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 Legzdi┼ća 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!

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