AISM ELC is bursting with energy and excitement - our learners could not wait to see their friends and teachers again and we could not wait to see them!
Our school routines are slightly different and life at school has some new sets of rules, but we have all
embraced our new environment and know what to do and when to do it! The children are following the new norm as they wear their face masks, frequently wash their hands and maintain one metre distance when socialising. In the Early Learning Centre, we practise the 3-2-1 rule - as in 3 people at an outdoor learning station; whereas for indoors - 2 people at a table, and always keep 1 metre apart. We also practise handwashing using the proper techniques.
In the Nursery Gecko class, the children have started their learning journey as they began to ask questions about their faces, and expressed their ideas and theories regarding their faces. One of the questions was ‘Are all eyes the same?’ Miss Rebecca set up a provocation where children need to match their eyes to their faces. Children made careful observation and comparisons through the process of matching their eyes to their faces. “It become someone else.” Patrick; “Not same.” Charlie; “Not mine.” Zhi Ping;“Maybe something else is different. My face is pink.” Patrick. “Mine is a little bit brown.” Jack
The children constructed their own learning gradually through a variety of learning experiences provided, such as group discussions, a nature walk, a matching eyes activity, a staring contest, and a guess the scent activity. In terms of literacy, the children have been looking at ‘The Gruffalo’ story. The children are encouraged to make predictions on what a Gruffalo looks like - while listening to the story and then comparing their drawings to the Gruffalo from the book. Our learning journey is made all that more fun through singing and role playing.
In the Prep Wallaby class, “Growth and Changes” has been our focus. With the new norm in place, we looked at the changes that are happening around us. As an initial provocation, Miss Bianca printed out photos of the children in black and white back in Term 1 with no mask on and happily sitting next to each other without social distancing. This has provoked the children to express their ideas and opinions about the changes that have occurred. Moving from that, the children are now exploring the changes that are happening to their body over time. Am I taller, bigger, longer legs ?????
In terms of literacy, the children have been working on phonetic sounds and blending sounds together. This term ELCW will be reading “Room on the Broom”. For the past week children have been making predictions and developing reasoning skills. This encourages children to be critical thinkers, which will allow them to make sense of information, compare, contrast and problem solve.
“During our recent Continuity of Learning (COL) Program, ELC learners were learning the finger play rhyme ‘Tommy Thumb’ and the simple movement song ‘Quest for the Queen’. Since returning to regular lessons we have rehearsed our COL and recorded our performances. Kindly click on the image to watch the show.
“Tommy Thumb” is a simple finger play where learners learn the names of their fingers through the rhyme.
“Quest for the Queen” is a song with simple movement. Learners learn to keep their beat and move along with the song.”
Miss Shirley - music teacher.