Friday, 17 January 2014

All Year Round!



The week began with snowflakes falling from the sky and the Preschoolers welcomed the soft white winter snow with excitement and curiosity to explore!  We are all hoping for even more snow!
Our Monday morning Preschool PYP Assembly started off with a fun All Year Round song (to the tune of “Here we go round the Mulberry bush”) which sounds something like this:

Snowflakes fall down when winter is here,
Winter is here, winter is here,
Snowflakes fall down when winter is here,
Oh, what fun!

Flowers burst out when spring is here,
Spring is here, spring is here,
Flowers burst out when spring is here,
Oh, what fun!

Children swim and play when summer is here,
Summer is here, summer is here,
Children swim and play when summer is here,
Oh, what fun!

Leaves fall down when fall is here,
Fall is here, fall is here,
Leaves fall down when fall is here,
Oh, what fun!

We love all seasons every year,
Every year, every year,
We love all seasons every year,
Oh, what fun!

The Assembly continued with observations and discussion about the many different activities that we can do during winter, including: walking, running and playing in the snow; making patterns in the snow with our feet; making snow angels in the snow with our body; building snow figures; sledging; skiing cross country; skiing downhill; snowboarding; and skating.

Toddlers

Our week began with the Preschool assembly that introduced children with the current season – winter. Toddlers have started the winter section of our seasonal collage by pasting pictures of mittens, scarves, hats, boots, snowmen, elves, Christmas trees, snowflakes, different winter sports and other things that remind them about this season.

Starting from this week, Toddlers will explore and learn about one particular shape and colour – this week we started off with circles and the colour red. We explored this shape by singing about it and doing arts and crafts projects.
Since winter has finally arrived a careful consideration is given each day to determine whether or not there will be an outdoor recess. As it says in our ISR parent handbook: “at temperatures below -5C, Toddlers don’t go outside” so instead we spend this time in the gym.

Preschool 1  

The preschool 1 students had a lot of fun with the Winter focus this week! Our fine motor skills, thinking, and art work activities included making: snowmen; a pair of identical mittens where we learned about symmetry; pairing numbers with corresponding objects; and completing our winter tree scene for our four seasons mobile.  Students were enthusiastic to share their knowledge about what the appropriate clothing is for wintertime and in what sequence we dress for outside time. A matching game, with mittens and gloves, was a very popular activity this week and the difference between mittens and gloves was also discussed!  Some of the books the Preschool 1 students enjoyed were: Teddy’s Snowy Day by Ian Beck, Snow by Roy McKie and P.D.Eastman, The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, and Snow by Marion Dane Bauer.  We can hardly wait for some more snow so that we can build a snowman of our own!

Preschool 2

On Monday our students were busy colouring and cutting out some winter clothes for the people they made last week. We did some more arts and crafts activities related to winter over the course of the week as well as shared some picture-sound matching activities within partnerships. We watched the video and read the book “Stranger in the Woods” that led us to a group discussion about what is life in winter like for animals and birds and how could people help them. The children shared their experiences about putting up bird feeders and feeding some seeds and nuts to them. One of our students had even put out some carrots for the bunnies at his country home! On Thursday we poured some water in plastic paint dispensers and put it outside over the night. All the children were sure that it was going to turn into ice, instead of staying in the water form, by the next morning. It really was so! The students had great fun exploring what it is like to paint with ice. Look at the wonderful black and green hands in the photos! :)  

















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