3nd wonder ejournal final
THE THIRD WONDER
The Seven Countries in
our project announce the
winners of the
Third Wonder of our Re-
gion, The Most Tradi-
In This Issue
Read about what the
teachers did when
they visited Cyprus.
Read about how the
seven countries went
about finding the
most interesting tra-
ditional handicraft of
Comenie Mouse in Europe
Most interesting traditional handicraft Each of the seven schools in our project have been busy visiting places, inviting
specialists at school, researching and making traditional handicrafts from their own
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and news about the work everyone has been doing.
Cyprus - The Fourth Mobility From 5th to 10th June 2014, 20 teachers from 6 countries visited the 1st
Primary School Aradippou, Cyprus within the framework of Comenius pro-
ject – “The seven wonders of our region.” During this time teachers from
Slovakia, Czech Republic, Greece, Turkey, Scotland and Poland took
part in the varied educational program.
The Seven Wonders of our Region Year 1 Volume 3 August 2014
Slovakia Slovakia has discovered the 3rd wonder
Our 3rd wonder is a handicraft called Bobbin lace making. It was not an easy process to discover it. Our pupils were looking for this wonder not just in books, on the internet, but they also asked their grandparents to help them find something in their attics or cellars. They were looking for the pieces of information to create some educational posters which were used to bring interesting knowledge to our whole school/ also to our janitor/ and, as well, they were looking for the exhibits of the handicrafts to be able to create the big presentation of handicrafts. Some craftmen came to our school and so we announced The Day of Handicrafts. We have discovered a lot of handicrafts and a plenty of crafts. Our pupils and parents voted and our 3rd wonder is Bobbin lace making.
The Winner Bobbin lace making
The lace is created by moving a thread with a
A bobbin lace maker in our school
We are learning to create the bobbin lace
Do you want to learn bobbining?
You need to have a boobin roller, a lot of pins with pinheads, bobbins, threads, a lace prototype and a lot of patience.
TŘETÍ DIV V SIVICÍCH –ČESKÁ REPUBLIKA: NEJZAJÍMAVĚJŠÍ TRADIČNÍ Ř
České děti našeho projektu žijí
na venkově. Navštívili jsme a
poznali mnoho zajímavých
řemesel. Děti mají blízko ke
starším, tradičním řemeslům,
která se ve vesnici, kde
žijí ,nazapomněla. Navštívili
jsme i mezinárodní výstavu
tradičních řemesel. Poznali
jsme zemědělská zvířata, chov
dobytka, zemědělské stroje,
navštívili jsme včelaře.
Vítězem se stalo oblíbené
řemeslo – houslař. Byly jsme
na návštěvě u pana Petlacha
v Sivích. Ukázal nám, jak se
vyrábí housle, violy a
kontrabasy. Zkusili jsme i
pracovat s nářadím.
Czech Republic THE THIRD WONDER IN SIVICE— CZECH REPUBLIC THE MOST INTERESTING TRADITIONAL CRAFT
Czech children of our project live in the country. We visited and met many
interesting crafts. Children are close to the older, traditional crafts, which
is in the village where they live. We also visited the international exhibition
of traditional handicrafts. We met farm animals, livestock farming,
agricultural machinery, we visited a beekeeper.
The winner was favorite craft - violin maker. We were visiting Mr. Petlach
in Sivice. He showed us how to make violins, violas and basses. We also
tried to work with the tools.
The Winner Violin maker
Greece Most famous Greek crafts
Our pupils visited the Museum of Popular Art, coloured traditional needle work de-signs and also made their own ones. They designed Ancient Greek pottery on paper, decorated their Easter candles with clay crafts and presented some of their moth-
ers’ and grandmothers’ embroiders.
They also wove a small “carpet”, knitted the Comenius scarf, made sculptures and visited a crafts’ workshop where they painted a ceramic plate and wove on a tra-ditional Greek loom. Finally, we have started making an embroider of the
Comenius logo on camvas.
Traditional needle work de-signs
The Winner Our small carpet
Some of the most famous Greek crafts dating
back even to Ancient Times are:
5. Needle work
Turkey Doll embroidery
We are going on searching our wonders with the participation of all students and teachers. For the third wonder, we discussed a lot and couldn’t decide on a specific handicraft so easily. In the end, we, the teachers, put forward the idea that we should carry out many activities for a variety of our traditional handicrafts and then decision process will be facilitated. This is the traditional handicraft map of our country and we started “doll embroidery” activity with the 7th graders with the guidance of our Art Teacher. It is a traditional handicraft in our region. The students brought some fabric, ropes, needles, wool, cotton and each of them created their own dolls. They wanted me to take them to our partners to give as gifts in Cyprus. We hope you all liked them.
Then, the 7th graders focused on another handicraft “cage embrodiery”. Our culture gives much importance to birds and thus, bird owners would like to prepare beautiful nests for their lovely birds. Some students got carpenters to make wooden cages and they decorated them on their own in Art lessons. Here are the results.
What is next? We are really excited to present our wonders to you. Another traditional art is “ebru” (Turkish art of marbling). Ebru is the art of “writing on water.” I know it sounds interesting but it is an art with the roots dating back many centuries, Ottoman times. Special equipment and an ebru specialist is needed to discover “ebru” art. For this reason, we requested another school management in the vicinity for their atelier, equipment and experienced teacher. Five students and two teachers took part in this discovery. Moreover, an ebru artist accompanied our activity. All the students had much fun and they also sent their first products to the partners.
equipment: special colors, a special comb, paint brushes (made of horse hair), special liquid (called tragacanth)
The Winner EBRU (TURKISH ART OF MARBLING)
Writing on water
The last activity is “jewelry design”. The Comenius Group prepared small gifts for the Cypriot students.
We would like to mention our traditional craft peculiar to our own region as it is by the great Salt Lake. In winter, craftsman put some shapes in some places of the lake. In June or July when the salt level reaches a specific amount, they can obtain some natural shapes. Many tourists buy these shapes as
Unfortunately, we couldnt hold more acitivites for our other traditional handicarfts in our region as our school is not an appropriate place for some handicrafts and we have limited time. However, we will be very pleased to show our other traditional handicrafts in March 2015.
The Winner " Grod foluszek"
Work on discovering the third wonder started during the Comenius
meeting in Brodnica in April.
The meeting was organized in such a way so that the participants
could learn about the traditional handicraft in our region. The group
was quite big, it consisted of 25 students.
Visiting the Nicolaus Copernicus Museum was the first element of the
meeting. Nicolaus Copernicus was an outstanding person of our re-
gion, he made a great discovery in astronomy. At the museum, you
could see the de-
vices he worked
Next, we went to
found out how the
mous all over the world, are pro-
duced. It is a kind of handicraft which
lasts even now. We are very glad that
the participants took part in the gin-
gerbread making activity and thanks
to this wonderful ginger cakes were
Our students have a chance of learning about this carft and of
participation in such activites during their school trips organized
by many teachers.
The visit to the Foluszek settlement was the next step in familiar-
izing the participants with the traditional work. Our guests learnt
about the handicraft present in our region for centuries. At the
workshops, organized in a very interesting way, we turned into a
blacksmith, an archer, a knight, a baker or a farmer.
The students of grade four take part in such activities every year.
These activities give them a lot of knowledge about our tradi-
tional handicraft. Then, they discuss the topic in detail during
their History lessons. What’s more, this year our students made
posters about our traditional handicraft.
The students of the first grade took part in another multimedia
class prepared and conducted by Mrs Salej from our Town Li-
brary. The children found out about the origins and importance
of handicraft in every man’s life. They got to know who an arti-
san is and what kinds of handicraft have lasted till now in our
A wider knowledge of the subject will surely make the childen
respect all the craftsmen more.
The third wonder of our region
„A worker works with his hands, a craftsman
works with his hands and head.” Pino Pellegrino
Tartan Primary 2 designed their
own tartans on the computer.
Tartan has stripes of different
colours and varying breadths.
By varying the colours, the
width and number of stripes,
we can create and design
Comenius 2013-2015 Tartan Design
Primary 6 learned about the history of weaving in Glasgow. Glasgow imported cotton in the 18th century and many peo-ple worked at home using hand looms. P6 learned how to weave using hand looms.
They learned how Glasgow weavers worked in the famous Templeton's building near our school, weaving car-pets for around the world.
Primary 2 visited Primary 6 to find out how to use hand looms and then tried some paper weaving.
This tartan was designed on the computer. It uses all the colours from the flags in our Comenius partnership.
Primary 2’s Tartan designs
After invitation from school, Mr
Orthodox came to school and
showed to children how a pith-
kiavli is made. He did not come
alone as he brought some other
musicians who at the end played
traditional music. Students sang
and danced traditional dances
with the melody of violin and
Students of D'2 class with their teacher Christiana Rokopou made a re-
search for all traditional handicrafts and chose pithiavli, a small traditional
flute as the best handicraft. Then they asked all around to find persons
who make this kind of flutes and they were surprised to find out that a par-
ent of our school was having a hobby in creating traditional music instru-
ments. His name is Orthodox and he is actually a professional violin
The Winner Pithkiavli
Day 2: Larnaca touring
After the coordinators’
meeting all participants
had a touring in the
near town of Larnaca
seeing St. Lazarus
church, a medieval
castle and the Palm
trees promenade. At
night there were festivi-
ties for the celebration
of the Holy spirit and
Larnaca hosts the
Day 3: Day trip to
The whole day was
dedicated for a long trip
onto Troodos mountain
–the green lung of the
island where we visited
the Kykkos Monastery
and a winery in Koilani
Cyprus - The Fourth Mobility Early in June this year a trip was made in the island of Cyprus for the 4th mobility.
The hosted school was 1st Primary school of Aradippou, a town in the southeast of
Cyprus. The meeting attended 18 teachers from all schools participating in our pro-
gram. The program of the whole visit was educational and full of surprises.
Day 1:Visit to school
A short welcome ceremony was prepared by the teachers and school with Cypriot
traditional songs and dances. Then teachers presented their countries in class ses-
sions. Grandparents participated in an hour festivity which was dedicated to tradition.
They played traditional music, danced and cooked traditional Cypriot food. At night a
grand ceremony was made in an open-air theatre where students presented a theat-
rical play to all the community.