Carnival Days

blog2702Hi everyone.

These Carnival days have been happily hectic, so I’m going to get on with telling you all about them..

Before turning our attention to dressing up and preparing for the Friends Corner Carnival Party, our theme for our Morning Programme was ‘Jobs’.

After a discussion about ‘work’, the Little Ones delved into the working lives of Nurses, Doctors, Teachers, and Scientists. They identified pictures and objects that matched with each profession, grouping them together and turning them into a collage on a piece of card. Other professions were then mentioned where the children would think about something connected to a specific job, e.g., Chef – food. This was both fun and stimulating for all.

The next day saw Baby Yoga take centre-stage, spreading an aura of sweet tranquility throughout the Clubhouse..

Mid-week, and we were back to our ‘Jobs’ theme. Here the focus brought the children’s attention to the professions of Mechanic, Police Officer, and Firefighter.

Thanks to a friendly neighbour, the Friends Corner children had the opportunity to visit the Mechanic at his Garage Workshop across the road from the Clubhouse. The children were given a rundown on the everyday workings of being a mechanic, were shown the tools of the trade, as well as a large propeller. That was something!

Getting acquainted with the profession of police officer, the Little Ones made police badges, and had great fun playing Traffic Police. Firefighters and the work they do, was briefly touched upon, rallying up the kids for their visit to the Fire Station (Monday 10 March – join us!).

To avoid any more caterpillar carnage, we had the big tree above the Clubhouse cut down, allowing not only the Tree Surgeon’s job to get a look-in, but also the acquisition of some brand new stools from the tree stump that now take pride of place in the Friends Corner Nature Area, and are much loved by our Tiddlers.

And so we made it to Thursday, and in this case, ‘Tsiknopempti’ – Charred Thursday!

We spent the best part of the morning making clown faces out of paper plates and pom-poms, and decorating the Clubhouse in colourful Carnival creations. Some writing/tracing of the ‘Letter of the Week’ and we were ready to get back home for lunch so as to return for the Evening Club a few hours later. Here, ‘Tsiknopempti’ (and a mound of souvlaki sticks) was the focus.

Friday came and a beautiful row of houses was created where each window opens up to reveal a picture of a Friends Corner Little One.
Love is all around.

The sun shone brightly for our annual Carnival Party and, among the kids dressed as Spider-Man, babies dressed as flowers, and mums dressed as Elvis (yes, Mina! Superb!), there was fantastic face painting, brilliant games, yummy food, and fun, fun, fun! Happy Carnival!

But, our Friends Corner schedule didn’t stop there. Sunday saw Dr. George Kristinsson give a talk regarding Child Accident Treatment and Prevention. Among the issues addressed were bumps on the head, burns, choking, and car safety. All of which left those who attended informed and glad that they went along..

And so a new week came round and, after the happy Carnival chaos, the Morning Programme focused on a ‘revision day’ for our little learners. Going over the alphabet, Seasons, Months of the Year, the World, etc., which proved to be fun and worthy for all involved.

Baby Yoga brought its beautiful aura back to Friends Corner, and the following day began with a new theme; ‘Shapes’. As the children named, found, and painted shapes, played musical games and generally enjoyed playing and learning, we all looked forward to what tomorrow will bring..

We’ll be continuing with our ‘Shapes’ theme during the Morning Programme and welcoming our brilliant Pottery Workshop at the Thursday Evening Club.

We’ll be looking forward to Winston’s Smart Yoga every Friday (Morning Programme), getting musical every first Friday of the month (again, Morning Programme) as Ersie gets our little ones grooving, and enjoying Saturday Coffee Mornings and the Pear Tree English Workshop.

Friends Corner will be closed on Monday 3 March for the Greek holiday, ‘Kathara Deftera’ – Clean Monday.
So, once you’ve eaten that yummy ‘Clean Monday’ flat bread and flown a kite, we’ll be waiting for you on Shrove Tuesday at the Clubhouse to start our new theme; ‘Days of the Week’.. And, don’t forget to flip some pancakes!

Until next time..

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