Thursday, February 23, 2012

On Field Trips And Falling In Line

Take a group of 3 to 4 year olds on a field trip (without their parents) and ask them to fall in line. 

It usually doesn't last very long - the line, not the field trip. Because it also takes so much effort making them fall in line, I don't ask them to fall in line for the rest of the trip. 
I want them to enjoy seeing, hearing, touching, smelling (and maybe tasting) everything about the field trip but also keeping them in view.

Trips in restaurants, fire stations and play areas are usually better (in terms of keeping them all together) 
than wide parks.

The first time we went to Aspire Park, Doha, 
I felt a bit nervous.

And so when we went to Aspire Park the 
second time around 
(with totally different batch of kids in tow),
I was more confident and ready.

Because I already knew quite a few things about field trips:

When you have to walk as a group, ask them to hold hands.
Hold the hand of two kids (take the most active ones)
and ask the others to hold on to them.

We sang "Walking, Walking" by Super Simple Songs the entire time.

If they do wander, they usually don't go too far.
If you follow running after them though, they tend to run farther away because they will feel more confident with someone behind them.

I usually stop and wait for one child to turn and look back then start walking again.
I talk to the kids who remained with me and tell them what's happening. They're the ones who usually call back their other friends.
"(friends' names), taal! come!"
And when they turn to look back, I say, 
"We're going this way."
Then then join the group again.

We had a great time.
The kids ran freely (in all the different directions)
And, at the end of the trip, none of them got lost.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

If You Take A Teacher To The Zoo

Handsome Hubby and I went on a Valentine date at Doha Zoo.

At 8:20 am, we were the only guests there. For a couple of hours, we had the zoo for ourselves. We held hands while walking (HHWW) and we got to give each other sneaky kisses.
We had so much fun and it was sweet and romantic too.

But if you take a preschool teacher to the zoo, here's what she'll do.

The night before she goes, Raffi's song, Going To The Zoo keeps playing in her head.
She may even sing it out loud.
And sing the song on the way to the zoo.

She'll sing a song about every animal she sees.
do the elephant (prrrwww),
do the elephant (prrrwww),
that's alright...."

And wishes she knew more songs about the other animals.
In that case she'll just hum a tune related to that animal like Disney's Fantasia 2000 - Flamingo

She remembers every Disney or non-Disney movie about each animal.

And names the animals after a Disney or non-Disney movie character.
Nigel in Rio

Timone in Lion King - and friend

Or after a children's story book character.

Chester Raccoon - The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
Is Your Mama A Llama by Deborah Guarino

And would find an animal whose name begins with each letter of the alphabet.

What else might a teacher do if you take her to the zoo?

Friday, February 10, 2012

Its A Blog Hop!

I joined Jenny's blog hop over at Kreative Resources  and found more wonderful blogs!

Come and join the fun!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

5 Little Monkeys

No, they're not jumping on the bed.
They're hanging on a tree.
Kids love this.
Maybe because of the SNAP! thing.

We're learning about monkeys.
And after saying the rhyme to and with the children, they became curious.
Do crocodiles eat monkeys?
I'm amazed that my not-quite-4-year-olds aren't shocked.
(Maybe if it was translated in Arabic. Hmmmm....)

We say the rhyme a couple more times.
They really love the anticipation... SNAP!

Take out a monkey after each rhyme 
then ask the children to count how many monkeys were left.

I made a watercolor painting of a jungle with a swamp and a tree to 'hang' the monkeys.
Then drew crocodile, painted and laminated it.
And made 5 monkeys from felt cloth.

This now will be left hanging on our classroom wall for a few more weeks.
The children play with it and say the rhyme themselves 
or ask me to say the rhyme with them while they play with it.

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