Friday, 23 November 2012

November 12-23

We have spent the last two weeks preparing for two very important events. Last week we spent a lot of time practicing the dance and the song for the Independence Day concert. The children were a bit tired but very excited to dress-up and perform for their families. Their little heads often turned to the audience to check if their families had already arrived! It was also a great learning experience for the children about how to behave in big events such as  concerts. The most excited part for the preschoolers were the balloons falling from the ceiling – as following a secret command they all rushed to get some balloons as they fell on to the floor! J This week the children are getting ready for the Student-Teacher-Parent Conferences on Saturday. They are looking through their projects and learning how to present them. During the IT lesson with Ms. Maria the children were introduced to a new kind of puppet show: hand and body shadows!  These can be enjoyed at home on you-tube: What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong and a Shadow Dance of New York city available at:
Last week Toddlers were busy getting ready for the celebration of Latvia’s Independence Day.  Little ones helped to create an illuminated way to school, making and decorating candle holders. It was also interesting for them to learn about Latvia’s flag, creating it by themselves. These projects brought lots of fun and joy to our Toddlers!This week Toddlers were curious about the basic colours (red, yellow, blue) and shapes (circle, diamond and star) exploring, learning about them and doing different activities during the circle time. Based on our current UOI ,,Puppets and Plays’’ they turned into little actors and actresses, singing and acting out a rhyme-song ,,Five Little Ducks’’ during rehearsals in the class. Our show is coming up soon!
The Preschool 1 children continued to enjoy sorting, drawing and matching feelings and emotions including: sad; happy; sleepy; surprised; bored; angry; frightened; embarrassed; and scary.  Children engaged in finger, hand, and stick puppet shows and have been playing out there very own productions as well as those previously heard in books, stories, or songs. The children also started to work on presenting Eric Carl’s “Brown Rear, Brown Bear” as a song using masks and finger puppets.  Last week we also said our farewells to our energetic Dan – Take care Dan!
In Preschool 2, we had a “good-bye” party last week  – Noa’s family went back to their country. Good luck, Noa, in you new school! We have already celebrated 3 birthdays and are looking forward to two more in November. It is a lot of coloring to decorate birthday cards! We have spent a lot of time on practicing children’s communication skills by presenting their work to their peers in order to successfully perform at the Student led conferences on Saturday. The children take it very seriously and do their best. In addition to all that, we had our last trip to the forest this year (we will continue in spring). The weather was great, we made a campfire, made some hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows. We had Miss Marissa, an exchange program student from Germany, joining us and she also really enjoyed the forest experience! We also had some visitors last week -  Nilay and his mom told us about Diwali celebration which is the biggest festival (festival of lights) of the year. They shared some traditional rice dessert in the classroom.
We are looking forward to meeting you all tomorrow and celebrating your child’s progress at the STP conferences!

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