Lietuvos švietimo istorijos muziejus
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MR. VARNAS PAINTED A PAINTING

his new educational program of the museum is dedicated to develop drawing skills. It was created using the methodology prepared by artist A. Varnas. Participants will learn that hidden and sometimes intangible geometry are the foundations of a work of art, and geometric principles give the painting a sense of integrity and harmony. In the specially prepared educational space, students will discover geometry hidden under artistic means of expression, familiarise themselves with Montessori teaching tools by testing geometric insertions, learn to use geometric forms in the creative process and create a work of art.

DURATION 45 MIN.

JOURNEY OF THE LOST OWL:

FROM THE PAST TO THE PRESENT

Mystery educational game that requires orientational skills. Participants solve the tasks according to the hints received, they are familiarised with the history of Lithuanian education, as well as museum values. By learning to use the map, the participants develop the abilities of spatial thinking and orientation in the environment. This activity develops students' willingness to know and take over the nation's historical memory.

DURATION 45 MIN.

FOR PUPILS AGED 11-15 YEARS.

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THE PATH OF LITHUANIAN BOOK SMUGGLER

This is the pageant performed by students at the restored nineteenth-century secret school.  Participants of the educational activity will be introduced to the collection of exhibits accumulated in the museum, reflecting the period of prohibition of the printing in Latin characters and the activities of book smugglers (1864-1904), the most important historical facts of this period are also presented. Participants share roles (the teacher of the secret school, book smuggler, gendarme, secret school students) and act. Students change into the clothes of the residents of the time and receive all the requisites necessary for the performance.

DURATION 45 MIN.

FOR PUPILS AGED 12-16 YEARS

 TIME TO BITE THE BULLET:

RECOGNIZE AND EXPERIENCE

Pupils are playfully introduced to educational and disciplinary measures (punishments) applied in Lithuanian schools. During the activity, students are presented with the story of how disobedient children were educated and disciplined in Lithuanian schools: scourges were used to change the behavior of children back then. In the nineteenth century state schools punishment tablets were used to Rusify the Lithuanian people, and in the secret schools the teacher stumbled disobedient children on peas. Authentic educational measures and a restored school environment (such as the nineteenth-century Russian government school) allow pupils to feel the spirit and mood of the school at the time.

DURATION 45 MIN.

FOR PUPILS AGED 12-16 YEARS
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ONE DAY AT INTERWAR SCHOOL

The most informative and interactive educational activity, which reveals the authentic picture of the interwar school, the atmosphere of learning, school traditions, introduces the tools and subjects taught. The educational class consists of a theatrical introduction to the interwar education system, short improvised lessons of Lithuanian, calligraphy, history, calculation, geography and a break with games that were played by grandparents, as well as punishments and incentives.

DURATION 45 MIN.

FOR PUPILS AGED 11-15 YEARS

SCHOOL THEN AND NOW

Theatrical tour, during which visitors visit the main exhibition of the museum, presenting the history of the Lithuanian school from the late fourteenth to the late twentieth centuries. The tour guide draws attention to the different curricula of different periods, the writing tools used, the teaching methods used, and the penalties. To enhance the impression, the guide is wearing a stylized outfit and allows visitors to test exhibits or copies of them along the way, such as kneeling on peas, checking eyes with a stereoscope, and sitting on a school bench.

DURATION 45 MIN.

FOR PUPILS AGED 11-18 YEARS
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I AM A SYMBOL

For a long time, people have believed that there are things that carry success, we called them amulets. In the past, amulets were made of amber, clay or bones and decorated with a variety of symbols and ornaments. Each symbol had its own meaning, some expressed the sun and others expressed life or fire. Come and learn the meanings of ancient Balts symbols and create an amulet that will bring you success!

DURATION 45 MIN.

FOR PUPILS AGED 7-13

FROM ICON TO PERMUTATION

Encoding is the provision of information using a system of specific symbols and rules. In accordance with this definition, language and script are also codes. What other codes do you know? How often do you encode information in your life? This new program will introduce you to a variety of man-made codes: icons and hieroglyphs, Braille and sign language, Enigma coding machine and Morse alphabet. This educational activity is aimed at those who are interested in human communication history, want to try out old writing tools, “measure” the secretary's profession, transmit a message in the Morse code and understand how a blind person reads.

DURATION 45 MIN.

FOR PUPILS AGED 7-13 YEARS
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THE MONTESSORI CURRICULUM

It is an educational programme consisting of two independent sessions. It includes theoretical and practical parts designed to introduce Montessori's teaching tools and their application in objective lessons.

DURATION 45 MIN.

FOR PUPILS AGED 7-13

THE POWER OF MATHEMATICS

Do you know what length is measured in inches, spans or fathoms?  Have you tried to count with wooden calculators?  Do you know what a flexagon is? We invite everyone including those who love mathematics and those who think they don't understand the power of magical numbers. We promise that the new educational program “Power of Mathematics” will charm each participants.

DURATION 45 MIN.

FOR PUPILS AGED 7-13 YEARS
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HOW DOES DADDY READ?

If you want to experience the pleasure of live reading, feel the character of a book by becoming one, come and play a role when you read it, act what you read - open the door to your theatre!

DURATION 45 MIN.

FOR PUPILS AGED 7-11 YEARS

LEGENDS IN NATURE

When was the last time you went into the forest? Have you heard what trees and birds are saying?  Come, learn how our ancestors interacted with the nature around them, recognize its symbols and create a little wonder of nature.

DURATION 45 MIN.

FOR PUPILS AGED 1-9 YEARS
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CALLIGRAPHY AT INTERWAR LITHUANIAN SCHOOL

Do you know what benches your grandparents were sitting on at school? Have you tried to write fancy letters in calligraphy? Come to us and you'll see, try and enjoy your extraordinary abilities.  

DURATION 45 MIN.

FOR PUPILS AGED 7-10 YEARS

THE PATH OF SCRIPT

You will be introduced to the history of the script in Lithuanian schools. Take a look at the original writing tools and try their copies – write in wax and griffle tables, roll the letters with a real goose pen!

DURATION 45 MIN.

FOR PUPILS AGED 11-18 YEARS
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SECRET SCHOOL OF NINETEENTH CENTURY

Take part in a live history lesson – move to the nineteenth century and experience a fate of a secret school student, pass the risky path of a book smuggler, and appreciate the sacrificing work of a secret school teacher.

DURATION 45 MIN.

FOR PUPILS AGED 10-15 YEARS

MOM, WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DO?

Guide invites children to the exhibition of the Nature Educational Instruments and communicates with children about their leisure interests, games that they play. The educator shares memories of their childhood games and invites children to play. Children get a variety of tools to create and play games (boxes with sand, stones, seashells, drawing and cutting tools).

DURATION 45 MIN.

FOR PUPILS AGED 1-8 YEARS

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HELP ME DO IT MYSELF

For this activity a thoughtful and purposeful Montessori teaching system has been chosen on the methodical basis. Here children create themselves through targeted activities. Everything is based on exercises or tasks that are of interest to the pupil instead of compulsion and orders. Each task motivates the creative behaviour and encourages self-thinking. In the class, pupils work individually, they are not limited by time or interfered by adults. During the education process, pupils get creative tasks that relate to subjects taught at school. All the tools used during education are purposefully selected and ready to promote the creative process. Educators introduce children to the task, but leave full room for manoeuvre to carry out the task. All tasks provide traditional things in non-traditional ways. For example, with the help of coloured squares, children learn how to extract a root, solve a binomial or trinomial cube equation with the help of a puzzle, put together a European map puzzle, draw a painting using only geometric shapes, use abacus creatively, conjugate or inflect on a specially prepared board on a wall, multiply double-digit or larger numbers on a special board with the help of beads, perform tasks with fractions, etc. After completing one task, the pupil takes on another. The methodology of this educational programme is exceptional because it gives children full freedom to act and achieve a good result, it eliminates competition, the teaching is based on observation and fantasy. The tools used in this activity allow students to take a creative look at the usual school subjects and become even more interested in them after finding a completely unexpected solution to the task. Pupils get full freedom for self-realization. They are not valued or compared to each other.

DURATION 45 MIN.

FOR PUPILS AGED 11-15 YEARS

PORTRAITS OF PLANTS

In the exhibition hall “Old Nature Sciences Visual Training Measures. The first half of the twentieth century” participants of the educational class are introduced to the poster of plants in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries and parts of selected plants. The use of paintings, simulations and other demonstration objects explores how plant organs work. The educational workshop discusses how plants are adapted to the conditions of life and survival in their body structure. Theoretical knowledge shall be established by colouring parts of plants.

DURATION 45 MIN.

FOR PUPILS AGED 11-15 YEARS
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