Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Preschool activities during March and April!

The past few weeks have presented the Preschoolers’ with a busy schedule and some very interesting activities and events including: looking at the rabbit in our Unit of Inquiry; the International Day; and finally, learning about horses as a part of our Unit of Inquiry which included a wonderful field trip to the horses stables.

During the Here, Kitty Kitty! unit the Preschoolers' invited the ISR community to participate in a survey outlining the different pets that the students and staff care for at home.  Among the pets were dogs, cats, one bird, fish, rabbits, and one horse! Thank you for your participation!

During the week of the rabbit we had a visit from a lovely long eared bunny, Puja, with soft long black hair and a lovely nature.  The preschool children had the opportunity to learn about how to care for a bunny and what it means to be a good and responsible owner.  Before returning to school this week, many children may have even been put to work by the bunnies during Easter and encouraged to collect hidden eggs!

Before breaking for the long weekend the International Day was an inspiring, touching, and educative day for both students and teachers in the school.  The day started off with the flag parade where 31 countries flags were represented by the ISR community!   The parade was followed by a series of workshops where the preschool children were introduced to the theme, Animals That Are Becoming Extinct, in a short and meaningful theatre skit presented by the preschool teachers.  Two irresponsible tourists stomped their way into a turtles habitat and not only polluted its delicate environment, but wanted to harm the defenceless animal. The children engaged in discussion regarding this type of behaviour and identified what was wrong about it and what should be done differently.  A short video was presented to the children regarding many other endangered animals on our planet and discussion continued regarding our interests in sharing the planet with all of them!  The workshops continued and art, music and movement and interactive reading were a few of the engaging activities the children had the opportunity to participate in.  A magnificent map of the world, with endangered animals the children where learning about during these workshops, was presented for the whole school to explore in the main hall.  This day was an eye opening  experience for all of us!

Finally, our current week's focus, horses, was introduced with an engaging field trip to the stables where preschoolers learned about horses, what they eat and drink, where they sleep, how they are groomed and trained, and how they communicate. The children rode either a horse or pony and experienced something quite unique and exciting!  The week continued with a visit from Ellie's mother, Ms Kim, who presented information to the preschoolers regarding other details about horses including: the many different names that describe the colours of horses (such as Gray, Bay, Chestnut, Skewbald); the history of horses and how they were a very important part of transportation before the invention of vehicles; and training horses to be competitors.  Thank you Ms Kim!

We have really enjoyed this Unit of Inquiry, Here Kitty Kitty! and are looking forward to beginning the final unit for the 2011-2012 school year Sprouting Up!

1 comment:

  1. This blog was really helpful for parents to know the real preschool activities and what they prepare their children for preschool activities.
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