Friday, 26 October 2012


This past week we experienced and enjoyed a fantastic Book Week!  On Monday the whole school met for a morning assembly where different characters were introduced; house points were tallied, recorded and awarded; and the children presented their colorful and creative dress-up costumes in a school parade!  Among them were: rabbits; pirates; astronauts; strawberries; heroes like Batman and Spiderman; ladybirds; caterpillars and butterflies; mermaids; flying cats; sausages; oranges and cucumbers; and plenty of princesses!

The My Story theme allowed children at ISR to explore and present their interests and sources of inspiration on silhouettes in creative and unique ways.  These forms painted the many walls of ISR.   Upon the silhouettes the Preschool 2 children expressed their My Story theme through The Forest Diary project, their Waldkinder field trip experiences, including: photos; comments and colorful leaves and designs.  Preschool 2 also enjoyed their library lesson with Ms Legzdiņa who shared the Narnia Land story. The Preschool 1 children shared favorite books and characters; and special colors, thoughts, memories and objects that play a part in shaping them into who they are.  The Toddlers learned about the first letter of their names and outlined their daily routine through various colors and textures.  The preschool children also enjoyed visiting other classrooms to experience older children’s creative My Story projects as well as the Riga Castle office show! 
Eric Carle was our secret author and his lovely books and themes came to visit the preschool groups over the course of the week.  The Very Hungry Caterpillar was our main focus for the week and we touched upon the life cycle from egg, to caterpillar, to chrysalis or cocoon, and finally a metamorphosis to butterfly!  We experimented, as does Carle, with collages and created a VERY BIG CATERPILLAR, cocoon, and butterflies!  The Preschool 2 children also created their very own caterpillar book, the Preschool 1 children created chestnut caterpillars and butterflies, and the Toddlers created bead bracelets representing a caterpillar!  A very big THANK YOU to Raimond’s, Henry’s, and Konstance’s mums for sharing a book with the children!

Other Eric Carle books that the preschool children have looked at, or listened to, include:
The Very Hungry Caterpillar;
Brown Bear, Brown Bear;
Do You Want To Be My Friend?;
The Very Busy Spider;
The Grouchy Ladybug;
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?;
Today Is Monday;
A House for Hermit Crab; and
The Very Quiet Cricket.

These are books that we will continue to explore and enjoy even after the Fall Break!  We look forward to seeing  you again on November 5th to continue the Puppets and Plays! Unit of Inquiry.

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