Friday, February 4, 2011

Year 4 Presentation To Parents

Yesterday on 3rd February Year 4 had "presentation to parents" workshop. It was the first ever since Ilham joined the school in September. It required parents involvement in the games and workshops provided by the students. There were a few workshops runned based on what they have learned so far... The games were made by the students (some through home learning) and there were also dancing and drama performance by the students. One dance, a disco number involved parents involvement lead by two students.

It was interesting to see some of the games and the dance that the students come up with. One particular game was a copy cat from a monopoly - but represented in an ancient egyptian way. Wheres the "cold and hot" dance performed by the students was a simple choreograph of slow and fast moves.

I had similar vague ideas when it came to the board game and the dance. I was hoping that Ilham could try to do that for his home learning project. But I was not confident enough on how to make and present it, in the end we never did it. Presenting the project in a creative manner is very difficult for me and it makes me realise that I was not used to this kind of things. In other words, I'm not creative, it just never occur to me to present it in the way the studends did. Ilham has yet to present a project based on body - kinesthetic learning. The only thing I can think of is a dance...

Back to the presentations, Ilham was in charge of the workshop on "mythical creatures", based on their current study of mythical creatures and imaginary land. There was a display of all the creatures that the students had drawn.


Creatures drawn by L4CK students...

Ilham's creature...

Looking at his creature I understand why he was in charge of the workshop. His creature was easily the best among all (sorry... this is a proud mother talking he..he..). Now I recall him saying a few weeks ago that his friends really liked his creature, that it looked monstrous and had a lot of details. His teacher said a similar thing to me yesteday :D

In this workshop, parents were asked to draw our very own creatures and we were presented with blank papers and colours. Naturally as a parent I went to Ilham first, before I went to other kids and I became his first victim. While he chatted and showed me his and his friends creatures, I had to draw my monster. Now... I didn't expect this !! How to draw a monster? Having to draw on the spot like this was difficult and I did not have good idea..he..he..

So I ended up drawing this evil creature...



He..he..he.. I knew that it didn't look monstrous at all, so I added the fangs. Ilham said I should draw using a pencil first, but I was just trying to get it over with and ignored his advice. Now I couldn't amend the smiling mouth !!

Then, I went to the next workshop.



In this workshop, we were asked to draw a map/place to show the imaginary location of where our monster creatures live. And I ended up drawing this...



Then there was a short play based on the monstrous creature...



Students getting ready for the play....

Then, a disco number...



I recorded the "cold and hot" dance performed by two students, and wish to show it here but it took so long to be uploaded to you tube that I decide to forget it. But it was a simple but interesting dance move.

The presentation was not what I expected, somehow I thought I would be looking around seeing more of what they learned in class and perhaps reading one or two of their writings. I did not expect to spend my time drawing things !! But it was quite entertaining....


8 comments:

Aishah said...

Dear I Amsterdam,

What a wonderful idea to journal your son's education. And to showcase children's ideas and observations. A lot we can learn from them.

And you are more than welcome to link the journey. I am trying to be a better person too. We can learn from and encourage each other. May I link you too? That is how I develop relationships.

Thank you I Amsterdam. Nice meeting you.

Nana said...

Really colorful and creative monsters!
I guess Ben 10's influence is quite clear there! Hahaha...

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Mother of Ilham,
Back to School for you too? purrr....meow!

i amsterdam said...

Dear Aishah,

Welcome to our world :D I found what they learn here is different from back home, it seems more interesting, perhaps the way it was presented or taught make it more interesting. And I find myself relearning all this all over again, and I love it :D

Thank you for wishing to link me, you are very much welcome.

I do hope and wish that we shall be a much better person before it's too late, time is certainly flying fast!

i amsterdam said...

Dear Nana,

The Ben 10s and the Bakugans of the worlds are all there!! Does Sya like Ben 10? Or perhaps Ultraman??

i amsterdam said...

Dear Angelina,

Aren't you glad that you are home schooled?

TK said...

Ilham is really talented and creative. Keep encouraging him to draw..

i amsterdam said...

TQ TK, I hope he will develop other interest like this, perhaps he can be good ehh :)

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