Planning fun activities outdoors in Kindergarten gives children an opportunity to explore, experience and move in a larger space, because outdoor learning is engaging, pleasant and entertaining. Out of that, if we create a dramatic play outside, the children will have more fun and enjoyment for the day, by taking turns playing different roles. “Tell me, I’ll forget; show me, I’ll remember; involve me, I’ll understand.” Through cooperative play, they learn how to take turns, share responsibility, and creatively problem-solve. When the child pretends to be different characters, he/ she has the experience of "walking in someone else's shoes," which helps teach the important moral development skill of empathy.
Keeping in that mind, this week, KG1 students were taught about the topic transportation and the three modes of transport, namely, land transport, air transport and water transport. The primary focus was the topic air transport. The students were given vast idea about the same. To make the topic even more interesting to learn, the teachers planned a lesson plan as a role play, where the students will be taken to the play area and different spots were labelled with names such as Ticket Counter, Baggage, immigration, duty free. At the final stage, the students entered the class and the classroom was arranged with chairs similar to a flight and experienced the live take-off and landing along with the sound system in the class.
The students thoroughly enjoyed this experience where few students enacted as passengers, workers, officers, shop man, Pilot and the Air Hostess. Each one of them was given a passport, which gave them a real experience of travelling. They learnt how to stand in line at a ticket counter in order to know the real value of patience as they calmly waited for their turn. Once they moved to the baggage section, two students were there to help the passengers to collect their bag which was being passed through the slides in the play area as bag checking. This moment was very fascinating for the students as they connected with the real world. They laughed and involved wholeheartedly for this activity. After the baggage, they moved to immigration. Here the immigration officer stamped their passport. Once the stamping was done, few passengers who had money made their way to the Duty Free shop, did shopping and understood how to handle money for buying things. After shopping, they were guided by the student airport staff to the classroom. At the entrance of the door, an air hostess stood there to welcome the passengers.
Once they got in, they were directed to their seats and the air hostess played her role very nicely by giving the clear and accurate instructions keeping up her hospitality. Once they were settled, the teacher played the video of take-off and landing of the flight with the digital sound system. The students actively related each and every scene with the social and emotional roles of life.