It’s December already! It was a fun filled day with lots of learning throughout the day. We started with a dance session. The children moved their body to the rhythm of the music. It helped them warm up for their day. Through this experience, children are learning how to coordinate and control their bodies and such movement helps them to develop spatial awareness.

Today, group time was conducted by Ekta, Jasmine, and Cindy. The children enjoyed sitting down on the mat and participating in group time with their educators. In today’s group time, we sang some nursery rhymes such as ‘5 little ducks’, ‘Tiny turtle’, ‘Incy wincy spider’, If you’re cheeky and you know it’ and we also sang some Christmas songs such as ‘We wish you a merry Christmas’, ‘jingle bells’, and ‘Feliz Navidad.’ Along with the songs, the children actively participated in listening to some of our favorite stories such as ‘The Gruffalo’, ‘Where is the green sheep?’, ‘Monster’ and ‘The Very hungry Caterpillar.’ Reading books to young children helps to develop their early literacy, language, communication, and early numeracy skills.

After the group time, the children participated in painting, drawing, sticking, sensory play and playdough. The children looked at the Santa’s photo and started gluing and sticking to decorate Santa Claus. This experience helped the children to have a better understanding of Christmas and enhanced their expressive art and craft skills. The children were also engaged in lots of sensory experiences such as water play and coloured sand play.

During water play, the children pretended to wash and clean the farm animals. The children were encouraged to say the name of the animals that they were washing. The children were also engaged in a coloured sand experience with various animals. Through these sensory experiences, children develop their fine motor skills and hand eye coordination through pouring, stirring, scrubbing, and squeezing. They also had different textural and temperature experiences, helping children acknowledge sensory changes and respond to them.

Some children were also engaged in a playdough experience. It helps them to strengthen small fingers, hands and wrists. Play dough is a lovely open- ended toy – it can be anything – food, animals, faces, shapes etc.

Overall children had a wonderful Wednesday. Have a good evening!

L.O.: 1.1, 1.2, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2

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