Once there was a boy, and that boy loved stars very much. So much that he decided to catch one of his very own. But how? It is enough to make a boy want to give up! Yet sometimes we discover things aren’t where, or what, we expect them to be.
The pupils in Room 8 decided the boy is a superhero, followed him through the story and admired his persistence in making his dream a reality. We learned from him being inventive as him in his attempts to catch a star, waiting from sunrise to sunset for a star to appear. We all also appreciated his patience and determination.
We went further and experimented how to power a spaceship with just a drop of hand wash liquid.
So, during Science, we cut a rocket shape out of a carton with a little space for the ‘engine’. When we added a drop of soap in the hole, it pushed the water out, backwards. The water moved out the back of the rocket and pushed it forward.
Check your hair, find your light, and strike a post — National Selfie Day was on June 21. Time to find the perfect angle. Try out that new filter! If you’re feeling yourself, wearing a new favourite outfit, or even if you’re just bored, it’s time to pull out that camera phone and proclaim, “But first, let me take a selfie.”
The most important is to ‘Be yourself’. The idea of taking a selfie is to document who you are. But remember, you’re taking a selfie to show off YOU, not to become a copy of the others. Embrace your individuality for a selfie that looks and feels like you.
Did you know?
You can let someone else take your Selfie. This kind of photography is called Posies among the millennials, and the picture is usually taken by someone else, and the person in front of the camera has to pose.
Room 8 has celebrated ‘Selfie Day’ having lots of fun.
First, everyone came and discovered the most beautiful picture with their favourite pupil in the class. We all were surprised to find that in the box it was a mirror, and everyone was the favourite.
Second, we had a shooting with some selfie challenge prompts:
Handa is a young girl who lives in a village in Kenya. She decides to take seven different fruits in a basket to her friend Akeyo who lives in a nearby village. Handa walks to Akeyo’s village with the basket of fruit balanced on her head. Room 8 follows her on her journey, learning about each fruit is taken by a different animal until no fruit is left. As she is nearing Akeyo’s village, a goat breaks free from the post it is tied to and heads straight towards a tangerine tree which Handa is walking under. The goat headbutts the tree causing tangerines to fall into Handa’s basket. When Handa reaches Akeyo’s village, she is surprised to see tangerines in her basket. Akeyo is very happy as tangerines are her favourite fruit.
Every week we had a great sensory experience learning about each fruit from Handa’s basket.
Since then, we had fun making chocolate covered banana pops, pineapple smoothies and learnt about sinking and floating using some boats made from oranges.
When the three little pigs set off to build new houses, the first little pig chooses to make a house out of straw. The second little pig makes a wood house, and the third little pig uses bricks. But which house will keep them safe from the big bad wolf?
What have we learned from this story?
Hard work pays off – the primary moral lesson learned from “The Three Little Pigs” is that hard work and dedication pay off. Also, working together is far better than working alone.
Our pupils have been introduced to story plays before and always enjoy them.
The story plays use props and characters to retell a story. If you are looking for a new way to tell a story, this form of storytelling is magical for kids.
Room 8 has had so much fun building houses just like the pigs. These 3 Little pig houses have been used for sequencing and discussing elements of the story.
“I’m a Little Piggy” is set to the tune of “I’m a Little Teapot.” The song was sung during our Book study sessions, and it has a related literacy activity. Also, it encouraged the kids to stand and act the song out as they sang.
This week, our weekly story was ‘Sneezy the Snowman’ by Maureen Wright. In this story, Sneezy the Snowman is cold. In trying to warm up, he makes choices that are not in his best interest! Room 8 found the humour in this story as they realized that the choices made have a negative consequence. This was a good way to talk about choices with the children. The story is also written with rhyming words which can help children develop listening and literacy skills.
There were a lot of fun, learning activities that were inspired by this book. Through hands-on activities, children:
• Developed visual discernment skills in playing snowman matching games • Used higher level thinking and problem-solving skills to describe why their snowman melted when creating their own melted snowman during Science and followed the pattern to recreate Sneeze’s red and blue scarf. • Discovered the ‘life cycle’ of a snowman, and snow or ice.
During Science, we made a melting snowman experiment that was both simple and festive. The first step was to mix one glass of baking soda with 1 tbsp of salt, 2 tbsp of hand wash and 4 tbsp of water. Next, we moulded three balls and stacked them. Then we decorated the snowman with paint and twigs. Finally, we used a pipette to add vinegar to the snowman and observed as it slowly melted.
While some of our pupils may not eat broccoli, we bet you’ll have no trouble convincing them to do this fun craft with the cruciferous veggie.
The painting technique is not only simple, it’s also inexpensive. There’s no need to clean paint brushes when you’re done!
By using a palette of four quintessential fall colours (red, orange, yellow and brown), we dabbed the raw broccoli in the paint and then stamped our paper. The broccoli florets lent the tree leaves a nice texture.
Look at how the trees are bursting with autumn colours.
If you aren’t great at painting the foundation of your trees — the trunk —use a free tree printable that you can download and print.
So, while we may have told our kids before not to play with their food, there’s nothing wrong with making art with it, right?
Who would have ever thought that a plastic bag, some water and a few bamboo skewers would have kids enjoying so much? Learn how to poke holes in a plastic bag filled with water without spilling a drop. Well, that’s the theory we were testing…and it’s wise to practice your liquid trick over the tray, just in case!
bamboo skewers /sharpened pencils
We filled a zip-up bag about half-way with water and sealed it up. We held the bag high over a tray and the kids poked the sticks straight through the bag, from one side to the other.
We had to be sure that the stick didn’t travel through the bag. We didn’t want to have water leaks.
We kept adding sticks until we had enough. Before removing the sticks, we took a moment to talk about what we saw. When the sticks went into the bag, the bag seemed to magically seal itself around the sticks.
When we were done, we removed the sticks over a tray. So much fun! And so much water everywhere!
Over the current school year, we have created a number of sensory experiences for our pupils. Many of the sensory play activities we create are in the form of sensory bins.
Shredded paper sensory activity was the cheapest sensory bin we have ever put together. Playing with shredded paper is so much fun. Shredded paper is a tactile sensory learning experience. But what is the point of this apart from making a mess?
The children have learnt to:
relax and enjoy the process rather than the end result
social interaction including co-operative and parallel play
promote gross and fine motor skill development
affirm individuality and build self-esteem as they engage in spontaneous play without pre-set ideas
allow them to explore care free and make a mess
explore messy play without getting dirty (some children don’t like getting dirty)
gain social skills and strategies for sharing space to gain spatial awareness
And we know, the activity doesn’t have to be perfect, but it has to be FUN!!!