Adventure Field Trips

Small group, theme specific, tailored educational adventure programs for children aged 8-12

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Adventures

During the program, children have the opportunity to develop themselves in the areas of creative thinking, focus, undivided attention, self- confidence and self-esteem in a playful manner.

The programs build on age specific general National Curriculum requirements in the EU. Each Field Trip intends to develop various age related skills and abilities as well as the children’s general knowledge in different areas such as English language, Science, History, and more.

Adventures in  Animal Land (+Zoo visit)

Adventures in the Big Blue (+Aquarium visit)

Adventures in Eco-Land (Theme: Eco-conscious living)

Adventures in History (Theme: History of European Union + Museum visit)

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Other themes:

Adventures in Creative Play

The activities build Edward de Bono’s creativity enhancing games, construction techniques (learning by doing/Kelly), and educational coaching techniques.

The exercises not only support the creative development and enhance creative and artistic expression of the child but can develop the child in other areas as well, such as in movement co-ordination, concentration, fine manipulative skills, and the ability to work both individually and in teams.

This field trip focuses on active creative play. The particular exercises we do depend on the age group of the children.

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 Video: The importance of playing.

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Adventures in Art and Drawing (+Museum visit)

The activities build on Betty Edward’s drawing techniques, the principles of Julia Cameron’s raising creative children, brain gym techniques, educational coaching techniques and construction techniques (learning by doing/Kelly).

The exercises not only support the creative development and enhance creative and artistic expression of the child but can develop the child in other areas as well, such as in movement co-ordination, concentration, fine manipulative skills, and the ability to work both individually and in teams.

This field tip (workshop style 2-3 days) focuses on creative self-expression via drawing and colouring. As one of the many results of the field trip the children can enhance their drawing abilities via learning to use some of the right-brain drawing techniques.

Besides learning to draw, we visit a local art museum in order to learn about various styles and techniques.

Pictures of previous workshops

here + here + and here

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During the sessions we draw and colour a lot and develop the following skills:

  • The Perception of Edges.
  • The Perception of Spaces.
  • The Perception of Relationships.
  • The Perception of Light and Shadow.
  • The Perception of the Whole, or Gestalt.

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Adventures in Creative Writing 

(for 11-12 year old)

Among many imaginary creatures, the SnailFarm Snail Brigade help us compose various new stories and create some new fabulous Snail characters during the program.

As a result of the program children develop their vocabulary and grammar; structured and creative writing and can get more confident in story telling.

Please read more about the StorySlime.SnailFarm Creative Writing Project here (Click on this link)

During the day we do some of the following exercises and more (depending on the age group of the children):

  • ‘Building’ imagination
  • Haiku and Acrostic poem writing
  • ‘Building Character’ & Identifying Characteristics
  • Vocabulary building – rewriting; inventing a new word
  • Tell my story! – story telling
  • Finding meaning
  • Describing ‘blind’ pictures (SnailFarm)
  • Creating a short story
  • Creating a theme blog
  • Journal writing

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As a result of the above programs children often experience enhanced concentration even during school sessions and  less stress; they may also become more creative and more confident in their self-expression in different artistic ways; they can also experience enhanced self-esteem, more ease in their communication, enhanced drawing skills s well as being able to see gestalt and think in a more complex manner.

Over all, children can develop their creative thinking + cognitive skills via various exercises during the above programs.

oh,  I almost forgot, and we shall have oodles of FUN!

 

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The foundations

(a bit of science)

Cog­ni­tive abil­i­ties are brain-based skills we need to carry out any task from the sim­plest to the most com­plex. They have more to do with the mech­a­nisms of how we learn, remem­ber, problem-solve, and pay atten­tion rather than with any actual knowl­edge. For instance, answer­ing the tele­phone involves at least: per­cep­tion (hear­ing the ring tone), deci­sion tak­ing (answer­ing or not), motor skill (lift­ing the receiver), lan­guage skills (talk­ing and under­stand­ing lan­guage), social skills (inter­pret­ing tone of voice and inter­act­ing prop­erly with another human being).

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COGNITIVE ABILITIES ARE BRAINS FUNCTIONS

Cog­ni­tive Ability/Brain Func­tion

Skills involved

Per­cep­tion Recog­ni­tion and inter­pre­ta­tion of sen­sory stimuli (smell, touch, hear­ing, etc.) Relevant 
Atten­tion Abil­ity to sus­tain con­cen­tra­tion on a par­tic­u­lar object, action, or thought.
Abil­ity to man­age com­pet­ing demands in our environment.
Mem­ory Short-term/ work­ing mem­ory (lim­ited stor­age).
Long-term mem­ory (unlim­ited storage).
Motor Abil­ity to mobi­lize our mus­cles and bod­ies.
Abil­ity to manip­u­late objects. 
Lan­guage Skills allow­ing us to trans­late sounds into words and gen­er­ate ver­bal output.
Visual and Spa­tial Processing Abil­ity to process incom­ing visual stimuli. Ability to under­stand spa­tial rela­tion­ship between objects. Ability to visu­al­ize images and scenarios.
Exec­u­tive Functions Abil­i­ties that enable goal-oriented behav­ior, such as the abil­ity to plan, and exe­cute a goal. These include:
Flex­i­bil­ity: the capac­ity for quickly switch­ing to the appro­pri­ate men­tal mode.
The­ory of mind: insight into other people’s inner world, their plans, their likes and dis­likes.
Antic­i­pa­tion: pre­dic­tion based on pat­tern recog­ni­tion.
Problem-solving: defin­ing the prob­lem in the right way to then gen­er­ate solu­tions and pick the right one.
Deci­sion mak­ing: the abil­ity to make deci­sions based on problem-solving, on incom­plete infor­ma­tion and on emo­tions (ours and oth­ers’).
Work­ing Mem­ory: the capac­ity to hold and manip­u­late infor­ma­tion “on-line” in real time.
Emo­tional self-regulation: the abil­ity to iden­tify and man­age one’s own emo­tions for good per­for­mance.
Sequenc­ing: the abil­ity to break down com­plex actions into man­age­able units and pri­or­i­tize them in the right order.Inhi­bi­tion: the abil­ity to with­stand dis­trac­tion, and inter­nal urges.

 

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Prices:

Day long Adventure Field Trips, min. 4 – max 8 children, €60.00/child (10 am – 4 pm/6 hours) (all materials included) plus travelling fees, entrance fees, food and beverages.

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