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4/14/2020

PARTICIPANTS BENEFIT of 5th LTTA in Portugal, March 2020


According to project’s planned C5 activity, teachers in mobility to Portugal attended: different workshops to experience and observe Portuguese SEN students and teachers most common practices, gaining awareness of intercultural differences and the Portuguese educational system procedures. It is expected that these activities might develop autonomy, social engagement, organization and commitment in our students, important skills to work out collaboratively in school and afterwards in real life contexts. Therefore, activities related to Learning by Doing were baking (flavors, ingredients, kitchen utensils and usage, hygiene and safety procedures), gardening and arts made out of local and recyclable materials.
Showing real working examples, was a follow up to school experience and training, it exemplified how working choices are dealt with in our community, besides experiencing a different reality from the school one. Teachers had the opportunity to visit MAPADI – a local private institution of solidarity that supports children and older people with mental disability in the municipality – an example of professional education and support, real working and social inclusion, for example  weaving looms, cooking, laundry and car washing, services that are offered by the institution and used by community. Participants also visited CAO - Occupational Activity Center - a Residential Home with Autonomous Residences and Protected Employment Center and could observe in locu a unique national experience of inclusiveness for older people.
To reflect how visual effects and ICT resources will enhance students' linguistic and communicative skills and contribute to widen knowledge of European cultural heritage, Alive and Ticking in the Library activities, gave teachers an opportunity to attend workshops using ICT for reading purposes, together with more traditional strategies to further reading skills, like Kamishibai storytelling. Teacher librarian presented the school library, explained the use of ColorAdd code for daltonic people and ICT applications to develop reading. Pupils are encouraged to read digitally, besides paper, to use ARAWORD pictograms if disabled, to associate the image to its meaning, and to participate, all together, in activities related to Reading Literacy.  
Participants could observe how sport promotes socialization, therefore inclusion, according to the level of physical proficiency, as well as a collaborative experience among pupils, in a simulation of real life, plus, working out safety criteria and sports' gadgets. In Active, Sportive and Safe! Teachers learnt about the school’s road safety circuit and protocol as a Reference School for Road Education.
From Accessibility To Cultural heritage, participants acknowledged and evaluated accessibility solutions in Portuguese cities by comparison to their very own reality. They were given an example on how to make students recognize places and monuments and exercise citizenship awareness for disabled people.
Teachers attended a workshop and learnt how to build digital Mobility Passport/guide which exemplifies how students could work out an inclusive cultural visit to a town. They visited different cities to acknowledge difficulties and notice Portuguese facilities already in use, on the streets or on heritage sites, profiting as well to get to know more about Portuguese culture.

Portugese Erasmus + team


5th SHORT TERM JOINT STAFF LEARNING, TEACHING AND TRAINING EVENT - Aver o Mar school, Portugal - Povoa de Varzim, March 2020


Inclusive education means that all children - no matter who they are - can learn together in the same school. 
[UNESCO]

Our vision of Being Inclusive in the 21st century evolves from such goal. However we do believe that education is of higher quality if we take profit from the melting pot of grandparent’s wisdom and grandchildren native technological skills.
A solid society ought to respect its origins to reach higher citizenship.
By looking into the past and recognizing its value can citizens design a better future. Let us teach good citizens to be!!      
[The Portuguese Team ]

SUNDAY     
 01.03.2020
This was the arrival day for all partners.

MONDAY    
02.03.2020
Being Inclusive in the 21st Century: early in the morning partners were met at the hotel entrance and transported to Aver-O-Mar School.
Once in there, we were welcomed by students of the 8th grade with an excellent performance of dance, movement and road circuit presentation in the new physical education pavilion. Afterwards, it was time to listen to the school hymn by students of the 5th grade ( https://youtu.be/Tpe-ZCrlc24 ) , then the European Hymn by students playing the flute and a welcome speech by the school’s headmaster, Mr. Carlos Gomes de Sá.
At 9h30 it was time for the partner’s presentation using an ancient technique of storytelling – a kamishibai story – “Once Upon a Time”. A moment to enjoy our oldest storytelling habilities of telling stories in english  and the youngest kindergarten magnificent drawings of each coordinator!! And the very beginning of the project!
After a short break and school visit, the group attended to the presentation of the Portuguese school system and Special Education procedures upon 54th and 55th Decret Laws and Students National Profile by psychologist Mrs. Ana Prata.
In the afternoon, time for a visit to the Town Hall and a meeting with town Councilor for the Department of Social Cohesion, Andrea Silva, who talked about Póvoa de Varzim, main inclusive actions of municipality, as well as answered the group’s questions.
After that, the group went on a guided walking tour to Póvoa de Varzim’s main cultural sites by local museum director Mr. José Flores, an opportunity to know the city and to answer the question Is Póvoa de Varzim an accessible town?  This information later on compared with the Inclusive Digital Guide.
At 17h30, free time and the host suggestion to visit a local jewelry to observe Portuguese handmade filigree.
Dinner was served in the hotel, animated by the presence of an iconic Portuguese cultural performance, the well known “Portuguese Tunas”, a very symbolic moment forever in the hearts of those present! (http://www.gestrintuna.eu/videos.html)

TUESDAY
03.03.2020
REAL WORKING WORLD: At 8h30 transport to primary school Aldeia of the Aver-O-Mar grouping. Partners visited the school – kindergarten to primary classes where students were having reading activities included in the National Reading Week – along with other educative facilities namely those for SEN students. Parents prepared a nice coffee break to welcome the group and all gathered for some moments. Finally, the group had the opportunity to walk along the seaside path, which is right next to the school, and enjoy briefly the Atlantic Ocean cold breeze and view.
At 10h45 they left for CAO - Occupational Activities Center- Residential Home, Detached Homes and CEP (Protected Employment Center) in Terroso village, in Póvoa de Varzim. The visit was conducted by its coordinator Mr. José Luis, local responsible and a very dedicated person, always attentive to SEN adult and senior needs and rights.
After lunch in the institution, where the group tasted a Portuguese dessert, “Aletria”, usually served at Christmas Time, they headed to MAPADI - Parents Support Movement and Friends to Diminished Intellectual - a private institution of social solidarity, which was founded in November 6, 1976, in order to give support to children and young people with mental disabilities in the municipality of Póvoa de Varzim.
This entity currently functions as a Resource Center for Inclusion (CRI) in the area of ​​special education in the county, and develops training courses, the Program framework with the Institute of Employment and Vocational Training, in order to prepare their graduates for the working world.
In order to get acquainted with the Portuguese school system, there was a visit to a secondary school - Rocha Peixoto Secondary School – to observe an example of Secondary education for SEN students: school facilities and inclusive procedures in the secondary education. This institution offers a wide range of opportunities, updated equipments and profissionals.
After 18h00 there was free time; the host suggestion was to stroll along Junqueira pedestrian street or the seaside avenue or the fishing harbor for eventual sunset photos.

WEDNESDAY
04.03.2010
BEING INCLUSIVE AT UNIVERSITY: Transport from hotel to the city of Braga.
At 9h00 the group went for a walking tour in the old city centre before going to Minho University to attend a plenary session at Office for Inclusion by Mr. Carlos Cardoso. It was explained that the Office for Inclusion - GPI - aimed at promoting inclusion in the academic environment, equal opportunities, and providing support to different members of the community especially those with disabilities or special needs. Its mission is to ensure the best accessibility conditions in the University of Minho​. ​Lunch was served in the university restaurant and, at 14h30, the group was driven to Minho University in Azurém, Guimarães, to attend a workshop at Department of Industrial Electronics (DEI), School of Engineering, University of Minho.
Researcher Filomena Maria R.M.O. Soares explained to the group the Robótica- Autismo Project which aims at the application of different platforms, robots and serious games, as a way to improve the social life of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In particular, to improve the skills of interaction, communication, and emotion recognition with the environment and with others.
The talk started with the presentation of the scope and outcomes of the project. Then, it continued with the presentation of ZECA robot and its functionalities, as well as the serious game HiZeca. Both are used to promote emotion recognition in children with autism. It was very enlightening to understand how technology can foster inclusion and is used by this department to experiment and study new approaches in the field at a national level.
 It’s time to say that partners were given the opportunity to understand the Portuguese Educational System, from kindergarten to university, watching in locu how the system deals with SEN students and adults, at all levels, and designs specific orientations, facilities, equipments and other most suitable for social and individual integration.
Before going back to the hotel, there was time for a short visit to Guimarães, birth place of the Portuguese nation, and check its accessibilities knowing local heritage.

THURSDAY
05.03.2010
ALIVE AND TICKING IN THE SCHOOL LIBRARY – ICT FOR READING PURPOSES
ACTIVE, SPORTIF AND SAFE: at 8h30 transport from hotel to Aver-O-Mar School to attend a series of workshops.
Workshop I - Digital Reading through pictograms, a workshop by Marta Antunes, teacher librarian, that showed how the school library can contribute to inclusion of SEN students and other. Practical examples that explore speaking, writing and reading skills along with ICT tools in order to facilitate and motivate student’s competences for the 21st century. Communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking being the super skills improved in the activities presented in this workshop, mixed with simple pictographic language to make it more accessible for SEN students that have difficulty in communicating otherwise.
At the end of this workshop, the Portuguese coordinator Marta Antunes explained briefly that
Aver-o-Mar school, by means of a protocol between the Civil Government of Porto, the North Regional Directorate of Education, the Municipality of Póvoa de Varzim, the Porto Metropolitan Command of Public Security Police and Territorial Command of Porto – GNR- became, in 2011, is a Reference School for Road Education in Póvoa de Varzim.
As a reference school, the Basic School of Aver-o-Mar will provide knowledge and skills in the area of road safety, necessary for adequate learning by children and young people who attend the municipality's educational establishments, using interventions of a theoretical nature, in connection with pedagogical actions at a practical level. Partners were able to see a small performance of the equipments used for this sessions in the welcoming performance as, due to schools rebuilding, the circuit is not working.
Worshop II - Kamishibai StoryTelling by Zulmira Lima, teacher librarian. Partners were invited to learn and construct their own Kamishibai story: they planned and wrote the plot, made the illustrations and presented the final product to the group. A funny but learning moment which can easily be replicated with their students back home successfully.
Break for lunch in Marinheiro, a local restaurant where the ocean comes to the table: decoration, clothing and above all food: delicious local fish from the Portuguese coast.
Workshop III: Art’Elier - from Waste Recycling to Gardening. 
A gardening moment to plant a tree that will be taken care and planted in the school yard once the school rebuilding is finished as a living memory of each partner’s presence in the school. Meanwhile, each partner painted a vase for the small tree to grow.
The Mandalas workshop using recycled materials workshop, was an example of how Art can be explored to relieve stress, minimize attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and decrease unwanted behavior. Mandalas are a buddhist symbol of integration and harmony so seems adequate to fulfill the educative goal stated before. By using recycled materials, students are sensitized to the importance of preserving the world. Partners were also invited to paint small stones from the beach as students do in class.
A Cookies’ Workshop by the school Health Club which includes SEN students, in the teachers room, gave way to an informal meeting between partners and school teachers. A moment to share experiences and get to know each other.
Meanwhile, coordinators had their meeting to discuss project development, to analyze procedures and activities in course; to plan final mobility to Slovenia and further adjustments.
Workshop VI: Inclusive Digital Guide (ICT) by teacher Mariana Machado. Teachers were shown how to construct with students a digital inclusive guide that could be useful to plan visits to cities like Porto; by giving specific information about heritage sites and accessibility, for instance, they could be constructing a guide to help disabled tourists. The CoSpaces Edu app enables teachers and students to create 3D presentations Available on smartphone, tablet, desktop, Chromebook; students learn by doing, using the various tools available with the technology. All features in CoSpaces Edu can be adapted to fit different class subjects and learning objectives.

Finally, at 16h30 took place the farewell performance, this time a moment of dramatized poetry by the students of the school Theatre Club and Andreia Teixeira, the rehearser, upon Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa’s “O Mostrengo”.

O Monstrengo

O mostrengo que está no fim do mar
Na noite de breu ergueu-se a voar;
À roda da nau voou três vezes,
Voou três vezes a chiar,
E disse: «Quem é que ousou entrar
Nas minhas cavernas que não desvendo,
Meus tectos negros do fim do mundo?»
E o homem do leme disse, tremendo:
«El-Rei D. João Segundo!»
[…]

After that, exchanging mascots and farewell speeches. A moment full of emotion and some sadness as well because the meeting is coming to an end. However, friendship and good memories will be kept alive.

FRIDAY
06.03.2010
FROM ACCESSBILITY TO CULTURAL HERITAGE: Is Oporto an accessible city?
An opportunity to visit the city of Porto and some of its famous heritage sites known worldwide like Porto’s Cathedral, Porto Wine Cellars, Stock Exchange Palace, Clérigos’ Tower, Lello’s Library, and more. Porto is the second-largest city in Portugal, after Lisbon, and the name “Porto” itself influenced the name of the country “Portugal”. Porto was chosen the cultural capital of Europe in 2001 and the city built the impressive “Casa da Música” in Boavista for the occasion.
But also a visit to continue inclusive learning, Partners were given the task to observe how disabled people can walk around, enter monuments or cross streets safely in Porto. An opportunity to think over important issues in what concerns mobility and old cities’ heritage sites; what can we do to make them more accessible to everyone?
The moment to think over the role that digital inclusive guides might have when planning handicapped people’s visits or travels abroad - fact that was focused on workshop IV on 05.03.2020.

Farewell dinner was in Taberna Real do Fado, a typical restaurant where partners and hosts enjoyed typical food followed by Fado – the most emblematic Portuguese music characterized by profoundly melancholic lyrics and tune.
A lively performance meant to enrich each partner’s heart and keep alive good memories from Portugal!

Mar Portuguez, by Fernando Pessoa

Ó mar salgado, quanto do teu sal
São lágrimas de Portugal!
Por te cruzarmos, quantas mães choraram,
Quantos filhos em vão rezaram!

Quantas noivas ficaram por casar
Para que fosses nosso, ó mar!
Valeu a pena? Tudo vale a pena
Se a alma não é pequena.

Quem quere passar além do Bojador
Tem que passar além da dor.
Deus ao mar o perigo e o abismo deu,
Mas nele é que espelhou o céu.


Portuguese Sea

Oh salty sea, how much of your salt
Are tears of Portugal!
To get across you, how many mothers cried,
How many sons prayed in vain!

How many brides were never to marry
In order to make you ours, oh sea!
Was it worth it?  Everything is worthy
If the soul is not small.
Who wants to go beyond Bojador,(*)
Must go beyond sufferance.
God gave the sea peril and abyss,
Yet upon it He also mirrored the sky.

English translation by A. Baruffi, Literary Joint

(*) Cape Bojador

Participants Impressions:


Dear Marta and Aver o Mar project team, teachers and students!

Visited your school has been fantastic experience: I've met marvellous teachers, students and learnt so much from you. We have really enjoyed every single moment, and all the activities you have arranged for us, I have felt really at home, and very warm welcome; I really see how much you have done for the success of every activity of the programme. I and all the rest participants from Poland and Turkey will remember the time and emotions we've felt with you all. Thanks for all these things and thanks to have hosted us in your beautiful country.

Tanja Nikolovski, main coordintor, Ptuj, Slovenia




The preperations done by the Portuegese team made us speechless. The perfect combination of learning, experiencing, feeling and orienting. Being welcomed at the Town Hall with presents, being surrounded by the lovely kindergarteners at Aldeia, almost crying by seeing what could be done with dedication, good wishes and a full of heart at MAPADI, experiencing how students can behave very well at Rocha Peixoto, being inspired by seeing inclusion can be part of university and the technology at University of Minho and of course feeling at home while having all the activities at Aver-o-Mar.

Obrigado Portugal, obrigado friends…

Deha Enis Vardaryıldızı
Project Coordinator
Metin Sabancı Special Education Schools
Turkey


From 1st to 7th of March we spent a week full of joy, smile and positive emotions in Póvoa de Varzim with our friends from Erasmus+ Project “I.D.E.A. Together We Can!”. Portuguese team prepared very professionally a lot of activities, workshops, meetings with wonderful people. This was week full of inspirations. We were both at school and spent time walking through Povoa de Varzim, Braga and Porto. We had opportunity to try regional dishes, and the food was delicious Every minut we spent in Portugal was wonderful. We felt your care and hospitality. We met wonderful people with good mood and positive energy. We would like to get back and stay longer. Thank you Portuguese Friends!

Polish Team.






3/26/2020

5th mobility to Aver-o Mar, Portugal- March 2020



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When you click on the link, an e-book will open, listing the QR codes for each activity completed during our LTT activity at our partner school Aver o Mar in Povoa de Varzim, Portugal. Scanning each QR code will give you a detailed description for each activity. Take a walk and get acquainted with the excellent splashed LTTA.


Thanks to Marta and her Erasmus + team for a great program.

3/15/2020

Slovenian participant impression of LTTA in partners school Aver o Mar, Povoa de Varzim, Portugal

Dear Marta and Aver o Mar project team, teachers and students!

Visited your school has been fantastic experience: I've met marvellous teachers, students and learnt so much from you. We have really enjoyed every single moment, and all the activities you have arranged for us, I have felt really at home, and very warm welcome; I really see how much you have done for the success of every activity of the programme. I and all the rest participants from Poland and Turkey will remember the time and emotions we've felt with you all. Thanks for all these things and thanks to have hosted us in your beautiful country.

For the first time I have visited Portugal. For me it is one of those European countries that must be visited. The trip to Portugal wouldn’t be complete without getting to know the local cuisine and wines of course. I have already tasted some great fish dishes and famous Pastel de Nata. And Vino Verde, young Portuguese wine that is typically dry, fresh and light. And delicious!
Portugal has impressed me with its beautiful coastline, rugged picturesque houses, historical and cultural richness, coast boasting excellent climate. Portugal is a beach lover’s and surfer’s paradise
Tanja fall in LOVE IN PORTUGAL 💖💖!!

Tanja Nikolovski,
Main project coordinator
Primary school dr. Ljudevita Pivka Ptuj
Slovenia


Impression of LTTA in Aver o Mar school in Portugal from Metin Sabancı Special Education School team


Like all the others’ our trip to Portugal started with anxiety, fear and so many questions. But it only lasted till our Portuegese colleagues met us at the tram station of Povoa de Varzim and gave us big warm hugs. So to speak the waves of the ocean and the rain in Povoa de Varzim swept away all the negative feelings.

From the very first day of the program our colleagues from Aver-o-Mar were with us all the time without showing any sign of tireness and always motivated with a smiling face. And everywhere well behaving students even with full of love towards us just like the cutest Gabriel managing to be friends with us all these adults coming from different countries.

The preperations done by the Portuegese team made us speechless. The perfect combination of learning, experiencing, feeling and orienting. Being welcomed at the Town Hall with presents, being surrounded by the lovely kindergarteners at Aldeia, almost crying by seeing what could be done with dedication, good wishes and a full of heart at MAPADI, experiencing how students can behave very well at Rocha Peixoto, being inspired by seeing inclusion can be part of university and the technology at University of Minho and of course feeling at home while having all the activities at Aver-o-Mar.

Portuegese people, music, cuisine, culture, weather, nature just fascinated me and my team like no other place has done so far. For myself I know this was just the begining of our relationship…

Obrigado Portugal, obrigado friends…

Deha Enis Vardaryıldızı
Project Coordinator
Metin Sabancı Special Education Schools
Turkey

Polish team impression of LTTA in partners school in Aver o Mar, Portugal


From 1st to 7th of March we spent a week full of joy, smile and positive emotions in Póvoa de Varzim with our friends from Erasmus+ Project “I.D.E.A. Together We Can!”. Portuguese team prepared very professionally a lot of activities, workshops, meetings with wonderful people. This was week full of inspirations. We were both at school and spent time walking through Povoa de Varzim, Braga and Porto. We had opportunity to try regional dishes, and the food was delicious Every minut we spent in Portugal was wonderful. We felt your care and hospitality. We met wonderful people with good mood and positive energy. We would like to get back and stay longer. Thank you Portuguese Friends!

Polish Team.

2/25/2020

Brain Gym in Szkoła Podstawowa Specjalna nr 40, Bytom- Poland


Movement is a constant partner in the learning process. Mental capacity depends on physical movement, both in infancy, childhood and adult life.
In our school we decided to work with 5th grade students with moderate intellectual disability. We decided to practice Brain Gym for one month. But after that time students ask everyday about the activity. That is why now for that class it is a daily routine. Students like exercises very much. They remember how to do it, and they remember about drinking water before. 



2/24/2020

I FEEL… I KNOW - Istituto Comprensivo G. Giorgi di Montorio Romano Activity:



The children of the kindergarten did many activities for the development of the five senses. Through the proposed sensory activities, the children received many stimuli that provoked different reactions. Some children love bright colors, others dark colors, coloring, others don't; some children trust and taste what they are offered to eat, they grimace when they don't like a food. It was fun to watch the facial expressions while listening to the noises of the "sound bottles", or while concentrating to insert the dough into the sticks, put your hand inside the bag to guess the shape etc. They do not have full awareness of the use of the senses, but are fundamental for the discovery of the world around them and for learning.

 The teachers involved in the activity: Annamaria, Catia, Annamaria and Marina.


2/20/2020

I feel - I know- Aver o Mar school, Povoa de Varzim, Portugal

All students in school were given the opportunity to play different challenges related to senses. Students were asked to identify different inputs like sounds, pictures, odors, materials, sometimes with their eyes folded, and identify reactions, feelings, sensations.
The five senses of hearing, touch, sight, taste and smell are the primary means we use to gain new knowledge. ... Using many senses to gain information helps learning to be more meaningful and useful. Children naturally learn with all the senses so it makes sense to alert them for its importance. Therefore, the best way to teach children about their senses is to have them use them.
Teachers involved in the activity were Marta Ferreira, Clara Vilar, Emília Quintas, Conceição Rego, conceição Costa, Marta Antunes and Zulmira Lima. Other teachers participated by taking their classes to the school spots where the games were available.


2/16/2020

TOLERANCE DAY IN Instituto comprensivo Giuliano Giorgi, Monorio Romano, Italy

ACTIVITY I FEEL…. I KNOW - Primary school dr. Ljudevita Pivka Ptuj, Slovenia


At the Primary School Ljudevita Pivka Ptuj, we conducted various forms of workshops with our students, where we developed and recognized our senses. We used many diffrent kinds of  didactic tools.

All the students of our school participated according to their abilities.

With blindfolded eyes, we tried different foods and recognized flavors, smelled, tasted,touch different objects, listened to sounds.

HEARING
We were listening some sounds in our multi-sensory relaxation room. We were making a didactic toy for hearing ditection from natural materials. We used diffrent seeds, pasta and stones. Pupils were searching pairs by sounds.

KINESTETIC
We produced tactile memory game from cardboard  and diffrent materials. Pupils used only their fingers to find matching pairs.

SMELL
We worked with several natural scents. We compare scent of ethereal oil with a plant, that the oil is made of. They identify ethereal oil and a plant using only sniffing.

TASTE
In science teaching, we did an experiment on how well we identify ingredients that have different flavors and how we awaken our senses. Our tongue  detected four basic flavors: sweet, salty, bitter, sour. We had blindfolds and tried different foods. Then we draw a tongue on the whiteboard .We have found that we can recognize taste by smelling and tasting. In the end, we did some worksheet where we indicated that we were tasting sweet at the tip of the tongue, bitter at the root, and sour and salty at the edges of the tongue.


Teachers:

Damjana, Dragica,Marija, Vesna, Zdenka, Simon, Tanja

Student's classes:
PPVI 3 and PPVI 4,5

Brain gym - ISTITUTO COMPRENSIVO G. GIORGI DI MONTORIO ROMANO, Italy

LEARNING AND DOING 

Upon returning from Mobility in Croatia, the Italian team disseminated what they learned about the exercises of BRAIN GYM, used to promote a greater connection between the two hemispheres of our brain.
Following the assiduous repeat of the exercises, the children have manifested fun in doing it, in addition to notable improvements. The practice of these exercises has favored an atmosphere of calm and relaxation in the class and has increased the attention / concentration times during the lesson.
Above all, in observing the execution of the exercises by the children, it emerged that the pupils with learning difficulties showed difficulties in the execution of the exercises, that is, connecting the parts of the right-left body.
By repeating the exercises often, slowly they carried out the activity improving the execution and improving the didactic performance.
Children with major difficulties are unable to perform the proposed exercises correctly.







2/02/2020

BRAIN GYM ACTIVITY IN DR. LJUDEVITA PIVKA SCHOOL


Brain Gym – exercising your brain and preparing it for learning. In Croatia we learned some basic exercises.

On our school dr. Ljudevita Pivka we worked with 6th grade students with mild intellectuall disabilities. We conducted brain gym exercises one month. First we drank a glass of water and did some basic exercises for writing skills ( double doudle, arm activation), for reading skills (brain buttons, cross crawl, lazy eights) and thinking skills ( earth buttons, neck rolls, thinking cap). 

We worked brain gym twice a week. After the exercises, the students were mostly more calm and focused on learning. Pupils were very interested for exercises and they like brain gym very much.














2/01/2020

I Feel, I Know Game in Metin Sabanci school, Istanbul Turkey



We enabled our students to experience different sounds, smells and flavors in the workshops of sensory, music, kitchen, also physical education hall and classroom activities in our school. Due to our students’ sensitivity, we have realized the activities without them closing their eyes. Because staying in the dark would have had increased their anxiety, they would have not been able to choose emotion based on experience.

In our workshops, sensory activities are held throughout the year, but matching with emotions was implemented for the first time. Since the expressive language skills of our students were not sufficient, we asked them to select and paint their feelings from the picture.

It was an enjoyable experience for the children and us. It was especially worth seeing the happiness they have had while tasting and smelling chocolate 😊