Learning About Occupational Vehicles!
This week is the first week of moving into our new over-arching theme of Motion Everywhere. We transited seamlessly into this new topic by extending on last week’s topic of Community Helpers to learn about Occupational Vehicles. As usual, children had a mix of both classroom learning and more hands-on project work activities for them to learn through engaging their different senses.
At Ichiban Montessori, the development of our children into kind and compassionate individuals is of utmost importance to us. We also teach children to be appreciative of the safe country that they live in, and to understand that the comfort and convenience they experience is not to be taken for granted.
This week, we wanted children to appreciate and show gratitude for public transport drivers. These individuals work hard to ensure that we get from one place to another safely and conveniently, yet, they are not often given the appreciation they deserve. Children in the older classes were told to write down messages of appreciation to contribute to a “Thank You Board” for the different public transport drivers in their community.
We decided to include a sneak peak of some of the activities that take place during Montessori Enrichment classes provided by some centres. In Montessori classes, children are encouraged and guided on independent learning. Many of the Montessori apparatus allow for self-correction. Teachers function as facilitators and give children the space to explore and learn in a safe environment. A lot of peer learning takes place in these settings as well. As a result, children become confident learners and are better able to construct and consolidate their own learning processes.
Children from some centres went for a really exciting outing at KidZania @ Sentosa. Children were given the opportunity to take on roles of different occupations. This was a great complement to the lessons that were taught the previous week, on Community Helpers. Having authentic experiences reinforced what was learnt in class and helped them to learn more effectively.
That is all for this week! Stay tuned for next week’s update 😊