This week the children created colourful butterflies out of popsicle sticks and fluffy materials. They did a fantastic job in cutting the wings of their butterfly independently where they practiced their fine motor skills.
As part of their service learning, few grade one students came to visit us this week to teach us how to transplant mint. They also let us keep the planter so our children could take care of the mint in our classroom.
During buddy time this week, the children observed their plant and drew pictures of their plant with their buddies. The buddies also wrote down comments from our PK1's regarding what they saw and what changes happened to their plants.
Transdisciplinary Theme: Sharing the Planet
Central Idea: By taking care of living things we learn to respect the world around us.
Lines of inquiry:
- Living things and non-living things (Form and Function)
-Taking care of living things (Responsibility)
Emi's brothers, Ollie and Henry visited our class this week. Mariko (Emi's mom) shared how she takes care of the boys and what they need to grow and stay healthy. One of our students even commented that babies need their mommies!
Last Wednesday, we had our very first service learning fair in the primary school. As mentioned in the HKA e-news: "Students in mixed age groups learned more about the organisations each grade level supported through their units of inquiry and their Casual Dress Day (CDD). Participating organisations included: SPCA HK, Sai Kung Wild Buffalo Watch, The Nature Conservancy (including Hong Kong Beach Clean-Up), Plastic Free Seas, Feeding Hong Kong, Ocean Park Conservation Fund, Hong Kong Society for the Protection of Children, Crayon Collection and Room to Read."
The children did a variety of activities like making dog toys using old towels and shirts, making decorative flowers for the UP playground using plastic bottles, making comic strips about the Sai Kung buffaloes and others.
We all had a lovely time on our nature walk at Pak Tam Chung country park. A big thank you to all the grown-ups who helped out that morning. Another special thank you goes to Issac's (PK1ai) for the video below.
Mystery Reader: Mariko (Emi's mom)
Blocks: Tina (Haku's mom)
Activity time: Making french toast with Rachel (Isla's mom)
We had an opportunity to visit the G5 exhibition last Thursday. The exhibition is the culminating work in the PYP. Our G5 student leaders shared their work with our PK1's by creating games/activities for them to participate in. Since the exhibition work was under the transdiciplinary theme of Sharing the Planet, our PK1's were drawn to the booths that researched the issues on puppy mills and ocean animals. Another popular booth was the healthy living booth since the children had the opportunity to play movement games.