A fun and messy week for the youngest children as the theme of Autumn was explored. Young children, like this group, should be doing a variety of sensory activities to strengthen their muscles, improve control, and experience textures. In light of this the children used their hands to “paint” autumn leaves, ripped up paper scraps to create a collage, and used their whole bodies to move to music.
“My Favourite Toys”, along with “Autumn” was the week’s theme. Exploring what toys we have at the kindergarten, and talking about the names of general toys and games, the children were introduced to some new vocabulary through a variety of games and exercises. Although attention and focus is a little tough for this group, it was great to see them participate with a topic close to their hearts!
Absences in the group gave the remaining children the freedom to choose the activities they wished to do. Similar to Montessori practices, the children were given a variety of activity options to choose from with Mr. Rhys supporting and talking with them as a group and individually. Some chose Play Doh, some colouring, some cutting and sticking, and others block building.
Choices of activities help a child to understand their own choices and work on things that they think they are good at, as well as improve on the things they are not so confident with. It is also a superb observational tool, as the teacher can gain insight into how a child wishes to learn and the methods that could work best for each individual.
The oldest class have been learning a bit more about Autumn, practicing a poem, and progressing with the Cambridge Young Learners programme “Kid’s Box”. We are very proud of this group. Children who were once quite reluctant to speak in English have been trying their hardest to speak with their teachers in English, reverting to Russian if they cannot find the words they are looking for. Even then, and almost more impressive, is the way they try to get their expression across. If they do not know the English word for something, they try to find synonyms, or explain the concept with gestures or other English. This demonstrates that they are trying to “think” in English, working hard to not use Russian. Well Done!!