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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.


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

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

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.


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. 


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.


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.


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.

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.

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

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.

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.


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

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



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.



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.


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 😊


Brain Gym in Aveo o Mar school, Portugal


After mobility to Croatia and all the learning that we were given, Portugal prepared a session that took place with 6ºE class in the context of an English class.

It is a class that is characterized by having a student with a slight intellectual deficit, a student with Specific Language Difficulty (Dyslexia), several cases of hyperactivity disorder with attention deficit (Phda), therefore, with many difficulties in concentration and learning across all disciplines.

Any and all strategies that can be applied to this group, can only improve their performance.

 As a result, we can undoubtedly say that the students loved having a different class and, as you can see in some photos, some even wanted to come forward to demonstrate to others with more difficulty, how the exercises were performed.

This activity was held by teachers Marta Ferreira and Ana Regina Costa



Brain Gym is a program of physical activities that can improve the learning abilities of everyone. It consists of 26 simple movements. Movements provide rapid and effective development in concentration, memory, reading, writing, listening, physical coordination, etc. We started to practice brain gym in Metin Sabanci Special Education School for mild retardation students. We planned to do the exercises every morning to improve our children’s literacy skills and to increase their concentration. Our students completed the program by having fun.


Italian team impressions on Croatian mobility

The Italian team was impressed by the warm and exciting welcome of primary school Oton Iveković in Zagreb. 
We were thrilled by the children, the lyrics of a song in particular "My friend", touching the performance of Emma... An emotion that accompanied us until we returned to Italy. All the activities proposed and participated in were interesting and well organized. Our school system is structured and organised in a different way, but we have watched the Croatian educational organisation with interest. Many positive aspects in relation to inclusive activities; workshops designed to stimulate and enhance the skills of children with medium and severe difficulties. We appreciated the attention and constant work in relation to the health care provided for children and support for families. We noticed that the sensory classrooms were equipped with adequate instruments, in each school visited and the dedication of the school staff to all students. The activities that have been proposed to us and in which we have participated in effectively (Brain gym , Autogenic Training and Labyrinth game) have been very interesting and formative. In the workshop students (with the supervision of the teachers) guided us during the activities. We also visited the "Museum of Illusions", where the perception of each of us becomes a subjective and "different" reality from the others, a perfect metaphor for a world full of points of view, scents, sensations that arouse emotions that color our Life. We spent a week among various well-organized activities, an engaging and playful atmosphere and guest care from the Croatian team. Thank you!!!

Day(s) of Tolerance in Aver-O-Mar school, Portugal

This year’s Day of Tolerance was the beginning of a series of activities, thoughts and actions that should occur naturally in every single day of our lives. Students and teachers prepared several activities that were meant to call attention to different types of (in)tolerance through literature, handcrafts, exhibitions, actions or solidarity campaigns.

All started on the 16th November!
First a different Christmas Pine was built, day by day, exclusively by SEN students, by associating words related to the spirit of the holiday season like Faith, Peace, Love, Health, Forgiveness, Joy, Gratitude, Wisdom, Happiness, Success, Togetherness!
The activity also provided for the development of skills related to fine motor skills, organizational power, association, serialization, aesthetic sense and vocabulary enrichment. Every day a piece was put in the tree, with guidance from teachers, therapists, operating assistants, and so the tree grew until it was displayed in a place where all school students pass and stop to read and better understand the meaning of the coming time. .
The feeling of solidarity, respect, love for others, socialization and inclusion was shared at school in the comments made on the final product.
To all sincere wishes of Faith, Peace, Love, Health, Forgiveness, Joy, Gratitude, Wisdom, Happiness, Success, Togetherness!

Then, school organized activities to promote the development of the Sustainable Development Goals created by the UN, through solidarity campaigns, which promote Poverty Eradication, namely raise funds for the distribution of Christmas hampers to the most deprived families in the school cluster, the decoration of a Sharing Tree and a Human Rights clothesline with clothes and baby items that will be distributed by the county institutions.

In addition to these activities a solidarity campaign for the NGO “Bistúri Humanitário”, with the collection of school material for seven schools of Guinea Bissau. Associated with this activity, a lecture was also held by the president of the same Association plus a pencil case workshop which products were delivered to the same Organization. Because education is not only within walls, but in people's hearts.

The 7th and 8th grade students collaborated in the creation of the “Clothes line”;  the children's own photo mural, displayed children’s rights, read and researched books which stories fomented values such as  Tolerance, Respect, Care, Affection and Equality. This work was developed in the scope of Citizenship, with collaboration of the School Library and the disciplines of Visual Education, Technological Education and ICT.

By working on this subject, students could better understand that unfortunately there are still children around the world who do not have these rights and who live in inhumane conditions.
Even though awareness of these rights has already changed the lives of many children around the world, there is still so much to do.
We must keep on fighting for Tolerance, Peace and Respect!
Students and families created works of art that mirrored their view of Peace. The exhibition was held in school but also in the city of Póvoa de Varzim.

Tolerance: the ability or willingness to tolerate the existence of opinions or behaviours that one dislikes or disagrees with.

In 2019, Aver-O-Mar believed that our practices can be different and make the difference; this was our way to act, to raise people’s consciousness to TOLERANCE, SYMPATHY, INDULGENCY; to fight PAIN and  HARDSHIP; to HELP and FOSTER SMILES!!


Firm in maintaining the Commemoration of this anniversary, the Aver-o-Mar School Grouping has once again provided activities that could place each one in the role of "..and if it were with you?"

Throughout this day, moments of reflection and active practices were created, either Adapted Sport’s activities in Physical Education, and various Sensory Games figured for each of the senses.
This idea came about as a good practice observed in LTT to Croatia where students and teachers participated in Labyrinth Games that held such challenges. Therefore it is a replication of Croatian suggestions to work out senses with students.

Sensory activities were prepared so that they would create in participants a will or desire to explore different environments but also critical thinking to assess the difficulties experienced in the face of any sense failure: smells that mistake, visual drills – what do you actually see?, audio sensibility out of hidden sounds, and others.
An inclusive practice that contributes to the importance of being supportive of those who have lost, or never had the opportunity to feel, a potential for physical / mental / sensory / emotional equality.

Inclusion?! Always! And for all!