DHS – presentation of the project
For several years a decline in science competences and general decline of interest in science among youth population in the field of EU has been perceived. The aim of the project is to connect the doll and mathematics and to strengthen math skills of children aged from three years up to school in the preschool period.
The DHS project included pre-school institutions from Turkey, Slovenia and Greece. Project participants are professionals in these institutions. The project team counts 35 members, early childhood educators. Project partners are selected with special care. Each of them has the knowledge and experience that are essential for the success of the project.
Each partner country will prepare a story, a legend or a fairy tale, which stems from their home environment. Children will create a picture letter of a selected story and a plan for making dolls and then a whole pack will be sent to the children of another country. Teachers will add some mathematical activities. The exhibition of puppets at the end of the project in Greece will show the work of our children through the project, the progress and the results of the project.
All the members of the project will use project activities to seek innovative forms of approaches in methodology and didactics to link the dolls with mathematics. These activities will include parents, local communities, associations, professionals, students and teachers. Project activities will include puppet shows, workshops, lectures for parents, preparing dolls museum … If we want to strengthen the competences of children we must strengthen the competences of educators first. Therefore, the project activities with thematic seminars and the exchange of experiences will first raise the knowledge, experience and interest in science at educators
By the empowerment of professional staff in all participating establishments and countries in terms of networking, by exchanging good practice and education the level of quality in early childhood education will be raised and interest in it among parents and children who have not been included in institutional education yet will be created. We will also emphasize the importance and benefits brought about by the involvement of children in preschool institution from the standpoint of socialization, art and mathematics.