The journey of Water in ancient times. The journey of Water today
Research-Design-Implementation of the Educational Program: Nikoleta Xydea, Archaeologist-Museologist MA
Venue: J. & A. Diomedes Botanical Garden
Age of children: 8–12 years old
Duration: 2 hours
Number of children per program: 25-30
Participation fee: 4 euros per child
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM
The educational program aims at the students’ contact with Water and more specifically with the myths of ancient Greek mythology related to the element of water. The enchanting environment of the J. & A. Diomedes Botanical Garden with the ponds, combined with the pressentation of ancient Greek myths related to the element of water and the environmental awareness of the participating students, are the main pillars of the program.
The educational program is aimed at primary school students and it is structured based on the age bracket of the Students, 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 and more specifically according to the educational material taught in Greek School in the last four years of primary education highlighting the cross-thematic approach as a methodology in teaching for the acquisition of knowledge.In particular, students, through their participation in the educational program, will cover a variety of educational, cognitive and recreational objectives:
Participating students will be able to:
- Get in touch with the natural landscape of the J. & A. Diomedes Botanical Garden.
- Stimulate awareness of ecology and environmental consciousness, understanding the Circle of Water and how it is created.
- To recall the various beneficial uses of Water, making connections to everyday life and modern practices.
- Remember or even get to know ancient myths, mythical creatures, ancient gods and forms of Greek folk tradition that are connected with the element of water over time.
- Discover the timeless presence of water in art and everyday life.
- Express themselves freely through art, cultivating their aesthetic point of view and developing their creative skills.
SOCIAL – EMOTIONAL OBJECTIVES
Participating students will have the opportunity to:
- Cultivate sociability and the spirit of cooperation and responsibility through their participation in the implementation of group activities.
- Feel and enjoy the results of the research activities of the program.
- Strengthen the bond between team members.
- Develop their multiple intelligences.
- Be entertained
SKILL AQUIRING OBJECTIVES
Participating students will be able to:
- Use their bodies to dramatize mythic stories.
- To cultivate their spatial intelligence by conducting research in the J. & A. Diomedes Botanical Garden.
PARTS OF THE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM
Welcoming the children,taking some time to get familiar with the area of the J. & A. Diomedes Botanical Garden and be informed of its rules of operation.Walking path to the Department of Ornamental Plants (Anthonas) where the team will sit in a circle. A brief exploratory-interactive discussion, introducing the subject of the educational program through questions while using appropriate visual material.
B. Water & Environment: The Circle of Water
Configuring the water scenerywhile students are in circle.With the use of a globe, students observe and locate the element of water on Earth. Compare salt and fresh water quantity on Earth and discussion of conclusions.
Storytelling, theatrical and experiential play. Children are invited to participate in the narrative and in the changes of the Circle of the Water. The activity aims at interpreting a particular physical phenomenon in young students in a way that exploits their existing knowledge, activating their imagination and senses including physical movement.
C. Water & Culture
Connection of the ancient Greek mythology to water.Researchactivity in the area of Anthonas and the ponds of the J. & A. Diomedes Botanical Garden.Enriching the existing knowledge of mythology with new facts. Students are divided into three groups and participate in a game of discovering the ancient gods and mythical creatures associated with WATER.
The students then return to the circle and participate in a mythological card matching game. In the end, they present the results of their research per group.
D. Water and Everyday Life
Display of photos with springs, lakes and rivers, as well as customs and social events in which water has the main role.
Interactive / obstetrical discussion with the program interpreter on the value of water over time in our lives and the reasons why it should be protected.
E. Water and Environment – Ecological Awareness
Activity with a large floor game where students will vivify the Circle of Water and itscourse with the help of the gods. Both teams are victorious, because water rewards them by giving life to plants, animals and people.
F. Art Workshop (painting) – Creation of their own Watermark
Students use watercolors to create their own paintings, inspired by the knowledge they acquiredduring the educational program. Through creative expression, the Watercolor Creation Workshop functions as an overall assimilation activity of all the elements of the educational program, but also as an evaluation, since in the end students present their works and express their impressions and thoughts gained from their participation in the educational program.