Friday, 30 November 2012

Puppets and Plays!

Last Saturday during the Student Led Conferences the Preschool children presented their knowledge regarding the Baltic Wonders! and Puppets and Plays! units.  There was much excitement in the air during this special sharing experience and the children really applied themselves in explaining and clarifying their pieces of work and interests.  It was a real pleasure for students, parents and teachers! Great work!

As the year moves on so quickly we are all surprised that December is just a hop, skip and a jump away!  We are keeping ourselves busy with preparations for the next performance The Winter Festival which we will be presenting on Thursday December 13th.  We will be looking forward to having you join us for the show on this magical day!

During this week the children continued to explore the Puppets and Plays! unit of inquiry through exploration and expression of feelings, ideas, and actions; and engaging in role play, storytelling and puppet shows. 

Preschool 1 children created and shared stories that they compiled on the felt boards with felt figures and props.  They also liked to try out different hand and finger puppets and mix and match paper sack and stick puppets in story telling as well.  The sequence of stories, including Eric Carle’s Brown Bear, Brown Bear is also an activity children are being challenged with - these activities help engage their thinking skills.  Many Preschool 1 children chose to make either a Brown Bear, Brown Bear crown or finger ring puppets to assist them in either remembering the correct sequence of our presentation or in encouraging them to engage in a self-led puppet play.  Finally, we also enjoyed a visit to Kindergarten where our Preschool 1 student, Maxim, and his Kindergarten brother, Aleksandr, and their mum put on a great puppet show for the two groups!  This was followed by the Kindergarten students reading individually to the Preschool 1 children!  Thank you Kindergarteners!

Preschool 2 children are making puppets for the story about Gruffalo (written by Julia Donaldson). We will act the story out emphasizing the emotions and feelings of the characters. We also worked on adding some pieces of children’s work to their portfolios.  We celebrated two birthdays this week, that meant having some cake on Tuesday and WednesdayJ    We have also started to prepare for the up-coming celebration – the Winter Festival, and this will only increase in the weeks to come. We are truly enjoying the snow outside- yippee!

Toddlers were busy creating their own black sheep as they learned singing and acting out the traditional English nursery rhyme “Baa, Baa, Black sheep”. They also created several shiny star art projects as they enjoyed singing one of their favourite songs of all times - “Twinkle, twinkle little star” and discovered a new shape called – diamond! They also enjoyed creating their first whole group art project, by using different art tools including: pencils, markers, crayons and, of course, lots of paint! It was great fun to hear their comments during this art project. Come and see it on the wall in our class!

The Puppets and Plays! unit of inquiry will continue until December 14th after which the winter vacation begins!

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