Hello, Toddlers! Hello Parents!

This month’s learning theme is “In the Garden.” This means lots of fun time in the great outdoors! Toddlers are “sensory creatures” which means that they develop concepts by trying to make sense of what they see, hear, feel, touch, smell, or taste. Oooh! But watch out for whatever your kid puts in her mouth!

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 or around flowers. 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.

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CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT & EXPLORATION (CDE- WEEK 2)

Let’s go to the next level of our learning adventure through this month’s theme of “In the Garden”.

This week: Fun with Flowers

Sensory Learning: Let’s go to the garden and fill up our senses. Point to and name each colour that you see.  Grass is green. The leaves of trees are green. The leaves of plants are also green. And then…what are those fluffy round and colourful things—red, pink, white, orange, yellow? They make the garden look so beautiful. They are called flowers. Can you say the word “flower”? Touch flower petals. Are they rough or smooth? Soft or hard? And how about those sharp things on their stems? Watch out! They can be prickly. They are called thorns. How do flowers smell like?

Names of Flowers: Just like each person has his or her own name, flowers also have different names. Let’s learn them. Let’s sing this song:

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.

Active Games: You can play a running game with your kids. Let’s play “Touch the Flower”. The leader calls out a name of the flower and the players race to be the first one to touch that flower. Or you can do the classic Ring-around-the-Rosies with your family members.

Let’s Read:

  • Picture Book: Read a picture book of flowers.  Read a storybook or watch a video about flowers. (The Disney version of Beauty and the Beast features a magical rose. The Disney version of Alice in Wonderland features different kinds of flowers and different objects found in the garden.)
  • Alphabets: If your picture book features names of flowers in print, do a letter search or a letter-naming activity. Focus on the initials of each word. Example: Daisy starts with “D”.  Daffodils also start with “D”. “Dahlias” also start with “D”. Aster starts with “A”. So on and so forth…

Learning sheets: If you’re interested in accomplishing Little Wonders colouring and learning sheets, send us an email of your request or call the school number.

Culture: In Kashmiri, flowers are called “posh”. “In Urdu, flowers are called “Phool”. There are flowers that are very popular in Kashmir. Let’s learn some Kashmiri names for flowers:

  • Zafran”-Saffron
  • “Yemberzel” – Daffodil

ARTWAY: Choose one or two artway projects to do with your child at home

  • Paint your favourite flower. Do finger-painting, tracing, or brush-painting.
  • Be environment-friendly. Make a flower collage or a model of a flower with reused items such as old coloured magazines and sticks.
  • Make a pressed flower greeting card.

Merry Maths

  • Numbers of the Week: 3 and 4
  • Put three roses in one vase. Count the roses with your child. Example: Let’s count the roses in this vase…1..2..3. Three roses in this vase!
  • Put four daisies (or any other set of flowers) in another vase or pot. Count the flowers and stress on the last number.
  • Continue practicing rote counting from 1-10 or beyond, depending on your child’s learning level.
  • Sing counting rhymes such as Five Little Monkeys, Five Little Ducks, etc.

Fine-Motor Skills integrated with General Knowledge (Shapes)

Do you know that most flowers have round heads? So, if you want to learn to draw a simple flower, you can start by drawing a circle in the centre of your paper. And then, draw petals around it. Then, draw a standing line for the stem. To draw leaves, start at the middle of the stem/standing line and draw triangles pointing to the sides. Let’s do this again!

Draw a circle on the upper corner of your paper. Color it yellow. What does it look like now? Now, you have a sun in your garden-scene drawing.

Perhaps, you’d like to draw your house and a garden. A house can be drawn easily using basic shapes such as square or rectangle and triangle (for the roof). Then draw flowers beside the house.

Parenting Tips:

The process of developing fine-motor skills is closely interlinked with the development of a child’s attention span. As you will see, fine-motor activities require some degree of focus or attention as well as eye-hand coordination. In addition, a child’s behaviour plays a role. There are children who are very cooperative and are quite easy to motivate to complete a fine-motor task. There are children who are not very cooperative to finish a directed art project although they might be interested in handling the art materials. If your child starts misbehaving in the middle of the art/drawing activity, very gently remove the materials from his reach. It is not safe to allow an uncooperative child to mishandle art materials. Perhaps, your toddler can do it some other day. Parents have to set a proper time and create a favourable mood/atmosphere for fine-motor activities such as drawing, writing, or painting. Do not schedule such activities very close to nap or meal times.

Parent-Teacher Consultation

These days, as children are spending more time with parents inside their homes, parents are more updated with their child’s progress. If you are maximizing the learning program provided to you through our website, kindly send us an email to let Little Wonders know how your child is progressing at home.

Thank you for your cooperation.

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Week 1 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.

MERRY MATH

  1. Rote Count up to 10 or 20
  2. Count butterflies in your garden. (I see one butterfly/ I see two butterflies!)
  3. How many suns do you see?
  4. How many clouds do you see?
  5. Challenge: Count all the flower pots around your house.
  6. Learn to identify numerals 1, 2, and 3

EARLY READING

The objective of the Early Reading program for this level is “familiarity” as opposed to “mastery.”  So do not expect your child to display keen interest in memorizing names of alphabets or expect her to focus on the pictures or books that you show her. Toddlers have naturally short attention spans. They are not expected to sit and focus on a task for more than five minutes. So, you may stick to one subject or lesson but you must vary the activities after five minutes or so. Of course, there may be some toddlers who have longer attention span. So, it is important to note your own child’s learning level.

  1. Sing the alphabet song.
  2. 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.
  3. Go on a search around the house. Look for alphabets on people’s clothes, cars, walls, etc. Point and read letters with your child.
  4. Read an alphabet picture book with your child.
  5. Identify uppercase alphabets A up to G or beyond (depending on your child’s learning level) .

Fine Motor Skills

  1. Using crayons, color-in pre-drawn theme-related objects (sun, flower, tree, etc.)
  2. Write big letters A, B, and C with a crayon
  3. Write numerals 1, 2, and 3 with a crayon
  4. Optional (for toddlers with advanced fine motor skills) : On a big-squares notebook, draw standing lines within alternate squares. Give the same exercise on the next two pages. Then, draw slanting lines (within alternate squares) on the next two or three pages.

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 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.

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…

And the bees fly away….. bzzzzzz.