Last week, the children collaborated in small groups to design and make metal constructions. They negotiated ideas, drew a building plan, chose suitable materials, and problem-solved to bring their visions to fruition. Though this process, we watched them develop creative and critical thinking skills, as well as communication and social skills. The projects have proven to be exciting and valuable learning experiences, with some groups continuing to build this week.
We are adding another construction area this week, where children are invited to build with fabric, such as blankets, pillows, sheets, scarves and sarongs. We can’t wait to see what they come up with!
The EY2 students have also begun work on their second self-portraits of the year, this time using a variety of different materials (such as string, buttons, and fabric scraps) to enhance their drawings, in keeping with our inquiry into materials. It has been great to see how the children’s drawing skills have changed since they did their first self-portraits, and we will continue to work on the portraits this week.
On Friday we had our belated celebration of the 100th day of EY2, with festive math centres construct understanding of number concepts. Children built structures using 100 cups, counted 100 treats by grouping them in ten groups of ten, painted 100 sprinkles on ten cupcakes, and learned to use a tape measure to build a block tower 100 centimetres tall. We read a book about 100 marching in a row, and inquired into what would happen if those 100 ants split into two, four, or five five rows. The children also made cool party hats to wear, and did 100 exercises!
Friday March 26th: Last day to check out library books. The following week will be for book returns only.
Monday April 5th – Friday April 16: Songkran Break, no school
Monday May 3rd: Labour Day (substitution holiday), no school
Tuesday May 4th: Coronation Day, no school