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Tuesday, December 1, 2009


We have just started our holiday theme on Nursery Rhymes yesterday. This theme runs from November 30 to December 16. The objectives of the theme are:

  • To introduce nursery rhymes to all children
  • To help them appreciate the literary richness of rhythm and rhyme
  • To let the children experiment and be more aware of the world around them. This can be done through various science, art & craft, cooking or gardening activities.

Yesterday, we discussed Humpty Dumpty. First, we talked about Humpty Dumpty, what happened to him and how we can prevent him from falling down. I also likened Humpty to the children themselves and how they must always be careful when playing, lest they fall and hurt themselves like Humpty. Of course, this rhyme will not be complete without the discussion on "Where Do Eggs Come From?" as well as the life cycle of a chicken.

Another interesting topic which we talked about was gravity. How do I introduce the concept of gravity to 4 and 5 year olds? I simply told them that they can stay rooted to the ground because of a special power inside planet Earth. Without gravity, everything will be floating, even water and we woud have a hard time drinking, eating and even going to the toilet! One boy commented that things float because they are light (clever boy!) and I said yes, but they will eventuallly come down. I demonstrated by throwings things up in the air (hope they will not do so at home!), some heavy, some light but all fell to the ground. They do not seem convinced or quite understand yet, and I'm trying to think of more ideas to explain to them. Gravity will once again be one of the focus when we discuss Jack and Jill tomorrow.

For today, we will continue with Humpty Dumpty. Activities planned are :

  • Reading Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss
  • Eating hard-boiled eggs and using the egg shell to make a Humpty collage
  • Sink & Float experiment with raw eggs and salt water and fresh water. Guess which egg will sink and which will float. Why???
  • Making rubber eggs with raw eggs and vinegar
  • Continue with our rhyming words - "all"

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