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Monthly Topic Presentation

International Kindergarten Horizons
Zelengaj 6
10 000 Zagreb
www.kindergarten.hr

SCHOOL YEAR: 2016/2017
THEME OF THE MONTH: Knights
GROUP: Fireflies
TEACHER: Željka Škorić
Knights
AIM: OBJECTIVES:
- Discovering who were knights and - making a poster “what we know
how they lived about knights?”
- Introducing and recognizing STEM - making knight's armour
activities in everyday activities
- encouraging free STEM creativity

PARTNERS ON THE PROJECT:
Our partners in achieving our aims and goals were Smart Bears and their
teacher for enabling us additional time and space to work as well as joining us in
activities; kindergarten pedagogical staff for providing support and parents for
supporting our project and achievements by providing additional unshaped
materials. encyclopedias and posters.
Activities within the theme
Title of the activity:
Introduction to Knights
Materials used:
- written down comments of the
children
- cardboard
- tempera colours
- aluminum foil
- liquid glue
Introduction to
Knights
Activities within the theme
Title of the activity:
Living as Knights
Materials used:
- castle
- free dramatic expression
- story: “Manners Matter”
- costumes
Activities within the theme
Title of the activity:
Making Shields
Materials used:
- cardboard
- pencils
- scissors
- tempera colours
- sponges
- liquid glue
- aluminum foil
- hot glue gun for attaching the
handle at the back
Making Shields
Activities within the theme
Title of the activity:
Knight Finger Puppets
Materials used:
- paper
- scisors
- markers
Knight Finger Puppets
Activities within the theme
Title of the activity:
Catapults
Materials used:
- wooden sticks
- rubber bands
- pool noodle
- plastic cup/plate/container
Catapults
Activities within the theme
Title of the activity:
Knight's Armour
Materials used:
- cardboard
- paint
- velcro
- hot glue gun
- strips of cloth
- liquid glue
- collage paper
Knight's Armour – armour plates
Knight's Armour – swords
Activities within the theme
Title of the activity:
Storming the Castle
Materials used:
- castle walls
- catapults
- old magines and newspaper
Storming the Castle
Activities within the theme
Title of the activity:
Building Castles
Materials used:
- wooden blocks
- things around us
Building Castles
Knights - EVALUATION
AIM:
- Discovering who were knights and how they lived
Children were familiar with knights but could not fathim that at the time of knights
there were no guns, electricity and modern day commodities → the fact prooved
to be an interesting challenge to children's imagination

- Introducing and recognizing STEM activities in everyday activities
Children showed a great interest in STEM type of activities and they proved as a
good way to expand children's interest in the activity. Since they are of younger
age they still need a bit of a encouragement when creating individually while
they are openly active while exploring finished products or the process of
making it self.
Knights - EVALUATION
OBJECTIVES:
- ecouraging expressing one owns oppinions and knowledge
Children grew more confident in expressing their ideas, oppinions and
experiences. Older children showed greater openness to accept other
children's ideas
- encouraging self-confidence in one owns creative process
Children were more prone and open to create on their own and ba their own
ideas without quiting at the first obstacle
- encouraging free STEM creativity
Children began adding STEM elements to their game and constructions
though sometimes only in word and immagination – explaining how it works
but not exactly creating it which didn't prevent the group from accepting the
qualities and playing the way it was designed.