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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: Earth and Space
GROUP: Green Group
TEACHER: Snježana Javurek
Earth and Space
AIM: PARTNERS ON THE PROJECT:
- to learn about stars, planets, Our partners in the project were the
asteroids, comets, black holes and kindergarten staff who provided
galaxies different materials and support, as well
as children from the Orange Group
who participated in some of the
activities.

OBJECTIVES:
- observing the position of the Earth and the Moon within the Solar System
and their connection to other celestial bodies
- recreating the motion of celestial bodies
- participating in art and craft activities within the topic
- engaging in role play involving space travel
- becoming aware of the vastness and complexity of the universe
Activities within the theme
Title of the activity: Reading
encyclopaedias about the Earth and
the universe

Materials used:
- “Earth”
- “Universe”
- “Exploring Space”
Activities within the theme
Title of the activity: Learning about
the Earth’s oceans and continents
Materials used:
- globe
- colouring sheets with the map of
the world
- colouring pencils and crayons
Activities within the theme
Title of the activity: Observing the
motion of the Earth and the Moon
Materials used:
- globe
- small ball
- tin foil
- flashlight
Activities within the theme
Title of the activity: Making different
lunar phases
Materials used:
- Oreo cookies
Activities within the theme
Title of the activity: Making the Solar
System
Materials used:
- Solar System poster
- Styrofoam balls of different sizes
- Styrofoam wreath
- wooden sticks
- tempera paint
- paintbrushes
Activities within the theme
Title of the activity: Colouring planets
and stars by numbers
Materials used:
- colouring sheets
- colouring pencils and crayons
Activities within the theme
Title of the activity: Making galaxies
Materials used:
- construction paper
- liquid glue
- glitter
- golden crepe paper
Activities within the theme
Title of the activity: Making a rocket
Materials used:
- cardboard boxes
- scotch tape
- tempera paint
- paintbrushes
Activities within the theme
Title of the activity: Acting out space
travel
Materials used:
- cardboard rocket
Activities within the theme
Title of the activity: Making and
playing with the Moon’s surface,
astronauts, aliens and spaceships
Materials used:
- plasticine
- rolling pins
- bottle caps
- Lego blocks
Earth and Space
EVALUATION:
Given that the children had already learnt a lot about the Earth’s climate and terrain types
when we covered habitats, here we focused mostly on the topic of space. And of all
the topics covered so far, this one has piqued the most interest. Some of the children
already had some knowledge about the universe and they gladly shared it with the
others, while the rest would ask daily if they could read and learn more about this
subject, frequently posing questions to both review what we had already covered and
acquire new information. They mostly wanted to know if there is life beyond our planet
and if Earth is in danger of being destroyed by other celestial bodies (like asteroids or
black holes). The group also enjoyed all the art and craft projects, especially the Solar
System diorama where they found something interesting and special about every
planet, and role play, where they were able to engage their imagination and come up
with all sorts of stories.
Additionally, the Green Group also prepared for and participated in several other events
during the month of May. We marked some interesting dates, had intensive
preparations both for Cvjetni korzo and for the end-of-the-year show, competed at the
Children’s Olympics and went on a field trip. Owing to these activities the children
learnt more about their surroundings, acquired a love of sport, expressed themselves
creatively and overcame their feelings of bashfulness in performing in front of a large
audience. All in all, it was quite a busy month full of learning and fun.
Celebrating Star Wars Day
Celebrating Mother’s Day
Singing and dancing to Croatian folk songs -
performing in Samobor for Mother’s Day at
Cvjetni korzo
Competing at the Children’s Olympics
Going on a field trip to Sekirišče