During the next two weeks your child will participate in classroom activities centred on the theme Day & Night, Dark & Light, designed to extend his or her knowledge of Earth and the sun to include the moon, stars and their orbits. The differences between day and night will be explored and will lead to building vocabulary for the abstract concept of opposites.
During the first week, your child will learn about the sun and the fact that all life on Earth depends on solar energy. Your child will read about and we hope, observe the moon as it changes from full to crescent to half to full again. To understand how day and night occur, your child may play the role of Earth as it orbits around the sun. He or she will observe and write about sun-warmed objects, classify daytime and night-time routines and create masks to dramatise an African myth about the sun and the moon.
The second week will focus on categorising and organising objects and events by comparing and identifying their similarities and differences. Classroom activities will allow your child to explore examples of opposites by weighing heavy and light objects, building large and small structures and listening for opposites in familiar stories.
As always, your child will hear engaging stories that reinforce each day’s learning focus. These include an African folktale called Why the Sun and the Moon Live in the Sky and The Sun: Our Nearest Star, as well as What’s Opposite?, which will help your child, through examples, understand the concept of opposites.
Since the beginning of school we have been teaching the letter sounds and how the children can blend them to read and write simple words and sentences. Recently, we began the next phase of this introduction to reading called KinderRoots, which includes Shared Stories that we use for a week or two in class and then give to the children to take home to keep. Shared Stories include small, more complex text for adults as well as easier words in large text for the children to read, as they are able. The stories are likely to prompt discussion between you and your child as you read and enjoy them at home together. As you will see, the stories gradually become longer and more complex as the year progresses.
KINDERCORNER HOME LINK LETTER
Day & Night, Dark & Light
In addition to reading to and with your child daily, please ask about his or her school activities. Did you know that there are many verses to “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”? You have probably heard the first verse, which is printed below. Ask your child to say it with you and teach you the other verses.