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Animals are a part of children's environment. Children start their love for animals as toddlers, which continues through their preschool years and often throughout their lives. For families, the most common animals being cats and dogs. Moreover, children see animals as they travel with their families, some visit farms or even live on them.

Through our topic of focus "Sharing Our Planet"- "Animals and Things that Grow", children were involved at a foundational level in the science component of STEM. Prenursery children had opportunities to identify, compare and describe various everyday animals while using appropriate vocabulary. Additionally, children learned to sort and group animals into a variety of categories as pet animals, farm animals, wild animals and mini beasts. A basic awareness was provided to children regarding the fruits and vegetables which grow on a farm. They also learnt how to care for the plants and what they need in order to grow. As an activity, a read aloud session of "The Little Red Hen" took place which lead to the discussion of "Life Cycle of a Hen". Children also painted a kennel, a birdhouse and an aquarium which was later included in the "small world" learning centre set up as a part of the learning environment. The children, working collectively painted these animal homes and played with their new, joyously created additions. Our children drew inspiration from William Huggins, an English artist who specialized in drawing animals to create their favourite animals. As a culmination project of the unit, our children participated in a multitude of activities. Firstly, they created a habitat for the different animals, then held a pet show where they brought their pets from home and participated in "Ani Day" walking through the jungle. Lastly, they marched in the minibeasts parade held on-site and even took a field trip to the zoo.

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