Friday, 7 February 2014

3rd - 7th Febuary 2014

This week started with our Preschool assembly about Fall. The children learned about activities we can do in Fall and acted them out. We also listened to the sounds of Fall: falling leaves, walking in the leaves, rain in fall etc. We sang songs about picking harvest, acorns, falling leaves, colors of the leaves, autumn winds and watched some videos about Fall in Latvia. Here are the lyrics for our Preschool Fall songs. Please ask your child to sing them for you at home.

Fall is bright, fall is rich, fall is full of fun! (2x)
Fall leaves whisper: shsss,
Chestnuts fall down BUM! (2x)
It’s so much fun to be outside; Don’t stay in your room! (2x)

Leaves are fallin' (2x)
One fell on my nose.
Leaves are fallin' (2x)
One fell on my toes.
Leaves are fallin' (2x)
One fell on my head.
Leaves are fallin' (2x)
Orange, yellow, red!

All the leaves are falling down,
Orange, yellow, red and brown,
Falling softly as they do
Over me and over you,
All the leaves are falling down,
Orange, yellow, red and brown.

Autumn winds begun to blow, (blow!)
Autumn leaves begun to fall,
Twirling, whirling all around (move your hands and repeat it faster)
Till at last they touch the ground!

The acorn song

I'm an acorn, small and round
Pretend to hold an acorn in your fingers.
Lying on the cold, cold ground.
Cross your arms on your chest and shiver .
People come and step on me.
Touch your foot to the ground on "step."
That’s why I'm cracked, you see.
Make a fist and tap your head on"cracked."
Chorus:I'm a nut.After singing this line, lightly rap your head twice,as you click your tongue.I'm a nut. I'm a nut. I'm a nut. I'm a nut.

Fall leaves, fall leaves, let us gather fall leaves
Let them grow, let them grow, put them in the basket!
Mushrooms... Apples... Chestnuts... Carrots... Potatoes...
Pumpkins... Tomatoes... Nuts...

Here are some of the videos about Fall we watched on Youtube during our Preschool assembly. You are welcome to watch them together with your child at home.

Falling Leaves
Sounds of Fall Leaves
Autumn Rainfall relaxation video
Fall in Latvia
All kinds of mushrooms in Latvia
Time-lapse video of growing mushrooms
Song about things we can do in the Fall

On Thursday two students from Grade 8 came to read to the whole Preschool. It was exciting to see the older girls interact with our young learners! Thanks for coming!

After we had presented Fall during this week’s Preschool assembly, Toddlers finished their season collage by adding pictures of pumpkins, leaves, umbrellas, rubber boots, apples and other fall related items.
To enhance the Toddlers’ understanding of the seasons, we did a basic hands-on activity, during which they had the chance to experience and name the difference between cold and warm. Toddlers dipped their hands in a bowl of warm water and into a bowl of cold water and expressed what it felt like. Following this activity, we went back to the collage and the children pointed out the differences between cold and warm seasons and which clothes are appropriate for each season.
We also talked about staying healthy during the cold seasons and learned the English saying: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”. We created our own apples by painting and lacing them with a yarn.  Come and see them hanging in our classroom!
Toddlers also worked on recognizing colors and this week we created a new shape – a diamond, we painted it yellow and covered it with golden glitter.

Preschool  1
This week the Preschool 1 children enjoyed exploring autumn, or fall, through various activities. Fine motor skills were challenged with painting, cutting, pasting, tracing, or creating umbrellas, acorns, fall leaves, raindrops, and other fall related bits and pieces. During music Mr Medd engaged the children to sing many fall related songs and during PE class Mr Joel made fun relays where children carried pumpkins (balls) above their heads, bounced them, tossed and caught them, and kicked them into the net!  The children also reflected upon the Monday morning assembly and all of the wonderful fall related songs.  They demonstrated their good listening skills when listening to all the Success For All (SfA) books and a Preschool 1 and 2 read aloud of The Fox and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson and illustrations by Tiphanie Beeke. Finally, we would like to express our thanks to the grade 9 and grade 7 students who read aloud to the Preschool 1 and 2 children both this week and last week.  Wonderful!

Preschool 2
This week we have done many arts and crafts activities relating to fall: drawing, painting with our little fingers, colouring, cutting and writing. We put some jelly stones in sensory trays, added some water and were fascinated to see them actually change their size and colour in front of our eyes! The children had great fun exploring the soft and slippery texture of them. The children had a wonderful experience of painting a song during Music lesson with Miss Ruta: they applied some dot paints onto paper to demonstrate what they heard, at that moment, while listening to a piece of music. You are welcome to come into our classroom and observe the colourful painting consisting of dots and lines, both straight and crooked. We have been looking at pictures sent in from student’s homes and had had some very fruitful and in-depth discussions about seasons: it turned out that it might look like summer but it is actually winter, or the other way round! We will sort the pictures by seasons and put together the book next week. Thank you for sending in the great photos and providing valuable learning opportunities for the whole Preschool2 class! It was the 100th day of school on Thursday which we recognized by making 100 little schools out of paper, putting them on a wall and attaching a number to each one of them. We also tried to sing along the counting song up to 100 which, we have to admit, is a BIG number for our pre-schoolers!  On Thursday we met our new classmate Fiona from China who will join us on Monday. Welcome, Fiona to ISR!

Reminder: Ski Break/No School February 17 – 21

Please also be reminded that waterproof winter mittens are required for outside time.

Finally, on Friday we also had some lovely Norwegian preschool teachers who came to visit the Kindergarten and Preschool classes.  We were excited to speak with the teachers regarding the school’s IBPYP program and the many interesting activities and teaching approaches we offer the children. 

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