Learning about Our Neighbourhood! - Ichiban Montessori
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Learning about Our Neighbourhood!

This week in school, children got to learn about their neighbourhood! Children engaged in different relevant activities such as sharing about the various objects, buildings and people they find around their neighbourhood, building 3-D models of  buildings in their surroundings, and even making sketches of what they see outdoors. 

Children got the opportunity to share with their peers about familiar signs that they find around their neighbourhood. This was a good opportunity for both the sharers and the listeners to refresh their knowledge on the meaning of these signs and the appropriate actions to do in public. Teachers were intentional about the choice of signs and made sure that the familiar ones were chosen so that children could apply their knowledge effectively. 

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Next up, we have snapshots of children completing their project work tasks on Friday. Children were tasked to create their very own maps of the buildings in their surroundings. Let us take a look at what our children did! 

Children explored with using shapes to represent the buildings in their neighbourhood. They also practiced their directional and navigational skills in the following activity. 

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One of the main goals of our project work activities is to give children the opportunity to learn to appreciate their peers’ contributions and to acknowledge that everyone is valuable and special in their own way. In the following activity, each child was assigned one building in their neighbourhood to draw and colour. When children completed their work, they came together as a group and began to assemble their map together. It was such an enriching experience as children got to learn from each other and learn how working together could result in such an amazing final product! 

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This activity gave children ample opportunities to practice their fine motor skills through cutting, tearing or pasting. Children were also given freedom to express their creativity in decorating the models. They were also encouraged to collaborate and cooperate with their peers to come up with great ideas together! 

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We also wanted our children to practice their observational skills and so our teachers brought them outdoors to take a look at their surroundings. Children in the following activity were tasked to work together with their friends to create sketches of the buildings and objects surrounding the school. They were encouraged to draw them as accurately to the actual buildings in terms of proportion and direction as much as possible. Children each contributed to the final product by providing different perspectives. 

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Finally, some of our children had the opportunity to head to PastaMania for a pizza making workshop. The children were so excited to make their very own pizzas! Children learnt about the different ingredients that go into making pizzas, the different types of pizza flavours as well as the pizza making process. At the end of the session, they even got to eat their own creations! The pizzas were delicious! We might have some future chefs in our midst! 😉pasta

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That was a really fruitful and meaningful week in school! Children got ample opportunities to learn in the classroom as well as participate in hands-on activities. We cannot wait to see what is in store of them next week! Stay tuned 😁