You know that feeling when you get to a new place and you feel lost? When is helpful to use a map or an application that helps you navigate? This feeling can happen also when you get to a new place, a new building, a new group.
In Green School children have the possibility to visit the place with their parents and spend some time there before they are enrolled and this helps them when the school/ kindergarten begins and parents are not there anymore.
Educators are trained and prepared for these situations, they know how to deal with children when a situation, a day becomes overwhelming, but they also work on preventing and accommodating.
One of the activities used for helping children claim the place as their own, is creating a School Map. Using a sheet of paper (or making bigger one using more of them) children are encouraged to paint the school map including the indoor and the outdoor space, writing the name of each space, drawing the things they remember.
During the process, they can talk about the meaning or the purpose of each place, which is their favourite place in Green School, where they feel safe/unsafe etc. They can write their names on stickers or directly
on the paper and pin it on the Map.
Using this activity at the beginning of the school year or a camp, can create an opportunity for children to feel more comfortable with the place and to get to know each other better.
*Acest articol aparține voluntarilor din proiectul 'NatureWISE', coordonator de Centrul de Voluntariat Cluj-Napoca și co-finanțat prin programul Erasmus+ al Comisiei Europene.