Monthly Classroom News
We are pleased to share our classroom news for this month to keep parents up-to-date with the theme that children will learn at the CDC.
We will welcome November with the transportation theme. It is indeed one of the children’s favourite themes in our centre.
We will explore various types of transportation with children, such as land, sky, and sea transportation. We will also look at the public transport that we use in our daily life, for example, the MTR, buses, mini-buses, trams, ferries, etc. Children will have the opportunity to express what their favourite transport is and how they ‘move’! They will also learn about the concepts of big and small, fast and slow, loud and quiet, far and near.
- Fold a paper boat with your child, and put it in a water basin. In addition to paper, you can also use aluminium foil or recycled plastic containers. You may add some bath toys and talk about floating and sinking too!
- Sorting the transportation toys provide a good opportunity for your child to observe the characteristics of each transportation. When your child is in the beginning to learn about the concept of classifying, you can ask him/her to sort based on the observable characteristics, such as size and colour. You can also prepare photo images of road/train track, water, and sky, and ask your child to sort the toys based on where they see those transport. When your child is more familiar with the concepts, you can prepare pictures of various transportation means and ask him/her to sort based on the way they move, such as moving on land, flying, and floating.
- Play the classic game of “Red light, green light”. You can also try the ‘non-running’ version of the game, e.g. when you are in a restaurant or anywhere you need to wait, you can talk to your child: “It’s Red light, let’s freeze!”, to help your child wait in a fun way.
- Pretend-play that you are travelling using seats, cushions and other props at home to make a vehicle and take turns to be the driver and passengers.
We encourage parents to read story books with their children as much as possible, which not only helps children’s cognitive and language development, but also helps to cultivate children’s reading habit and enhances parent-child relationship. There are some great books with our November theme. Look out for:
- “Things That Go” by Amy Pixton and Stephan Lomp
- “If I Built a Car” by Chris Van Dusen
- “The Wheels on the… Uh-Oh!” by Sue Tarsky
- “Time for School, Little Blue Truck” by Alice Shertle
- “Freight Train” by Donald Crews
- “The Goodnight Train” by June Sobel
- “Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site” by Sherri Duskey RInker
- “Blue Boat” by Kersten Hamilton
- “Busy Boats” by Tony Mitton
- “Boats on the Bay” by Jeanne Walker Harvey
- “The Airport Book” by Lisa Brown
- “Ocean Meets Sky” by Terry Fan and Eric Fan
- Get on/Get off