Report for the Quarter July 2017 to September 2017
By July the new admissions have all settled into a routine and are used to being away from home. The regular schedule of activities include rhymes, use of flash cards to teach them recognition and names of various living and non living things, play activity and craft . During this month more group activities are done to give everyone a chance to bond and settle in.
In August the group of children are divided into two groups; the trained teacher spends time with the older children (3 ½ and above) and the younger children are managed by assistant teacher.
The older children are taught alphabets, numerical, short words parts of the body, days of the week etc and are introduced to writing initially on the slate with a chalk piece. The children are given slate and chalk piece -initially the children only scribble and draw.
Holding a chalk and writing on the slate is the most crucial part of developing motor skills in children. With regular practice the children are able to write letters of the alphabet and numbers etc.
September the children are more able to grasp the chalk and write with a better hand, and begin to write more frequently.
They also engage in coloring activity with crayons and colour pencils; other fun activities like finger painting etc are also introduced.
The younger children work with play material- lego, building blocks, coloring and other activities.
Every year a workshop is conducted to enable the crèche teachers to gain new skills and ideas. This also helps them get exposure to new creative ideas and motivates them to make teaching fun, interesting and educative for the children.
The teachers implement the ideas given in the workshop along with their day to day activities. Following are some of the new ideas explored at the workshop.
- The older children counting the number of children in the class .
- Sand writing-The children are taught to write on sand, touch, trace and fine motor co-ordination.
- Paper cutting- into different shapes and sizes (from big to small ) and made to arrange them from big to small. Each child is given the task.
- Shapes cut are also used to make a hanging and each child is given one .
- To make the National Flag the children glued three different colors of wool- saffron, green, white and blue in the centre. This was done in the month of August to celebrate August 15th India’s Independence Day.
- The children experienced touch, feel and smell of fruits and vegetables- and then ate them.
- Circle, triangle, rectangle, star and square shapes were cut from paper and the children were made to stick it and make a picture of a truck, bird, clown, kite, house and fish.
- The children were made to do hand printing with paint, the children were taught to feel the liquid colour and also to learn the colours.
- Sorting - Using red and blue colour theme the teacher used two cups colored in red and blue and stones colored red and blue were mixed and given. The children had to put each colored stone in the correct cup
- Counting numbers through drawing.
- making a Name Badge for each child.
Parents Teacher Meeting:
This quarter during the Parents Teacher Meeting we explained to the parents the importance of hygiene and good habits and that it was important to continue these at home as well
- Eggs. ensuring to wash hands before eating food, washing hand after using the toilet, picking up the things and keeping it back to where it belongs.
- Sending the children on time to the crèche and similarly picking them up on time and if in case delayed to inform the teacher.
- Minimize absenteeism as this disrupts the child’s routine
- To communicate with the children daily and practice the school activities at home as well.
- To make sure the children come dressed neatly and that their nails, hair etc are clean and free of dirt etc.
The children across all crèches have reported sick this quarter due to a sudden change in weather and incessant rain. The doctor has examined them and prescribed medicine and we are happy to report that all the children have recovered.
Ashraya’s crèches have had volunteers from different backgrounds- corporate employees, college students. Around 10 volunteers are active this quarter- they engage the children in music and dance, teach them simple games, read stories to the children and assist the teacher in any way that is needed.
Playing with Lego's
Independence Day - Indian Flag
Shapes Activity- Bus