What a great fun week we have had!
We celebrated “Divali” – the Indian Festival of Light, with our Mums helping us. Divali is a very important Festival, with families, friends, and sharing playing a very important part in the celebrations – what a great way to celebrate. Ayaan’s Mum – Divya, and Samvrit’s Mum – Manisha, spent the day with us, and explained some of the customs and ways of celebrating to the children. The children learnt that small oil lamps, which create light by burning hot oil, are placed around the houses and gardens to bring light into their lives. Each child then painted their own small oil lamps made out of pottery, which they could take home (of course we did not put oil into these). The children also coloured in some traditional design and patterns – they worked very carefully on these. We also learnt about some small statues of traditional Gods, and traditional garlands, and Manisha made a model of a special God out of our play dough. Both Divya and Manisha wore colourful traditional Saris, which they showed to the children- they looked beautiful. We included some relevant ideas into other areas of discussion and play, such as an elephant table and real peacock feathers to look at. Then we were treated to some tasty traditional sweets, what a happy celebration it was. It is important that the children learn about other Countries and their customs.
We continued to have “The Little Gingerbread Man” story in more languages – Saho’s Dad – Daisuki, read it for us in Japanese. And Jaap’s Mum – Ishpal, read it for us Punjabi. We talked about other languages and many children were able to count to 10 in other languages – we heard – German, French, Dutch, Chinese, Portugese, Hindi, Punjabi, some children were away, so we will add to this experience next week – aren’t we lucky to be able to do this – the children are very clever.
Two other exciting things – our strawberry plants provided by Taayten’s Mum – Carissa, have produced strawberries, the children have been watering the plants and watching and waiting, so we picked our first two ripe strawberries, and cut these into tiny slices, so everybody who wanted a taste was able to do so, and there are more growing!
And – our Silkworm Life Cycle continues, with the first moths hatching out of their cocoons, and vibrating their wings to attract other moths. The children check each day – it is very exciting. These moths will then mate, and lay eggs- the final step in their life cycle. The children have shown great interest and have learnt many facts – real life hands on learning!
What will happen next week?
Group A Educators – Margot, Ann and Lisa.