This past week was a fun learning week(even though teacher had laryngitis, and teaching without a voice was quite difficult) with the theme ‘Under the Sea’!
The challenge was set to turn the school into the ocean within the two weeks of doing the theme. So, together with the crafts we make to pretty up the school, I added a few extra things as decorations. You can see the post on the recycled jelly fish craft HERE
We played with beached themed moon sand. Shells make interesting imprints! And since the weather turned nice and warm now, we enjoy water play more!
We first painted the background of this picture by using a cardboard roll with bubble wrap around it, and rolled it through paint and then on the paper. Then the mini cupcake liners were cut: a small triangle to use as the tail, the opening is the mouth. The kids filled the picture by drawing more under the sea pictures with crayons.
The foil fish were easy and quick. The students traced around a fish template, cut it out and then teared small pieces of foil to stick on with glue. Although easy and quick, skills like fine motor, hand eye coordination, mid line crossing were practiced.
We made these shells also from paper plates. It was coloured with chalk and laced with string. (Again, great for skills to develop)
I made this fishing game with our music rhythm sticks and strong magnets attached to gut wire secured with duct tape. Paper clips were attached to fishy foam stickers. And once again, a great activity for developing important skills, including estimation skills. They also had to “catch” the same coloured fish, then “catch” the same type. Sneaking in practice of matching and classification skills. And in a sense it was a science lesson on magnetism too;)
For gross motor period I set up an obstacle course outside, using the equipment we have together with chalk shapes and a drawn ” chalk path” to follow. There was jumping opportunity(hop scotch), balancing, running, walking backwards, toe-heel walking, climbing over, climbing under etc. and fun competition!
As a social responsibility project, every household bought a tin of fish and a bread. These will be donated to a shelter for the homeless. The teaching of the Bible story, Feeding 5000 with 5 fish and a loaf of bread accompanied this act of kindness.
A great week, once again!
If you have missed the previous posts on our weeks learning adventures, you can see them here:
Wild Animal Theme 1
Wild Animals Theme 2
People Who Help Us Theme 1
People Who Help Us Theme 2
Farming Theme 1
Farming Theme 2