During yoga, we practice our breathing exercises and the children are always curious about their breath. They breathe in and out and wonder where each breath comes from. It is during these exercises that they expressed interest in their bodies and learning the function of each body part.
“Where does it come from?” Jack curiously asked.
“From our lungs Jack” I replied.
“What is that?” asked Yousuf.
We read books and discussed the function of each body part. With the use of puzzles, we were able to investigate and locate where each body part exists in our body.
In the Dramatic play Centre, a Doctor’s office was set up for the children to role play. It was fully equipped with Medical equipment, Medical charts, X-rays, Medicine bottles and more.
I enjoyed watching their imagination and creative role play as doctors. They showed great knowledge on the medical equipment in the ‘doctor’s box’. They practiced their alphabets while writing ‘prescriptitons’. They also showed great understanding of the world and what doctors do.
The children were encouraged to explore X-rays at the light table and even make their own X-rays.
The children practiced their math skills with this fun counting activity as well as graphed hair and eye colours.
The children were encouraged to carefully study their face in the mirror and reflect their observations in self-portraits.
They also traced their bodies and measured the height of the tracing with a tape measure. Each child painted their own body tracing. Later we hung them for parents to guess which one was their child’s body.
We invited Dr. Bones to circle time. I asked the children to do yoga poses and Dr. Bones copied. Children were able to see what their skeleton looked like doing the same yoga poses.
We talked about how our bodies are composed of mostly water including our brains. For a small science experiment, we immersed a brain sponge into water and watched it grow as it sucked up water. At each passing day, the children were excited to see how much the brain grew. We would trace around it and measure the growth with a ruler.
The children developed their fine motor skills during a game of Operation.
The children were introduced to the concept of our five senses, and we incorporated them into our art activities. The children painted with bells on the brushes.
They decorated their own coffee mugs and used ground coffee.
They were encouraged to make their own mini ‘Five Senses’ books by cutting pictures from the newspaper and then gluing it to the appropriate pages.
Throughout this project, the children were interested in what they were learning and become engaged builders of a new knowledge base and become active, lifelong learners. They were able to gain skills such as:
- Planning, critical thinking, reasoning, and creativity
- Strong communication skills
- Visualizing and decision making
- Fundamental skills (reading, writing, math)
- Team working, problem solving, research gathering