In the second week of April, our little pupils with foreign teachers looked at different shapes in the Math lesson of the international program. The children identified basic shapes such as: circle, rectangle, square, triangle, diamond, star, heart … Teachers provided some simple signs of awareness of shapes to students,which helped our pupils to sort these shapes. For example, triangle has three sides, square has four equal sides …
This is a colorful garden of Koala class. These flowers were made from basic shapes
Potato stamp craft
After introducing these shapes through the illustrations, the children found the shapes in each item that are in the teacher’s instruction. They did really like the game, and they were excited when they understood that we can find shapes everywhere, and everything around them are shapes. They pointed and said “ Wow, our windows are rectangles, these wheels are circles, and our clock is in the shape of octagon …”
In order to help children remember the lesson better and also improve their fine motor skill, teachers designed a few crafts for them to do. They used different shapes to make a picture of a flower.
Children kept their hands busy making a picture of a house based on a square, triangle and oval
The children also had a unique experience by creating a piece of art with the given shapes using potato stamps. Teacher Peter cut the potato in half and carved out the shapes at the bottom and prepared different colors of paint in shallow containers. Students dipped the potato stamp in paint and pressed the stamp firmly into the paper.
The ability to accurately identify shapes is a foundational mathematical skill, and it is quite rewarding for children because their world is full of shapes. By the end of the second week of April, the children were able to recognize the shapes around them in English and use different shapes to create lovely works of arts. There are a number of interesting things waiting for our little pupils in the coming weeks.
Ms Tran Thu Trang – Kindergarten teacher