QN: Tell us some of the upcycling or recycling projects (be it for work or leisure; projects or learning materials in school) that you have done. Where do you get your inspirations from?
KL: There are three projects that we would like to highlight. Firstly, it is our S.T.R.E.A.M project which takes place every second term of the year. Inspired by the STEM approach in the USA, Kinderland’s S.T.R.E.A.M. is a project-based programme which includes additional elements of Reading & wRiting and Arts. In 2020, the S.T.R.E.A.M project revolved around the theme of being Covid-safe, allowing children to understand the importance of taking preventive measures to keep them safe and healthy in school. Our children embarked on projects to build functional tools that can aid in keeping them Covid-safe. Children went through the entire process of discussing and brainstorming, research and planning, drawing project designs, material selection, creating prototypes before assembling and constructing the actual project. One of the tools that children built using recyclables were the foot-operated hand sanitiser dispensers.
Secondly, we have a Nature Learning Journey within the school compound. Through this activity, children learn about aspects of our environment and how to treat animals with respect and how to care for them. Our school brings classrooms close to nature, integrating adventurous exploration alongside academic learning. You can find the Animal Sanctuary, Butterfly Sanctuary and garden mulching in our Yio Chu Kang campus. Having an Animal Sanctuary is beneficial to the children’s learning as it exposes them to relatable learning with nature, like our recent egg-hatching activity. The children became very good at counting down to the days to track the embryonic development of the chicks. The egg candling process also enhances our children’s observation skills, responsibility, knowledge and patience as they track the embryo development every few days. During this period, teachers also lead children in discussing how our feathered friends are a food source for mankind and we should be conscious of our food consumption to reduce food wastage. Our pets also provide our children the golden learning opportunity on empathy, nurturing their love and compassion for all living things around them.
Thirdly, in order to promote environmental consciousness and cultivate the habit of repurposing items that are in good condition, we also reach out to our parents’ community to ask for donations of preloved clothings, books and toys and redirect these resources to those who need them.