In order to further promote the contact and exchange between teachers and parents, to help parents fully understand their children's life and learning in the kindergarten, and to better understand home co-education, Newton Kindergarten invited parents to enter the kindergarten on the mornings of November 13-20, and opened half-day activities to parents in all grades.
Each class carried out activities according to the schedule. Through observing a half-day at Newton, the parents saw what the life of their children is like. They saw the morning exercises, the collective teaching, outdoor physical exercises and other colorful activities that their kids do. In the activities, teachers provided games that the children could explore, cooperate and learn through. At the same time, they pass on valuable experiences such as trusting children and giving children the opportunity to explore independently of their parents.
Every day begins with morning exercise. Exercising in the morning is an important part of a child’s daily activities. Morning exercise is of great significance to children because it enhances their physical and mental health. The children who came to the school early started their morning exercise under the guidance of the teacher. When it came to games designed by the teachers, they drilled caves, crossed rivers, jumped, and ran in the wind. On the playground full of sunshine, the happiness was apparent as the kid’s imaginations soared far and wide.
"Life is education, everyday life is a curriculum." We should endow every aspect of our daily life with educational significance, so as to become more educated in life and to have a more education-oriented life. We should do this in order to improve the children’s abilities in life and to cultivate their awareness on self-care. According to the characteristics of different-aged children, there are different requirements for the way to serve breakfast and the placement of tableware. Children in K1 and K2 classes are required to take their own breakfast and take their own utensils; children in Pre-Nursery and Nursery classes are encouraged and guided to take their own utensils. Children, through this process, further exercise coordination of their hand muscles, and more importantly the children understand the importance of modesty, and learning to wait and understand others.
Teachers in all classes organized lively and interesting collective teaching activities. While appreciating the teachers' wonderful teaching, parents also paid attention to their children's performance in the group. In class, teachers guide children to explore, experience and communicate through contextual forms. Children actively raised their hands during the activities to make the atmosphere relaxed and to show their confidence. Parents paid close attention to their children's attitude towards learning. Parents were impressed by their children's performance in the activities.
Two-wheeled cycling exercises, sensory training, exploring the little secrets between the sand and the water, different ways of playing balls, etc. These vivid and challenging outdoor sports exploration classes deeply attract children. They help the children concentrate on serious and active participation and cooperation, successfully enhance the children's learning and develop their unlimited potential. Physical fitness training not only exercises the body, but also greatly trains the children to abide by the rules of the game, to mutually help each other and to foster good friendships, as well as to ingrain excellent qualities into them such as courage, tolerance and cooperation.
The children are given endless happiness, leaving parents with a small taste of what their child’s school day is like, and the teachers gain experience. Through this activity, not only have the teachers' teaching and organizational abilities been challenged, and the charm of the teacher-child interactions been displayed, but also the parents have been made more aware of their child’s performance in the kindergarten. It has enhanced their perceptual understanding of the work here at the kindergarten, promoted further communication between parents and teachers, and made the home more closely linked to the school.