Term 2 Week 2 – Patterns In Nature and Animal Coats Part 3

This week we explored this topic further.

We looked at many other patterns in nature as well as man-made ones keeping our main focus on animals.   The children eagerly come to tell us which patterns they might have seen the previous day or what they can observe in class, books and out and about.

Some of them mentioned the following sweaters they wore with stripes; insects such as the bee which has stripes too; the repeated colours they had in them; water ripple effects when they played in the bath; the lava that oozes out of the volcano when it erupts; flowers with endless pattern work and food in various shapes.

Here are some pictures of the patterns they mentioned.

nature1.png

The children started getting their little pattern cutouts from home and showing the patterns they chose in front of the class.  Well done Jeanmarie, Sophie, Zara and Neil.

I encourage all the other children to do the same and get a small cutout from a magazine or wrapping paper which has a pattern design on it so we can hang them up on our topic wall outside the classroom.

After this general overview we continued working with the jaguar theme which we started last week.  The children learnt some general knowledge about this fascinating animal.   These are some facts we went through which you can discuss with them at home or develop the topic even further through book reading and watching videos.

nature2

  • Jaguars form part of the cat family. In fact it is the 3rd largest of the big cats after the tiger and the lion and it is the largest of all the big cats in the Americas.
  • They are solitary animals and live and hunt alone.
  • They usually hunt at night and drag their food up a tree to keep it safe.
  • Like all members of the big cat family, jaguars can roar.
  • Unlike other cats, the jaguar loves the water — it often swims, bathes, plays and even hunts for fish in streams and pools.
  • Jaguars are carnivores, they prey on over 80 species of animal of all sizes, such as deer, pigs, capybara, foxes, fish, frogs and even large anaconda snakes.
  • The jaguar often leaps into water or from a tree onto its prey.
  • The jaguar has a very powerful jaw; its bite is more powerful than that of a lion.
  • Finally they got to know that the spots on the jaguar are slightly different than that of their cousins the leopard. Those of a jaguar have a black spot in the middle of most of their pattern.

Video Clip – Roar! Meet the Big Cats! –


J – Jaguar song –

 

Our work with letter j came to an end with some hands on exercises where the children had to sort out letter j beans from assortments of other letters and different sized beans and bottle caps.  They also played various interactive whiteboard games white focused on this letter sound.

Here are a few photos of the letter j activities.

 

 

Advertisements

Term 2 Week 1 – Writing Number 1

As you all know the first term was dedicated to practicing numbers and even letters using crayons and using hand exercises through play to help the children get the correct pencil grip as well as getting their hand muscles strong for writing.

During this 2nd term we have started phase two that of writing the numbers on our workbooks.  We will also do this with the letters after finishing the entire alphabet.

Writing number 1

We made a big do in class now that the 2nd term is in.  I told the children that they grew some more and now they are going to use their magic fingers to write number 1.  However there are a set of rules to be followed whilst writing.

posture

We actually go through the rules before a writing session is happening and help and encourage the children.  Please when the children happen to be writing at home do encourage the correct posture rules.  If you have any queries please let me know.

Other rules that the children follow are:

  • Start at the dot.
  • They follow the rhyme of the number.
  • And write their number in the guided box as much as possible.
  • It is okay to make mistakes; we can rub and keep on trying. Doing our best is important not having a perfect page.
  • No scribbling on our workbooks or those of our friends.
  • Be proud of our work   🙂

For all those children who at times revert to an incorrect pencil grip please just remind them the correct way of how to hold a pencil gently without a big do.

I tell them that we are doing the quack, quack motion.

  • The duck quacks by placing the pencil between the first two fingers.
  • The 3rd finger helps it to rest.
  • Fingers 4 and 5 act as a pillow underneath.

Similar to the picture above except that we try to close the last two fingers too.

Number 1 Formation Revision –

The animal character which helps number 1 remain straight – Mrs. Owl (refer to 1st blogs posted in the first term under numeracy) along with a NEW number 1 rhyme below.

1 formation
We revised the value of number 1 by

  • Counting 1 using a pattern like in the lion’s mane by alternating 2 different coloured blocks. So I yellow block, 1 orange block etc.  They also used other colours.

 

 

  • They also watched a story called Beep Beep Vroom Vroom by J. Spikey –


They then created a pattern strip using different coloured cars just like in the story.  You can see their work hanging outside our classroom near the glass door.

Last but not least the children started practicing number 1 by tracking it on page 2 sample below, as well as writing it using their pencils in pages 3 and 4.

1-patterns

 

Term 2 week 1 – Patterns – Part 1 – Introduction

patterns.png

We started our second term with another very interesting topic – patterns.  The children became aware that the world around them is full of patterns.

These patterns can be of two kinds

(a) natural that is found in nature
(b) made by man.

They got to know that patterns can be made out of different shapes, colours, sounds, words, music and texture.  So they would be using one or multiple senses at the same time to understand patterns.

The most important thing in all the patterns – whether they are found in nature or man made – is that they are repeated.

To start understanding this topic we started off with taking a close look at various pattern pictures and the children mentioned what the pattern in each one was example spotted, striped, flowered, with hearts, which colours were used, which shapes could be found in them.

We them moved onto patterns in nature found in animals and their coats.  We took a closer look at the coats of the giraffe, tiger, zebra, cow, badger, cheetah, jaguar, lion, shell of the tortoise and the feathers of the peacock.

animals1
lion
The children watched the story of the lion and the mouse.  Besides discussing the moral behind the story we took a close look at the different patterns shown in the story with particular emphasis being made on the lion and its mane.

Storytime – The lion and the mouse.


The children mentioned that the main colours in a lion’s mane are orange and yellow so we picked these two colours to create our own lion head.  The children had to colour in a circle for the face.  (I am putting more emphasis on the importance of colouring in the picture given and the way the colouring is done.  I told the children that no white piece could be left uncoloured at the end of the task.  I praised them for their hard work.)

They then stuck an alternate pattern of 1 orange strip of paper and another strip of yellow paper all around to form the mane.  This craft linked us to our first letter lesson as well as to our first numeracy lesson – Letter l and number 1 respectively.  More details can be found in the respective blogs.


We look a closer look at the lion as the king of the jungle and the children learnt many facts about this amazing animal.  They learnt that these animals are the largest of the cat family; they live in a group called a pride.

The females hunt for their food whilst the male keeps their home safe and sees that the cubs get enough to eat.  Their prey might be elephants, bulls, antelopes, crocodiles, giraffes and rhinos.  These animals have very sharp teeth and they are very good swimmers etc.

Video clip – LIONS: Animals for children. Kids videos. Kindergarten | Preschool learning


During the week we used all the things around us to make patterns.  We even used ourselves.  We created a pattern with one boy, one girl, another pattern was one child holding a yellow craft stick another holding a yellow stick.  I also asked the children to look for patterns in the classroom and at home which we discussed during circle time.

Tasks –

  • During the coming week the children can get with them a picture or even a small piece of textured material which has a pattern on it. If we have enough we will then create a collage to be displayed in class.  So let’s get searching!
  • They can keep on looking for patterns at home in the coming week and we can talk about them when they come to school.

These are some of the video clips used in class about this topic.

Pattern parade song –


Banana, banana, meatball –


The lion song –

 

Photo Time – Christmas Activities

camera

Dear all,

As you all know tomorrow is our first day of the second term.  Before we embark onto the 2nd part of the children’ learning journey I want to share with you the photos taken during the activities happening around Christmas time.

One of the activities which we did was putting some smiles onto the faces of some elderly people at the St. Elizabeth Home in Rabat.  Here are the photos of the children singing.  Some children also danced with a jolly elderly lady whose passion was definitely music.  She could not help but dance away to our Christmas Carols    🙂

The children also watched the procession of baby Jesus which was put together by the grade 1’s and grade 2’s.  A child was drawn up from each of the Pre-Junior classes to take part in this procession.  Our lucky one was Giannina who was dressed up as The Angel Gabriel.  The rest of the class joyed in carol singing whilst they watched the rest pass by.


Our last day was jam packed with activities.  The children started with breakfast after which they had the magician show in the music hall.  The children really enjoyed the tricks presented because most of the activities were interactive and the children were cheerfully participating.  After the show our class rotated between eating some of the party food brought in for the day and using the bouncy castle.   🙂

Our next activity was the literacy session where we split the class in two.  Half of the children stayed with me in our Pre-Junior class, the rest went with Ms. Corinne to the orange room.  Both groups had over an hour of interactive reading with a literacy educator brought in for this purpose.

The children really enjoyed it.  They participated by answering to questions, turning pages, dressing up according to the characters in the story, pretending to be the characters as well.  They also attempted at singing some Christmas carols using musical instruments.  It was great fun!

Three of the interactive books were the following –

Santa’s Beard written Matilda Tristram and Tom Duxbury –


Father Christmas Needs A Wee written by Nicholas Allan –


Santa’s Reindeer – Matilda Tristram and Tom Duxbury


We finished off the day by dancing to some seasonal music and eating the rest of the party food.  Below are some photos of all these activities.  There might be similar photos which I left on purpose for you to choose the best ones pertaining to your child.

 

 

Enjoy !

Girgenti Farm Outing Photos

farm

As you all know our first school outing was to Girgenti Petting Farm in Siggiewi.

The children really enjoyed this unforgettable experience.

  • We started off the day with a scavenger hunt where the children teamed in twos and they had to observe and search for specific items and put them in a pot. Each team had a picture card which indicated which items they had to look out for.  At the end of this activity they had to sort out the items and put them in separate buckets.  I am really proud of each and every one of the children they worked together like clockwork.  The enthusiasm and excitement on their faces was memorable.
  • They then had their lunch on huge picnic mats where they chatted to their hearts content.
  • Our next activity was visiting the various animals on the farm and feeding them. The children fed pigs, geese, ducks, sheep, a donkey and two horses.
  • They also potted a little plant which they all brought home.
  • Last but not least they had some time to play in the children’s play area after which we all headed back to school grateful that it did not rain and totally exhausted.

Here are the photo of the day   🙂

 

 

Animal Awareness Day Photos

Tuesday was an exciting day for the children at school since we had the animal awareness activities.

All this was possible with the help of the parents and relatives who could get over their pets to school for all the students to see and enquire about.

So thank you wholeheartedly for making this day a special one for them.

Our day in pre-junior started with a visit to the school grounds where there were various animals waiting for their pets and cuddles  🙂

Our class had a cute little headband which they had finger painted a few weeks back when we were doing letter c for cat.  Here are some photos showing the above.


Surprise visitors came to class with their animals after we had some breakfast and circle time.  The children could take a closer look and even ask questions.

We had Jeanmarie’s mum visit with Tikku the cute spotted dog,  Adaya’s dad and grandad who brought along a peacock and a lamb and last but not least Ms. Karen with her adorable rabbit Cookie.

 


Cooking was our last activity for the day.  The children created two animal food items, cat’s face and a tiny little mouse.  Here is the last batch of photos.  Enjoy   🙂