This month at Rock and Roll Daycare we celebrated the Indian International night and were lucky enough to watch Indian dancers perform for children. Many classrooms also made use of the summer time and adventured out to field trips. The infants took a boat ride by the Charles river and learned about sounds from various Indian instruments like the tabla- a smaller sized hand drum.
Playing the Tabla
In the toddler rooms they were busy learning how to take care of themselves by serving themselves and setting up a picnic! Children also learned new words regarding metamorphosis and butterflies by reading the Very Hungry Caterpillar. They also released their pet butterflies into the wild, after observing their process.
Trying to scoop some fruit
Working on spreading sun-butter on toast
Some younger toddlers painted by popping bubble wrap with their feet! This sensorial feeling can be a good outlet for children to release their active energy inside the classroom.
Children also learned about some reptiles and amphibians and sea animals, they learned the lifecycle of a frog and some new vocabulary along with it. Children also got to look at amphibian habitats to really understand them better.
In Preschool, children were a lot busier learning about very interesting new topics! They celebrated Pride, separated fact and fiction about Pirates and wrapped up India. Children also visited the Museum of Fine Arts and looked at mummies, pointillism, Joan Jonas- an abstract artist they have been learning about.
Celebrating Fathers day with an ice-cream social
Preschoolers conducted several science experiments, learned about measurement, and began practicing writing numbers. They also started reading sight word books and matching them to felt storyboards. They can read the whole book I Can Eat now!
Making clay models after visiting the MFA
Practicing tracing numbers in sand
Learning how to measure
In another Preschool children looked at Art, items and Music from India and read many folktales. Children learned about what a Rangoli is (circle of color) and have been working on their own masterpieces. A friend brought in house-hold items from India to share with everyone and discussed how to use it too.
Indian items for cooking
Tibetan singing bowl
Children also had a cooking class, they learned how to make paneer and enjoyed it for lunch the next day with some Tikka Masala! We give children many opportunities to try and taste new foods because experiencing the food helps learn about it even more.
Children explored different bugs and insects and their lifecycles too, as part of Spring. They used a non-fiction book to figure out which animals belong together.
Children also studied different flowers, including their names, colors and smells.
Learning different names of Flowers
Planting some flower seeds
visited the market smell different flowers
Setting up a picnic
Preschool got a new dress-up corner to encourage more dramatic play in the classroom! This way children are encouraged to use more practical life skills like folding, wrapping, hanging, buttoning and zippering, and learning to take care of ourselves others and the environment around us.