The topic for our fourth week was still patterns with particular focus on repetition.
Thus we took the yoyo as one of our main examples as this has a repetitive up and down motion as well as a swirling motion.
The children learnt to appreciate that different people have different talents no matter what age you are. Some children even got their yoyos to school to show them to their friends whilst other children got other toys to show their friends the repetitive patterns they discovered in them. Well done !
The Spectacular Yoyo Show
The world’s best kid’s yoyo champion: (2’14’’)
The children created their own yoyos by rolling pieces of kite paper into tiny balls and then stuck them onto a piece of circular cardboard.
Such an exercise is very good to strengthen their hand muscles for a better pencil grip and pressure whilst writing. This also linked us to the new letter for this week y-yoyo. More details in the literacy section.
Besides patterns in motion we also saw patterns of words when we sing a refrain such as in the story Old Mcdonald Had A Dragon, which the children loved. We sang the refrain in the story and made the sounds the animals made. Here is the story:
Old Mcdonald Had A Dragon
Another important story we followed during circle time was The Kindness Quilt by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace.
Besides looking at patterns in quilts we also discussed what kindness means for each and every one of us in class.
The children voiced their ideas clearly. Some said that kindness is doing something good for others, some said sharing their toys, having nice hands and expressing themselves with lovely words.
Others said no hitting, punching or kicking. The children created their own patchwork quilt craft using wrapping paper patterns.
This story is linked to the other letter of the week – q for quilt. More details in the literacy blog.
The Kindness Quilt