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May 18: International Museum Day
“Play and Learn about Ancient Theatre”
The DIAZOMA Association’s new pilot educational program
On the occasion of International Museum Day, the DIAZOMA Association inaugurated the first event of “Play and Learn about Ancient Theatre”, its new pilot educational program.
The educational program is an initiative of Ms Irene Vogiatzi, Head of the “LA LA LAND” Kindergarten of the Municipality of Kifissia. It was implemented by archaeologist-museum educator and DIAZOMA member Ms Athina Poursaitidou in collaboration with the kindergarten’s educators. The program was overseen by Ms Mary Belogianni, Head of DIAZOMA’s educational programs.
The young “archaeo-explorers” participating in the educational activity got to know the essential parts of an ancient theatre through music and movement games and construction activities. They learned about the ancient god Dionysus and his symbols, festivals and actions by examining ancient Greek pottery paintings. They also watched an interactive paper-figure performance of Peace by Aristophanes, based on the children’s book adaptation by Filippos Mandilaras (Peace, Papadopoulos Publishing). As a final activity, they crafted their own “Peace” using paper and popsicle sticks, which they took as a souvenir.
The “Play and Learn about Ancient Theatre” program:
The “Play and Learn about Ancient Theatre” educational program is a new proposal by DIAZOMA founded on play-based learning. It is addressed to children aged 3-4 attending Pre-school Education Centres-Kindergartens throughout Greece.
The program aims to prepare and introduce preschoolers to their first contact with ancient theatre. It encourages them to understand its importance in the everyday life of the citizens of ancient Greece through experiential learning and play. “Play and Learn about Ancient Theatre” was designed and is being implemented by archaeologist-museum educator and DIAZOMA member Ms Athina Poursaitidou.
Snapshots from “Play and Learn about Ancient Theatre”: