Monday, 26 January 2015

Theme: About Myself

Theme: About Myself

First,  know yourself, then about the people and the world around you.

We spent 2 full weeks on this theme - About Myself and it all started because I caught Faith looking at the mirror and saying " My name is Faith. I am 3 years old. I am a girl." So I decided to work on this theme with her. We spent such a long time on this theme because I believe that knowing yourself is very important.

Activity 1: Writing 'About Myself'

Faith was asked to introduce herself and I held her hand to write down what she said ( I had to help her to rephrase the sentence " I like Yoda").

Activity 2: My Body - Labeling the different body parts

With a piece of Mahjong Paper, I drew a little girl and we started labeling the different body parts.

The main objective of this activity is word recognition.
Identifying the body parts was easy for her, but I wanted her to recognize the words like "this", "is" and all the words of the different body parts.

Activity 3: 我的身体 - Labeling in Mandarin

Faith learnt her body parts in mandarin through this book. Some of the flashcards are from this book.
She can now read this simple mandarin book.

Faith learnt the different body parts in mandarin as well and she had to identify the body parts in mandarin and paste the flash card as close to the body part as possible.

 To ensure that she knows what those Chinese characters means, I made her stick the visual pictures next to the words.
 Word Recognition
我, 的, 脸, 眼睛, 耳朵, 鼻子, 口, 嘴巴, 下巴, 手, 脚, 眉毛。

To attract her to the wall, I pasted her photograph of her.

Activity 4: Learning about my Skeleton

Faith found this book and insisted she wants to learn about skeleton. She was curious but afraid of skeleton at the same time.

Bought this really useful learning aid many years ago during a 'toys r us' sale. This learning aid have help me teach all my 3 children and now, it's the youngest girl's turn to use to it.

Firstly, Faith had to "fix the puzzle" of this skeleton. As she is building, I'll teach her the different names of the bones. Of course, I use the 'human skeleton' poster which is included in the kit to input the different names.

The kit also included X-ray films. So Faith had a chance to play with these films.

 Faith discovered that she can see these x-ray films better against light.

We also learnt about '10 Good Food for Your Bones' (included in the kit). Took this chance to teach her about a healthy diet too.

 Faith pretending to sleep.

Activity 5: Labeling important parts of the skeleton

Seriously, how important is it to know all the names of the different bones of our skeleton? Funny that it's not important at all. So I decided to only reinforce the important parts of the skeleton using this paste and colour activity.

Activity 6: Reading The Story of Creation from 'My First Bible Stories'.

Faith suddenly asked me one day, " Mummy, where did I come from?"
Instead of answering her question, I told her " Let's read this book and find out where did you come from."

It is a simple 3 page story.

After reading this story, I asked her "So where did you come from?"
Without any hesitation, she answered " from God".
I was surprised at the way she answered my question with great confidence.
I asked her again" How did you know?"
She said : " Because God made man and woman and all the animals."

Activity 6: Introducing the Internal Organs

Through this guided, simple paste and label activity, Faith got introduced to the different internal organs, how they look like and where they are roughly positioned in our body.

Activity 7: My 5 Senses

Introducing the 5 Senses through the book 'See, hear, Touch, Taste, Smell'. 

Made this simple worksheet.

I asked Faith to close her eyes and listen to what she can hear. As, she speaks, I draw out and write down what she said.

I asked Faith to look around and to tell me what she can see. 

For taste, I asked her to name me some food that are sweet, sour, bitter and spicy.

For touch, I brought her around to feel the did different items and ask her how they felt like. 

For smell, I simply ask her what can she smell everyday. 

Activity 8: Reading - Learning Verbs

This book, 'I am' is a simple book to teach verbs.

Activity 9: Making our own book, "I Can"

After reading the book 'I am', I suddenly had this inspiration to make a book "I can". I ask Faith to complete the sentence "I Can....". After she came up with 15 sentence, I wrote the sentences into a book and I search of photographs of her and we made the book "I Can"..

Faith enthusiastically pasting her own photos onto the book.

Presenting our product - "I Can". I took some construction paper and stapled them together and we got our book.

All the products of our activities are put up on Faith's Wall. 

Activity 10: My Family 

We recycled the family member figures that we created from our Christmas Family Tree activity and we rearranged into a proper family tree. In this activity, Faith is taught to see the relationship between her and the rest of the family members. She is also taught the proper mandarin terms for the appropriate people. She has been address both grandmothers and grandfathers as "ah ma" and "ah gong". So now, she knows that her father's mother should be addressed as '奶奶'。

Hope you got some ideas from our activities.

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