Education isn’t all about knowledge and information. It is beyond knowing the facts. What is more important is going beyond the lesson presented, finding a connection and the relevance of what is learned in the classroom to our day-to-day lives.
A timely discussion on Earth Day had arise as we were discussing about Inventions and Technology in Science. We talked about our collective responsibility to our community and our home planet as we think of inventions as solutions to problems we have presently. And as a way to promote awareness of these problems, the children have come up with poster delivering a message to everyone.
If you want more ideas on how you can show your appreciation for our home planet, check out this article: 101 Ways to Love the Earth.
As a culminating activity in Social Studies for this quarter, the Grade 1 students held a Market Day. This activity aimed to immerse the students in the economic process. They produced the goods they sold, marketed and advertised them. They engaged as both producer and consumer, at the same time explored basic economic concepts, such as marking down items on sale and others. They started by making their own business plan with their business partners, and some independently. They put great effort into thinking of what product would click in the market, at the same time feasible for them to produce given the limited time. They came up with their own company logo and business name, and thought of posters for advertisement.
(Left to right) We had four stores: Smiggle Smiggle Kids sold Fruit Punch juice; Fruit Cars sold Apple and Grape Kebobs; Kids Pops sold Grape Popsicles; and Card Store sold Custom-made Cards.
The children enjoyed this activity from start to finish. They felt a sense of accomplishment having done everything – from planning, to production, to selling. And they felt thrilled having “earned” money. Though, that wasn’t the end of it. After the activity, we talked about profit and loss… and would you have guessed if the children gained profit, or was it a loss?