Logo Competition, October-November
Pupils from all the different school levels participate to the competition, and produced remarkable results; the help of Art teachers was essential: they gave the students initial guidelines on what a logo is, supported them in their creativity, suggesting different possible techniques, and last but not least were helpful in selecting the most effective logos among the all that were produced.
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Class/school presentations, October-November

Skype Session 1 January 2014, England-Italy;Skype Session 2, February 2014, Turkey-Italy;Skype Session 3, April 2014, Spain-Italy;
Pupils from all the different school levels participate to these Skype meetings, accordint to their different levels of competence in English.
For all of them Skype Sessions represent a great chance to get in touch with peers from the partner countries in a motivating and "lively" communicative context: synchronicity adds value to the idea of being working with other countries, and it's an opportunity to use a "foreign language" with a meaningful communicative aim. Pupils always look forward to the next Skype Session, and are eager to be able to say something, and understand what is being told them. It's a pity that our schools' Internet connections problems have sometimes represented a temporary obstacle to an "easy" realization of the Skype Sessions we planned.
All the 4 schools of our institution set up a COMENIUS S.E.E.D. CORNER, to showcase the main features of the Project, give some information on the participating partner countries and schools, and offer a regular synthetic updating of the Project progress to the school community as a whole. All students, teachers, parents have an opportunity to know "What's going on", just having a look at what is showcased in our SEED Corner.
We hoped we could have a similar, virtual space on the school web site, but this wasn't finally possible because of a number of "Privacy rules".
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The pupils at the kindergarten work at preparing the vegetable and flower planters.
With the help of parents and teachers they had the planters built, and start preparing the ground and sowing different kinds of vegetables and flowers, which are chosen on the basis of "interviews" with parents and grandparents, and on the latter's experience.
All activities carried out are accompanied by "reports", based on drawings or photos illustrating the experience and fixing it. Here is just an example.
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The first class of primary school "Da Vinci" work on the partner countries' flags and make researches about their different culture and traditions, while the other classes of the primary school work in the garden; they also sow some green manure that will be later used to fertilize our vegetable gardens.

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Some of these activities were carried out in cooperation with the pupils of the kindergarten. One of our aims in participating to the this Project as a Comprehensive School Istittution was trying to "work together", cooperating across different school levels: thus we always encouraged collaborative, common experiences.

At primary school "Vespucci" the pupils work to prepare in the space of their garden that can be devoted to the vegetable garden; they also start sowing and growing a number of vegetables and flowers in vases that they keep in the classes.Futher more, they create some little decorative objects with natural elements, which they will give as a present to partner countries teachers during the hosting mobility. They also start to produce soap and perfume bells using aromatic herbs and natural materials.
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At the low secondary school "Roncalli" the students of class 1^ A and 1^C prepare a number of botanical cards, with their Science teacher; the cards illustrate the main features of the aromatic herbs, and some vegetable, that the students are going to plant in the garden. The students search for the information they need on the Web, and then they process and organise it, with their teacher's help, to produce a synthetic text. Then, they write it on a coloured card, enriching it with a drawing.
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The students also measure the area of the outside garden where the planters will be built. They were assisted by their Art and Maths teachers. Students are then asked to draw their own hypotheses about the shape and the number of planters which are likely to be built in the area; they improve and apply their knowledge in Maths and Geometry, as well as their aesthetic views about what the result should look like.
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Journals, December/March

March- June
The students of the low secondary school "Roncalli" finally start building the planters and planting and sowing vegetables and aromatic herbs.2014-04-11-763.jpg 2014-04-11-769.jpg 2014-04-11-772.jpg 2014-04-11-774.jpg
With the teachers' help the students measure the area where the 4 planters are planned to be; then they define each planter perimeter, putting some sticks in the ground. They finally build the planters, using recycled wooden planks. Then, they fill the planters with "good earth", rich fertilising soil, water it, wait...And start sowing and palnting.
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Later on, when the seeds and little seedlings finally become plants, the students spend some time observing them carefully, drawing characteristic leaves and flowers and prepare little labels, to distinguish and identify the different plants and vegetables grown in the garden.

At the end of May, the vegetable garden finally begins to show real, recognizable "products"...
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The final harvest is quite rich and various !
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and it gives us us the opportunity to cook a number of traditional dishes:

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Pasta e Fagioli ,Torta di zucca, Peperoni ripieni al forno, Parmigiana alle melanzane....

The recipes will be collected in a booklet, together with those of the other partner countries.

At the end of the first year, all pupils and staff members involved are given a questionnaire to fill in, in order to monitor the project progress and have a feedback from all participants. Here are some samples.

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At the end of the school year the teachers and pupils of the kindergarten organise a big celebration event which includes traditional songs and games of the different partner countries. Some teachers from the other school grades, local authority representatives and lots of parents are present, enjoyed the event and appreciate the Project's idea and aims and the teachers' engagement in carrying it out.
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Journals, March- June