Friday, 15 February 2013

Let's Grow Together!



During our Preschool assembly on Wednesday we got into the Valentine’s Day spirit by singing some upbeat Valentine’s Day songs.  The children also participated in a game where they had to share a red shiny heart with a child from the larger group. On Friday, two important events took place. We had “The Teddy Bear Hospital” visit Preschool and hold a child-friendly workshop about health and hygiene. It was the only available day for the students of Stradiņu University to visit us, and since it is free of charge, we decided to schedule the event. We took many pictures to share with those children not present. Several emergency stations were set up and the doctors-to-be helped our students to care for the sick soft toys and dolls. It was great fun both for the visitors and our children. The second event was sharing the friendship flowers that the children had purchased for each other to recognize friendship and a sense of togetherness. They were very proud and happy to both give and receive the colorful carnations!

This week was another busy week filled with love and friendship in the Toddlers class. We were making Valentine day’s paintings, lacing and decorating hearts and singing songs about love with other Preschoolers! We also played a memory game ,,Which shape is Missing?’’. Toddlers were so excited to find out so much about the circle, diamond, and triangle and they also learned new shapes –  heart and square! Toddlers also worked on recognizing numbers up to 5, and we are happy to let you know that some of them can recognize numbers up to ten already!  During Smart board lesson children were learning to sort things by colours. Together all Toddlers made a friendship picture sharing hearts on the smart board (drawing a heart for each toddler). Mr Medd was visiting Toddlers during their music lesson and children enjoyed singing together and showing little performances with him.  The little ones enjoyed to familiarize with the sound of a guitar and sticks and they liked to sing along to their favourite, as well as new songs, with our special guest Mr Medd.

 In Preschool 1 children were very busy creating friendship cards for staff at ISR and their loved ones at home.  Fine motor skills were exercised when stringing colourful heart shaped and macaroni strings in class and  lacing a pattern (snow, shape, snow, shape…) string at Ms Valda Art session.  The Preschool 1 and Toddlers also enjoyed a combined music session with Mr Medd – among the groovy tunes were: The Wheels on the Bus, Five Green and Speckled Frogs, and an original Pop Corn song!

In Preschool 2 we have been working on putting together the ‘I am Growing “ books and sharing them with a partner to reflect back on the whole UOI.  We were happy to witness the children’s ability to explain what they require to grow big and strong.  They are very eager to share these books with you during the upcoming PST conferences in Spring.  Finally, we have been busy making valentines for families and friends and, a BIG thanks to Sean and his family, whose efforts produced the beautiful Preschool2 “Love Post” in which we placed the cards! The children were very excited to receive these cards on Thursday afternoon.

We wish you a great Holiday and look forward to seeing you all after the Ski Break on February 25th 2013!


























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