KG-Blog ( 8th Oct to 12th Oct)

      

Unit of Inquiry   

Kindergarteners commenced  their 2nd unit under trans disciplinary theme who we are

Where the central idea revolved around how  ‘people’s relationships with each other can have an impact on well-being’.
Lines of Inquiry:

  • How we develop relationships
  • How relationship affect us
  • My role and behaviour in maintaining relationships

Students were shown a video on team building and the need for developing any relationship.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jop2I5u2F3U

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The above video was followed by thought provoking questions using a question dice.

Building further on this students used their thinking skills and came up with interesting answers to understand the values of sharing, caring and being together.

Students also enjoyed the game of ‘blind fold’ to understand the importance of trust and unity, where students walked blind folded taking instructions from their peers to complete a task, based on trust.

Hindi Integration with the unit of inquiry was done through a story ‘ Ekta mein hai bal’ to understand the power of unity- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGG6KgZ3fhc.

IMG_2516This was followed by a small experiment with wooden sticks, where in students were given a stick each and later a bundle of sticks to break, helping them understand the power of unity.

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Continuing further with the 1st line of inquiry, students were shown the following videos related to various relationship within the community- our relationship with family, our teacher, our pets and other living beings.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qedh62-LYiU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7X6pqSHYUgY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_FdHABaS24

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDI0gc9smZA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KFlJYWIrPs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UVr9KxdIMU

As a follow up, they indulged in a group discussion which addressed questions like:

  • Who all are there in the video?
  • What are they doing?
  • How are they related to each other?

The questions set them to think about families and relationships, further enhancing their social and thinking skills too.

 

English

Students attempted a dictation on ‘a’ family words.

Students were paired up and they sequenced the ORT picture cards. Later they narrated the story in their own language.

Recapitulation of the sight words was done through ‘word ladder’ game, wherein they pasted the ‘word ladder’ in their journals and tried reading and coloring the sight word.

They brainstormed ‘ot’ and ‘og’ family words and wrote the words in their process journals.

Students also enjoyed singing the rhyme ‘I love you, you love me’.

Hindi

They were introduced to a new vyanjan ‘pa’ and vocabulary words with the help of flash cards.

Students practiced formation of vyanjan ‘pa’ on sand light table.

Reinforcement of vyanjan ‘ra’ and ‘ka’ was done where students associated picture cards with the related vyanjan.

Reinforcement of ‘Rangon ke naam’ was also done.

They loved learning a new rhyme ‘Suraj’.

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Math

Students were introduced to number line. They created number line with the help of number cut-outs. Through the same they learned skip-counting in 2’s by jumping and skipping one number.

They reinforced the odd and even number patterns and coloured odd numbers in red and even in blue.

They were also introduced to an iPad app on skip-counting.

 

Information Technology

UOI was integrated with information technology, when students explored different tools like stamps, paint brush and Tux Paint and unleashed their creative skills to illustrate different seasons. Some of them also tried illustrating the solar system using Tux Paint.

 

Music

The students learned dynamics like ‘forte’ (loud), ‘piano’ (soft), ‘mezzo piano’ (medium soft) and ‘mezzo forte’ (medium loud) and applied them to their singing. They loved singing ‘Let It Go’ and understood how dynamics make a song sound more beautiful. The students have also been doing some vocal exercises.

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Dance

Students revised ‘ram sam sam’ song to test their rhythmic sense, ‘the rain dance’ to test their somatic memory skills and ‘the winter dance’ to test their floor work techniques. Students were appreciated for their practice and exhibited improvement in their routine.

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Art

Students drew a semi-circle with the help of a stencil and converted the same into a rat by drawing some more simple elements. On completion, they were given wax colours to colour their work.

Physical Education

Students practiced low dribble (up to knee level) and high dribble (up to waist level). They also learned the difference between these dribbles. Practicing these skills is helping them develop body and hand coordination. They are working on improving their motor skills.

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Library

Bela gets lost again! This time, at the railway station. ‘Did her granny board the train that she just missed?’, ‘Will the kind ticket collector help reunite her with granny?’..The kindergarteners took an exciting journey with Bela and her friends in Neha Singh’s endearing sequel to ‘The Wednesday Bazaar’, illustrated by Sonal Gupta.

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Assembly  (on Ram Leela -role play by teachers)

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Kg-D( Blog – 1st Oct to 5th Oct )

Unit of Inquiry   

Taking the current unit further, the students inquired about birds and animals that start to prepare for migration and hibernation during autumn.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mc3YIrs19fw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FonCq9YJJxw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gm6uUpF0p5U

They were shown an audio-visual that provided insight into equinox and why days become shorter during autumn.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drujIxWmxyc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSs8K_HQSZ4

Moving further, they inquired about crops that are harvested during autumn season like cranberries, pomegranates, pumpkins, sweet potatoes etc. Further, students also investigated fall harvest festivals like Moon festival in China, Chuseok in Korea, Thanksgiving in Grenada, Sukkot in Israel and Halloween in America .

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English

The students were introduced to ‘ot’ and ‘og’ family words through a fun game –‘spin the wheel’. They identified/named the pictures and tried reading the words. They also formed the words on a mat using LMA (Large Moveable Alphabet) box.

Further they researched ‘ot’ and ‘og’ family words by sorting and  sticking pictures in their process journals and writing CVC words beside the pictures.

Recapitulation of the rules of capitalization through C.H.I.P.S was also undertaken. As a follow up, they were read a few ORT picture books. Students were asked to focus on punctuation marks in the text and were also encouraged to retell the story in the correct sequence.

 

Hindi

Students practiced formation of vyanjan ‘va’ on slates and sand light table. As a follow up, they made illustration related to vyanjan ‘va’ and practiced writing the same in their process journals.

They further pasted pictures related to vyanjan ‘va’ in their process journals and identified the initial sound.

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Math

Students created number patterns with the help of punched paper bits in their journals. They were also introduced to an iPad app on patterns.

Students attempted a formative assessment on ‘patterns’.

As a follow up they watched few audio visuals related to the same.

https://in.ixl.com/math/ukg/find-the-next-row-in-a-growing-pattern

https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/What_Comes_Next.html

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Circle Time

  • Students were apprised about the rainbow and its colours. Later they were given the outline of rainbow on a sheet which they coloured in VIBGYOR pattern
  • Students wrote their names in upper case with play doh on sheets provided to them.

Information Technology

Students had fun exploring educational games on the laptop, joining  dots and solving mazes. Though initially they found mouse handling tough but later enjoyed manipulating it.

Music

The students were assessed on their singing where  each student came up on the microphone and sang individually.

Dance

Students practiced technique of directions, stretches and hand patterns by incorporating them in the  dance on seasons.

 

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Art

Students learned how a complicated drawing can be made easy by dividing it into geometrical shapes. Keeping this concept in mind, they illustrated a bird, following the steps of using shapes.

 

Physical Education

Students focused on basketball drill, where they did zig-zag run and walked through the cones. They were also involved in different recreational games using basketball like relay races, drop and catch. These drills helped students to develop their locomotive and non-locomotive movements.

Library

The warm and witty picture book ‘My little sister Doris’  by the creator of The Brilliant World of Tom Gates and winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, was read to students.The author  Liz Pichon features the highs and lows of family life – as seen by big siblings!

Little Croc wants a pet but his mum and dad have other news to share. They are expecting a baby. When Baby Doris arrives, little Croc decides she is the most annoying little sister ever – she wakes him up in the night, she scribbles on his pictures and  spoils his favourite toys. But luckily Little Croc’s older brother Boris is there to show little Croc that being a big brother can actually be a lot of fun.

 

Assembly ( On World Animal Day)

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Book Fair

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KG-D ( Blog – 17th Sept to 20th Sept)

Unit of Inquiry   

Students reinforced the concept of solar system, day/night, water cycle.

They attempted a ‘Take and Talk’ on nocturnal animals.

They were shown an audio-visual on ‘Why do leaves change colour?’, which was followed by a class discussion covering some thought provoking questions. Further, they reflected on their understanding by illustrating the effects of changes in seasons, on a given sheet.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhnlyM_VzBU&t=50s

The students also inquired about animals that start preparing for hibernation during autumn season. They were  shown audio-visuals related to topic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FonCq9YJJxw

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Take and talk

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English

 Students inquired about the need for capitalization and punctuation marks with an activity wherein they observed and circled the upper case letters in a given passage. They were asked related questions such as:

  • Why is there an upper case letter at the beginning of each sentence?
  • When do you think we use an upper case letter?
  • What do you think the dots are for?
  • What are these dots called?
  • Why do we put a period after every sentence?

Further, they were introduced to the rules of capitalization through C.H.I.P.S.

Students were read an ORT book and were asked whether they could think of a different ending to the story, they also tried retelling the story in the correct sequence.

English was integrated with Unit of Inquiry, where students were read a story ‘Rainy days for Rabbit’.

They reinforced ‘ad’ and ‘ap’ family words by writing them in their journals.

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Hindi

Students were given pictures of vyanjan ‘gha’ and ‘cha’ in a mixed pool, where they associated pictures with correct the vyanjan.

They were also introduced to vyanjan ‘va’ through picture/flash cards. Later, they practiced writing the same in the sand tray to learn the correct formation.

A role play corner was setup to reinforce the names of vegetables and fruits in Hindi. Students enjoyed playing different roles to depict a  customer, shopkeeper etc.

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Role play

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Math

Students created number patterns with the help of a specific colour codes in their journals. They were given a number grid where they created their own patterns by coloring the numbers in the grid.

They were also introduced to skip counting in 2’s and marked it on the number grid by colouring.

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Circle Time

Students participated in a general discussion about ‘How they spent their long weekend?

They enjoyed playing a game where they sat in groups of 4 and were given a balloon each. They were asked to keep the balloon high without using their hands.

They watched a video on emoting feelings- ‘pigeons have feelings too’ where they learned about different feelings and emotions. Further, they were shown different emotion cards as well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6knhnJlKJlA

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Information Technology

I.C.T. was integrated with Math where students were introduced to ascending and descending numbers through an iPad app. They also tried solving puzzles using different types of pattern. Students enjoyed learning the concept in a play way method.

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Music

The students learned to follow the notes of ‘twinkle twinkle little star’ and played the same individually on the xylophone. They also sang their favourite songs in class.

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Dance

Students revised the rain dance they had learned earlier .They also learned the new winter dance combining the old and new movements. 

Art

Students joined the dots alphabetically to create different compositions and coloured them using multiple shades of wax crayons and pencil colours.

Physical Education

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Library

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Drama

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KG- D ( Blog – 17th Sept to 20th Sept)

Unit of Inquiry   

Students reinforced their understanding of the ‘water cycle’ through a learning engagement wherein they used their thinking skills to arrange the steps of the  water cycle in  correct sequence through flash cards. As a follow up they illustrated  the same on a given sheet.

Moving further, the students used their visible thinking skills to demonstrate ‘I See, I Think, I Wonder’ strategy as a group activity. They were shown an audio visual through which they  inquired about water-borne diseases, their types, symptoms and ways of  preventing them

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ydd4o7DjFTk

As a follow up, they were also shown videos on the Kerala floods and a discussion was undertaken about the same. They inquired about the dangerous consequences of excess rainfall that precipitated floods, landslides leading to loss of crops and break done of  transport facilities.

They also discussed about a newspaper article – ‘Pluto being a distant planet in the solar system’.

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English

Students brainstormed ‘ag’, ‘am’, ‘ap’ family words and practiced writing the same in their journals.

They attempted a Formative Assessment on 3 letter CVC words.

 

Hindi

Students practiced the formation of vyanjan ‘cha’ on slates and illustrated objects related to it. They further pasted pictures related to vyanjan ‘cha’ in their process journals and wrote the initial sound.

Students enjoyed singing the rhyme ‘Jhilmil karte taare’ and later recited the same in groups.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqMgse7buww

Math

As tuning in activity to understand patterns, students closed their eyes and listened to the teacher play a hand clap pattern. She then asked students to repeat the auditory pattern. This was followed by a general discussion and  a related audio visual was shared with students.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NdzJg3moRY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2VCdmhoMOs&list=PLeJp86ZHFy3qt6AEUG58wcDMDoLcFDMCW

 The students went for a nature walk where they observed different patterns in nature. They collected leaves and observed the pattern of veins under the light table and later created patterns in their process journals.

They also worked in pairs and created/made patterns using play doh and available class material such as blocks, crayons, beads etc.

They played an online game on patterns: https://in.ixl.com/math/ukg/find-the-next-row-in-a-growing-pattern

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Circle Time

A couple of games were played during circle time:

  • They were given a card and were asked to find a partner with the matching card. They, then repeated the activity without being verbal. They only used picture cards or snap cards for the same
  • They stood in a circle and the teacher tapped one student on the shoulder. The child started and continued the same action e.g. clapping, which the others had to follow. On every tap the students changed to a new action

Information Technology

Students revised the basics of computers like types, icons and cursor. They explored basic and advanced features of a new iPad app which can be used in future to help them express their thoughts through drawing and illustrating.

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Music

The students learned where the natural notes are placed on a keyboard and zylophone. They were able to name the notes on diagrammatic representation of a keyboard . The students also sang their favourite songs and began to learn how to sing ‘April shower’.

Art

Students inquired into sand art and had a discussion on the same. They then used sand of different colours to fill the background of the composition that they had created last week.

Physical Education

Students focused on basketball drill where they did zig zag running and walked around cones. They also played different recreational games with the basketball like relay race, drop and catch etc. These drills helped students develop their locomotive and non-locomotive movements.

 

Library

They were read the book ‘Elephantantrum’ by Gillian Shields, which was about one bossy little madam, Ellie and a big elephant. Ellie, the little girl was used to getting everything she wanted and yet she still wanted more.  She had set her heart on an elephant and she would not eat or sleep, brush her hair or even smile until she got her massive pet. But this bossy girl got a shock when her wish was finally granted. Ellie thought she was in charge but her new friend didn’t agree. Ellie learned not to throw her weight around and why she should mind her manners. The book taught social manners in a  fun way.IMG_1774

KG-D (Blog – 10th Sept to 14th Sept)

Unit of Inquiry   

Taking the unit further, the students inquired about the monsoon season and the insects that crawl out post the rains. They saw pictures of various insects like worms, snails, leech, flying ants etc. through a presentation that was followed by a general discussion during class time.

As a follow up activity, they loved creating different monsoon insects with colourful play dough.

Further, a probe into medicinal plants that grow during monsoon and their identification/uses/how they help us stay healthy was carried out. Students also investigated  monsoon vegetables and fruits that render health benefits.

http://www.indiahomeclub.com/botanical_garden/medicinal_plants_in_demand.html

http://food.ndtv.com/food-drinks/6-vegetables-that-are-a-must-have-during-monsoon-1721865

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3fjtciqkqA

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English

Students attempted a dictation on the words already given to them in a sell bee.

They reinforced ‘a’ family words through a bingo game and tried reading CVC  and sight words using a wordlist. They reinforced the sight words (on, is, I, a, was, of, to, the, in, and) through a puddle game.

They practiced writing ‘standing line’ and ‘curved line’ uppercase and lowercase letters in their journals.

The students played a board game called ‘I can read’ where they rolled a dice and read the sentences according to the dots given in the embedded sheet.

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Hindi

Students reinforced Hindi counting from 1-5 and did related work in their process journals. They were introduced to a new vyanjan ‘cha’ and  vocabulary words with the help of flash cards.  They also practiced letter formation on the light table. They loved learning a new rhyme ‘jhilmil karte taare’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqMgse7buww

 

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Math

Students attempted an assessment on ‘missing numbers’. They were given different number flashcards and coloured squares and they placed a coloured square beside the number card showing numbers in ascending order. Later, the same was done in their process journals.

Circle Time

They loved singing a song – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUXk8Nc5qQ8

They loved playing ‘Tap balance beam’ where they tried walking on the zigzag and curvy lines made on the floor while maintaining their body balance.

They loved enacting a variety of animals as they tried depicting how they walk etc.

I.C.T.

Students reiterated the types of computers and further learned about icons and cursor. They used fun iPad apps to practice phonetics and spelling of 3 to 5 letter words.They arranged letters in correct order and spoke the word out  aloud.

Music

The students were introduced to the seven natural notes and learned where to find them on the xylophone and keyboard. They also sang a few musical notes and songs like ‘do, re, mi’ and ‘she’ll be coming round the mountain’.

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Art

Students’ discussed and differentiated between front and profile faces. They used stencils to draw profile faces and coloured it using crayons.

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Dance –

Students reflected on the classes taken so far as a part of integration by illustrating various images they worked on and thought while dacing. They also learned to hone their listening skills through a fun activity -‘dacing statue’.

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Physical Education

Students learned the proper techniques and fundamentals of basketball dribbling. They worked  to improve their basics on ball handling, ball throwing, one hand ball dribble (right and left). Along with this practice, students also developed their eye hand coordination and strengthened their forearm and shoulders muscles.

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Library

Julia Donaldson is the prize-winning author of the world’s best-loved picture books and she is also well known for her rhyming stories for children too. Students were read a popular book written by her called ‘Stick man’ to commemorate her birth anniversary on September 16. The story revolves around a stick man lived in the family tree with his stick lady love and their three stick children.  A dog wants to play with the stick man , a swan builds her nest with him and he even ends up on a fire thereby realizing the perils of being a stick.

Full of suspense, the she students enjoyed the humor, suspense, and thrill in the story.

HIndi Diwis –

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Assembly-

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Blog – 4th Sept to 7th Sept

Unit of Inquiry   

A role-play corner was set up in the class to probe into the monsoon season. Things linked to rain/monsoon such as umbrella, rain coat, gumboots etc. were kept in the class for the students to explore which was  followed by a small discussion on things we need/activities we do on a rainy day.

A mind map of rain and related things was created as a group activity. Students were asked thought provoking questions like: ‘What is rain?’, ‘What happens when it rain?’, ‘What  activities are done /things we used on a rainy day?’, ‘How does water fall from the sky?’ etc.

Water cycle was introduced to students through an experiment. As a follow up, they watched an audio-visual related to the same.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rwFK5_Viqo

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Math

Students were given number flashcards and squares of different colours along with a master key, they placed a coloured square beside the number card arranging numbers in ascending order.

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English

Students were introduced to upper case letters (vowels and consonants) using sand paper cards and loved matching upper case letters with lower case letters using manipulatives.

Students were narrated a story – ‘Elmer and Rose’ in class to further enhance their listening skills.

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Hindi

Students practiced formation of  vyanjan done in class on slates and began writing the same in their process journals.

They loved listening to a new rhyme ‘Mausam kitne’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xO3aIV73zw

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Circle Time

During Circle time, they played quite a number of games:

  • They were given alphabet action cards, they performed the action while relating the sound to the kinesthetic movement.
  • They directed their partners (who were blindfolded) to stand on the number grid and follow their instructions (e.g. go two steps right, go one step back).

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Music

The students were acquainted with the importance of vocal exercises. They also learned the seven natural notes and where the same are placed on the piano.

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Dance

Students were taught to fancy the imagery of a rainy day and compose their individual movements to feel the same aesthetics. Post this activity, they were taught a routine which is denoted as rain dance by combining the movements created with respect to that scenery.

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Physical Education

Students practiced dribbling with basketball and also worked on their eye-hand coordination and body movement.

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Art

Students finished colouring the composition that they started the previous week. They further discussed the profile and the front face and its usage in Art which they drew with the help of stencil.

 

Assembly on National sports day

 

Library

The students were read ‘Just ducks’ by Nicola Davis. The story about ducks explored how the narrator encountered mallard ducks  throughout the day starting from the first time the curtains open till the moon shines down on them.  The story was a mix of information where the students discovered the world of mallard ducks.

KG-D (Blog – 27th Aug to 31st Aug)

Unit of Inquiry   

Formative assessment was taken where students reflected on their understanding of various activities they had undertaken during the day  and night time.

Unit of inquiry was integrated with language where in students presented a Take and Talk on ‘Collage of colourful leaves and flowers’.

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English

The students were introduced to – ‘ag’, ‘ap’, ‘ab’ and ‘am’ family words through pictures/flash cards. They identified/named the pictures and tried reading the words. They also used the light table to trace the entire word on sand.

Recapitulation of the sight words ‘a’, ‘the’, ‘on’, ‘is’, ‘in’ and ‘it’ was also undertaken. As a follow up, the students read phrases and short sentences.

 

Take and Talk

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Math                

Students were given subitising cards from (1-20) which they arranged in ascending order using good guess work.

As a follow up activity, students picked one number each and stood in line arranging them in ascending order.

Students picked up numbers chits from a mixed pool and pasted them in  ascending order in their process journals.  Students wrote numbers from 1-20 in ascending order.

Students played online games to reinforce the concept of ascending and descending numbers.

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Hindi

Vyanjan ‘ख’ and ‘ज’ were reinforced by  watching online video links:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTv1QV__KIs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eApvsTJ8VEI

Students practiced the formation of the same on slates.

Students selected 5 random pictures from a mixed pool, pasted them in their journals and wrote the initial sound.

Students were also read a story ‘Murga aur sooraj’ for which they predicted different story endings and tried sequencing the story using flash cards.

 

Circle Time

 

I.C.T.

Students followed instructions to change the weather conditions and take measures according to the changes in the weather app. They also traced letters of the English alphabet and played counting games, thereby integrating English and Math respectively.

 

Art

Students discussed about the importance of various shades of colours. They were given pre drawn illustrations on spring season- why spring when we will be introducing monsoon !! to colour using different crayons and colour pencils. This activity helped them hone their fine motor skills.

 

Music

The students created their own beats on the congo to demonstrate that music is a combination of both sound and silence. They also sang major scales and ‘She’ll be coming down the mountain’.

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Dance

They were shown videos of broadway musicals like ‘The lion king’ to enhance and boost their imaginative ideas and awareness as to how to use space.

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Story Telling

 

Physical Education

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Assembly on Krishna Janamashtmi

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Library

Students were read a story Please write the name and the author of the book as it looks quite vague with incomplete information.. about a dog named  Harry who was a white dog with black spots. He loved everything . . . except bathing. One fine day before bath time, Harry goes absconding. He stayed out and played all day long, digging and sliding into everything from garden soil to pavement tar. By the time he returns home, he is  so dirty that he looks like a black dog with white spots. His family didn’t recognize him. When he finally takes  a bath the family discovers him.  Little readers found it to be a delightful read for they love playing without consideration of dirt or mud..