Friday, 31 May 2013

May 27-31

The weather was perfect for our Thursday field trip to the Botanical Garden where Pre-schoolers walked around and enjoyed the many beautiful and colourful flowers as well as a walk through the butterfly house.  
Riga Botanical Garden was founded in 1922 as a research base for students and school children. Main areas of research are: plant introduction, collection, selection and investigation, as well as public education and teaching work.
The Botanical Garden is more than just a pretty park.
Did you know that it is the only place in Latvia where bananas are grown and harvested?
The rhododendron garden represents one of the largest rhododendron collections in Northern Europe!
The Botanical garden address is Kandavas iela 2. We highly recommend you to go and enjoy it during this beautiful time of the year!
You can find out more information about the Butterfly house (the only one in the Baltics!)  here: http://www.botanika.lu.lv/taurinu-maja/ It is open all summer long!
This week Toddlers were busy “In the Tall, Tall Grass” J They enjoyed singing, reading stories and creating dragonflies together with big Preschoolers (see Preschool hallway!) ! Later on this week they created colourful flowers for the bees and worked on recognizing different patterns in the environment. Toddlers were very excited to go on a field trip to the Botanical garden together with other Pre-schoolers - they loved the colours of flowers as well as the many, many, big, beautiful butterflies they had the chance to meet in butterfly house. They enjoyed observing the caterpillars and the healthy food that butterflies eat and drink! Toddlers felt like they were in the jungle! Toddlers reflected upon the field trip by colouring butterflies and reading books about them.
On Monday and Wednesday the Preschool 1 children prepared a My Mini Beasts Poster with a water colour passe-partout upon which were pasted carefully coloured and cut-out mini beasts including a: butterfly, woodlouse (or rolly polly), dragonfly, snail, ant, and ladybird.   On Tuesday the children continued to work on more complex patterns (A,B,C,A,B,C,A…) with their choice of mini beasts.  Also on Tuesday all of the Preschool children participated in a range of cross age activities relating to various mini beasts (stories, art, music, and movement).  The weather was perfect for our Thursday field trip to the Botanical Garden where we walked around and enjoyed the many beautiful and colourful flowers, big and small leaves, as well as a walk through the butterfly house.  So many mini beasts (ants, beetles, spiders, and butterflies) were spotted during our walk through the Botanical garden!  Finally, on Friday we reflected upon the field trip and worked on creating symmetrical butterflies with stickers and colouring. 
In Preschool 2, we stared the week by making stick insects (walking sticks) out of real sticks we brought back from the forest. They were each unique with various number of legs and eyes; the most was 12 eyes on a stick insect.:) The children learned more about these mini beasts by watching a short video and discussing the information with a partner. The children had a very exciting experience in IT this week – they each sat by their own computer, had a set of headphones on and watched a short video! On Thursday, we went on a fieldtrip and had lots of fun in Ms Aija’s garden! The children explored all the corners in the garden and even the dog’s house (not in use for several years alreadyJ). We fried some sausages on a fire and Krista shared some yummy muffins she had baked with her mommy.  In these last weeks we also spend a lot of time on working on children’s portfolios and putting the information for reports together.  
Reminders:
-          Please let your child’s class teachers know if your are planning to leave for summer holidays before the school year ends!
-          Don’t miss Ethnographic Open Air museum market days - this weekend!
AND!!!
Dear ISR Families,
The school year is approaching quite quickly. On the last day of school we will celebrate the traditional Latvian solstice festival “Jāņi.” If you have already celebrated this festival in previous years could you please share your experience by printing a photo and bringing it to school. The photographs will then be displayed in the front desk area. We will make a collage with the photographs which means that we will not be able to return any photographs. As such we would suggest you print a new picture that you can leave at school instead of taking one out of the frame or album. Please do not send any photographs that you would like to be returned.
Please give the picture to your child and tell him/ her to give it to the class teacher by Monday, the 3rd June.
Thank you and enjoy the last part of the school year!

































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