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Erasmus project

"The European Child: Learning by doing the
3'C's-Connect, Construct and Create''
The project is composed of 6 pre-educational  institutions from different countries (Bulgaria, Turkey, Italy, Latvia, England, and Finland) with 934 children aged 3-7 (85 children with special needs) and teachers with a different experience, knowledge, beliefs, but with common objectives:
1. To develop students’ learning ability to construct knowledge by doing.
2. To prepare 21st century students for a global society by developing:
  • Learning Skills  which are critical thinking and problem solving, communications and collaboration, creativity and  innovation skills of children.
  • Literacy Skills which are Information and communication technologies (ICT) literacy skills of children.
  • Life Skills which are flexibility and adaptability, initiative and self-direction, social and cross-cultural interaction, productivity and accountability of children
  • Language Skills in which we aim to develop students' listening and speaking skills and creating reading and writing awareness in  both  their mother language  and a foreign language.
3. To enhance the quality of early childhood education and ensure a good start in education for all, developing learner centred and age appropriate pedagogical framework in teaching  to develop key competences and skills  ensuring that the benefits of early childhood education are carried through to primary school and  other school education levels.
4. To develop teachers’  ability in using innovative teaching method.   
5. To develop teachers' pedagogical competence, foreign language skills and ICT
6. To develop innovative didactical materials with  children participation.
7. To develop quality of education in the participating organizations and European countries.
8. To develop process based learning: Learners create meaning and context by exploring new ideas and experiences, generating hypotheses, problem solving.

This project aims to provide an innovative, learner -centered and age appropriate pedagogical framework and materials aiming to provide benefit teaching. We will be working with Constructivist Teaching  Method and  Connectivist Teaching Method.  We think early childhood is critical period to acquire key competences, skills and life skills. When children acquire these achievements actively in preschool, a good foundation will laid for successful accomplishments in both school education and daily life.The child who is learning by doing in preschool would be more active in following grades. Also, this project will contribute to both enhancing the quality of early childhood education and following education life of children. In order to encourage children's  active involvement in the learning process, teachers will  encourage children to observe and connect the new knowledge with their prior knowledge and construct and create their own knowledge  consequently when students learn by doing, permanent learning will occur.  In teaching activities we will use problem solving, debate, collaborative group work,brainstorming, authentic learning, role plays, drama, computer based /learning techniques and many other innovative techniques.
We prepared four teaching/learning activities in order to realize the objectives:

1. “ Child of nature''
Teachers will enable students to gaining experience in natural environment and gain natural  awareneess, flexibility  adaptability, initiative and self-direction, productivity and accountability skills.

2. “I am an artist” 
Children will acquire artistic skills,collaboration and creativity skills with creative art implementations.

3. "One child, two languages”  Children will acquire listening and speaking skills and  reading and writing awareness in a foreign language and their mother tongue by learning songs, stories, performing role plays and creative drama.

4. “Robotic coding”
 Children will acquire ICT literacy, innovation, critical thinking and problem solving skills by programming little robots and also off-screen and hands-on activities.

At the end of these activities methodological materials will be produced and these materials widely disseminated via Internet sites, so that they are available to the general public across Europe giving teachers an opportunity  to use these materials: plays, role-playing, songs, stories, creating  robots, computer based activities, exploring the nature,  will be useful and funny. Because learning is most effective when learners are active and learning is fun.Teachers will  gain experience about innovative teaching methods rather than traditional methods and will experience teaching/learning activities related to innovative methods in seminars.