Mysteries around Sinterklaas and oral language proficiency


Conversations with children are so important! What you think, feel, experience, can articulate, children must experience and learn. But also that what you say is valuable and considered valuable by the teacher, the group and at home by the parents.
During the circular conversations, the ki. expand their vocabulary, develop the sentence structure and practice telling events and experiences, but also learn to think solution-oriented. Learn ki. to show interest in each other and adhere to the rules of conversation.

Today we talked in the circle about all the mysterious things that happen during the St. Nicholas period.
Super exciting, because Sint, Piet and even the horse can walk on the roof. No one had ever seen how they did that. Let alone hear something! I asked the kids if they'd ever thought about how that could happen?
Well difficult question... so heads of thought... at the first question!!!!!

How did the horse get up on the roof?
The horse has stickers on the legs, so the horse can walk up against the walls.
What is very special is that the horse can also float with a spell of St.
When I sing a song about the horse of Sint walking on the roof, the children find out that a horse has no legs, but legs, feet and hooves. The word fungus also appeared in the song. Fungus said the ki. could be at your feet. Yes, and that's right, not fun, because it itches. I explain that the food that has been stored for too long or spoiled can also contain mold. Those green and yellow fluff.
But in the song by mold is meant the horse of Saint. A white horse is also called a fungus.

Then how did the Saint and Peter get up on the roof?
They're climbing up the tube. As a teacher, you ask for it! Which tube and where is it? The children explain... A ha... the drainpipe...
The piets have a folding ladder. It's put on the windowsill, they fold out the ladder, and then they climb up to the roof.
The piets make a mountain of stones, they climb up there, then climb on the fence and then jump to the eaves and pull up. Anyway, the kids said you'd have to have a fence. That's true!
Yes, says Mees, why not just go through the door! And then up the stairs to the top.
But what if the door is locked? Not so hard says Mees, just leave a piece open. But Sylvie knows the Saint uses a key that fits all the doors. I'm telling you that's a runner! A runner fits almost all doors. The word almost seemed very important to the ki. anyway, because when I repeated that a runner fits all doors, the ki said. “almost all doors, Miss”

It was a cozy circle and I enjoyed it! As original as ki. can be!!!! And in the meantime, they've learned a lot of words. Those words will hang on the themed wall of St. Nicholas. A wall where learning is made visible to the children. What are we going to practice during the theme of Saint? Which teaching questions have the ki? What words have we learned? Every sentence or word on the theme wall is provided with a picto, so that the children themselves can give a meaning to it. Of course, the themed wall is regularly discussed in the circle.

Patricia