Week 10: Learning About Our Community Helpers 👮🏻♂️👩🏻⚕️👨🏻🔧👩🏻🚒
This week’s lessons and activities were based on the topic of community helpers. Children participated in a whole range of activities including field trips to look at the different community helpers around them, role playing different roles such as various staff in the hospital, chefs, postmen, and listening to talks by the police volunteers in their neighbourhood.
Let’s take a further look into what was done this week at Ichiban Montessori! 😁
At Ichiban Montessori, children involvement is a very crucial component of our curriculum. We strive to involve children in as many stages of our learning programme as possible. Here, children participate in preparing the props that would be used in the role play of a hospital scene.
Children are divided into groups to work on the props together. Not only do children learn to take ownership of their work, but they learn to work together with their friends, which contributes significantly to their social and emotional development.
Teachers mostly take on the role of a co-player during functional role play times, whereby they take on a role in the play, while allowing children to lead most of the time. The teachers are there to provide guidance when necessary, such as through remodelling sentence structures into appropriate ones should children make any errors in their speech.
Allowing children to have direct interaction with the uniforms and tools of different community helpers help facilitate children’s construction of knowledge more effectively.
Other than dramatising hospital scenes, children also got the opportunity to take on the roles of other community helpers in their neighbourhood.
Here, children not only got to take on roles as chefs, but also as customers. During role play, children learn vital communication skills such as waiting for their turns to speak, listening to others as well as learning to read body language and emotions in a more “natural” setting.
Children of the younger age group got to participate in tailored and age-appropriate activities surrounding this week’s topic as well. Here, children got to design their own letter boxes and then take on the role as a postman to deliver letters to each other.
Children in this class are constructing a model of a gas pump for their project work. It was an interesting occupation to touch on as gas pump assistants are not very often discussed and yet, they play such a crucial role in the community. As the nature of the project work required many hands at once, children learnt the importance of working with others.
Another group of community helpers that were discussed and role-played were the hairdressers! Children were so immersed in their roles and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
We also took walks around the neighbourhood to increase children’s awareness of the community helpers in their immediate surroundings. We want children to learn how to appreciate the work of these helpers and be grateful for their contributions to the community.
Going along with the theme of community helpers, some centres engaged speakers from the Neighbourhood Police to come to speak. Children learnt more about the roles of policemen in their community as well as safety measures to take to protect themselves and the people around them. It was very enriching and educational!
Children had another week of engaging and enriching activities in school, thanks to the dedication of our teachers and curriculum planners. We look forward to working with more partners in the community in the future so that children gain exposure and valuable knowledge about them.