"Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them" ~ Lady Bird Johnson
We believe that it is important for children to imbibe qualities like compassion, understanding and kindness as these qualities put them on the path towards being happy and successful adults. That is the very reason our activities are designed to help children inculcate these values in a fun way.
Let's take a sneak peek into the splendid month of September.
Theme – Animals
The month of September introduced the children to the amazing world of animals – farm, pet, and wild animals. The children enjoyed singing and 'visiting' Old McDonald's farm. They saw various farm animals like cow, horse, pig, sheep etc., their young ones and what they provide us. They also learnt about pet animals and enjoyed imitating their sounds. The children were keen to learn about wild animals, their young ones and their habitat and enjoyed reciting theme related rhymes like 'Down in the Jungle', 'Five Little Monkeys', 'Our Puppies' etc. The children have started sharing their thoughts and narrating stories confidently during the Quality Circle Time.
Linguistic skills help children to express themselves and communicate with others. Listening and speaking are the key skills in learning any language. The children have started introducing themselves, using full sentences to communicate, and are also learning to narrate stories with the help of picture story books. We also recited theme-related rhymes like 'pussy cat', '5 little ducks', 'down in the jungle', narrated stories like 'the fox and the grapes', and 'the little red hen'. Children were encouraged to speak and share their thoughts during Quality Circle Time. Children also practiced the phonic sounds and words related to letters from ‘Aa to Mm’. They expanded their vocabulary through the audiovisuals, stories, real objects and practice sheets. Hindi Diwas was celebrated with great enthusiasm and the children learnt about our national language and its importance. The children loved enacting the rhyme 'Baarish Aayi' along with props.
Our little ones have started reciting numbers in a sequence with the help of rhymes. They have begun to relate numbers and their quantification in the things around them. The little ones learnt to recognize ‘number 5’ and counted the fingers and toes of one hand and foot. They also took keen interest in the concept of 'fat and thin', the colour 'red' and the shape 'rectangle'. They excitedly pointed out to different rectangle shaped objects in the room like door, AC, remote and even their box of crayons! They attempted an array of fun activities like tearing and pasting, colouring and making a human body craft from rectangular cutouts.
Our children don't let the limitations of being confined to the four walls dim their keenness to learn and we help them explore and care for Mother Nature. The children made a great effort to practice recycling and have an eco-friendlier lifestyle.We discussed the importance of recycling kitchen waste like fruits and vegetable peels and made our own compost bins in plastic containers. The benefits of a compost bin were also discussed in the class: organic fertilisers enrich soil, reduce the need for chemical fertiliser and helps in recycling kitchen waste. The children also enjoyed making their own fish aquarium, animal track painting and making their own photo frame. Oh! What a wonderful way to learn recycling in a play-way method.
Children explored their aesthetic skills with the help of various colouring and craft activities done in the class virtually. Using an array of material is a sensory treat, along with the guided instructions (right/left directions, folding /unfolding, drawing shapes) for these budding souls who thoroughly enjoy the process of action and resulting product.
● The little ones were delighted to make a headgear of ‘Reindeer’ and ‘Hen’ using handprint.
● Integrating the monthly theme of animals with Visual-Spatial, children created a ‘pig-face pen stand’ using a waste bottle along with the educator.
● To reiterate the letter ‘L l’, kids enjoyed making a lamp.
● Children enjoyed painting the ‘weather symbols’ on play dough/river stones.
Music stimulates the brain in a very powerful way because of our emotional connection with it. It can also improve long term memory and lead to better brain development.
Indian classical music inculcates a sense of structure & rhythm in one’s brain. Sangeet for all is the first Indian music curriculum with a carefully researched pedagogy, methodology, and resources that provides the young child with a solid foundation in music. Children practiced singing different songs like ‘Tidy up song’, ‘Rain song’, ‘Potato song’ ‘अरे रे रे कष्णा’,‘ आओ आओ संगीत बनाये’ . They also enjoyed listening to the musical story of ‘Tansen’.
“Music is to the mind as air is to the body”. - Plato
Practice makes us all perfect. With the ongoing western music sessions, our children are gaining musical intelligence each day. They learnt a new song, ‘This little light of mine’.
Dancing is an excellent source of entertainment, laughter, and joy. The children strengthened their skill by dancing to the tune of the song, ‘Dance Party’.
Bodily Kinaesthetic Intelligence
Bodily Kinesthetics- If there is one thing that certainly achieves well, it is in helping children to develop and hone their motor skills. Think of all the running and climbing that the average child loves to be involved in. Kids can improve their balance and coordination with holistic benefits for mobility. So, our little learners along with our educator learnt about fitness through live sessions and videos of simple and easy exercises using different props.
“Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world”.
The educator narrated the story, ‘For the love of a cat’ through a storybook to instill the values of loyalty, kindness, and honesty in our little ones. Later, the children enjoyed doing an activity on Cat in integration with the story. Pranav’ s picture’ a short and fun story by Nandini Nayar (author of several children’s books) was narrated along with the story re- telling activity by the children in the third week.
An inspirational story based on the short incidents in ‘Kasturba Gandhi’ s life was narrated in the last week of the month.
Drama is a mode of fictional representation through dialogue and performance. In simple words, drama is a composition in verse or prose presenting a story in pantomime or dialogue. This month the educator narrated the stories, ‘कुम्हार की कहानी ‘, ‘कंजूस आदमी ‘. Later, they enjoyed a fun-filled way to emote certain feelings and situations.
We begin communicating from the moment we are born. Letting our mothers know we have arrived with our first cry. As a child develops, we must nurture their communication skills, so they are capable of expressing themselves, clearly and confidently, in all aspects and areas of their life. Thus, we conducted 'show and tell' activities for the little ones while celebrating the birthdays of the children who were born in this month.
Birthday celebration- Show & tell
Birthdays are important because they give everyone a day to feel special and see how much those around them love them. They get excited to celebrate their special day with their friends and teachers virtually. Keeping up the spirit, the birthday celebration was planned on 30th September, 2021.The theme for the celebration was “Animals”.
Children reiterated the basic etiquettes of how to behave at a party. They were encouraged to speak a few lines on the theme through ‘show and tell’. They were excited to speak their lines and were ready with their props.
Events and Celebrations
Teachers’ Day Assembly
The special Assembly was celebrated virtually on the 3rd of September to mark the birth anniversary of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. To celebrate this occasion, students of KG- C sang a parody and danced acknowledging the contributions of their beloved teachers. Some of them also dressed up as their teachers, and enjoyed dancing to the song, ‘Teacher see the good inside me’.
14 सितंबर को हिंदी दिवस मनाया। कक्षा के॰जी॰- डी के छात्रों ने मुख्य प्रार्थना पेश की। बच्चों नेजानकारी साझा की कि हिंदी एक बहुत समृद्ध भाषा है और 14 सितंबर 1949 को हिंदी कोभारत की राजभाषा घोषित किया गया। हिंदी प्रेम, एकता और भाईचारे की भाषा है।