This week we had a different focus: teaching the children about giving. It is not in a childs nature to be givers, they are too egocentric, but we, as educators and parents, need to teach them about this matter. We had a community service project where each household needed to bring certain items for the needy for Christmas(new toy, as gifts, unwanted clothes and pudding), as well as an unwanted toy that would be exchanged between friends.
We are also still busy with assessments and concert practise, so we had a full week!
These gifts pictures were made with old gift wrap. During this activity the students were assessed in naming and tracing a rectangle, and cutting and pasting it too. They had to use the loose glitter, adding it to the picture, and that required fine motor skills, precision and hand eye coordination.
The gift boxes were made from toilet paper rolls. It was painted and then decorated with shiny sequins. (Paintbrush handling was assessed)
The children’s homework was to add small gifts or sweets and give it away as as gifts.
This week we played with dried oats. The children are familiar with cooked oats, and was perplexed by the dry flakes. The had fun pretending to make porridge you can eat(and yes, some did try tasting it), and smelling it too.
Recyclables and sticks make fabulous items to add to the playdough. Open ended play and endless possibilities to use their creativity to make just about anything! These photos show just two of the creations: a cupcake(right) and a shooting weapon(left). Guess which one was made by a boy/girl?
Next week we will continue our fun learning(and assessments and concert practise) with the theme Sports!
If you did miss out on our previous themes, you can view them here!