Friday, 11 April 2014

An "egg"celent week - April 7-11

In Preschool we have spent the week reflecting upon the many things that we have learnt during the Clip-clop, vroom, zoom Unit.  The second half of the week was dedicated to activities relating to Easter!  The Preschool 1 and 2 children went on a field trip to Tērvete. First we met the Easter bunny on our way to the Elf house and the children excitedly helped the bunny push his bunny wheel borrows all the way to our final destination, the Elf house. There, in the garden, we found out that some naughty rabbits from the forest had destroyed the Easter bunny’s nest with eggs and had hidden the eggs all around the yard! Our students helped to find all the eggs and put them safely back into the nest. Then we were invited into the house where we enjoyed three workshops with the Papa Elf, Mama Elf and the Easter bunny: the children made some little nests out of natural materials; learned of some of the birds that live in forests in Latvia; joined in the steps/pattern bunnies jump; helped Papa Elf to pound nails into a wall decoration and also saw some real bunnies! We enjoyed some pancakes and herbal tea before heading to the Elf meeting place for a chocolate egg hunt! Although the weather in Riga was very wet, the rain had stopped by the time we arrived at Tērvete and it started to drizzle just as we stepped into the bus to return back to school tired but very excited. The weather was on our side! On Thursday the preschool classes coloured eggs: many natural materials were pressed around the eggs and after they were boiled, in a pot of onion skins, the eggs were unravelled and the unique and interesting patterns were enjoyed by all!

Toddlers have explored many different round and egg-shaped things this week. Ms Valda had prepared colourful eggs which Toddlers could decorate during their Art lesson. Our big morning art project was making space ships from egg cartons.
On Wednesday Toddlers did not join the field trip - they had their own little indoor fieldtrip instead. They enjoyed exploring Preschool 1’s classroom and all their interesting toys in the morning, had a lot of fun playing with balls in the gym, and hid and found chocolate eggs during an exciting egg hunt. Instead of a normal meal we had a picnic lunch sitting on blankets in Preschool 2’s room and after quiet time everybody enjoyed a lollipop and watched some cartoons on the smart board.  
On Thursday morning Toddlers carefully coloured eggs with oil wax crayons and wrapped them in a thick layer of onion skins. Later we boiled and dyed them and they look really pretty!

Preschool 1
During the beginning of the week the Preschool 1 each painted a colourful time line poster representing the past (green), present (red), and future (blue).  The children were provided with a large mix of pictures (horse, walking feet, cart, row boat, old fashioned and modern bicycles, motorcycle, air balloon, tractor, airplane, rocket ship, submarine…) and they demonstrated their thinking skills when sorting and explaining in which part of the timeline certain vehicles and modes of transportation best fit.  Well done Preschool 1! During the Art class with Ms Valda the children created their very own future vehicle… many of which could fly high, fast and far! On Wednesday the children enjoyed the busy field trip and on Thursday again much excitement with celebrating Alex’s birthday and preparing beautifully coloured Easter eggs. Finally, on Friday the Unit of Inquiry wrapped up with children enjoying trying on Otto’s real racing helmet, and zooming round and round with the scooters, wooden bikes, and other vehicles during a very sunny outside time!

Preschool 2
We started the week by making some 3D vehicles which children created from “useful trash” our colleagues had kindly gathered over a period of 2 weeks. The children were free to decide whether they wanted to work alone or together with friends. Children were so engaged and excited that the atmosphere was full of creation and busy buzz. Some students even spent two days on their creations. Afterwards we spent the rest of the week by listening each student’s presentation, and asked many, many questions about the vehicles they had created. The students were very proud of their work and were able to answer all the questions in the finest detail. Well done, Pre 2! That was a wonderful experience for all of us!
Wishing everyone a safe and restful holiday and we look forward to seeing you again on Tuesday April 22nd, 2014.

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