It feels like not so long ago that the Preschool students were all excited about bringing their Halloween costumes to school for Show and Tell!
But much like the autumn leaves and the Little Pigs' Homes, the last last 6 weeks have just blown by! The Preschoolers have been busy learning all about homes from around the world, as well as many other things during math and language time such as how to read now that they have learnt most of the phonetic sounds. They enjoy putting their reading skills to work whether it be with the Oxford Reading Tree stories, or with stories online at Starfall.com.
In math, they have been discovering more details about 2-D shapes, and have enjoyed using them to create patterns and pictures, as well as for playing games.
One of our focuses for this unit has been on social skills. After hearing the story of the 3 Little Pigs, the students worked together to create their own homes for the little Pigs. Working in 3 different groups they faced the challenge of trying to make their own homes for a little pig out of straw. To succeed, they had to make sure that the wolf would not be able to get in and eat the pig, and the house would have to not blow away or fall over in the wind.
Throughout the Homes unit students focused on finding the similarities and differences between different types of homes and worked with a partner to do a mini-presentation to explain what the found to be the same and different about 2 different types of homes. They also inquired into the different types of materials that are used when making a home, and had the chance to see several real examples of these when we went to visit the National Museum of Ethnology. They also had a nice time playing on the playground after their picnic lunch at Bampaku Park. We also had the chance to observe first hand how homes are built in Japan as we had the opportunity to visit the Sekisui House building site next door!