Sundays are our practical life activity day. Today we introduced a ‘spooning’ activity. This activity was presented in a small group, and the children were invited to practice this individually following the presentation. This activity aims are developing independence and finer motor control. Setting up a similar activity at home is very simple. You can mix up the contents of the bowl for added interest, for example transfering painted noodles rather than rice.
This week we will be reading the Napping House, by Audrey Wood. This is a great read. Today we read through the book during our morning circle, and then did a group activity of stacking picture blocks in the order they appear in the story. This is a good exercise for reinforcing new words, and developing concentration and attention to detail.
New material is introduced to children individually, and according to their interest. The knobbed cylinders are four blocks, consisting of cylinders which vary in dimension and height. The aim of this material is one of developing visual discrimination of height and dimension. It also develops problem solving skills, as well as coordination, fine motor skills and order. The teacher invites the child to join her, and demonstrates how we use the new material. Attention to the use of the material is very important, as the child learns to respect the material, including replacing the pieces in the correct place, and therefore reinforcing care for the environment and following instructions.
The rhyme for the week is: Five Green and Speckled Frogs.
The theme will cover, counting out to five, reinforcing the learning of colors, and looking at frogs and their ecosystem.
One jumped into the pool, where it was nice and cool, then there were 4 speckled frogs…
Four green and speckled frogs…..
Three green and speckled frogs…
Two green and speckled frogs…
One green and speckled frog, sat on a speckled log, eating lots of bugs and flies,
He jumped into the pool, where it was nice and cool, then there were no speckled frogs.