Our third week has flown by too.
During the beginning of the week we turned our focus on animals which live on the Maltese islands. The children got to know that there are particular animals which live in a particular country because the environment there is best for them to live in.
The polar bear for instance lives in the Arctic because the temperatures there are very low. We could not imagine a polar bear living in Malta with its thick fur coat.
Likewise there are particular animals which live mainly on or originate from the Maltese Islands. Some of these creatures are the Blue Rock Thrush, the Maltese Ruby Tiger Moth, the Maltese wall lizard, the Maltese freshwater crab, the indigenous Maltese goat, the Maltese dog and last but not least the hedgehog.
It was the turn of the last in the list to keep us company. The children heard the story of Herald the Hedgehog. They even learnt a lesson where we should be happy and appreciate what we have rather than always wishing for what the others might have. This can be a point of discussion at home after you enjoy viewing the story together. Link below:
Harold the Hedgehog by Jack Connolly and Rhianna Lewis
We also saw some interesting facts about these sweet little creatures, such as there are 17 different kinds of hedgehog families living around the world. Mummy hedgehogs have around 6 babies at one go. The babies are called hoglets. They have a very good sense of smell. They love living on the ground but know how to climb and swim. Some of these fun facts are found in the clip below.
The Nature´s Amazing! Series Hedgehog Facts for Kids
Since hedgehogs are nocturnal animals they often try to cross the road in the dark. Unfortunately they are not seen by the drivers being so small and they end up dead.
Thus campaigns take place from time to time to help everybody become aware of this fact. We have to look out for signs like the ones below when travelling in our countryside.
We extended the lesson to how we should cross the road. We practiced crossing the road in class. (I also mentioned that even if we learn to cross the road we still hold our mummies, daddy’s hand or any other adult we happen to be with). We watched these video clips about this topic.
Think, Hedgehog Road Safety-King of the Road
Song – Think! Hedgehog Road Safety-King of the Road
Stop, Look and Listen songs
As we do for every letter we created a craft for this letter too. A cute little hedgehog made out of a paper plate which the children painted brown.
We then added a fringe for spikes and added the nose and the googly eyes. Here is how the hedgehog looked like.
The work done on the literacy workbook can be found under the literacy section.