Friday, 1 November 2013

October 28 - November 1, 2013

Welcome back after Fall Break! We hope you all had a wonderful and restful holiday!
Our first week back in Preschool has been eventful. We started the week with our whole Preschool assembly led by Ms Dace who surprised us with a suitcase full of Nursery Rhymes! Here are some of our favourites – listen and sing along together with your child:

Incy Wincy Spider

1,2,3,4,5 once I caught a fish alive

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

Baa Baa Black Sheep
Humpty Dumpty

All the leaves are falling down
Way up high in the apple tree

Apple Tree
5 Little pumpkins sitting on a gate


Criss-cross applesauce
Spiders crawling up your back,
Cook breeze,
Tight squeeze,
 Now you’ve got the shiverees!


Peter, Peter, pumpkin eater,
Had a wife and couldn't keep her!
He put her in a pumpkin shell,
And there he kept her very well!

Later, on Wednesday, the whole Preschool and Kindergarten went on a field trip to the Puppet theatre!  The children had the chance to meet the puppet makers, touch and feel the different puppets at the Puppet museum and, last but not least, watch the play “Viena gara turku pupa” performed by two actors and a lot of puppets. It was a great success and everyone had a good time together. See the pictures below!


Many of our Toddlers went to the Puppet theatre for the first time in their lives this Wednesday. It was a very special experience for them as we could see this by the excited looks in their faces and how fully focused they were on the action taking place on the stage. The theme of the play connected well to our Book Week topic as it was set in a Fall Forest and the animals had to find a shelter under the mushroom! After returning from the puppet show we created our own mushrooms by using paper, paint and glue. 


The Preschool 1 students have been exploring the Nursery Rhyme Five Little Ducks in various ways.  We have enjoyed reading the book, singing the song, acting out the plot using stick puppets, and  creating our very own Five Little Ducks interactive nursery rhyme poster.  In this activity students had to identify the correct aquarelle colours in which to paint water (blue) and the hills (green).  The week long activity continued with colouring in the five baby ducks and mummy and daddy duck and cutting them out; tracing numbers one through five on lily pads behind which the ducks could hide; carefully cutting out the lily pads and, finally, matching the numbers on the baby duck to the numbers on the lily pads and pasting them all onto the aquarelle base.  As a result, our new posters provide students with the opportunity to sing the rhyme again and again, as well as count and practice their number recognition skills. We also enjoyed celebrating Nika’s and Amelija’a birthdays!  Happy birthday girls! One, two, three, four!

Preschool 2

It has been great to see everyone back after the Fall break! Starting from now we will have 3 teachers in Preschool2: welcome Miss Sandra, the German teacher student in our class for the next 6 weeks! We had 2 exciting field trips this week: one to the Riga Puppet Theatre and the other one to the forest. Our students drew pictures and told us what they remembered about the Puppet show afterwards. Their reflections included a wide range of experiences starting with the way/road to the Theatre and ending with characters at the show.  You are welcome to enjoy the display in our hallway. We finished Wednesday day by celebrating Klara’s birthday and having an ice-cream party! We had a wonderful time and good weather in the forest on Thursday, as usually.:) We went deeper into the woods where the children built houses for plastic animals together with a partner. It was amazing to see most of the students working collaboratively with their partner as well as all the different approaches they chose to take in order to complete the task. We also made some Smore’s right before coming back to school.
We have been making some props for learning new Nursery Rhymes in the classroom in Arts as well as in our classroom by developing our skills in cutting, gluing, colouring, stringing beads, lacing pipe cleaners, laminating pictures and wrapping yarn in a ball. 

Reminders: As the days are getting colder, please make sure your child has outdoor clothing appropriate for the weather – especially mittens (preferably waterproof!), hats and scarves.
ISR Latvia’s Independence Day celebration – Thursday, November 14th, 2013
Latvian Independence Day – Public Holiday – No school – Monday, November 18th, 2013
Student Led conferences – Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

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