Theme-Based Learning in Grade 1
A family that eats together stays together! Children gather to eat breakfast – this is how school begins. The theme they’re working on is The Plant World.
Circle time: time to discuss and share important things. What makes us happy? What makes us sad? Do we know what it means to be kind?
Today, it’s our English Unit Review. We ask many questions that help us learn to listen, understand and express ourselves.
Let the Games Begin!
We do 15 minutes of fitness using fun games, and exercises on the Adventure Course and the Climbing Wall to make us strong and fit. And then our favourite, a 20-minute fast game of soccer followed by a 5 minute cool down.
Math in the Real World
As part of our theme, in EVS we learnt how fruits and vegetables grow. Today in Math we are setting up shop to sell vegetables and fruits. The teacher gives us 50 paise, and 1, 2 & 5 rupee coins. We are very busy, selling, calculating, writing out bills and keeping track of accounts. I discover I am quite good at handling money. Can’t wait to visit the market with my Mom and Dad!
Ma’am helps us put final touches to our plant journal covers. I love to write my observations in it. I learned that the meaning of ‘observation’ is to see and notice.
Learning about our Beautiful Environment in Different Ways
We learn Jack Hartmann’s song ‘Save the Earth’ today. Then in English, we complete our poems on “The Little Seed”. Later we will go and visit the plants we are growing in our little patch near the football field and record our observations in our journals.
The Journey of a Banana
We went on a field trip to a nearby farm last Friday. We learnt about the journey of a banana from the farm to the table. We pretended we were monkeys and mimed climbing trees and eating bananas. Today we are exploring how bananas grow. Tomorrow, we’re going to try out a recipe for Banana Split in the dining hall!
Competing is Fun!
We are making teams for the upcoming Tournament of Minds. All the houses will compete with each other to win the trophy… music, dance, art, storytelling, clay modeling and debates, quizzes and elocution for our seniors… each one of us will get a chance to show what we are best at.
Snack time and off we go home. Whew! Lots of work… but I love school!