Thank you to all who sent in items to add to our Sign of Winter table!
As we have been learning about Houses and Home for the month of November we thought it would be fun to look at a country far removed from our own -INDIA!!
WE have been learning about India with our visiting teacher Ms. O Sullivan. Ms. O Sullivan will be with us until Christmas. We love having two teachers in our room. She is teaching us lots of cool and interesting stuff! We spent a lot of time comparing and contrasting the two countries. Take a look at our pictures below..
In the first one you can see the Irish flag - we were comparing and contrasting it to a picture of the Indian flag
In the other picture you can see Indian head scarves, spices and tea leaves and also an Indian elephant.
This week and last week we are learning about 2 and 3 D shape. We are finding it quite ricky and confusing. some of the words are very hard to say.
The 2 D shapes we have learned are: square, rectangle, circle and triangle.
The 3 D shapes we have learned are: cube, cuboid, sphere and cylinder.
Below you can see different activities we did to learn and explore 2 D shapes.
You can try spotting 2 D and 3 D shapes about your house to practice.
We explored the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears in great detail during the month of November.
Here are some pictures of us exploring the story in the role play area. We really enjoyed using all the props and developing our mathematical language at the same time using the small, medium and large bowls and teddies. Our ability to get into role has greatly improved since we began Áistear time. It is our favourite station of the week!
In the pictures you can also see some of our Literacy work. We learned all about the different rooms and parts of the house, we learned new words such as drainpipe, garage, tiles/slates etc.
You can also see the lovely masks we made for use during role play. Here we also discussed the characteristics of each of the characters from the story.
We have been practicing our listening and speaking skills a lot recently. We are placing emphasis on looking at people when they are speaking and using an appropriate tone in our voices. We have been working in pairs and asking each other questions to show that we are interested in what people have to say. In these pictures we are taking turns at describing our bedroom to our friend. Try practicing your listening and speaking skills at home too!
Our theme this month is Houses and Homes. Our stations this month include:
Role Play - Here groups have the choice of being builders on a construction site or role playing the story of Goldilocks and the three bears. We are getting better at utilizing the role pay area as we have been doing a lot of improvisational drama through the English Programme - Wonderland. We use our masks from the Junk Art station when we are pretending to be bears. When we are imagining the building site, we use a lot of vocabulary which builders use, it is great fun being a cross boss!!!
Art - Firstly each group got to make the sitting room from Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We explored how to make a soft chair, a hard chair and a chair which was just right.! We also used paper plates to make bear masks, we had to decide for ourselves what we would use to ensure we could hold masks to our faces in the role play area, Some of us used straws and others used lollypop sticks.
Design and build - At this station we pretended to be architects at work. We looked at floor plans of houses and read the house maps in pairs. We then drew our own floor plans deciding what rooms are vital to a house design. We then used Lego to bring our floor plans to life.
Literacy - Ms. Kirk usually spends a lot of time at this group developing vocabulary and plays Oral Language games with us. We have been looking at different types of housing which exist in Ireland such as bungalows, detached and semi detached housing, flats and terraced homes. We then explored rooms within houses on a poster and discussed activities which happen in certain rooms. We then completed a worksheet which shows activities which happen inside and outside the home. We also played memory games and developed our describing skills.
Other activities: This station was an SESE station where we had to decide what items a builder needs for his work and those which he doesn't need. We cut theses out to develop our cutting skills and stuck the items around a picture of a builder.
Take a look at our pictures!!
Below you can see out Halloween and Autumn Áistear work.
Art - We sang the song Dingle Dangle Scarecrow and learned why farmers have scarecrows in their fields. We then used fabric and fiber to decorate out own scarecrows to hang in our Autumn display.
Literacy - We read and discussed Room on the Broom. We looked at the rhyming words in the story too. After that we discussed what potions are and we filled in an "order from" for the imaginary potion we want. This was great fun.
Role Play - We pretended we were Halloween characters in the role play area. Miss Kirk has got us a witches hat, cloak, masks etc to use next week, we cannot wait to enter this scary land!!!
Cutting skills - We used our cutting skills to cut and paste Halloween images and made a collage of our own.
We are going to put all of our Áistear work in a special folder and sent it home at Christmas for our parents to see.
We examined all the different types of families that exist in our classroom. We loved telling the class about our family members and how they are related to us. Look at our pictures below - in the pictures we are telling our partner who everyone is and using our listening skills.
Today Deirdre's dad came in to visit our classroom. He told us all about the different types of farms in Ireland. We prepared questions to ask him and used our clear voices to ask the questions. He took in items used on the farm such as whats used for milking the cows and tags for the cows ears, We really enjoyed learning about the farm in Autumn. Thank you Anthony!
This months Áistear theme is surrounding Clothes and Autumn.
The stations this month are:
Role-Play - Children are exploring the story of Cinderella which we are covering in the Wonderland programme. We are using the language we have learned in Oral Language Development. New words to us have been carriage, coachman, limousine, stepmother, stepsister among many others. We have divided out the roles in the story, dressed up for our appropriate parts and used lines from the story to put on little role play pieces. It is great fun dressing up and we are learning about taking turns and sharing characters and dressing up items.
Maths - We are exploring the passing of time through the seasons with teacher. At this station we put picture cards of the seasons in chronological order. We then have another card game where we have items associated with the seasons and we sort them into appropriate categories. We then examine pictures of Autumn, discussing autumnal colours and colour them in.
Leaf Rubbing - Here the children are using autumnal colours to make prints using leaf rubbing. We are looking at all the different types of leaves from different trees e.g. oak, sycamore, horse chestnut tree. We then cut the leaves out and used them for our Autumn display.
Small World Play - Here children are pretending to be on the farm in Autumn. Our imaginations are having to work hard here. We are taking in the bales in preparation for Winter, using the combine to harvest the crops, picking apples in the orchard, making jam with the blackberries etc.
Take a look at our photos.....
We made our own jigsaws this week. Cutting can be very tricky for us. Junior Infant cutting skills are getting better each week. Senior Infants are doing a great job too!
Today we made our own personal timeline using items from our past to show how we have grown. We talked about the different activities we did as a baby, toddle and what we like to do now. We took in three items to represent each of these stages and put them in chronological order. It was funny seeing our baby items, we had a great laugh seeing the dummies and a nappy!
We had so much fun using the human number line today. As part of our Maths Improvement Plan we are concentrating on counting activities using the counting stick, number lines etc. We had to mix up the number line and then put it back in the right order. We also focused on what number came before and after a certain number e.g. tell me the number that comes before 3 and the number that comes after 3. It was tricky but we plan on practicing this a lot.