At Riverside, the curriculum is designed and developed keeping in mind the age, developmental milestones, and overall well-being of the child. The ‘BIG IDEA’ for Pre-K is :
The students of Pre-K come from a safe and secure environment. They are surrounded by people that they are familiar with and so have a very strong sense of security. Therefore, the Pre-K program caters to the need of the child to be in a safe and secure environment outside home. The program helps children move from self to the world by developing an awareness of life outside home and thereby making them shift from dependence to independence.
24th August 2013
Highlights for the students and parents:
- Buddy Interaction: This month for the Buddy Interaction, Grade – 7 buddies accompanied Pre-K students for a visit to Kankaria Zoo.
- A hearty thanks to Pathik and Sarika (Aanya’s Parents) for enacting a story.
- Dental and speech check-up for all students across the school.
- The First graduating batch of Riverside enjoyed their graduation ceremony hosted by the current Grade 12 students.
Highlights for teachers:
- Teachers attended an acting workshop conducted by an expert, Bryan Bryophy. He is also here as an Artist in Residence for Key Stage 3 students.
- Teachers attended a First Aid Workshop by Dr. Vinod Jain and Dr. Deepika Jain to build awareness on how to administer First Aid to the children.
Highlight for students:
Nature Walk with Keshav Sir:
The purpose of nature walk is to explore the nature through our senses. It also helps the child develop their observational skills and community building. A natural fall out of nature walk is that it builds concrete vocabulary and gross motor skills.
- This fortnight the students went for a walk behind the school to explore small mud hills. They climbed up and down the hills and enjoyed making castles and balls out of mud. They enjoyed rolling themselves in the mud and made sure that each one is involved in this play. They also observed trucks loading and unloading the mud and taking it further to the construction site.
Conglom time or circle time: It is a sacred time where we come together as a class and share different ideas like stories, weekend experiences, listen to music, sing songs or learn about something new.
This fortnight we had a discussion on hygiene. The students reminded each other to wash their hands before and after meals and also after using washroom. Things like applying oil in the hair, cutting their nails and making sure to clean their space after eating have been established through this.
The purpose of having library time is to make the students aware about the rules of the library and how to handle and take care of books. Students enjoyed their first session by listening to the story narrated by Shabnam Ma’am in the library.
Visit to the Kankaria Zoo:
- Students got hooked to the inquiry on animals where one child made a snake with play dough which led to a discussion about where does the snake live, some children shared that it lives in the jungle, zoo and that is how the visit to Kankaria Zoo was planned.
- We arranged a visit to a zoo (Kankaria Zoo) with their Grade – 7 buddies where the children of Pre-k observed different animals, birds and asked questions like ‘why is the lion or tiger kept in a cage?’ We took this discussion further where the children understood the difference between wild and domestic animals and the reason why certain animals are kept in a cage.
- To nurture this curiosity further, we got a goat on campus for two days. The children became excited and shared that she is our guest and whenever guests come to our house we feed them different things like fruit juices, biscuits etc. believing this, they all fed the goat - juice (mixture of water and sand!), biscuits, sand, Maggie made out of clay, leaves and grass. Through this experience the children understood that the food of the goat is leaves and grass.
- We also compared ourselves with the goat. Children could see the difference that they have two legs whereas the goat has four legs. They also observed that goat has horns and tail and they don’t have. Through the entire process, the children touched each body part like the horns, stomach, tail and even hooves. They differentiated that we are able to press the stomach while the same is not happening when we press the horns.
- We introduced the vocabulary of ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ through this.
Exploration with open ended material: The purpose behind introducing open ended materials is to enhance children’s spontaneous, creative self-expression which increases their sense of competence and well-being. If rich, stimulating experiences are provided in a safe and responsive environment, it creates the best conditions for optimal brain development.
This week, students started exploring different coloured cellophane papers. Some tried seeing through the cellophane paper and shared that everything around them appears to be the same colour which the cellophane paper has; while others used it as a base for making play dough papad as the plastic of the cellophane prevents their papad from getting stuck and they are able to roll it easily. This exploration led to the curiosity that regular paper does not allow them to see whereas this paper allows them to see. We introduced the vocabulary of ‘transparent’ through this experience. The exploration will continue for the next fortnight also.
Following is the list of stories and rhymes which have been done in these two weeks.
- Giraffe can’t Dance (Through hand Puppets)
- The more we are together.
- London Bridge is falling down
Deepa and Khyati