This month we rode on our time machine and went back in time to visit the dinosaurs! It’s one of the very favourite topics of most of the children (boys especially), therefore it was welcomed with big enthusiasm! The children loved our new circle song, “Tyrannosaurus Rex”.
Our very first lesson was based on talking about how the first life on Earth began. Surprisingly, most of our students (even the youngest ones) already knew that a very long time ago there was, not only no people, but not even animals on our planet. The new thing to most of them though was how the very first tiny organisms appeared and how they evolved into bigger creatures.
To explain this hard topic the best, we decided to use clay and started off with making tiny clay balls that represented those super simple organisms. Then, we made some more little creatures of different sizes and shapes. In the next step, we stuck all the organisms together and made one bigger being. The children gave their animals some eyes, mouths, noses and then legs, tentacles or fins. Some of the animals evolved into fish, some of them octopi, or snake-like creatures. The last step was to make them change into some prehistoric beings that were able to live on land, the most popular of which were, of course, the dinosaurs.
After that we spent several lessons on introducing to the children the most well-known dinosaurs: plant-eating Diplodocus, Ankylosaurus, Triceratops, Stegosaurus and Parasaurolophus and meat-eating Tyrannosaurus Rex, Velociraptor and Spinosaurus. We talked about similarities and differences in their physical appearance and most important living habits. All of our children had their certain dinosaur favourites and the main discussion topic during the lunch time (excluding certain cartoon characters starting with “P”) was which dinosaur is strong enough to defeat the infamous T-Rex and how many Velociraptors you would need to defeat certain dinosaur species.
We made original dinosaurs by mixing different body parts of different existing dinosaurs. The outcome was really funny!
We made a FunShine Dinosaur Park to keep our dinos in a nice environment with plenty of delicious food to eat. Especially the herbivores were happy as there was a lot of greenery around. The carnivores had to play “rock, scissors, paper” to eat a bigger piece of chicken.
We became paleontologists and got frozen dinosaurs out of ice they were stuck in since the Ice Age! We used a lot of warm water to melt the cold ice and helped the dinos to get to our dinosaur park, hoping that they didn’t catch cold.
After discussing each dinosaur in detail, we moved to some more general topics such as, talking about dinosaurs according to their diet: herbivores, carnivores, insectivores and omnivores. We talked about the reasons why we cannot find any dinosaurs on Earth anymore. We talked about those who survived and what times came after the big asteroid hit the Earth, causing the poor dinos to fade.
At science lesson, we made our own fossils with dinosaur footprints and bones. Everyone was really excited for this activity and the fossils came out really fantastic!
We also had Open School days for all the Kinder parents to visit and watch our lessons. The children did their best and we were really proud of them! We hope you could enjoy this time spent together with us as much as we did!
January was fun!!!