Diary 15.03.2017

Date: Tháng Ba 16, 2017 Author: Casa Hà Nội Categories: Nhật ký Casa Hanoi

The Different ‘Languages’ in Class
Wednesday, 15th March 2017


“Hello to All the Children of the World”

To introduce the lesson on continents, Ms Sheila let the children watch and sing along to the music video—Hello to All the Children of the World.  Through the video, the children were introduced to different ways of greeting in different languages i.e Italian, Australian, Japanese, French, Spanish, German, Israeli and Rusian.  ‘What about in Vietnamese?”  “Where’s Vietnamese?”  asked the children. “We say Xin Chao in Vietnamese,”   said Mia and Naomi. This signifies the children’s understanding that they too are part of the world.

The children then distinguished the continents from the water forms on the globe.

 “Geography is important both as a necessary conceptual framework and spatial orientation, and as a bridge to the development of the child’s understanding and appreciation of the story of humankind and nature.”  (www.montessoricompass.com)


The Language of Loose Parts


The children in 3-6 class have been exploring recycled and natural materials in the *atelier (*Italian word for an art room, or a place for creativity and art) since the beginning of the year.  ‘Loose parts’  are some of the materials on offer in this area.  “Loose parts is a wonderful term coined by architect Simon Nicholson, who carefully considered landscapes and environments that form connections. Nicholson believed that we are all creative and that “loose parts” in an environment will empower our creativity.” (Mincemoyer, Ph.D., 2016)

 Today, Ms Yoona explored clam shells from yesterdays lunch with the children.  You would not believe how many different figures children came up with as they counted, arranged and rearranged the shells on the table.  Of course, our boys couldn’t help but to construct ‘auto’ in different forms and shapes using the shells.

Loose parts are connected to the term ‘open-ended materials’.  Open-ended materials allow the children to explore naturally as opposed to adult directed activities.  These also encourage problem solving and creative thinking.

As the children in our class explored the shells this morning, they encountered some social challenges such as grabbing shells from one another, but as they went along they gradually started to share the shells equally among the children around the table. They counted and estimated the equal or right number of shells that they need for the forms that they are making. They were able to negotiate and  solve problems on their own.

Meanwhile, inside the Montessori room, the children were offered some tools to disassemble and assemble cars which was  a great opportunity for them to understand the mechanics of a toy car as well as develop children’s eye-hand coordination and fine motor dexterity.


The Language of Sewing



The children in our class have been extremely interested in sewing.  They have experienced sewing through lines on foam blocks in many different occasions.  This morning, Ms Sheila introduced embroidery to Mia which inspired Naomi and Dang Minh to do the same.  Naomi embroidered her name using split stitch.  Mia and Danh Minh have started embroidering their name but ran out of time.  This will be a work in progress.  Children may stop at any time they feel tired or would want to move onto another activity. Mia and Dang Minh put their fabric on a tray which they can access anytime they want to continue working on their embroidery.  




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