In Term 3, we explored three different modes of transportation (air, land and water). The children identified familiar and new vehicles. They also learned and talked about the uniqueness and similarities of various vehicles focused on the theme.
Floating and Sinking
This theme gave us the opportunity to do a 'Floating and sinking Experiment".
WELCOME TO THAILAND! Kindergarten represented Thailand
this year for “One World Week”. In the classroom, the entire week was filled
with cultural, heritage, language, and food exploration mainly about Thailand.
Other countries like Belgium, Netherlands, England, India, China, and The Philippines were also explored briefly. Relating our theme on vine plants to
‘One World Week”, the children watched ‘Jack and the Beanstalk” in six
different languages, namely: English, Thai, Dutch, Hindi, Chinese, and Tagalog.
On our International Day, the children came to school in their national costumes. In addition to the countries
mentioned above, the children also visited Brazil (Nursery), India
(Reception G) and Greece (Reception J) as part of our International Day
Thai Traditional Games
Game 1: Ree Ree Khao Sarn
To play this game, two players are chosen to stand facing one another with arms raised high above their heads and holding hands to form an arch. The rest of the players are to form a line, placing hands on shoulders/hips of the person in front, then walking through the arch, without breaking the line, and singing along 'Ree Ree Khao Sarn".
Game 2: Mon Son Pha
Before starting the game, a player is chosen to be "Mon" and the rest of the players will form a circle and sit down singing "Mon Son Pha". While all the players are singing, Mon, holding a scarf walks around the circle and drops it behind one of the players. He/She then picks up the scarf and chase after Mon around the circle. Mon will run as fast as he/she could to sit on the free space in the circle. If the chosen player is not able to catch Mon before he/she sits down, the player holding the scarf will be the new 'Mon' for the next game.
Game 3: Khee Ma Kan Kuay (Banana Horse Racing)
The players are grouped into three teams. At the start, a player is chosen from each group to start the race. the three players will straddle on a banana stalk like they are riding a horse. On "Go", the players will run around the cones/markers and pass the banana stalk to the next person in the team until everyone gets a turn. The team to finish first is the winner.
Pre-writing precedes actual writing. Pre-writing exercises help children develop their fine motor skills. To be more precise, fine motor skills can be divided into four main components: hand-eye coordination (the eye directs the hand), finger dissociation (moving fingers individually), the ability to stop and start when required, and finger strength or muscle tone.
For example, a child who is playing with modelling dough is working on his fine motor skills, but to be more precise, he is strengthening his fingers and building muscle tone (pulling, flattening, pushing). This activity is therefore essential for learning to write. If the child has no muscle tone, how can he/she hold a pencil adequately?
In general, it is preferable to present activities in an attractive way: on a platter, pretty crayons or pencils, in a special folder just like at school, etc. The materials are always available at all times so that children can practice "writing" whenever they want.
Pre-writing and pre-reading activities help children develop their visual memory, their attention span, and the ability to identify objects (visual discrimination). In terms of fine motor skills, these activities aim to refine children's ability to move their fingers and their hands. Children who are stimulated at a young age will be more comfortable with pencils, paintbrushes, and a pair of scissors and will, therefore, avoid useless energy expenditures.
What is pre-reading? Pre-reading is the step before actually reading. Observing an illustration (interpreting emotions, characters, identifying the time, corporal, and spatial concepts) contributes to the efficient development of children's attention span and their ability to discriminate.
Associating illustrations to words helps children discover that everything they see can be written and read.