The children are singing songs that touch on their love for their country, family, school and teachers. Listen to their voices especially when they tell you how much they love you. Reflect on their message to you.
The children all lining up for the first event - eager to start, yet anxious as this is the first time they are facing a big crowd. Some are overwhelmed!
The first game is Hot Potatoes – a spin-off from Egg Relay. We cannot have the eggs breaking all over the field – hence the potatoes. Seriously, this is a game that promotes concentration, balancing skills and patience! The children cannot touch the potatoes and they must not let the potatoes drop. Every child has his or her own special way of moving from one end to the other. Take note how the others wait patiently for their turn. Not easy, especially for three-year olds!
To enhance their gross motor and coordination skills, they are challenged to throw the balls into the up-turned umbrellas. This looks easier said than done as the balls bounces out easily. This again is a test of patience for the four-year olds!
Lotto games are fun. Matching of colours and shapes is fun. Playing together with friends is also fun. The next game combines all these and make for an even more interesting challenge for our Soya Beans!
In this game, each child picks up a shape randomly and matches it to the Lotto Chart in front. They must match according to the correct shape and colour, an important aspect of math development. They also learn about the names of the shapes such as trapezium, hexagon and rhombus. As we expose them to these shapes, our young children become more aware of the shapes in the environment and can compare them to real objects. A little girl told me “trapezium is like a roof in the house”. She can only tell me this if she knows the term “trapezium”!
|They are not alone - we will guide them along the way!|
|And spur them on until the very end!|
Sink or float? We also face the question in our daily life. If we ponder deeper, some items will float, and later sink when filled with water. We want our children to question themselves and think out of the box. We’ve experienced many different situations with them – filling bottles with water, sand or just being empty; kneading a dough into a ball versus shaping it into a boat, putting a lid horizontally versus vertically into the water - to experiment and see for themselves how each object reacts in different shapes or situations.
Today is a culmination of the experiments we have done over the few weeks and let them experience again which items will sink or float in the water. I’m sure they will discover something new again!
PIRATE PETE’S HIDDEN TREASURE
We, teachers, had a great time formulating this Treasure Hunt. Honestly, it’s something new to us and it got our heads cracking to organize a hunt that involves 21 excitable children who will be running around looking for Pirate Pete’s Hidden Treasure.
This treasure hunt revolves around Pirate Pete, a set of four books that the Navy Beans use as their reading program. There are 5 stations and each station is named after of one the books in the set. The children are divided and move from one station to another.
Station 1 – Pirate Pete Loses His Hat. In this station, the children are given a list of things to find.
Station 2 – Pirate Pete Keeps Fit. Pirate Pete is too fat. He has to either exercise or eat healthier food in order to keep fit. The children randomly choose a card and follow the instruction on the card to be fitter.
Station 3 - Pirate Pete and the Monster. The children are given a puzzle and its corresponding word in Mandarin to solve. The puzzles are lifted from the pictures in this book.
Station 4 – Pirate Pete and the Treasure Island. The children have to draw out their own treasure map based on the instruction given.
Station 5 – Pirate Pete and the Treasure Island. Based on the drawn map, the children have to locate the site of the hidden treasure. They work together to dig up the treasure chest. Then, they have to return to the initial station while the captain of their team look for Pirate Pete. Pirate Pete will then give them the key to the treasure box. Open up the box and discover the treasure inside!
There is surprise in every station as the children have not seen or read any of these instructions given to them today! Everything has been changed and it is a real test of their understanding and skills. This game demands great teamwork, precision and accuracy in reading and following out instructions. It can be very tense and challenging (even for the guardians of the stations) but the end results is very rewarding!