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.
Being in an international community, the children are exposed to different cultures and traditions that they see and learn from school and their classmates. The best avenue to teach them about diversity is from learning about the different culture and traditions of the people within their class. We talked about how our class is composed of unique individuals. We discussed how we are the same and different as well.
The children explored on the culture and traditions of their home country. The children had a chance to research about their country of origin and share what they learned to their class.
We started with the host country, Philippines. We saw pictures of different beaches and introduced to some of Filipino dishes. We found out that most of us has been to a lot of beach here in the Philippines. Also, most of us have tried and loves Adobo. We made pastillas, sweet delicacy from the Philippines.
We learned about Sweden and the Midsummer Celebration. We tried their chocolate and was taught a dance that they perform during Midsummer – “The Rocket”.
We talked about India and learned about the Holi Festival. We saw pictures of animals and temples from India. We also tried Carrot Pudding, a dessert known in India.
We learned about Germany and their Oktoberfest. We learned new words in German and also tried German Sausage.
When we discussed about the country USA, we learned that a few of our classmates has been there already. We made hotdogs, a food known in the States. We also tried potato pancakes.
Learning about each others’ country and their culture was meaningful to the children. It made them happy knowing that they shared something that is theirs to the other kids in their class. It made them realize that we all have different things from our home countries that we can share with other people.
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.
In Social Studies, we are also learning different people in our community; we talk about how and who are those that help us in different ways.
We learned about the people who keep us and our family healthy; the doctors, the nurse, and the dentists. Also those that keep our pets and other animals healthy, the veterinarians. We talked to the nurse in our school to find out what she does and how she help keep us healthy.
We then got to be doctors, nurses, and even veterinarians during our pretend play activity. We took turn finding out how we can help our “patients” healthy.
Our doctors checked their patients and made sure they are healthy.
The nurses checked if the patients eyes are clear using our own Snellen Chart.
The veterinarians also took care of our pets and made sure they are not sick.