Friday, 9 November 2012

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Dear Preschool parents,
Welcome back after the Fall Break!
This week our little Pre-schoolers continued to explore and to enjoy the books by different children’s authors from around the world as well as continued our current Unit of Inquiry – Puppets and Plays!
On Thursday, November 8th, we had special visitors – a real Puppet Show came to our Preschool! They performed a play “A Bear in the Heart” that provided children a wonderful experience of seeing puppets in action through song, speech, and gestures. All Preschool and Kindergarten students were invited to watch it and they all truly enjoyed the show!
The little Toddlers enjoyed rereading and acting out the story “A Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carl by using felt board puppets. Thanks to this book our Toddlers have become little experts in days of the week and enjoy counting different objects. Toddlers enjoy singing and acting out different nursery rhymes about number 5 – “Five little monkeys”, “Five little ducks”, “Five little pigs”.
Preschool 1 children continued to explore emotions and feelings through books, songs, puppet plays, and a hand puppet and emotion place mat project.  One book the children particularly enjoyed was The Way I Feel written and illustrated by Janan Cain.  Silly, scared, disappointed, happy, sad, angry, thankful, frustrated, shy, bored, excited, jealous, and proud.  Children related to this story and recognized these emotions as one’s that they too experience.
Preschool 1 children also engaged in puppet plays with hand puppets, and their own crafted stick puppets.  During IT class Ms. Maria introduced shadow puppets and children were able to see how their fingers and hands transform into flowers, birds, and bears. 
In Preschool 2 we have successfully settled back into the school routines after the Fall break.  This week the children have been busy making their own feeling books in the classroom and flip-up books in Art. The parents will have a chance to enjoy them together with their child during the PTS Conferences. We acted out the fairy tale about Goldilocks and the three bears by using the self-made puppets as Goldilocks. The children worked with a partner and together tried to decide which face expression fits best with various feelings Goldilocks experienced in the story.
On Thursday we went to the forest and, as always, had lots of fun there. The children thought about if and how the forest looked different comparing to our first visits there. We discovered that we can see way further through the trees than before because there are no leaves on them anymore! The children still found some mushrooms and a couple of spiders in moss. We are already looking to our last trip to the forest this year in two weeks!
This week the whole Preschool were also busy getting ready for Latvia’s Birthday – The Independence day celebration, that will take place in the gym next Friday, November 16th. During Music lessons we practiced singing the National Anthem of Latvia “Dievs, svētī Latviju”,  “Mana dziesma” (My Song by Prata Vetra/Brainstorm) and a Latvian folk dance “Tradiridiritam” . Please help your child to practice these songs at home. We appreciate your support!

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