The children have gotten to a great start of the school year as they adjust to our classroom routines and get to know their friends in school. As we end the First Quarter, let me share with you what the Nursery kids have been learning.
In ELA, the children are learning more about books. They learned the different parts of a book and how to properly handle a book. Even though they are not readers, they are able to use their imagination and tell their stories about the pictures they see in books when we have Reading Centers.
Every week we learn a new letter; how it sounds, words beginning in the letter, as well as the proper way of tracing/writing the letters. During our Center Time activities, children are able to practice and learn more about the letter for the week. They enjoy making crafts on every letter, as well have practice their creativity and art skills. Center Time activities help them recall and recognize the letter using different materials.
We also have read alouds during Math; the stories read introduce the topic for the week. This quarter we focused on counting and recognizing numerals. Each week, we discuss a new number for them to be able to understand the concept of numbers and help them practice counting. We use different materials for them to practice counting, such as animal counters, counting sticks, clay, and unifix cubes. We utilize different manipulative and materials during Center Time to ensure that the children are having fun, as well as learning.
In Social Studies and Science, we are learning more about ourselves and as well as the children around us.
For science, we are exploring the different parts of our body and what we can do to take care of our body. We discussed about how each part of our body function and discovered how our senses function. We had a smelling activity and tried to guess the different items on the cup. We also identified which one smells good and bad.
In our discussion about the sense of touch, the topic was integrated with Social Studies. We talked about “Then and Now” where we discussed how we have changed from babies to big girls and boys.
Then we had an activity to explore our sense of touch. We crawled like babies and used our hands to touch and feel the textured floor. Then we used our feet, just like big girls and boys, and walked on the textured floor. We also added paint and had a footprint mural, and cold water to wash off the paint.
These are only a few of the activities that we have done in class, and we’re looking forward to more exciting and fun learning experience with these bunch. It was truly an amazing start of the school year.
February 8, 2017 was a special day for our students; it was the day that marked their 100 days of going to school. This being said, they are now 100 days smarter and wiser. Since their first day of school, students are anticipating this event gives them a sense of accomplishment and achievement.
We celebrated this event with the Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten. We had different activities that also further develop their skills in the different subjects. The students also came in with 100 things on their shirts.
We started the day with a Parachute exercise with Coach Vance.
After the movement activity, we welcomed our special guest, Ms. Rica. She read the children a story.
For snacks, the whole Early Years had a picnic in the playground. The students were able to mingle with other kids from the different levels.
After our snacks, we prepared Center Activities which incorporates skills from different Core Subjects.
We decorated a fan with has 100 written in Chinese. The children also learned the word and how to write it in Chinese.
We listen to the story: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. They talked about how people would look like when they are 100 years old. They also predicted on how a tree would look like after 100 years. Then they made a tree mural on how their tree would like in 100 years.
On our last center, the students decorated their 100 Days hat.
To end the celebration, students were awarded with their 100 Days badge.
We’re half way towards the end of the school year and we would like to share our daily routine in English Language Arts.
We start our day with a few songs such as:
Children regularly listen to stories and even made up their own stories based on what they see in pictured books. Stories during Read Aloud introduce the different letters for every week and helps children practice their listening skills. Read Aloud also paves way in helping build their vocabulary as they learn new words from the books read to them.
We use different play activities to support letter and sound recognition that is also engaging for children. Activities such as digging for letters or pictures, matching flower pots, and simple puzzles are some of the activities we do in Nursery.
Our Center Time Activities serve as support in the learning of letters and its sound. It is also a way for children to exercise their fine-motor skills and creativity.
We use letters to form different animals or objects that begin with that letter; this is also one way of helping children remember the letters better.
We practice writing using different writing tools. We also use clay to form the letters as a an exercise for their fine-motor. Children also enjoy using ink dabbers to form the letters and help them practice the proper stroke of the letters.
Letter find, alphabet insets, free drawing, and reading time are some of the activities the nursery children enjoy.
These simple activities continue to help the Nursery children grasp different concepts and skills presented to them in a fun and meaningful way.