Friday, 18 October 2013

Book Week

What a great an exciting week we just had! All the children came dressed up as their favourite book characters on Monday. We took part in the whole school Parade and then following this exciting event children shared their costumes and books they had chosen in classroom circle times afterwards! The pre-schoolers eye-witnessed FALL this year, and the whole hallway and stairwell area was transformed into a forest with lots of fall leaves on floor and on the walls. There was a tree house set-up with a bookshelf full of fall related books and comfortable pillows and torches for reading! The sensory trays were full of moss, chestnuts and little rocks for little hands to explore. There were also some apples and zucchinis placed in baskets for children to wonder about with. We had a series of rotations where the children experienced the same activities in cross-age groups including: reading “The Mushroom in the rain” by Mirra Ginsburg and acting the story out; singing some autumn songs; and colouring in animal masks. On Wednesday we went on a field trip to the Open Air Museum to look for the signs of and observe what fall looks like in a lush forest in real life. We enjoyed the leaves falling from the trees and dancing in the air as the wind blew! There was also a playground by the fisherman`s house that children enjoyed to explore.  We had our annual Pajama party on Thursday with many children dressed-up in their favourite pajamas and sharing them during the parade. All preschool groups took part in the annual Readathon by visiting the special reading place and listening to books being read by their teachers and other students.
Book week has been a great success in Toddlers. We have had many special visitors.  Students from Grade 6 and many Toddler parents came and read books to us. Thank you, Liam’s parents, Albert’s mummy, Lucy’s mummy and Eliza’s daddy! Our music lessons with Mr Medd was also very special this week! The music room had turned into a concert venue and we had the opportunity to sing a rock music version of “The wheels on the bus”, “Old McDonald” and other Toddler favourite nursery rhymes with a real microphone! Last but not least Toddlers fully enjoyed exploring our preschool hallway and playing with the fall treasures from the forest. On the last day of Book week we enjoyed the Readathon in the library and celebrated Frederik’s 3rd birthday. Happy Birthday, Frederik!
Children liked to observe the many interesting costumes on Monday and were risk-takers as they confidently participated in the parade!  Well done!!
The preschool 1 students enjoyed working with the fall theme during this exciting book week.  We liked to complete several art activities some of which included: pasting a pumpkin, decorating a tree in autumn colours, and creating a lady in a pumpkin to translate a rhyme into a different form:
Peter, Peter pumpkin eater,
Had a wife but couldn't keep her;
He put her in a pumpkin shell
And there he kept her very well.

Preschool 2
It’s not easy to list all the exciting things we did this week, but first off all we would like thank the parents who came to read some books to us during the Book week! It was wonderful to have visitors and experience many different reading styles as well as enjoy books children had never heard before. We had some beautiful, but lonely, mushrooms awaiting us on the classroom doors on Monday, so children made some animals that hid from the rain like in the story “The Mushroom in the rain” during the course of the week. We visited some of the rooms around the school that were transformed into various places from books or real life. It was also great fun to experience being on stage during Music class and to see what the Harry Potter’s academy looked like in the library.  We also visited the Kindergarten class on Friday to perform our short play about the Mushroom in the rain and make some bird feeders during the art and craft activity led by kindergarteners. Lots of learning and fun has been going on during the book week this year!  Finally, we finished off the week by joining the whole school’s assembly on Friday afternoon.
Let’s rest during the next week for the Fall Break (no School) – October  21st – 25th, 2013.  See you all on Monday, October 28th!

Friday, 11 October 2013

October 7 - 11

This Monday we started the new Unit of Inquiry Nursery Rhymes.  The central idea is that Nursery Rhymes tell stories in many different ways.  We will focus on different Nursery Rhymes around the world; structures and patterns of Nursery Rhymes and ways in which Nursery Rhymes are performed.  During our introduction assembly on Monday we sang some Nursery Rhymes all together and it was a lot of fun with words, pictures and puppets.
Thank you to all Preschool parents who came to the Parent/Teacher conferences this week!

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, friends and relatives, we would like to announce (drum roll): Toddlers have a new favourite song and it is “Twinkle, twinkle little star”. Every day this week we have practiced singing and acting it out and soon we will be ready to present it to our Preschool friends!  It has been another happy week playing indoors and outdoors in the warm fall weather – see our pictures below!

During the week the Preschool 1 students learned the nursery rhyme and enjoyed singing and performing  I’m a Little Teapot!  The children were excited to colour, cut and create their own teapot that can pour tea into a cup with a saucer!  During the Library lesson the Incy Wincy Spider nursery rhyme was explored through the use of flash cards, felt board, and felt items (spider, water spout, rain, and sun).  During Art the children created colourful leaves and at the end of the week we enjoyed witnessing the signs of autumn and looking for various colours nature presents us with on a walking field trip around the neighbourhood.  The weather was splendid!

Preschool 2
In the beginning of the week we worked on developing partner skills to work together and by sharing “My body” books from the first Unit of Inquiry. The children also had to find 9 items together with a partner and present their findings to the rest of the group. During these activities we emphasized the importance of working collaboratively and acknowledged the great work they had done. On Tuesday there were all 21 Preschool 2 students at school and we managed to take a class photo with almost everyone looking at the camera! :) We spent most of the mornings on making a book for a Nursery Rhyme about a fish. The children have been busy colouring, cutting and arranging numbers up to 10 in the right order while making their books. We went to the forest on Thursday and learned a new nursery Rhyme about “Peas porridge” before eating the real porridge made on a camp fire! We learned that only edible substances such as water, milk and cream-of-wheat should be added to porridge; not sand or pine tree needles…  We collected some forest treasures to decorate our hallway for next week, but that is supposed to remain a secret until Monday!:)


Book Week – October 14th – 18th.

Book parade (Dress as a Book Character) – Monday, October 14th.

Field trip to the Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum – Wednesday, October 16th.

Pyjama day – Thursday, October 17th.

Fall Break (no School) – October  21st – 25th, 2013