Greek Nature: A Journey into the myth
Research-Design-Implementation of the Educational Program: Panoraia Kalompratsou, Historian – Paleographer MA
Venue: J. & A. Diomedes Botanical Garden
Age of children: 4–7 years old
Duration: 90 mins
Number of children per program: 25-30
Participation fee: 4 euros per child
Theme of the program: Experiential contact with the world of nature through selected myths of ancient Greek mythology.
EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM ANALYSIS:
The philosophy of the program is to familiarize the participating pupils with the ancient Greek mythical tradition, through an experiential walking tour, which is directly related to the world of nature.
The educational program is aimed at primary school pupils and it is structuredbased on the age bracket of the Pupils, in line with their level of knowledge and in consonance with the Curriculum of the Greek Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs.At the same time, it is linked to a Cross Thematic Curriculum Framework For Compulsory Education for Pre-School which agrees with the Cross Thematic Curriculum Framework For Compulsory Education of the next grade schools (Grade A and B), highlighting the cross-thematic approach as a teaching methodology for the acquisition of knowledge.
In particular, pupils, through their participation in the educational program, will cover a variety of objectives:
Through their participation in the program pupils will be able to:
- Understand that many plants owe their names to Gods or heroes of the ancient Greeks and are closely related to the Greek mythological tradition
- Recognize the intimate relationship that ancient Greeks had with the natural environment, as well as discover the timeless belief that plants are a loyal partner in people’s lives.
- Comprehend the interaction between man and the environment, based on the values of environmental education.
- Develop their creative skills with group art activities, which will encourage the expression of ideas, experiences and emotions.
- Use dialogue as a way of expression to enliven narration.
- Develop interest in Greek mythology.
- Develop interest in the natural and man-made environment.
- Develop ecological consciousness and awareness.
AESTHETIC / VISUAL OBJECTIVES
- Develop creative skills by encouraging the expression of ideas, experiences and feelings through their works.
- Comprehend that art is a great way of expression.
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL-SKILL ACQUIRING OBJECTIVES
- Feel the joy of creation and acquire the ability to express their ideas.
- Comprehend the value of teamwork and collaboration and develop social virtues.
- Be entertained.
PARTS OF THE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM:
Welcoming the pupils, taking some time to get familiar with the area of the J. & A. Diomedes Botanical Garden and be informed of its rules of operation.Concentration in a specific area where the educational program will be conducted.Brief narration of plant myths using visual material and interactive discovery.
B. Research activity through observation in the area of the J. & A. Diomedes Botanical Garden
The children are divided into three groups and directed to the site of Historic Plants accompanied by the program interpreters. Each team through observation conducts research activities and presents the results of its research.
C. Creative Synthetic Activity
Pupils, while maintaining their groups,return to the venue of the program.They are encouraged to develop artistic activities, drawing inspiration from the myths they discovered in their research. Their artwork accompanies them back to the classroom as a reminder of their participation in the educational program.