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community service initiatives of SAI International School


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Trees

The values and offering of trees are huge not only in human life but also as a key component of the natural environment. The students of KG-II made a collage on the things we get from trees, as the theme was on the topic “herbs, shrubs and trees”. All the students enjoyed the activity to their fullest and through this activity the visual, naturalistic, and fine motor skills of the students are enhanced.


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Up and Down

We introduce the pre-math concept to the children in a playful manner as they relate and learn through practical and group activities. During the pre-math concept of ‘up and down’, flashcards were shown in the class, with related examples, and followed by an activity “up and down with fun”. Students went up the slide and then came down, reinforcing the concept taught. Students enjoyed the activity a lot and also learned a new concept. This activity enhanced the gross motor and logical skills.


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Living & Non-living things

The classroom session of KG-I started with the topic, are students living or non-living beings; as living things breathe, eat, walk, talk, grow. The teachers explained the concept by showing fish in the aquarium and a plant in the pot. The students enthusiastically participated in this group activity. Teachers explained to them that the aquarium and the pot were non-living where as the fishes and the plants were living. It was also emphasised that plants are the only living things that don’t move or talk. This activity helped the students to improve their thinking as well as imagination by exploring their surrounding and also enhance the visual , linguistic and naturalistic skills.


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Climbers & Creepers

The students of KG-ll participated in an interesting activity on climbers and creepers, which is a part of the ongoing theme – Herbs, Shrubs and Trees. To make them understand and differentiate between a climber and a creeper their hands were painted as stems which they had to demonstrate in different positions to depict a climber or a creeper. To reinforce the concept this was followed by another activity where they had to paste stem cutouts on a paper to show how the climbers and the creepers grow. The students thoroughly enjoyed learning through this method. Along with their Naturalistic skill , visual skills were also sharpened.

 


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Clay Models

We all know that play dough is fun and popular with young children but apart from making a mess what it is really good for? It has three major benefits for kids i.e. 1. Therapeutic, The act of moulding clay gives children a calming effect, relieve stress or even be an outlet for young children which physically express their emotions. 2. Its an outstanding sensory development activity for little hands- young children are still working on fine motor skills and dexterity. Rolling, squeezing and forming the clay helps them in this area. 3. It is a play based learning – playing with clay promotes little minds to get busy by thinking about what and how they are going to create.
The nursery children had a hands on experience with play dough and displayed their creative skills. They made objects such as big and small balls, thread like structures and when asked what they made – they answered it was a snake, a circle, a chapati, noodles, pizza etc. This type of creative play promotes imaginative and problem solving skills.


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T Sound

Phonics refers to the relationship between letters and individual sound. Phonetics lays the foundation for learning new words. As children become readers they need to understand the relationship between letters and sounds in order to read words. Letters are the symbols used in print to represent the sounds. Phonetics requires knowledge of letter recognition and sound recognition and their association. The young learners were introduced to the letter ‘T’ and it’s sound. There were a lot of classroom activities conducted by the teachers, filled with lots of fun activities, to familiarise students with the T letter sound.

Initially the teachers introduced the letter T and the sound of the letter was clearly told to them with action. A small phonic story about the letter that was told to the students. To recognize the letter ‘T’ the teachers did a fun activity, by jumping on the particular sound which was written on the floor. To develop the writing skill with proper formation, the students were instructed to use a brush to trace the letter by following the arrow marks. Sand letter ‘t’ was given to the students for tracing with their fingers. Gradually the students were confident about the name of the letter, sound related to it with proper action and formation.