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The Great Savanna Animal Migration

Posted by mariani.mohd on July 3, 2015 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (1)

Another fun week with the Savanna biome. Children had fun role playing different type of animals, re-enacting the great Savanna animal migration. During our Nature movie time on the animal migration, it was so moving to see how sympathetic the children were towards the animals that have to go through all the suffering to migrate for food and water. Their caring heart immediately reminded them of what they can do to not waste and be grateful for what they have.

Nothing can beat the thrill  playing with our giant  size puzzle. Our creative design team came out with 84 pieces of A4 size puzzle cards to be assembled on our vertical boards. We assembled some of the background puzzle pieces prior to the activity and had the children to assemble the puzzle pieces of the animals during the migration adventure.

We have prepared the above Savanna Animal Crossword for our Starfish group children activity and now your child can also have fun with the crossword too.

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The Wonders of Earth : Savanna Grassland Biome

Posted by mariani.mohd on June 26, 2015 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

It is important that our daily activity creates opportunity for children to learn as an outcome from their curiosity or interest to know more. We have to tread carefully to develop children’s skills while protecting their enthusiasm to learn. The school daily activities, games and special projects are carefully designed to invoke their curiosity and interest to apply and practice their skills.

This week, we introduced Savanna, one of Grassland Biome to the children. Our objective is mainly to give them the awareness of the diversity that exists on earth and the many different homes that we share our earth with. The five major biomes that we will be covering include tundra, forest, grassland, desert and aquatic.

They learned why elephants in Savanna grassland have bigger ears than the Forest elephants or why giraffe is mostly found in Savanna grassland or why Ostrich can survive without water for days. We are riding on children’s love and interest on animals to develop their curiosity on how these animals can survive during the extreme dry season of savanna grassland. Beginning with the Nature Awareness session, we further integrate their new discoveries into games and challenges that will require the use of their cognitive and literacy skills.

We have been so fortunate to discover the wonderful video on Introduction to Biomes from Gregorio Educational Program. Our children, even the 2 year olds were in complete awe to see how beautiful our earth is. It fuelled us even more to increase our effort in protecting and caring for our earth before we pass it to our next generation.

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We have an exciting project that you can do with your child that we have prepared for our school activity and it is called "Savanna Animal Memory Card Game". Children can have fun completing the animal cards before playing the game and will learn the different name of the animals that live on the Savanna grassland while working out their fine motor controls. You can choose from the 3 options below based on your child's skill level :

<Click here > If your child has yet to start writing and prefer to play with stickers

<Click here > If your child prefers writing on dotted font letters

< Click here > If your child can write independently 

Have fun!

Create your very own butterfly garden

Posted by mariani.mohd on May 15, 2015 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Watch butterflies up close in your own backyard!

Give your child the beauty of nature right from your backyard by adding life to your garden with the inclusion of flowers and plants that attract butterflies. It is important to include "Host Plants" to ensure that the butterfly larvae (caterpillars) have a home and "Nectar Plants" for the butterflies to feed upon. 

After days of research including valuable education sessions with the butterfly farmers from The KL Butterfly Park, we gathered a list of nectar plants that will attract  the butterfly species commonly found here. With the help from the knowledgable Albert of DelimaTani Nursery, we managed to get Cosmos, Pentas, Lantana Camara and Ixora plants for our small butterfly garden at our school backyard. Some of these nectar plants are annuals and 6 months later, they have reached the end of their lives so a visit to Albert's Nursery is definitely overdue. This time, we want to include some herbs too!

Fun Pet Project

Posted by mariani.mohd on April 20, 2015 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Have a fun pet project with your child that will last only 30 days!

Developing a sense of compassion and responsibility in children can only be effective through actions and experience and nothing is more effective than having a pet to care for. Children need to learn taking responsibility gradually hence a caterpillar pet project is ideal since it will only take about 30 days to transform into a butterfly from the egg stage and an easy pet to care for. 

Plant Lemon or Lime or Curry tree at your backyard

Make it a fun adventure by planting some butterfly host plants at your backyard. Butterflies only lay eggs on specific host plants and for Great Mormon butterflies  that are commonly found here, their host plants are  Lime, Lemon or Curry tree. Make it a nature walk by having your children to look for the butterfly eggs underneath the leaves of these host plants.

Watch them eat, grow and transform

Then place the eggs with fresh leaves from the host plant in a clean container with ample ventilation. We use the medium-sized portable pet tank commonly found in pet shops. Then watch the eggs hatch into caterpillars and grow very quickly as they become an eating machine, continuosly eating the fresh leaves. Have the children clean the container and replace the leaves with fresh ones. Make it a fun observation activity by measuring how fast the caterpillar has grown, how many times that it moults (shed its skin), when did it transform into a pupa and finally emerges as a butterfly.

Watch them fly in your very own butterfly garden

Have your own butterfly garden so that you can have your pet butterfly move freely within your own garden. Not only they will  make your garden more lively and beautiful but it will also lay eggs on the host plants to give you continuous supply for your children's next pet project.