Sharing the Planet: Interactions with Nature
Our second Unit of Inquiry is now in full swing. The children are full of curiosity, and are already sharing insightful thinking and rich questions to guide our inquiry. Last week, we continued with our nature walks, with the children drawing and photographing their observations as we start to provoke thinking about what does or does not belong to the natural world, our first line of inquiry. The distinction is not as straightforward as it might at first seem, since many human-made items are produced from natural materials, and it has been great to hear the children’s reasoning. Our discussions will continue through this week.
Our second line of inquiry relates to how humans interact with nature: showing care and respect for plants, animals and the environment, as well using natural resources in our daily lives for food, clothing, shelter, and more. The children have been showing care and empathy for animals through role-play in our Dramatic Play Centre, which has been transformed into a veterinary clinic. This centre was an instant hit, with everyone eager to care for the ailing animals, taking their temperatures and checking their heart beats. In addition to developing oral language through role-play, the children are also increasingly using emergent writing skills here, with pet owners filling out forms to tell the vet their animal’s problem, and vets making treatment notes. We have also read books related to this line of inquiry, such as a book about a farm, helping us to make connections to all the things we use that originate on farms.
We are requesting that children bring in an artifact this week to support our continued inquiry into how humans interact with nature. We would like everyone to bring a seed to school that we will observe and then plant. The seed should be from something your child ate or found outside. Please do not buy seed packets from a shop, as we would like the children to consider how much of what we have comes from nature. Many of them have never considered where their food was before it arrived at the supermarket! As always, please support your child in taking the lead on selecting their artifact, as the experience is more meaningful when they are involved.
Last week, Laila celebrated her 5th birthday. We can’t wait to see all the new things this five year old will learn! Happy birthday Laila! We hope you had a special day, and send a big thanks to Laila’s family for the delicious cupcakes and for joining the celebration!
Mr. Eric has created a website with some helpful resources about internet safety. Follow the link below to have a look!
Diwali at KIS
Friday November 16th: Diwali Celebration
Thursday November 22nd: Loy Kratong – children are invited to wear traditional Thai Dress
Wednesday December 5th: Father’s Day – no school for students
Monday December 10th: P.D. Day – no school for students
Friday December 14th: Last day of Term 1 – half-day for students