Shichida Week 15

Hello! Here’s a quick summary of the activities we had in class today, which you may like to try at home!

For pretend play today we pretended to be animals! We had to flutter like a butterfly, gallop like a horse, stomp like an elephant, swing like a monkey and cling like a koala. I think it was a great idea, and it would have been much better if we didn’t have to rush through the while activity (it lasted for a grand total of 3 minutes). The babies did look like they enjoyed the activity though…

Some of the other activities we did today (most are repetitions or a variant of a previous activity):

  • putting together a 3 piece jigsaw puzzle
  • matching pictures of objects (with names starting with the letters ‘E’ and ‘F’) with their respective alphabets
  • tracing out letters ‘E’ and ‘F’ with their fingers
  • learning about ‘a little’ and ‘a lot’ using small plastic containers containing tiny items like beans
  • arranging wooden blocks to match a prescribed picture
Samantha was quite restless in class today and kept wanting to go and look at the pictures at the back of the class. My guess is that the activities were not as interesting to her as to the other babies in the class (they were relatively attentive!).

For the first time in 15 weeks, I decided to let Samantha decide if she wanted to take part in the activities or not, instead of coercing/enticing her to participate. In the process I learnt that it is difficult and it takes a lot of restraint for the parent not to impose his/her own will onto the child. We should all be mindful of this and not have our children turn up as miniature replicas of ourselves, or what we wanted to be!

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