Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Passport please

Wall in my classroom depicting various traditional costumes from Greece

The first semester of Kindergarten/Νηπιαγωγείο is dedicated to learning the alphabet and letter sounds. Each class session, we review a letter and break up into stations to do various activities related to that letter. Thanks to my parent volunteers, these stations usually include: a craft/project related to the letter of the day, letter recognition and reading skills with me, a game, and writing. Last Monday, we learned our last letter... so now we will be starting the fun stuff!

The second semester, we re-visit our letters, but also add in units that build vocabulary, counting skills, and general knowledge of Greece and Greek culture. In the next few weeks we will begin "traveling" to different parts of Greece. Each child will be given a "passport" to help them remember places they have visited. We discuss traditional costumes, local customs, as well as landmarks and history. I am often amazed with what my students remember, and what interests them.

Γεωγραφία Ε' Δημοτικού
Μαθαίνω για την Ελλάδα
comes in handy when I prepare my lessons.

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