MONTESSORI HOLIDAY PROGRAMME SCHEDULE
1. Character Development through Literacy
Week 1 (Nov 18 to 22) : Picture talk – Respectful Vs Disrespectful Behaviour
Respect means you treat people in a way that shows you care about their feelings and well-being. Children learn about the concept of respect through pictures from story books with good moral lessons. They recreate the story from memory by putting the pictures in sequence. Characters such as the big bad wolf in Three Little pigs, the wicked giant in Jack and the Beanstalk and even Goldilocks who just walks into someone's house and uses their things all symbolize disrespectful behaviour.
Literacy objectives – Sequencing (being able to tell a story in order)
Craft: Picture booklet
Week 2 (Nov 25 to 29) : Role Play ‘Lying can hurt you’ – Honesty Vs Dishonesty
Consequences of being dishonest will be taught through role play of the story ‘The Boy who Cried Wolf’. Focus will be on the characters’ facial expressions and body language.
Literacy objectives – Vocabulary and Communication
Field Trip : 29 Nov
Week 3 (Dec 2 to 6) : Interactive Games - Empathy Vs Apathy
Empathy means putting yourself in someone else's shoes and trying to understand how they feel. Children learn to recognize the messages from different types of body language, facial expressions and tones of voice, and respond to them appropriately when they know what they each mean. Interactive games using emotion cards and then forming short phrases with them e.g. I am sad, I am lonely, I am scared, I am upset.
Literacy objective – Syllabication
Craft: Emotions craft
Week 4 (Dec 9 to 13) : Show and Tell - Responsibility and Self-control
A responsibility is something you are supposed to do. It can be a task or it can be a way of behaving, like raising your hand and waiting your turn to speak. Self-control means you are aware of how you are behaving / what you are doing, and you change your actions to fit what you know is the right way to behave.
Literacy objectives - Making sentences with “If you……”
Field Trip : 13 Dec
Week 5 (Dec 16 to 20) : Music and Movement - Beauty in Diversity
Children learn about cultural diversity through the story ‘A color of His Own’ how everyone is unique and like the chameleon who changes colours to fit into the environment, we too just need to be flexible and not let anything bother us. Emphasis will be on accepting others for who they are and not what they look like.
Literacy objectives – Rhyming words through songs & games
Craft: Chameleon Craft
2. What makes things move?
Week 1 (Nov 18 to 22): Push and Pull
A force is a push and pull that acts on an object. Through inquiry and investigation children will find out how their toys move. Some forces (push and pull) act through contact, others act from distance without touching the object.
Effects of a Force :What happens to the speed of an object when you push it harder or with more force? What happens when you push objects of different shape and size with the same force? How does an incline plane affect the motion of an object? Children will test the Montessori 3-D shapes and the effect of their movement on different planes to find answers. Craft: Scrape and Blow Painting
Week 2 (Nov 25 to 29) : Frictional ForceFriction is a force that opposes motion. Is friction good in our daily lives? We will discuss how our shoes and tires are designed to prevent us from slipping. We will carry out an experiment to test if a ramp with different surface has any effect on the speed of a toy car. What are the disadvantages of friction? How can we overcome friction?
Forces at Work :Forces can be useful but they can be harmful as well. We will discuss about some of the useful and harmful forces around us? Craft: Pinwheel Field Trip : 29 Nov
Week 3 (Dec 2 to 6) : Magnetic ForceMagnetic force is caused by the pushing or pulling action of a magnet. First, we will learn the story of the “Magical Stone.” Then we will find out the characteristics of a magnet through observation and a poem. We will find out which materials are attracted by the magnet. Children will first make prediction and then carry out their experiment. We will discuss the different ways magnets help us in our daily lives. Craft: Dragonfly
Week 4 (Dec 9 to 13): Spring / Elastic and Winding Force
A spring is an object that is elastic. It returns to its original shape after it is stretched or compressed. Where do we find them? Craft: Catapult Field Trip : 13 Dec
Week 5 (Dec 16 to 20): Gravitational ForceGravity is the force of attraction on objects. The strength of gravity on objects depends on the mass of the objects and the distance between them and the Earth. Craft: Marble Maze
We will also use Rube Goldberg videos, Pitagora suichi videos, videos from Clarendon Learning etc. during our learning times to illustrate gravitational force.
|Morning Session 9.30 - 12.30pm||Circle Time and English Theme Talks Art & Craft Show & Tell Montessori lessons – Sensorial & Practical Life Mandarin and Japanese lessons|
|12.30pm- 1.30pm||Lunch Break|
|Afternoon Enrichment 1.30pm-3.00pm||Monday – English Drama Tuesday – Fine Arts (Drawing) Wednesday – Conversation Mandarin Thursday – Phonics or Creative Writing Friday – Chinese Drama or Math|