LITTLE WONDERS – NURSERY MAUVE

July 2010

Hello, Kids! Hello Parents!

This month’s learning theme for Little Wonders’ Nursery Mauve Class is “In the Garden and Weather” This means lots of fun exploration and discoveries in the great outdoors! You don’t have to go too far. Your very own garden would be a perfect learning spot.

Preschoolers are “sensory creatures” which means that they develop concepts by trying to make sense of what they see, hear, feel, touch, smell, or taste. A good learning program for children incorporates sensory activities. Just the thing we have at Little Wonders.

CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT and EXPLORATION

There are lots of things to learn in the garden. Take your cues from your child and maximize those “teachable moments.” What is your child pointing to? Does he like to run after birds and butterflies?  Or is your child the contemplative type who sits still and stares at the clouds up high or the ants crawling on the ground. Just remember to respect your child’s pace of learning and personality type.

Of course, nobody learns everything in just one day, so we need to break our lessons into smaller learning topics and activities. But if you feel that your child is ready for a little more challenge, then feel free to present more learning challenges.

Week 2: Fun with Flowers

Lily, Lotus, Pansy

By Teacher Satria

Lily Lotus Pansy

Roses Jasmine Tulips

In the garden there are more

Teach me all their names

Yellow sunflowers and marigolds

Dahlias with colours bold

In the garden there are more

Teach me all their names

White daisies, yellow daffodils

Purple saffron, lavenders:

Beautiful flowers in the fields,

How wonderful they make me feel.

Introduction

Look at different kinds of flowers in your garden, in picture books, or on the internet.

Learn their names.

Use your senses to learn about flowers.

°         Sense of sight – How do flowers look like? What is the common shape of a flower head? Identify the color of each flower.

°         Sense of smell- How do flowers smell like?

°         Sense of hearing – Do flowers make sounds?

°         Sense of touch- Are petals smooth or rough? How about thorns?

Explore Some More: Flower and Fragrances

Look for things in your house that are made from flowers and smell them.

°         rose water (made from roses)

°         lavender oil (from lavender flowers)

°         saffron

°         potpourri

Kiddie Chat

What’s your favourite flower? Why?

Let’s draw and colour. (See downloadable colouring sheet)

Culture

Do you know that Kashmir is famous the world over for its stunning flowers? Why don’t we learn the Kashmiri names of some of the most popular flowers in Kashmir. “Posh” is the word for flower in Kashmiri.

  • “Zafran”-Saffron
  • “Yemberzel” – Daffodil

(1) Saffron is a flowering plant where people get the “saffron spice” which is said to be the costliest spice in the world.

The saffron flower has violet-coloured petals and has three red stigmas. Saffron grows in other places such as Iran but the best quality of saffron grows in Kashmir.

Pampore is the name of the place in Kashmir where saffron is grown in fields. Saffron spice comes from the red stigma of the saffron flower. It makes food and drink turn golden yellow-orange and smell very good. It is a popular spice for special feasts in Kashmir. It is used in making the special saffron kahwa, sweet dishes such as. The saffron spice is a must in the preparation of Kashmiri wazwan.

Saffron also has medicinal and anti-cancer healing properties.

Now, time for hands-on learning. Let’s experiment in the kitchen. Ask your mother/father to show you how to make Kashmiri Saffron Kahwa.

(2) Daffodil – The blooming of the yemberzel is a cause for celebration in Kashmir because it signals the end of the long and harsh Kashmiri winter.

Week 3: Itsy Bitsy Insects

Sensory Learning

Look for insects in the garden.

Observe them closely. How many legs do insects have? Do all insects fly?

What are the insects that make noises?

Explore some more

Spread some honey on your toast or have a teaspoonful. Do you like honey?

Where does honey come from?

Watch a video or read a book that shows you how honey is made.

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yF5O26vYT8)

Pretend Play

Make your own honeybee costume and wear it to school on “Costume Day”.

“Fly” around your garden, pretending to be a bee that is gathering nectar.

Learn some more

Get an insect picture book/chart and try to identify and name each insect.

Accomplish a learning sheet about insects. (See downloadable learning sheet.)

Music

Sing songs and rhymes featuring insects

Online Puzzles: Go to these links and work out your brain with online theme-related puzzles!

http://www.first-school.ws/puzzlesonline/animals/bee.htm

http://www.first-school.ws/puzzlesonline/animals/ladybug.htm

http://www.first-school.ws/puzzlesonline/animals/ant.htm

http://www.first-school.ws/puzzlesonline/alphabet/o_oak.htm

I-Math(Week 2)

1. Rote count 1-30 (with correct pronunciation)

2. Revise previous lessons

3. Accomplish I-Math learning sheet (download from here).

Early Reading

1. Master letter recognition of A-Z.

2. Lean to recognize  lowercase letters. Make sure that your child differentiates between b and d.

3. Visit www.starfall.com . Click on the “Let’s Get Ready To Read” button and learn letter sounds.

WEEK 1

This week’s topic: Names of Things in the Garden and in the Morning Sky

How we learn:

  1. Name objects seen in the garden. Say the names of things for your child to hear and repeat. (Look! There’s a butterfly! Let’s run after it.)
  2. Describe objects seen by color or size (The grass is green. The leaves of trees are also green. This tree is big. This plant is small.)
  3. Compare objects by size.
  4. Draw and paint a garden scene.
  5. Differentiate between garden and other areas in and around the house.
  6. Learn names of different flowers (daisy, lily, pansy, rose, tulip, dahlia).
  7. Fill-up a vase with fresh flowers and decorate the living room.

Sub-Topic: Trees

  • Parts of Trees – learn names of parts of trees, such as roots, trunk, branches, leaves, fruits, or blossoms (if any). Describe each part (by color, location, texture e.g. soft, hard, smooth, rough)
  • Trees that grow in Kashmir: Chinar (Maple) tree, Poplar tree, Willow tree Fruit or Nut-bearing trees such as Apple tree, Almond tree, Cherry tree, Peach tree, Plum tree
  • Trees that are not found in Kashmir: Coconut tree, Banana tree, Other palm trees
  • Explore these questions:
  1. How would you describe and define trees?
  2. What do you call a place where there are more trees than houses or people?
  3. What are the uses of trees?

Ideas for Teachable Moments:

  • When the wind is blowing, teach about “wind” and “air,” windy day, etc.
  • When it’s very hot and sunny, teach about the sun, sunny day, sweat, feeling hot, thirsty, etc.
  • When it’s raining, teach about rain, rainy day, mud, feeling cold, wet, etc.

ARTWAY PROJECT:

  1. Choose project 1 or project 2 and have fun completing the project:
  2. Using old magazines, newspapers, cereal cartons, make a model of a tree.
  3. Using sticks, strings, and your own drawings, make a hanging mobile of your favourite things in the garden

I-MATHs

  1. Rote Count 1-20 with correct pronunciation
  2. Apply your counting skills to reinforce CDE lesson: How many suns do you see? How many clouds do you see? How many trees do you see?
  3. Learn to identify numerals 1 up to 7.  Arrange jumbled up number cards in correct sequence.

To Parents: Use any number book or cut up big numbers and use them as flashcards from magazines or wall calendars

  1. Recognize Shapes (Circle vs Oval, Square vs. Rectangle, Pentagon vs Hexagon, Triangle vs Diamond)

EARLY READING

  1. Sing the AWS song: a for apple, b for ball, c for cat, d for duck, e for egg, f for fish, g for goat, h for house, i for igloo, j for jam, k for key, l for leaf, m for mango, n for nose, o for orange, p for pot, q for queen, r for rose, s for sun, t for telephone, u for umbrella, v for van, w for watch, x for x-ray, y for yoyo, z for zebra.
  2. Identify uppercase alphabets A up to Z
  3. Identify lowercase alphabets a up to g
  4. Arrange alphabet blocks/magnetic letters or alphabet cards in correct sequence from A up to Z.

FINE MOTOR SKILLS/ I-WRITE

  1. Using pencil and crayons, draw and color theme-related objects (sun, flower, tree, etc.)
  2. Some children may have already started formal writing lessons using pencils and big-square or four-line notebooks. Please continue with the exercises provided by your child’s teacher. Parents may opt to teach the next number or alphabet if they feel that their child has mastered the previous lessons given at school. Feel free to send us an email if you have any queries regarding your child’s learning level in FMS/I-Write.

Please do not force your child to write. Do not scold an uncooperative child. This will only increase his dislike for writing. Instead, you may offer rewards (stickers, stamps, etc) or other child-friendly means to motivate your child to write.

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE

Using real objects or picture books, learn the names of different fruits. Learn as many as you can.

Learning Challenge: Learn to say a list of names of ten fruits in alphabetical order by memory. (apple, banana, cherry, grapes, guava, mango, pear, pineapple, strawberry, watermelon).

Discussion Points: What is your favourite fruit? Which fruits grow naturally in Kashmir? Which fruits do not grow in Kashmir? Which place in Kashmir is called “Apple Town”?

STEP (Self-Reliance Training and Exercises in Practical Life)

  1. Encourage your child to eat a small bowl of food (cereals/oatmeal/halwa) on her own using a small spoon.
  2. Dressing – Learn to remove and put on slippers/shoes without help.
  3. Hygiene -Learn how to lather up soap while washing hands.
  4. Grooming – Learn how to wipe face with a towel/ tissue.

ENGLISH

  1. Learn to introduce yourself (say your name, age, home address, name of school, school address, names of parents, parents’ occupations, names of siblings, favourite color, fruit)
  2. Learn polite words and expressions such as Please, Thank You, Welcome, Sorry, May I… Can I…
  3. Story: The Clever Crow/ The Thirsty Crow (The parent should tell the story in English and translate in Urdu as needed. Encourage your child to retell the story to you.)

SONGS AND RHYMES

(See video links)

Oh, Mr. Sun

Oh, Mr. Sun,

Sun, Mr. Golden Sun

Please shine down on me

Oh, Mr. Sun,

Sun, Mr. Golden Sun

Hiding behind a tree

These little children are asking you.

To please come down

So we can play with you

Oh, Mr, Sun,

Sun, Mr. Golden Sun

Please shine down on me.

Lily Lotus Pansy

Lily Lotus Pansy

Roses Jasmine Tulips

In the garden there are more

Teach me all their names

Fly, Fly, The Butterfly

Fly, fly, fly, the butterfly

In the garden, flying so high

Kissing roses, pansies too

Fly fly fly, the butterfly

Out in the Garden

To the Tune of Down by the Station:

Early in the morning

See all the flowers

Standing in a row

See the sun shining

High up in the sky

See the tall and strong trees

Standing by

See the bees and butterflies

Flying high

See the little ant

Crawling by.

Slowly, Slowly

Slowly, slowly, very slowly (walk fingers up arm slowly)

Creeps the garden snail

Slowly, slowly, very slowly

Up the wooden rail

Quickly, quickly, very quickly

Runs the little ant

Quickly, quickly, very quickly

Around the mound of sand

The Beehive

This is a beehive.

But where are the bees?

Hidden inside,

Where nobody sees.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5…

Out of the hive

And the bees fly away….. bzzzzzz.