What's learned from books is superficial after all. It's crucial to have it personally tested somehow.
There is always a limit to what children can learn in the classroom and from their teachers. To learn in life and to gain their own perceptions through exploration is the “priceless treasure” that BMH always wants to bring to children.
After the "plane ride" at school (click here for more details), this time the K2 children went out of school and took a ride on the Metro themselves.
It may have been an insignificant trip, but it will be hard to find another moment in their lives when they can hold hands with their friends and teachers for a simple and loving journey on the metro.
Everything was prepared for the children to deepen their understanding of the 'underground' before the experience, and we did a variety of things in the classroom to help the children learn about it and develop their imagination.
In the classroom, we began exploring the metro map and the stations we could see and travel to. We engaged in activities linked to creating our own metro maps during Inquiry Play time, such as building our own LEGO metro system. We even decided to set up our very own metro station in the Role Play Area.
The children created their own metro signs, railings and carriage! So creative!
With the Mission Hills metro stop right on our doorstep, we decided to go for a ride! We caught the bus over to the metro stop and walked down the stairs to the metro station. Our Metro trip started, the children began to visit the metro station.
Then we walked down the stairs to the ticket office. We learned how to plan out our trip and buy our own tickets before walking down onto the platform. The children patiently waited for the metro to approach the platform before boarding with their friends and teachers.
We observed what we could see around us and identified where we were traveling to on the metro map. The children enjoyed identifying the different signs they could see inside and outside of the carriage.
After reaching our destination, we traveled back to Mission Hills; carefully following the signs to the correct train. The children were excellent at following their teachers directions to stay safe on board the metro. Very well done, K2!
Back in the classroom we explored the metro map to track where we had travelled to and shared our ideas about what we had seen. The children enjoyed learning first hand about the metro and can’t wait to investigate more about different transport systems and even create our own!