Friday, 8 November 2013

Nursery Rhymes!

This week has presented the Preschooler's with many interesting learning experiences.  On Monday morning we all joined together for our Unit of Inquiry Preschool Assembly which started off with the Toddler's Twinkle Twinkle Little Star presentation with music, song, movement, and props!  The assembly continued with reflecting upon what nursery rhymes we have learned in the past week and we briefly recapped some of them including: All the Leaves are Falling Down; Here Is The Tree With Leaves So Green; Way Up High in the Apple Tree; Five Little Pumpkins Sitting on a Gate; and Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater.
The new nursery rhymes added to our repertoire this week were from different parts of the world including: 

Spanish: La cucaracha, la cucaracha:

A Latvian rhyme about making porridge (and playing a finger counting game) sounds something like this: 

Vāru vāru putriņu
Tris graudi katlā,
Šim došu, Tam došu, Šim došu, Tam došu,
Šim nedošu, šim nedošu, to es pate apēdīšu.

Making, making porridge,
Three grains in the pot,
To this I’ll give, to that I’ll give, to this I’ll give, to that I’ll give,
To this I won’t give, won’t give, I will eat it up myself!

Russian Nursery Rhyme:

French rhyme Alouette, gentille alouette:

This week Toddlers presented the nursery rhyme and song “Twinkle, twinkle little star” to all the other Preschoolers and created their own little stars by using paint, glue and lots of shiny glitter. Here is our rhyme:

“Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky,
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are. “

On Wednesday we said good-bye to our classmate Krista who will spend these upcoming winter months in Los Angeles, California. Goodbye Krista! We will miss you! See you next year!

Preschool 1
The Preschool 1 Students focused on the Five Little Piggies rhyme and, during the morning unit related activities, students practiced fine motor skills including: colouring, cutting, and gluing to create five little Popsicle stick puppets!  Children enjoyed making these puppets and were engaged in using the puppets interactively to help them learn the rhyme:

This little piggy went to market; 
This little piggy stayed home; 
This little piggy had roast beef;
This little piggy had none; and 
This little piggy went wee, wee, wee, wee, wee, all the way home!

The piggy theme continued right to the end of the week when children made a paper bag piggy puppet!

Preschool 2
In Preschool 2, similar to the last week, we did a lot of Nursery Rhymes related art and craft projects. The children are preparing props for the Rhyme about 3 Little Kittens in Art and we are going to learn the Rhyme next week. They had lots of fun acting out a Rhyme about Little Miss Muffet in the Library lesson. In class, we did an activity where the students had to sequence pictures for the Rhyme about Humpty Dumpty and tell about what happens in it using their own words.  We also learned about telling the time by setting the time on the self-made clocks! Besides all that, the children had lots of fun and laughed a lot while exploring and trying on the dress-up clothes recently added to the classroom. It was really amazing to see a princess Alphie time taking place and a chipmunk girl riding a horse! J   

We would like to remind you of next week’s special Independence Day Celebration.  The performance will take place at 1.30pm on Thursday November 14th, 2013.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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