- Essential Agreements were made for a better learning environment at the beginning of the school year. Teachers and students collaborated to agree about walking in a straight line, washing hands before and after meals, keeping personal belongings in their cubby holes etc.
- Pink Tower– The students were engaged in building a tower using the pink cubes from biggest to smallest. Stacking the cubes helped them in developing visual discrimination, coordination and precision.
The students were introduced to the sound ‘a’ through various picture/flash cards, audio visuals and objects from the class.
They enjoyed singing the rhyme, ‘brush your teeth’ that aims to aid language and communication skill development.
The students were introduced to the numbers 1 and 2 where they also associated quantity with objects from the class.
To enhance their motor skills, students were engaged in a wide range of activities such as lacing, making a tower using knob-less cylinders, lacing, outlining various shapes using colourful stones, knobbed cylinders and made tessellation patterns.
Students loved working with colourful play dough. Squishing, squashing, rolling and flattening play dough helped to strengthen their muscles.
Students have begun practicing different modes of stretching exercises to develop body coordination and improve their flexibility and strength.
Rhymes like ‘choti-choti jeevan gaadi’, ‘five little monkeys’ and ‘when you are happy and you know it’ were sung in music class. Students also learned how to play congo.
Combination of exercises like jumping, crawling and hopping to improve loco motor skills were practiced during dance routines.
Students were excited to paint a snail using pompoms. They dabbed the paint soaked pompom on the outline of the snail. A peg was used for holding the paint soaked pompom which encouraged their fine motor grip.
The story was a fun introduction to animals and their characteristics, ‘ Dear Zoo.’ In the form of a letter to a zoo asking the in charge to send an animal (a pet) to the reader was an interesting format. Each page had a flap which carefully hid the animal sent from the zoo. At the end of each page there was a simple reason why the animal was not kept back. After a variety of animals have been sent and returned to the zoo for being unsuitable, the zoo carefully contemplated what animal would be best and sent a dog, which was kept because it was deemed as perfect.
The story enabled students to identify how and what animals live in a zoo and raised questions about the characteristics of animals and their suitability as pets. The story prompted discussion about animals the students may want to keep as pets.