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EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

In an attempt to preserve Cretan tradition unaltered through time and to pass it down to children and youths, the Rural History and Popular Art Museum of the Model Traditional Village of AROLITHOS organizes the following educational programs every school year.


Program 1 - "Guests at granny’s house"

Τhis educational program refers to Nursery and Primary School children.

It aims at:

  • the children getting to know the features of a Cretan house.
  • Their contact with selected household items, as well as their use and material.
  • Their comparison of living in a house of the past compared to living in a contemporary house.
  • Their entertainment and recreation through a variety of mimicry games.
  • Their participation in creative activities, while working with clay or while weaving in small looms.

Program 2 - "My Forefather’s Craft"

Τhis educational program refers to Nursery and Primary School children.

It aims at:

  • the children being exposed to different jobs and crafts of the past.
  • their active participation through their contact with various artisans’ tools and materials, while playing parts and acting, after the performer’s instructions.
  • their perceiving the interrelation among different professions and the way in which transactions were carried out.
  • Their participation in creative activities, while producing earthenware and small saddles or while planting legumes.

Program 3 - "The Pajama Tailor"

Τhis educational program refers to Primary School children.

It aims at:

  • the children getting to know the process of thread making and two of the most popular costumes of Crete.
  • their entertainment through participation in various mimicry games.
  • their active participation in the presentation of the program.
  • weaving on small makeshift looms or creating a textile collage.

Program 4 - "Living in the past"

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Τhis educational program refers to Nursery and Primary School children.

It aims at:

  • the children’s contact with the Cretan house and the farming works.
  • their assignment with certain activities, so that they cooperate with a view to cultivating team spirit and encouraging solidarity.
  • their active participation in their forefathers’ daily routines, instead of adhering to the Museum’s theoretical approaches.
  • their contact with customs and traditions, with reference to specific times of the year i.e. Christmas, Easter.

Program 5 - "Social Events and Customs"

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Τhis educational program refers to Nursery and Primary School children.

Aims:

This program acquaints children with elements of the social life in a village, as well as with its customs and traditions as they evolve, with a happy occasion in their homes as a stimulus.


Program 6 - "A museum like an old picture"

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Τhis educational program refers to Nursery and Primary School children.

It aims at:

  • the children’s participation in a game of imagination, self-expression and creativity.

    Through such a game, children are sensitized, while dispelling any misconception about Museums and their approach.

Program 7 - "Bread and olives"

The program presents the process of making wheat flour bread and producing olive oil in detail. It is implemented in different areas, according to the process applied and it is divided in three parts.

1) The traditional house outside the Museum – Kneading of bread. Baking bread in the oven.
2) All halls of the Museum, with items related to nutrition as a focal point.
3) The projection room for the projection of transparencies.

The methods applied include an experiential approach (kneading – firing of the oven-baking), the use of oral information as well as the use of visual aids.

It aims at:

1) The comparison between the production process of staple food (bread and olive oil) in the past with that of contemporary times
2) The children’s education combined with entertainment through the application of an experiential approach and the projection of transparencies.
3) Their encouragement to become interested in those two staple foods, which are ubiquitous in the Cretan diet.
4) Their perception of the value of popular tradition and its various aspects.
5) Enrichment of their field of knowledge.

The aforementioned program refers to Junior and High School children and lasts one and a half hours.

Moreover, the museum cooperates with environmental groups that are interested in issues of folk culture and rural life.

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