Fantasy!” Thank you dear Martha Dimitropoulou for this beautiful day!
In autumn in our playground we have plenty of dead leaves. Pupils like to play with them, but we wanted to give them a second life and teach the children how to take care of their environment.
Some teachers have compost bin in their own building and pupils were very excited to pick up the dried leaves and put them into a bag. Many of them were active helping the teachers.
Meanwhile, they could hear the sounds of the crispy dried leaves and the strong smell of the leaves. Children were very active and they collected more than 4 bags of leaves. Then the leaves were put on a special side waiting to be added to organic’s waste.
In October, 26 pupils aged 5 years old had a bingo game on letters outside the classroom. The teacher gave the name of a letter and pupils had to find it on a small board. They could experiment the pleasure to learn outside in the sun. Their teacher noticed they were quieter and more concentrated on their activity.
As we keep on studying animals with endless enthusiasm we decided to create few arts and crafts using different materials. Cartons, oil crayons, play-doh, colourful wires and pine cones from the pine tree of our garden have been transformed into hedgehogs and cute little mice. Look at them : they love our school and our Erasmus+ program!
On Thursday 18th of October the teachers Maria Cristina Cella and Elena Vermi together with their pupils of Besurica Preprimary school went to Don Minzoni Primary school to meet the pupils of 3rd grade and their teacher Barbara Ferrari, in order to make in common a series of activities in the outdoors according to our Erasmus+ project. Before that we had worked about the parts of tree and we had also read “The very hungry caterpillar” (Eric Carle), because the pupils like to search in the garden for little bugs. During our walk we have collected as usual a lot of materials for studying later in the classroom.
Another mother volunteer came to our school to teach the kids how to make a tasty and healthy sweet using seasonal fruits. The whole procedure took place under the sky where junior chefs got involved in every step: they washed the fruits, they carried all the tools, they cut fruits into small pieces, they smashed ingredients to prepare a crunchy dough and of course they ate all that tasty “fruit soufflé”! Congratulations dear mom; you became a great Erasmus+ volunteer!
Estonia is a rich of big rocks called boulders. Estonian boulders have been formed and moved into Estonia by glacial action during previous ice ages. Boulder are protected by the law. In Aruküla near to the Kindergarten stays Estonian sixth stone on the ground. Circumference 35,2 m and height 6,2 m.
We visited our famous stone with children. We said hello to the stone and felt its texture and temperature with cheeks and hands. We drew its pattern to the paper. We visited that place in the morning and we did some physical exercises there. Also we made some music by knocking smaller stones to the boulder and sang some songs.
We also noticed some moss and lichens growing on the stone. We explored them and the texture of stone with loupes. We discussed differences between moss and lichen and noticed that moss are growing only on the north side of the stone. Also we noticed that there were different small minerals on the boulder.
A sunny autumn day gave us the perfect light and temperature to walk around and discover the flora of our land. We learnt the names of the bushes, the trees and the flowers, we touched them, we smelt them and of course we brought some of them to decorate our classroom. We couldn’t resist painting using few of them as brushes!
What a pleasure to have creative parents at school! Once again they were willing to decorate a piece of our school .We were all surprised at the wonderful result of their team work. They created a beautiful apple tree, an expansion of our garden on the walls of the building of our school! Congratulations dear volunteers!
Friday, on 18 October we visited the County Museum of Natural Sciences, and Botanical Garden.
The trip took place on the Ploiesti and Bucov Park, with a group of 18 students 4 years old, accompanied by 18 parents, 4 teachers and a nurse. We learned many things about the flora and fauna from our region.
First of all, at the Museum of Natural Sciences, we had a lesson with a specialized professor, museum designer “Animals Protected by Our County” and we learned about animal and birds as the otter, fox, squirrel, deer, the owl and the bat. It was a very interesting experience and our host teacher answered to all the children’s questions.
Secondly, we went to the Botanical Garden from Bucov Park. There, we admired and explored different species of trees. Trees that lose their autumn leaves like, shallow, lime, chestnut, poplar, oak and also coniferous as spruce, pine, fir, with green leaves all year round.
At Botanical Garden we created through colour leaves a lot of objects as butterflies, sun and flowers and after this all of us together teachers, children and parents realized an exhibition on the green grass down.
The weather was very beautiful and at the end we enjoyed a healthy picnic with our parents and children.
Looking at the school yard we were surprised by the insects strolling around. Kids had high interest in their way of moving-eating-leaving. A baby turtle was a fabulous opportunity to reach animals’ world! We created turtles by egg cups and we offered her …company. We took them outside ,we prepared a house and we organised a “Turtle-lending service”. Each pupil who took care of the turtle at home was pride to accept a “Turtle medal of animal friendly attitude”. Kids liked also to paint their preferable animal and create 3 dimensional frames. Our animal interest also inspired us to establish an animal museum in the class where parents made a visit!
On Friday the 12th of October we opened the doors of our school to our dear families of our students. They came to help us preparing the soil of our vegetable garden together with the students. Then we presented a theatrical play based on the famous Aesop’s myth ” The wind and the sun” with the significant message that the goodness wins the violence…
On 12th of October, 30 children aged 5 years old expressed they happiness and pride to be involved in an Erasmus + programme.
With their teacher Caroline, they drawn their portrait with black pen on painted paper. The paper was painted with the color of autumn. Finally they went outside at the garden in front of their class to have a photo souvenir of the day.
Early in the afternoon few of some of them prepared the cover of the CD’s box. They had drawn flags and children working and learning outside.
Their smiling faces, the beautiful colors and the warm sun of early October made the afternoon very successful!!!
At the end of September, 30 pupils aged 5 spent a full day in a forest near Rambouillet (Yvelynes). They explore the deep forest and the flora, huge trees (oak, chestnut …) and they even could see quite closely deer, eagle and owl flights, flying above their head.
They even try climbing.
They were very happy to spent a day outside ; It was a good learning outside experience and the best way to feel the nature and to experiment the faune and the flora.
Autumn days were a good occasion of joy for our children and teachers. All kindergarten students went out to Erasmus + corner from the kindergarten courtyard, where they did different didactic activities within the thematic project “The Autumn Riches”. First of all, 18 children of four years performed painting by fingerprinting technology, collage with natural materials, using different working techniques and made the “Orange Carpet”. Secondly, 25 children of four years have painted several pictures of autumn fruits, having as a model the natural fruits, they have observed and tasted. Then, 54 children of five years worked with the theme “Autumn Carpet” – they sorted leaves of different shapes, colors, sizes and combined them creatively, enjoying the results. All the work done was then displayed at our Erasmus + Corner.
Erasmus Days + “#Erasmus Days”, which took place in October 12th-13th 2018, was an important event celebrated in our kindergarten by creating an exhibition of all the works made by children during the last week in the outdoor activities at the Erasmus corner from the kindergarten courtyard within the framework of the “Joy of the Autumn” thematic project. The children have learned and interacted in an attractive educational space where they were able to express their curiosity and creativity and the teachers enjoyed the performance of preschool students in turn. The children were excited and happy to do lessons outside the classroom, interacting better in outdoor educational space and achieving better performance in the learning process. On the other hand, the parents enjoyed the results of the children they admired at the exhibitions made by the teachers.
Also, to celebrate Erasmus + Days, at the invitation received from school inspector Aurel Graur from the Prahova County School Inspectorate, we sent an event to promote our Erasmus + project “LEARNING OUTside the classroom in the EUROPEan NATURE “to the link https://info.erasmusplus.fr/ and we also posted information and photos on the international activities site
On the 5th of October we celebrated the Teacher`s Day with concert in kindergarten and with an evening event for teachers organized by local municipality. Our Erasmus+ team, Anu Meelimäe, Tuuli Jürgenson, Karin Kaja, received a praise for the good work with project “LEARNING OUTside the classroom IN the EUROPEan nature”
Beginning of October, 23 children aged from 2 1/2 and 3 years old had their first outside learning session ! They had to find natural elements : sticks, gravel, dead leaves, chestnuts, stones… and they tried to create sounds by shaking, banging them… They were very concentrated and happy to work outside!
As we believe in the holistic pedagogical approach of education, we take care of our health, we take care of our environment and we love learning…we prefer healthy food. So with the help of a mother of one of our students, who is specialist in vegan and gluten free diet, we cooked a very delicious cake with natural ingredients, bananas and raisins. The students loved all the activity and especially the delicious taste of the cake, that we enjoyed outdoors at our Erasmus+ corner of our garden!
During September, thirty 5 years old pupils worked outside in small group to the creation of the CD with natural sounds made with natural and elements from nature. Children searched different sounds using different elements : small bottle of milk full to create the sound of heavy rain, small stone to simulate a storm, sticks, woods, dead leaves…even sheet of paper that make the sound of the wind. They even made a small concert !!
To mark the Day of Education, in the fifth day of October the teachers from our kindergarten together with 50 children from the large 5-6 years old group, went out to the yard at the outdoor ERASMUS+ corner and made 3 posters using different work techniques as painting, drawing and application, as well as natural materials gathered from the kindergarten yard.
Also we can say it was an amazing day for everybody and children were very happy because they worked next their teachers under the gentle sun of Autumn
On the 29th of September we celebrated St. Michael’s day in the kindergarten with 11 groups. All events were held outdoors. In Estonian folklore the meaning of this day is that all the crop and vegetables should be picked up for that day and farmers are getting ready for long cold winter. Our teachers made a thematic perfomance for this day (russian folk tale “Turnip”). Children got some new knowledge about vegetables and how healthy is food made of vegetables.
We also opened an exposition where funny vegetables and sculptures made of vegetables and other natural materials was presented in our outdoor classroom. All masterpieces were made by children and their families. Also we tasted different vegetables. It was a funny and healthy day !
We were very happy to celebrate” the day of scholar athletics” in our school; therefore we first became stronger by eating a freshly made fruit salad and afterwards we realised two different kinds of races: walking and giant steps! All our students took part and all of them gained a hand made ‘gold’ medal for their effort. Let’ s move again!
On 27th of September 170 pupils from 7 classes took part in the event “Clean up the world” cleaning green areas and a park near Don Minzoni school together with LEGAMBIENTE, Italian environmentalist association. This association is connected with 120 countries around the world. It was an excellent activity and a great opportunity to disseminate the aim of our project!
The action was posted on Twitter and Facebook
On Wednesday the 26th 0f September our first parents’ meeting got place in the central hall of our school. Parents were informed about the regulation of the school and the Erasmus program. They were enthusiastic about getting involved in different activities outside in the …European nature and they also look forward to offering a warm welcome to our partners on April 2019! An Erasmus pencil was offered to everyone as a european gift!
On September 20th and 21st, 40 children of 4 years and their teachers attended outside in the kindergarten courtyard and the Erasmus Corner, with attractive teaching activities, enjoying the warm days and natural resources of the kindergarten courtyard: they noticed the chestnut from courtyards, yellowed leaves, picked chestnuts into the baskets and they used for math activity: they counted and matched the corresponding figure, placed at the colored tables at the Erasmus corner. Children also showed joy and interest in the sports games they attended with their teachers.
Friday 21th of September our garden and outdoor classroom were full of music and art activities. We celebrated beginning of autumn with Erasmus+ event.
All 11groups of kindergarten got the opportunity to make some birthday music on instruments from nature. Children created music with stones, with cones, with wooden knobs, with wooden xylophones. All music was recorded and will be shared to our project partners on CD-s.
Also every group got big white bedsheet where they painted with autumn colors by spraying color.
As birthday meal we enjoyed carrot cake and ashberry tea.
It was happy day in Arukyla full of music, art and joy!
As autumn appeared in our school we liked the idea of tasting and also painting autumn fruits. In order to get inspired we first saw few famous paintings . We afterwards brought everything in the outdoors and felt free to make our oun composition of autumn fruits. Our still-life paintings got created and we received congratulations on our pieces of art!
During the first days of the new school year we presented the compost convertor to our new students. At the same time we mixed the ready compost, that was made during the last school year and the vacations, at different corners of our garden. The children observed the dark brown color of the compost and learned that its composition rich in vitamins will help the plants grow up. Now we have to get our compost convertor full of new material!
On the 3rd of September we celebrated beginning of new school year with traditional outdoor activities.
We started with parade around territory of our kindergarten.
Next to main entrance everybody could admire an exhibition of artworks came back from France on subject “Blue like a garden without borders”. After finishing colorful, cheerful and loud walk children got bubble blowers as small presents and some fruits to snack.
We had three trampolines as well to have fun. Children really enjoyed possibility to jump until tiredness.
An art exhibition was opened also for the parents until the evening.
It was great day full of joy and outdoor activities for 174 children.
Aruküla kindergarten courtyard has an insect-gallery since this spring, providing shelter to various insects who have found their way there. The insect hotel was built by children and their teachers. For building were used cones, hay, plants, branches, etc.
The gallery is mostly populated by ants and ladybugs. When children find an insect, they always want to move it to the hotel right away.
We use the hotel to show children how the insects live. To give a better view we use magnifying glass. Children can visit the insect-gallery all year round, to see whether the insects are sleeping or moving around. Visiting the hotel is very interesting for children and always gives them opportunity to discover something new about the insects.
Interesting moment of continuity between the 4-year section of Besurica children’s school and the 3rd grade of the D.Minzoni primary school “en plain air”, in the local park, close to the two schools, where children can exchange impressions, questions … on the outdoor learning activities, experimented in the current academic year, with the Erasmus Plus project LEARNING OUTside THE classroom in the EUROPEAN nature!
On June 2018 Don Minzoni Primary school pupils visited the Park of River Trebbia near Piacenza in order to explore the natural environment. The river Trebbia originates in the Ligurian Apennine, and after crossing the upper and middle Piacentino Apennine it reaches the first hills where the regional River Park begins. There the pupils observed the flora, the animals and the stones on the river banks. It was a great exploration!
On the 2nd of July 2018 45 children aged 3 to 5 went to the park near the school to spend a day outdoor ! They learned outside the classrroom in the nature different sport games, then we all had a pic nic where all the parents were welcomed. Some came just for one hour, some stood with us to spend a very hot day in the refresing park of Marly le Roi in the shadow of huge trees!!!
Everybody children, parents, teachers and assistants were very happy to spend a day outside having a healthy pic nic !
During the months of May and June children learnt the basic traffic rules. They learnt how to cycle on right side of the road, some of the main sign posts important for the safety, and to stop at the traffic light. We used real sign post and real traffics light.
And at the beginning of July they passed an exam to check if they remembered what they have learnt. Those who successfully passed the exam received a diploma depending of their level. They were very proud of it!
On June 15th, the official end date of the school year, the big class “Iepurasii” celebrated their festivity. The event had the following parts:
-dances, where the children wore custom t-shirts with their colleagues’ signatures;
-the fashion parade, where the children showed their beautiful outfits;
-songs and poems about “Good-bye kindergarten”;
-the moment when the children offered flowers to their teachers and to the head teacher;
-the closing ceremony, where children received toques, diplomas, promotional albums, DVDs with photos from kindergarten and books with a short teachers’ message.
On Saturday 23rd of June all the families of the school were invited to come to the open gates. They could visit the exhibition of the works realized by the pupils on the different projects: Erasmus + project, project on the emotions, and our project linked with the statues of the park of Versailles.
During the morning parents, educational adviser and representative of parish council could see the presentation of our Erasmus project on « Learning outside in the nature » and the models of our playground and the park of Marly le Roi. All the children of the school sang and realized a « Flash mob » then parents were invited to join the dance!
This festive morning was followed by a fair! Everyone was very happy to celebrate the end of the school year!
The last day of our school year a mother of one of our students, who is English teacher, together with one of her colleagues teachers visited our school for a special English lesson! They taught our students English songs and played with them games in English with subject colors, saying Hello and Goodbye…
The monkey puppet that they presented was an enthusiastic surprise for the kids!
On Wednesday, 20 June 2018, we organized the Teachers’ Council in our kindergarten with the participation of 16 teachers, where it was a dissemination activity for the Training and Teaching event held in Saint Germain en Laye, France. The two teachers who participated in the event, Mihaela and Ana-Maria, shared their wonderful experiences that lived there during 5-9 June 2018, highlighting the new pedagogical methods learned, oriented towards transdisciplinarity and which we can successfully apply in our future didactic activities.
On Tuesday 12nd of June the older students of 1 Nipiagogeio Voulas who will go to the primary school next September, visited 1rst Primary school of Voula in our neighborhood. The two classes of 1rst grade welcomed us and presented their classrooms and their yard. We offered rucksacks with the logo of our project and we discussed our cooperation. Our students felt very proud and old enough to continue to the next step of education, so our goal for easy transition from preprimary to primary school was achieved.
The visit of Monet gardens in Giverny during our first Training event in France gave to teachers material and inspiration for artistic activities with students. So, with our return back to school the students admired the photos and the books with the art of the impressionist painter Claude Monet, together with all the photos and the material brought from the training event. The students expressed themselves artistically with joy!
During the 1st training event in France, the meeting of dissemination and closure of two others Erasmus + projects coordonated by the association « Paysage et patrimoine sans frontière » took place in Saint Germain en Laye. On Friday the 8th of June a blue carpet was rolled out, artistic concept created by the artist Aline Rutily. The installation of this blue carpet was made with a lot of blue squares created by the association, the partners and friends in relation with the color blue and also partners of our project. It symbolized a blue path created by people in relation with the association.
Meanwhile an exhibition on blue mail art was inaugurated for the closure of another Erasmus + project : Blue like a garden without borders. A contest was organized with several prices.
And the winner is ?… Our partner the Italian Don Minzoni school from Piacenza !!!
Outside again we admired the blue garden created by Aline Rutily…
All the European teachers of our team in front of the beautiful blue garden!
We created with our students 12 blue squares in order to participate in the installation of blue carpet of the European project “Chemins du blue” that was presented during our training event in Saint Germain en Laye France. Our blue squares were made with painting and collage of beautiful images from different Greek islands.
On the 5th of June we celebrated the Environment Day by wearing green t-shirts and doing various activities: we gathered the garbage from the kindergarten yard, we talked about how to save the Environment , we made mock-ups with the message “Save the forest / water and the living creatures”, drawings about a healthy environment , the tree of the good advices and made toys from recyclable materials. The children were very involved.
In May we have long tradition to go for hiking. Very often hiking destinations can be homeyards of our students and we are always welcomed warmly .
This spring we decided to ask parents come with us as one big happy team. Different groups had different quantity of cooperative parents, but breavest of them were with us.
Depending on the age of the children, groups had different trails. Everybody enjoyed good combination of great weather, physical activity and fine company in European nature!
Celebrating the World Environment Day in our schoolyard was a great opportunity for the whole school team to disseminate all our projects, thoughts and concerns about protecting nature. Having as central core “marine litter”‘ we prepared a story where all the kids needed to find a solution to save the life of sea animals against plastic bags . Fish, crabs, plastic bags, doctors, nurses, sea and scuba divers were presented in front of our hand made scenery and of course in front of an enthusiastic audience! All the pupils got a warm applause and a diploma for being a member of our Erasmus+ Team!
From the 6th to the 8th of June 2018 we had our first training event in Saint Germain en Laye France.
The partners participated to an artistic workshop proposed by the artist Aline Rutily from the Association Paysage et patrimoine sans frontière. We created poem and illustrated it on a note book with watercolorable oil pastel and pencils.
Then we went to Versailles to visit the gardens and the parc of the castle of Louis XIV.
The following morning our coordinator Vassiliki Anagnostou presented our Erasmus + project in front of 50 people coming from Portugal, Spain, Italy, Romania and France.
A cruise on the river Seine was a very good way to learn more about the time of impressionnistes painters and the way they lived.
On Friday morning all the partners went to visit the preprimary school Saint Exupéry in Marly le Roi. Children presented themselves in English, they sang songs for the partners.
Then we all had a trip to Giverny to visit the house and gardens of the impressionniste painter Claude Monet.
We ended this first training event in the Blue garden created by the artist Aline Rutily.
“The 100th anniversary of the Great Unification of Romania”
Tuesday, May 29 th 2018, all kindergarten staff- children, teachers and parents, met to celebrate the big historical event of the year 2018 – The 100th Anniversary of the Great Unification of Romania, within the action we prepare every year- “The kindergarten open gates“.
The children worked in collaboration with their parents, under the supervision of the teachers. They prepared some of handmade products about Romania as: flags, maps, mock-up with children silhouettes, souvenirs.
It was a great celebration and everybody enjoy it!
On Monday 28th of May 44 children went to visit the park of Marly le Roi. In this park Louis XIV had his week-ends castle !! The castle was destroyed after the French Revolution.
Children had to found statues, details of statues, they have seen pictures from impressionnists painters.
Then they tried to do like the statues !
Every student prepared his/her artistic poster of our project, on which we glued his face photo under the tree of our logo. So we created personalized posters for every happy student who participates in LEARNING OUTside the classroom IN the EUROPEan nature for all our families! We also added the main priorities of our project at the backside of the poster, in order to diffuse the ideas of our partnership. At the day of our theatrical play with environmental message for our sea, when all the families and friends of our students visited our school, we organized an exhibition of all the beautiful posters. In addition we informed more of 150 visitors of our neighborhood about the progress of the implementation of our Erasmus+ project and we thanked all the parents and grand parents who were happy to participate in many project’s activities!
On the 25th of May 22 children went to Saint Germain en Laye to discover the artistic blue garden created by the artist Aline Rutily. They had a sensorial approach : they could touch and smell the leaves of lavender, they could admire all the bleu flowers. They used mirrors to see the reflects, they used frames to focus on details, they used kaleïdoscopes to multiply the image.
Then with bleu wax chalk and color pencils they draw the flowers the blue garden.
At the end of this morning pupils spent few times in the children’s department of the library where they could see books on flowers, garden…
Last Friday took place our traditional outdoor event – spring day of sport activities.
On 25th May all groups got together in front of main entrance and we started to warm up for sport under guidance of sport-teacher Angelina with cheerful music.
All groups, about 200 children in age 1.5-7years, competed in running 20m or 30m, throwing a sand-bag far as possible, in long jump.
We finished sporty day with small presents to groups, with golden medals made of chocolate to each child and with happy dances.
It was beautiful day full of sunshine and sport for everybody!
A few days ago we sent by post letters – cards of the phrase LEARNING OUT IN NATURE in order to participate in the exposition of art postal with the title ” Bleu comme un jardin sans frontière “, that will be organized next June in Saint Germain en Laye in France during the Training event of our project. On every letter – card are written words translated in all the languages of the project, for example on letter L … we wrote Life, ζωή, viata, elu, vie, vita … Every letter – card is travelling separately as a card postal transferring the message to all the intermediate stations on the route from 1 Nipiagogeio Voulas to France.
Life Expanding Adventure Reality Nature Independence New Game
Out Unique Team
Neighborhood Action Travel Universe Recycling Emotions
The exposition is organized by the artist Aline Rutily from the association Paysage et Patrimoine sans frontière, who is responsible for the Training Event of all the partners.
Last week the children visited an animal farm in the vicinity of Bucharest, where the children met domestic animals and birds, but also some wild animals. They assisted in milking the cow and tossing the ponies. The children were accompanied by their parents and we all together spent a day full of informations and relaxion at the same time.
Vermeer’s “Girl with the Pearl Earring” had fascinated our students and so we decided to make copies of it by using a real model! A student -aged 4- stood still for over 15’ so that her classmates could paint her. When the paintings were dried we transformed them to vases simply by folding the cardboards. At the end we added few flowers from our garden. Fresh and colorful art!
Few days ago we celebrated Mothers Day with a outdoor concert and a picnic for all the families of our kindergarten.
Weather was great and 11 groups, all together around 200 students, gave great perfomances of classical estonian children songs to their parents. The youngest students performed two baby-dances.
After that children congratulated their moms with hand-made gifts and postcards.
All parents and children could enjoy great weather and tasty snacks also made by students.
It was happy day full of music, gratitude to mothers and fine food in good company.
All the children of our school went to visit the glyptotheque in Versailles. Following this visit they created statues, decorated boxes… All the artistic produvtions were presented in an historical place near Versailles.
On 15th of May 25 3 years old children went to an excursion to learn how to plant. They can touch soil, they learn the best way to plant seeds of coriander, sunflowers. For the students it was a great opportunity to see green houses. They went back to school with a lot of pots with seeds, flowers for the mothers and our playground.
After replanting pansy in the garden and around trees, they had to water. They like so much thisactivity that they are able to queue for a long time to wait for the watering can !!
Then one colleague had to weed the garden.
As we are admirers of art and nature, we organised an excursion to the National Glyptotheque which combines great sculptures in peaceful gardens. Accompanied by some mothers-volunteers and a guide, our pupils had the chance to discover, observe and also.. pretend to be different sculptures. A picnic and few games under the trees completed our unique day in the …Athenian Nature!
Our municipality kindly plow the earth around the trees in order to allow pupils to plant seeds of flowers.
On the 11th of May we planted different seeds to make a wild garden » with poppies…
After planting pupils had to water the earth. Of course they were very happy to water the future garden and a bit difficult for the youngest !
As we are having very hot days children watered the vegetable garden during the playtime. They are always very proud to take care of their garden and flowers !
Before our Easter holidays kids of Saint Joseph have participated in an experiential program titled “Herbs and plants” , where they were happy to discover the treasures of nature.
Firstly, we’ve learnt about planting the crops and drying the herbs. Then we cleaned the garden from the wild grass and watered it. After the hard work kids became farmers and fresh vegetables were gathered from the garden and ended in our plates ready to be eaten!! Finally, the most exciting thing was when kids fed the animals of the farm and dyed the eggs that they had previously collected from the chicken!!
Tuesday, on May 8 th, was another great day spent with our students outside the kindergarten. We went to visit the Rescue Station in Ploiesti, where a large medical team of nurses and volunteers taught the kids some resuscitation exercises on their own dolls. Also the children were invited to climb into the Rescue car and noticed the entire equipment, but also its role. In our response to the end of the visit to the Rescue Station we gave an interview to a local television in which we presented the purpose of our partnership.
With great creativity children made various things with their parents from different reusable materials. Something new was made from something old. They used egg chells, food packs, peaces of old furniture etc.
Children were very happy doing this with their parents and proudly introduced their masterpieces. Also in groups we made mostly easter decorations for the exhibition.
Lots of parents was visiting exhibition and taking photos during several days.
An exhibition was organized in good purposes – Less waste, more fun and lets keep the planet clean!
The approach of art became a fascinating experience for our pupils. The Museum kit “Learning to respect the environment, through Art” that we had borrowed from the “Museum of Greek Children’s Art” offered us a variery of pictures showing paintings and sculptures. We exposed most of the pictures in our Erasmus+ Corner and kids asked to be sculptors and make sculptures using their bodies! Wonderful sculptures appeared in the schoolyard…Coming inside they choose their favorite pictures and they composed a story. They decided to present their story , so they got dressed up as real actors. Making drawings and collage could not be missing…we prepared a ‘buffet’ full of any kind of different elements and kids were happy to create crafts!
As beautiful spring has arrived to Aruküla, we decided to create some art in open air with natural materials to celebrate it.
Children collected all necessary materials, flowers, leaves, small stones, branches, into small baskets. With thick glue students created art-works as they wanted it to be.
An exhibition of done artworks was set up for parents and our young artists got many-many compliments about their creativity!
Lots of sun, happiness and positive emotions was in this beautiful spring day in Aruküla Kindergarten!