25 September 2017
It was quite a busy week last week. In the classroom we started our new topic on clothes, and in school, we did activities for STEM week which stands for “Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.”
As for STEM, it was quite a fun learning experience for all of us. Our Nursery class did STEM activities in our classroom and in KG. In the Nursery class we talked about the force of pushing, and experimented through pendulum art. We all love to sit on the swing, but as we are still learning to pump our legs, we usually still need somebody to push the swing for us. Hence, we started our experiment by swinging on the swing. We could tell our friends whether we wanted to go fast or slow. We then experimented pushing the swings by ourselves and discovered that when we pushed hard the swing went fast, and when we pushed gently, the swing went slow. We then applied the idea to our pendulum art by swinging the cup of paint. We tied the cup with a long, medium and short piece of string, and then swung it either hard or gently. We notice the various paint patterns that appeared on the paper. Some of us exclaimed that it looked like rain drops! Later on in the week we visited the KG class and made shake bottles with oil and water. We got to measure and pour the ingredients by ourselves. We shook and shook our bottles but no matter how hard we shook the oil and water would only mix for a short time before separating from each other again.
In the classroom we also started to talk about clothes. We started our topic by talking about clothes that we wear every day. We learned that different kinds of clothes have different names, and even clothes that look the same can be called differently in different countries. As we had made our body dolls earlier in the month, it was now the time to put clothes on them. Hence, we had to decide whether we wanted our body doll to wear a shirt, blouse, trousers, shorts, skirt or dress. By the end of the week we talked about clean and dirty clothes, and learned that when clothes were dirty, they needed to be washed, and ironed before being put back into the wardrobe. We learned that clothes can either be washed by hand or in a washing machine, and this week during Sensory Play, we will be washing clothes and hanging the clothes up to dry.
This week we will talk about clothes for a hot day. If you have any summer clothes or accessories such as sunglasses, hats, fans, that we can use for dressing up please bring them in. We will return them to you at the end of the week. Best Regards,