Knowledge is experience
The month of April has brought us a lovely chilly weather in which sometimes we explore more indoor games due to the rain. Of course, we are enjoying this weather too, but the plants and trees around us enjoy it more. Earlier this month we celebrated Easter and later, Earth Day was celebrated. Having our theme go hand in hand with this celebration was very exciting. We familiarized ourselves with our world and the features that existed. It was also noted that we lived with so many different creatures. Next, gaining awareness of what was happening to our home (i.e how we are destroying it) was important for the children. When teaching the topic of recycle, reuse and reduce, my Giraffes were very confused, it was like I was speaking a foreign language to them. Explaining them in a sense that they would grasp easily was necessary. The earth is like your iPad or phones that you use at home; if you use them a lot the charge gets over and it shuts down, but lucky for us we have chargers that we can easily use to recharge it. However, we use a lot of resources from the earth and we are weakening it, soon it will start to shut down if we don’t start recharging it. The children were all curious and asked “So, how do we recharge the earth?”. Finally, we were able to talk about how we can help save the earth.
We really enjoyed learning about the concept of recycling. I was happy to see the children grasp the topic especially when they all realized they were using recycled bottles!!! Warning: you should not bring in a plastic bottle because the giraffes will attack you! Earth week was a fun week we had different activities all week long (please do check out our Earth Day page in our blog). The most fun is when we took action and changed our class into a recycling center. Recycling is fun! We made different toys and even made our own coconut earth plant. For our next theme we will dive into the land of fairytales. I am sure the children will be excited to explore their imaginations.
Acquisition of language is one of the most remarkable achievements in early childhood. By age 5 children master the sound system, grammar of their language and acquire a vocabulary of a thousand words! Incredible is it not?! Children begin to put two, then three and more words together into short sentences at approximately 24months (Hoff, 2009). As they continue to master the language, they are able to distinguish correct sentences from silly sentences. This has been
a fun game for them to play in class; we shout our different words and just put them in a sentence. When reading the sentences, they never make sense because the words were random. Together we sit and try using the same words to make a correct sentence. Incredible how they can make that distinction and correct it!
In class we continue with digraphs “sh, th, ch” and double vowels “ee, oo, ou and ow”. Research strongly suggests that children who hear more complex speech acquire grammar more rapidly. Therefore, it is important to read to your child, especially the passages that are sent as homework should be read and practiced as they will encourage the children to read fluently.
Now we are very confident in our addition and subtraction sums, the daily practice has really been a help! It amazes me how easy and quickly the children can do their sums in a short period of time even if I try to mix them up, they recognize when to add and when to take away!!
When introducing them to additions and subtractions to 20 the first question that came to their mind was “Miss Jojo, but I don’t have 11 fingers?” I laughed and then told them with this we use our pebbles or sticks to count our numbers.
Patterns are fun, anticipating what comes next by looking at the information given was a bit challenging but with practice and knowledge of drawing our shapes it is turning out to be fun! We continue to challenge ourselves in class with different activities and we even get in teams to play some games on the board.
“I believe that whatever is learned through fun and excitement it is never forgotten” – Alfred Mercier.