Unit of inquiry
Moving further with the unit of inquiry, properties of plastic were discussed (hard, colourful, waterproof) and students were shown different objects made of the material.
An experiment was conducted to investigate materials that are waterproof. Assorted soft toys were wrapped in different packing materials like foil, paper, plastic, fabric etc. and were dipped in water. Students observed and illustrated their findings of waterproof material.
- Sound ‘b’ was introduced through various picture cards and objects from the immediate environment were used too.
- Reinforcement of the sounds ‘a’, ‘o’, ‘m’, ‘l’, ‘i’, ‘s’, ‘t’, ‘f’, ‘g’ and ‘h’ was undertaken using audio-visuals, phonics songs and puzzle cards.
- Students enjoyed singing an action song ‘open shut them…’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LbZSyx-7Xo
- Language was integrated with Unit of inquiry where the “Three little pigs” story was narrated along with the props. Later discussion was done on the different materials with which the huts were made. Students enjoyed performing the role play of the story with props.
- The numbers 0 -7 were revisited.
- Flashcards were used to introduce number 8 and quantity was associated with the written number.
- The concept of full/half/empty was introduced. Students coloured the cut-outs of glasses labeled as full/half/empty and pasted the blue paper cutouts to denote quantity.
As a part of the early years’ skill-building programme, that refines student’s motor skills; students were engaged in a wide range of activities like beading, pegging, threading and transferring with tongs or tweezers, extensions exercises with Montessori Brown stairs and Pink cubes, Knobless Cylinders. Transferring solids (beans and rice) and sorting colourful beads was undertaken too.
- Art was also integrated with Language where students coloured within the outline of the sound ‘b’ and created a beautiful boat using the dot technique.
Students have been practicing basic stance for cricket and also target practice to improve hand-eye coordination during balling.
The students sang ‘choti choti chidiya’, ‘I love you, you love me’ and ‘I love the pit- pit patter of the raindrops’ individually on the microphone and together as a choir. The students also applied various dynamics (loud, soft, fast and slow) to their singing.
The students stressed on basic dance routines based on level. The concepts of posture and dancing statue were also introduced for a better understanding of posture.
The students were read a picture book ‘Peck peck peck’ by Author Lucy Cousins. The story revolved around a little woodpecker who had just learned to peck. He was having so much fun that he pecked right through a door, sneaked inside and pecked everything from the hat to the mat, the racket to the jacket, the teddy bear to a book. The students were drawn to the bird’s exuberance for learning a new skill and the pecked holes in the book were a source of delight.