Friday, 29 November 2013

November 25 - 29

First of all we would like to thank all families for coming to the Student Led Conferences, they were a great success and a wonderful opportunity for the children to share their learning.
This week we have continued to explore Nursery Rhymes and have been rehearsing for our whole school assembly led by Preschoolers and Toddlers. Next Friday, December 6th, we will finish off this Unit of Inquiry by celebrating our learning with a Nursery Rhymes show.
Reminder: Winter is approaching fast now and as the weather gets cold, wet and unpredictable, please make sure your child has appropriate clothes (warm and waterproof) for outside play time. Also check whether your child has extra socks/tights and trousers in the cubbies upstairs, since we might need to change on wet days.

Thank you to all Toddler families for participating in our Student Led Conferences. Having you in the class and sharing their life in Toddlers with you meant a lot to our little students!
This week Toddlers have started exploring basic colours and have reflected on them by creating a path of colourful shapes. This was a Toddler led inquiry and completely their own initiative. Everyone joined and had great fun jumping from one colourful shape to another.
This Wednesday was very special for some of our Toddlers because they saw not only the first snow of this season, but for some of them it was the first time they saw snow in their life!

Preschool 1

During the week the Preschool 1 students learnt a new nursery rhyme and made a watercolour poster stages with interactive stick figures to play out the rhyme:

Jack and Jill
Went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water,
Jack fell down
And broke his crown
And Jill came tumbling after.

We had fun making play dough together and smelling, touching and mixing all the ingredients together!  Students also reflected upon earlier rhymes about spiders and made spiders out of the play dough, counted and added eight legs and even made a web for the spider to live in.  During the week students have also been learning a new song for the upcoming Winter Festival and already are so excited about the event!  

Preschool 2

With all the Winter celebrations approaching fast, we have started preparing for that wonderful time of the year this week! The children have been working on making our own Advent Calendar in our classroom. This project is initiated and led by Miss Sandra, and we all are pretty excited about the whole process of it: each of us making a house with a number on it and waiting for a chance to open it and see what surprise is awaiting us each day until Christmas! Thank you, Miss Sandra for getting us into Christmas spirit already! A lot of time, including most of the Specialist classes, is being spent on preparing for two big on-stage events: performing Nursery Rhymes at the whole school Assembly on 6th of December and the Winter Festival on December 12th.

Friday, 22 November 2013

Nursery Rhymes

This week students have been reflecting upon the last two Units of Inquiry: 
 I am a Preschooler and Nursery Rhymes to prepare for the Saturday November 23rd Student Led Conferences.  

Toddlers have been busily getting ready for their Student Led Conferences. In the mornings they worked on different projects related to our Nursery Rhymes - the classroom is now decorated with Incy wincy spiders, Baa baa black sheep, Humpty Dumpties and other characters. We have practiced singing the Nursery Rhymes and even learned a new one:

    This little piggy went to the market,
    This little piggy stayed home,
    This little piggy had jam and bread,
    This little piggy had none,
    And this little piggy cried wee wee wee all the way home.

Everybody is excited to share their learning with their parents during the Student Led Conferences tomorrow!

Preschool 1
Throughout the week the Preschool 1 students continued their diligent work on their mini book:  One, Two, Buckle My Shoe… and practiced their fine motor colouring, cutting and pasting skills with numbers: 5,6,7,8,9, and 10.  The students counted eight sticks and finished the mini book with combining pieces to make a big fat hen!  Students learned a new version of Incy Wincy Spider during the Library lesson with Ms Legzdiņa.  Itsy Bitsy Spider liked to move about to different places in the house like the kitchen wall, the rocking chair, the pail…  Next week we will look at a few new nursery rhymes!

Preschool 2
On Tuesday morning the students drew wonderful pictures of Riga and added some glitter for fireworks. They also shared their experiences from the celebration around the city during the long weekend, for instance, watching the military parade and fireworks, visiting the “Staro Riga’’ (the festival of lights) and having play dates with friends.  We have been busy preparing for the Student Led Conferences by practicing with a partner to sing the rhymes we have learned and share all the rest of the work they will present on Saturday. On Thursday, we went to the forest for the last time this semester. The children built a long Humpty Dumpty wall using some sticks, sand, moss, tree bark and pine cones. Then they used a pinecone as the humpty Dumpty and acted the rhyme out. We enjoyed some hot chocolate made on fire right before saying our “good-byes” to the forest and coming back to school.  

We look forward to seeing you at the Student Led Conferences!

Friday, 15 November 2013

The week of celebrating Latvia's Independence Day

In Preschool, this week was dedicated to the Latvian Independence Day and rhyming words. On Monday, we had an assembly with a focus on words that rhyme in Nursery Rhymes. We did an activity where children said the words that rhyme in a really loud voice while reciting the rest of the words quietly. We also recalled some of the rhymes from the previous week and learned a new one about Jack:
Jack be nimble, Jack be quick,
Jack jumped over the candlestick.
The Preschool 1 children performed ‘The Little Teapot’ by singing and acting the rhyme with self-made props. As for the rest of the week, we have been busy with preparing and practicing for the concert for Latvia’s Birthday and during this process also learning a little bit more about Latvia. On Thursday morning, we enjoyed the concert performed by the Bell Orchestra from Liepaja. The pre-schoolers did a wonderful job later on digging the river Daugava as different animals on stage!:)   
The Toddlers have had a busy week working on different projects related to our celebration of the Latvian Independence Day, such as painting Latvian flags and decorating traditional Latvian symbols. Of course we have also repeated our favourite Nursery Rhymes and learned a few new ones. Everybody enjoyed counting and reciting “One, two, buckle my shoe” (see Preschool 1 section for the lyrics) and during this week’s library lesson Ms Legzdiņa introduced the Nursery Rhyme about Little Miss Muffet:
    Little Miss Muffet
    Sat on a tuffet,
    Eating her curds and whey;
    Along came a spider,
    Who sat down beside her
    And frightened Miss Muffet away.
Toddlers even dressed up and acted out the Nursery Rhyme. What great fun!
This Friday our P.E. teacher Mr Joel has his birthday. Find some pictures of our exciting P.E. lessons below. Happy birthday Mr Joel!
Preschool 1
This week we have enjoyed pasting beans onto various Latvian symbols.  We also started making a mini book with the rhyme that looks at numbers from one to ten.   The children have been very focused in their fine motor skills including: colouring, cutting, and gluing and we have enjoyed reciting this rhyme throughout the week:
One, two, buckle my shoe…
Three, four, shut the door…
Five, six, pick up sticks…
Seven, eight, lay them straight…
Nine, ten, a big fat hen!
We are looking forward to sharing this mini book, along with the many other nursery rhyme activities we have been working so diligently on in the past weeks, during the Student-led Conference coming up on Saturday November 23rd!  We hope to see you then - Please sign up for the event! 
Preschool 2
Besides intense preparations for the concert, we have spent the week on acting out some of the rhymes we have made props for. The children worked in pairs and had great fun playing with the self-made items. Dear parents, you will still need to wait until the Student-led Conferences to enjoy them together with your children! We also did a project about rhyming words by matching little pictures to words that rhyme. We finished the week by making some play-dough on Friday morning and “baking” pretend pretzels out of it in Art.
Happy Latvia’s Birthday to all!