After the sensorial activities, the teacher asked them to perform the practical life activities. These are household chores such as sweeping the floor, pouring water, transferring rice from one bowl to another, segregating the beans by size, folding hankies and towels, arranging tableware for eating, buttoning (demonstrated by Iya), and cutting and glueing. They all looked so cute! I enjoyed learning what other things I can let Iya do. So now I know why she insists on getting the broom and saying she can sweep the floor all by herself! Her teacher said that we should encourage them to do things that are a notch higher than what we expect but with supervision. I think this is because we want to let them experience an atmosphere of growth and experimentation.
When the last one finished her cut and glue, Iya and two of her other classmates were asked to perform a special exhibition on the knobbed cylinders. These are made up of different sizes of wood cylinders with knobs as handle. These are to be inserted in a big block of wood like puzzles. They each have their own blocks to solve while all the pieces from the three blocks were jumbled together in front of them. Sounds easy? But no! There is a twist! They have to do it blindfolded! Parang circus to ah! Iya kept on sneaking a peek to check if what she did was right! madaya! and we all laughed about it when they finished the exercise.
While the three girls were doing their exhibition, the others started to prepare the table for sandwich making. They take turns in preparing a sandwich while wearing their aprons and headpieces in groups of four. They take out a sandwich slice, put cheesewiz using the butter-knife, wrap the sandwich with the table napkin then give their sandwich to one of their parents. I finished the sandwich Iya prepared for me to show her I appreciate her efforts, besides it was nearing lunch time so it was a satisfying snack.
Honestly speaking, I had very low expectations when I came because I thought this was just a marketing tool. But regardless what their intentions were, I really enjoyed watching the demo. I was able to witness their activities and know that she is able to perform more than I hoped for in Nursery. I was just expecting she learns her ABCs and numbers but the school gave me more by teaching her how to be independent and also by making her part of a team.
The pictures I got from the official photographer after writing this post…
|the green knobless cylinder tower|
|Iya and my snack 🙂|
|The exhibition with the knobbed cylinders|