A brief introduction to me – I’m Melina, a Greek-Australian, and the author of a new bilingual children’s picture book Catch that Cat!
For the past fifteen years I have been developing programs and curriculum resources for children, schools and teachers in a major art gallery in Brisbane.
It is important to me to nurture ties with my country of birth, Greece, and I regularly visit the island of Kythera, where the book is set. The main reason I decided to write this blog, was to help strengthen the bonds between bilingual communities and educators, in an effort to promote a wider sense of intercultural understanding, as well as respect and compassion, at home and in schools.
I believe that instilling a strong sense of self and belonging in our kids will help to strengthen their relationships, increase their self-confidence, and allow them to experience meaningful connections. I think this can be achieved through fun and engaging educational programs and culturally-rich learning experiences at museums, galleries, libraries, festivals, and cultural centres.
Through this blog I’ll be exploring the experiences of migrant children and their families and look at ways they can assimilate more easily into their new communities. In addition, I’ll be considering how teachers can promote tolerance and understanding in the classroom, as well as sharing tips for inclusive learning techniques. As a Greek-Australian, I’ll also be writing about some of my own experiences and of course my love of all things Greek!
But don’t worry it won’t be serious and educational all the time! I want you to have fun and enjoy reading my posts too. There will be plenty of information, useful links, fun activities, and interesting content for you to dip in and out of as you wish. I’d be pleased if you could join me on this journey!
By sharing my thoughts, I hope I am able to bring together parents, educators, and communities and create an atmosphere where we can discuss and share ideas that are important to us all.
Paniyiri book launch update!
May 29, 2015
3 tips to encourage children to share their personal stories