Handwork is a fundamental part of the curriculum in the Kindergarten. Developing strength and coordination in the hands and fingers is a key developmental task for the 6-7 year-old. It also lays the foundation for writing, drawing, and artistic work in the grades.
Hence, two periods of 40 minutes each are allocated per week for this activity. Usually, it is done in the classroom. The theme for the week is decided according to the ERA syllabus or special activities relevant to that particular time of the year.
Students look forward to these periods and become engrossed in their work. The work is usually displayed in the classroom along with the child’s name.
2020 did not give a chance for Kindergarten students to be engaged in handwork and science activities. However, the students and teachers made the best out of the very little time they had with the reopening of schools in 2021.
Shown below are few chosen handwork activities of the students, compiled together into videos by their teachers.
Making of Aurudu Sweets
Made with natural clay to resemble “Avurudu sweetmeats” in accordance with the ERA lesson and relevant to the Sinhala and Tamil New Year.
Crafts using paint
To correspond with the ERA lesson “Play with water”
Making a bookmark
To be used with the Sinhala/Tamil & English class readers
Activities using magnets
A combination of Science and Handwork – an experiment given in the ERA Lesson “Animals that come into the garden”.
The Kindergarten has continuously showcased their talents over the years with interesting science experiments and art!
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