Friday, 18 January 2013

January 14th - 18th, 2013

Let’s Grow Together!  This unit the Transdisciplinary theme: Who we are.

The central idea of the unit is: Children need to fulfil a variety of needs to grow.  The lines of inquiry include:
-          Daily habits and routines (hygiene, sleep, exercise, play, eating);
-          Balanced choices and their consequences;
-          Growth and development; and
-          Love and friendship                                                            
The Toddlers have begun to create and work on their projects about babies.  We have already started to discuss the essential needs of babies for:  milk, sleep and love! Toddlers have done a great job sorting photos of big kids and babies and they like to remind that they are not babies anymore.  They have come to the conclusion that they have grown a lot from evidence such as looking at the size of their hand prints and looking at the measuring chart. Some of them are excited to spend the first days without diapers and are practicing going on their potties by themselves! Next week we look forward to learning about the important details of a healthy diet, so that we all can grow even bigger and stronger!
This week the Preschool 1 children have been identifying a number of details and interests that make them a part of whom they are, including:  how old am I; what is my favourite colour; and what animals, foods, and activities I like.  Drawing, colouring, cutting and pasting activities addressed their fine motor skills in projects such as arranging an elephant family from biggest to smallest and making a family portrait. In art class the children also closely observed what their facial features are when they drew their own self portrait. 
In Preschool 2, we have set up our own food shop. The children have had a lot of fun pretending to be customers and shop assistants. They have been exploring and sorting all the different kinds of food in the shop. This week several children shared their baby pictures. We had discussions about how we change while growing and what babies need to grow big. The children have decorated their writing journals for “Success for All” (SfA) and we are looking forward to have Alphie time starting from Monday!
All children are enjoying the tactile tables with bean, rice, oatmeal, and other new objects and textures to explore!
Finally, this week we had planned to go on a sledging field trip to Dzegužkalns, but unfortunately due to very cold weather conditions we decided to postpone it until another date when the weather is slightly warmer.  Please note that you will be informed regarding another date for the field trip closer to the time. Please also note that the permissions provided for the January 16th field trip will be valid for the rescheduled sledging field trip. 
We wish you a cosy weekend with your family and wonderful children!
Stay warm! Stay healthy!
Yours truly,
Preschool team

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