Monday, 28 May 2012

Sprouting Up! May 21st - 25th 2012

This week the preschool children have enjoyed warm and sunny weather.  Outside play time continues to present students with the details surrounding our unit of inquiry, Sprouting Up!   The trees and bushes are full of green lush leaves and the grass on the lawn and the plants in the flower beds have grown noticeably.  

The Toddlers have decorated their windows with colourful blooms that they created in art class with Ms. Valda.  The Preschool 1 and 2 children have partnered up with the Kindergarten A and B classes to transfer seedlings and flowers into flower pots the Kindergarten children made during their Living in Harmony unit of inquiry.  A theme the older children shared with the preschool children was that people have responsibility to keep balance in nature.  In return, we shared with the Kindergarten children that plants change as they grow.

In the following weeks we will begin to prepare for the sports day activities!  We are also looking forward to a few more field trips in the coming weeks. 

Finally, the Preschool teachers would  like to thank all of the children and families that were able to participate in the Student Led Conferences.  It was a pleasure to see and hear what the children shared with their parents. 

Friday, 18 May 2012

Sprouting Up! May 14th-18th 2012

This week has been an exciting continuation of our Sprouting Up unit of inquiry and the preschool children are demonstrating an understanding, and recognizing, that plants change as they grow.  The seeds and bulbs that the children planted a few weeks ago have sprouted, grown leaves, and are stretching up and up.  We are waiting, in anticipation, for some of the plants to form buds and flower!

The preschool 2 group continues to fill in the How tall are the plants chart, and the preschool 1 children are also beginning to find answers for the What I Know, and What I want to Know chart.  Toddlers are exploring the way that their lawn is changing over time and are recognizing the vast difference of what nature brings to us from winter to spring!

Some of the younger children joined the preschool 2 group in a still life art session where sunflowers, tulips, poppies and other colourful flowers were presented in a lovely tall vase.  Children worked with oil pastels on paper to present what they saw in the model.  The preschool 1 children enjoyed making their very own rainbow garden, inspired by one of our favourite books Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert.

The Family Day Concert was yet another highlight of the week where the children filled the main hallway with lovely songs for their loved ones.  Some of the songs included: Spring is Here!, Family song, Everything Grows, Bringing home a baby Bumble Bee (crocodile, dinosaur, and grizzly bear!), Mr Sun.  Children worked with commitment and pride to demonstrate their very own family portrait.  These lovely works of art can be enjoyed by everyone in the preschool stairwell.  We hope that you have enjoyed this concert and the yummy cookies and beautiful gifts that they children have prepared for you!

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Sprouting Up May 7 -11 2012

The weather has been appropriate for the many activities the Preschoolers’ have been involved in this week and the children continue to engage in the Sprouting Up unit of inquiry by exploring books, toys and maintaining their mini gardens that they water regularly.  The specialist classes also focus on including this theme within their class work.   

During the week the Toddlers observed how much their lawn has grown and they enjoyed hiding little mushrooms among the long blades of grass!

The Preschool 1 children took part in a walking field trip around the neighborhood to observe the evidence of spring including: buds and leaves on trees, flowers, ferns uncurling, many birds by the river Daugava, pollen floating in the air, and the warm rays of the sun!

The Preschool 2 children participated in an outdoor nature project where they observed and drew local bird-cherry trees and dandelions with oil pastels.

One of our highlights has been the field trip to Bulduri Horticulture Centre, followed by a play and a picnic at the Dzintaru playground May 8th 2012!  The many plants, and things related to planting, that we observed at the greenhouse, or hot house, included: glass walls and roof (to let in the sunlight), soil, pots, seeds, seedlings, watering hoses, and many different flowers (tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, tiger lilies, roses, asters, morning glories, daisies, marigolds, ferns, violets, delphiniums, carnations, poppies, pansies, iris, phlox, and birds of paradise!). There was a lovely outdoor garden with many nicely maintained flower beds that held a variety of tulips, hyacinths, and pansies.  The children were excellent observers and understood to only pick the dandelions! 

Finally, the Preschool Teachers would like to thank all of the parents for the wonderful Teacher/Staff Appreciation Day breakfast, lunch, and presents!!!  We are very lucky to have such wonderful students and parents and you have made us feel very special!