Blog – 8th to 12th October

Unit of inquiry

Moving ahead with the current unit of inquiry, the students probed their tactile sense. For young minds, the tactile sense is the key to understand the world around them. An experiment was conducted using trays and bowls that were filled with hot/cold water for them to touch and differentiate between the temperatures. They dipped their feet in the tray and hands in a bowl. The students further explored their tactile sense when they walked bare feet on the touchy feet tray, touched and experienced random textures placed in the trays (like hard/smooth marbles, smooth/soft ribbon, soft leaves, pricky twigs, bumpy bubble wrappers, soft/squishy sponge, rough scotch brite/sandpaper etc.)

 

 

Popcorn being a multi-sensory snack was used as a tool which incorporated all the five senses. The students were given popcorns to taste and were asked to describe it using all the senses they could use.

 

Another experiment was conducted in the class where their sense of taste was assessed. Each student was given a pinch of salt and castor sugar to taste and were asked to differentiate between the two (since the visuals are same for both) by smelling, seeing and touching. It was tricky for them to make the predictions without tasting, so the importance of olfactory sense was evident as they could differentiate between salt and sugar.

 

Language

The language was integrated with the unit of inquiry, where all the 5 senses were reinforced through a song/story and a rhyme shown through audio-visuals.

Song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mx-2oEvZ5dg

Story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Rf0f2-6c4I

Rhyme: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXXiyIGqliE

Reinforcement of the sounds ‘a’, ‘o’, ‘m’, ‘l’ and ‘i’ were done through a mixed pool game using picture cards associated with the sounds.

Math

Reinforcement of 2D shapes was undertaken where students were given various objects from the immediate environment in a mixed pool which they sorted out under different shapes (circle, triangle, square and rectangle).

Numerals 1, 2, 3 and 4 were reinforced through number rhymes and flashcards.

As a part of the early years’ skill-building programme, the students explored their sense of touch as they discovered the texture of sand.

 

To refine motor skills students have been involved in a wide range of activities like pegging, transferring with tongs, stacking of blocks, spooning of marbles, working with pink cubes and brown stairs.

Art

Art was integrated with the language where reinforcement of sound ‘i’ was done by cotton dabbing activity. Students coloured the igloo by cotton dabbing using paint.

Physical education

Students practiced basic basketball skills like stance, holding the ball, throwing the ball, both hand dribble and also played some recreational games like running in a group, exercises in a group.

Music

The students sang a song on shapes: https://youtu.be/QBD7CB-rroo. They also played a steady beat on the shaker.

Dance

Students stressed on basic dance routines and loco-motor skills like jumping and crawling with the song ‘ram sam sam’.

Library

The students listened to the story ‘Deron goes to nursery school’ by Ifeoma Onefulu.

The book portrayed a young child’s very first experience in school. Deron and his mum got ready for his first day at his nursery school. When they arrived, they met his teacher and other children. Deron indulged in a little a bit of writing, sang songs and danced, had lunch and a little nap time. He loved his first day at school so much that after reaching home, he couldn’t wait to go back again and play with his new friends. The students felt connected to the story and also loved sharing their personal experiences of how they get ready every day to come to school.

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Blog – 1st to 5th October

Unit of inquiry

An experiment was conducted where students were asked to touch various materials kept in the class and express their tactile sensations as soft, hard, rough, smooth and spongy.

Feely hands activity was undertaken to reinforce tactile sense. Students were given small pieces of different textures (sandpaper, satin ribbon, kidney beans, wool, and scotch brite) to feel and paste on the fingertips of the hand cut outs of paper.

The tactile sense was further strengthened with another activity where students created sensory balloons by filling distinctive textured things like kidney beans, rice, flour, sand, water, sponge and marbles. Subsequently, they practiced sorting and pairing balloons using their sense of touch.

Language

The sound ‘i’ was introduced through various picture cards and objects from the class environment.  

Language was integrated into the unit of inquiry when students enjoyed a song on five senses.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjStjS1QKyw

Reinforcement of the sounds ‘a’, ‘o’, ‘m’ and ‘l’ were done through audio-visuals and phonics songs.

Math

As part of numeracy, the concept of ‘few/many/none’ was introduced. Students were given paper baskets to fill with flower cut-outs to understand the concept of quantity.

The students were introduced to the number 4 formation and its quantity.

Students explored 2D shaped rectangular objects within the class environment (like a door, smartboard, cupboard, recycle bin, books, puzzle boards, tool box etc.) while engaging in a ‘shape hunt’ game. They enjoyed pasting pictures of similar objects on a cut out of a rectangle.

 

Numerals 1, 2, and 3 were reinforced through number rhymes and flashcards.

As a part of the early years skill-building programme, the students were encouraged to explore play dough as it is great for strengthening muscle tone in little hands – squishing, squashing, rolling, flattening play dough all develop muscles and address prewriting skills and sensory needs.

Students enhanced their tactile sense by working on the ‘touch boards’ where they experienced the various grades of textures from rough to smooth (smooth to smoothest/rough to roughest).

 Art

Art was integrated with language

  • Reinforcement of sound ‘m’ was done where students used the technique of flower dabbing on the outline of a marigold on a sheet.
  • Reinforcement of sound ‘o’ was done when students created an owl craft.

Physical education 

Students were introduced to the game of basketball, where they learned basketball skills like dribbling, the main focus is getting them acclimated to working in a team setting with others. 

 

Music

The students sang on the microphone individually and were assessed on their singing skills. They also took turns to play the xylophone.

Dance

Basic dance routines were stressed and loco-motor skills jumping and crawling were introduced.

Library

Pre-nursery was read an illustrated and informative book ‘The very hungry caterpillar’ by author Eric Carle. It was a story of a caterpillar dissecting the pangs and toils of its life, the book provided a lot of information to the children and at the same time enhanced their vocabulary and persuaded them to think about the number of days in a week/naming certain food items/the stages of evolution of a caterpillar etc.

Blog – 24th to 28th September

Unit of inquiry

Students were taken for a nature walk in school where they explored different textures. They used their tactile sense to collect objects and differentiate between soft green leaf, rough dry leaves, coarse stones, jagged twigs, fluffy feathers, moist flowers, small grainy stones.

 

Moving further with the current theme, all five senses were reinforced through an activity conducted in class wherein they witnessed the process of making popcorn, smelling the butter, hearing the sputter- spatter of corn and eating it. Students brainstormed to describe the popcorn by correlating it to their five senses:

  • Taste-salty
  • Smell-buttery
  • Sound-crunchy
  • Visuals-yellow/white
  • Texture-bumpy

Language

The sound ‘l’ was introduced through various picture cards and objects.

Language was integrated with unit of inquiry where students enjoyed singing a song on five senses.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjStjS1QKyw

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Reinforcement of the sounds ‘a’, ‘o’ and ‘m’ was done through audio-visuals and phonics songs.

Math

Students explored 2D square shaped objects in class while engaging in a ‘shape hunt’ game. They enjoyed pasting pictures of similar objects on a square cut out.

Maths was integrated with unit of inquiry where students tasted various drinks and identified sweet, salty, sour and bitter by using their gustatory sense. Later, students created a pictograph by pasting the pictures to represent their choice of taste and learned to analyse the data from the graph.

Students practiced drawing 2D shapes like circle, triangle and square using drawing insets. They also practised drawing lines within the boundary of the shape. This helped in enhancing their eye- hand coordination.

Numerals 1, 2, and 3 were reinforced through number rhymes and flash cards.

To enhance their thinking skills, a Venn diagram was used as a tool for organizing/sorting things into categories (olfactory sense and gustatory sense).

As a part of the early year’s skill-building programme, the students enjoyed scribbling on the slate. This activity encourages them to translate their imagination on to the slate and further helps in strengthening their pincer grip.

To refine motor skills students have been involved in a wide range of activities like pegging, transferring with tongs, stacking of blocks, spooning of marbles, working with pink cubes and brown stairs.

Students were introduced to touch boards where they used their tactile sense to touch and feel different textured boards thereby developing their vocabulary for new words like rough and smooth.

Art

Art was integrated with language, where reinforcement of sound ‘l’ was undertaken. The students created a lion by colouring within the outline of the sound ‘l’ and pasted the face and tail cut out of a lion.

Physical education

Students are working on their energy level, agility and making themselves aware of different movements of rhythmic exercise.

 

Music

Students explored the xylophone and learned what it is made up of and how it is played. They also did some vocal exercises like humming and lip drills and sang their favourite songs.

Dance

The students stressed on basic dance routines based on different levels. The concepts of posture and dancing statue were also introduced through which they developed a better understanding of posture.

Library

They loved listening to a Hindi book called ‘Mere palang ke neeche’ by author Anupa Lal.

The story was about a small boy who saw a strange thing lurking under his bed. His wild imaginations scared him so much that he could not even get up to get water for himself.

Eventually the mother pulls out a tiger patterned sweater from under his bed and they both laughed it off. It was a tale of being imaginative and overcoming fears.

Blog – 17th to 20th September

Unit of inquiry

For the refinement of the olfactory sense and to be able to differentiate between odours and fragrances, students were given jars containing things which smelled different. Students used their sense of smell to sort and pair pleasant fragrance and unpleasant odours.

Moving further with the current unit, the sense of taste (gustatory sense) was explored using various tasting solutions. Students were given an opportunity to taste four basic flavours: sweet (Roohafza), sour (lemonade), salty (butter milk) and bitter (decaffeinated coffee solution).

Language

Reinforcement of the sounds ‘a’, ‘o’ and ‘m’ was done through audio-visuals and phonics songs.

Unit of inquiry was integrated with language as a part of media literacy, students were shown a video on healthy eating habits and various tastes/flavours present in food.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDAvE6HNjn0

As a part of vocabulary enhancement, students learned the names of basic tastes like sweet, sour, salty and bitter.

To enhance their listening skills a story ‘The very hungry caterpillar’ by Eric Carle was narrated using props and audio-visuals as aids. Through this story, names of various fruits, food items and names of the days in a week/number sequence were also reinforced.

Math

Reinforcement of the concept of big and small was done where students were given various objects in a mixed pool and they sorted out big from small.

As a part of the early year’s skill-building programme, students were taught how to transfer objects from one bowl to another using tongs.  This activity aimed at developing hand/eye coordination and fine motor skills.

As an extension to Brown stairs and Pink cubes, construction of the wall was introduced to the students using these Montessori manipulative materials. Through this activity, students enhanced their dimensional awareness of the breadth and size.

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Art

Art was integrated with Math:

  • Where students made a caterpillar craft by pasting different coloured circles in a sequence to create a pattern
  • Where numeral 3 was reinforced through a colouring and pasting activity. Students coloured a picture of a tree with 3 apples and as a follow up pasted bits of coloured papers on the tree, apples and the tree trunk.

Physical education

Students are learning to make different shapes like circle, triangle etc. with the help of cones. By doing this activity they are enhancing and developing their agility and balance.

 

Music

The students learned how to do lip drills as a vocal exercise. They also sang their favourite rhymes like ‘baby shark’, ‘pit pit patter’ and ‘five little monkeys’.

Dance

The students stressed on basic dance routines based on different levels. The concept of posture and dancing statue were also introduced through which they developed a better understanding of posture.

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Library

Students were read a story called, ‘Llama Llama shopping drama’ by Anna Dewdney. The story about Mama Llama on a  shopping trip sees her baby Llama as an unhappy young one. He wanted to play and not shop with mama and soon enough he made sure that everything was flying out of the shopping cart! The baby Llama was being naughty in the store and mummy llama controls the situation and got him to understand as to how the baby llama needed to act . The story is full of fun rhymes and beautiful illustrations.

Blog – 10th to 14th September

Unit of inquiry

To further reiterate the olfactory sense and for students to distinguish between pleasant and unpleasant smell, a small activity was undertaken. Various bowls containing lemon leaf, basil leaf, rose flower, baby talc, a tube of winter cream, a bottle of body lotion, an onion, garlic cloves, some stale vegetables, and a banana peel were given to students to smell and sort pictures under pleasant and unpleasant odour.

Unit of inquiry was further integrated with language when students enjoyed the story about little koel finding his song written by Kunal Kundu. The story was presented using props and an audio-visual tool. Students learned about the chirping sounds made by different birds.

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Language

The sound ‘m’ was introduced through various picture cards and objects from the class environment.

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Reinforcement of the sounds ‘a’, ‘o’ and ‘m’ was done through a fun-filled game, where students were asked to pick random picture cards from a mixed pool and associate them to their respective sounds.

Math

Students were introduced to creation of patterns (ab ab) which helped them in making predictions based on their observations. Understanding patterns prepare them for application of reasoning skills to number concepts and mathematical operations.

The students were introduced to the number 3 formation and its quantity. They traced sandpaper numbers 1, 2 and 3. Through this activity, students memorized the shapes of numbers as a prelude to writing.

Students were also introduced to the concept of ‘up and down’ for which they demonstrated practical learning. Students were taken outdoors and were encouraged to observe objects in the sky and on the ground. They also practiced climbing up and down the stairs as a fun aspect.

As a part of Early years skill-building programme, social grace and courtesy lessons were demonstrated by the facilitators through role plays depicting different social scenarios that included – saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you’, greeting one another politely, using handkerchief while coughing/sneezing and politely interrupting a pre occupied person using ‘excuse me’. Through these lessons, students developed and refined their social skills while building their self -esteem and independence.

Students were introduced to ‘pegging’ clothes on a wooden stand that aimed at developing concentration and pincer grip.

Art

Art was integrated with language, where reinforcement of sound ‘m’ was undertaken. The students coloured within the outline of a mango and used their fine motor skills for tearing and pasting yellow and green coloured paper within the outline.

Physical education

Students continue practicing spatial awareness exercises. They are also developing their understanding of sharing and caring during group activities.

Music

The students learned a new song ‘Pit pit patter of the raindrops’

https://youtu.be/-UAkCpeO1_o. They also loved singing their favourite rhymes on the microphone.