Friday, 16 May 2014

May 12 - 16, Sports Day and field trip to the zoo


First of all – Thank you to all parents that could join us in our Sports activities on Monday morning! That was a great, fun event enjoyed by all participants and the ISR medals made our children really proud.
Secondly – Thank you to all parents that could join us on our Preschool field trip to Riga Zoo! Your support was highly appreciated and made this trip truly fantastic! On our field trip we met some giant turtles, lazy monkeys, serious lions, proud peacocks, pink flamingos, hungry zebras, shy tigers, one sad bear, sporty giraffes, curious ducks, very talkative geese, quiet and very long sssnakesss, scary crocodiles, colourful wolves, sleepy pigs, smiley sheep, mama goats and newly born goats… and last but not least a black cat and lots of sparrows! The children are talking about these animals every day and have become experts at imitating the sounds these animals make!
If you wish to spend more time with your child at Riga Zoo please follow the link:

This week we have also explored and read stories about different fish. Preschool had a very special visitor - Sophie’s and Lucy’s fish Swishy Tails, which was greeted by Toddlers new song of the week:

“Slippery fish”
Slippery fish, slippery fish, sliding through the water,
Slippery fish, slippery fish, Gulp, Gulp, Gulp!
Oh, no! It’s been eaten by an …

Octopus, octopus, squiggling in the water
Octopus, octopus, Gulp, Gulp, Gulp!
Oh, no! It’s been eaten by a …

Tuna fish, tuna fish, flashing in the water,
Tuna fish, tuna fish, Gulp, Gulp, Gulp!
Oh, no! It’s been eaten by a …

Great white shark, great white shark, lurking in the water,
Great white shark, great white shark, Gulp, Gulp, Gulp!
Oh, no! It’s been eaten by a …

Humongous whale, humongous whale, spouting in the water,
Humongous whale, humongous whale,
Gulp! … Gulp! … Gulp!
Oh no! No more fish in the ocean!

Preschool 1

The week started off with the Toddler and Preschool 1 Sports Morning Activities. This was great fun and we all practiced our Zumba dancing, bean bag throwing, monkey bar climbing, sliding, balancing, jumping, and catching skills. Thank you also to the parents that could join us! The busy week continued with learning about fish. Fish swim in water, have tails and fins, and can be big, medium or small. The largest fish is the great whale shark, which can reach 50 feet in length! A fish breathes by taking water into its mouth and forcing it through its gills. 
The trip to the Zoo on Wednesday was fantastic and we were able to see many different animals we have already been learning about (mammals, reptiles, and fish!). Among the many highlights we witnessed: a mummy goat with her tiny babies; a zebra sneezing all over us; the vulture spread out and showcasing its’ wings, and the crocodiles being cared for by the brave zoo keepers!  Next week we will learn about the birds animal group.
The week concluded by reading Giraffes Can’t Dance, by Giles Andrede and Guy Parker-Rees, and with our exploration of the true size of a baby giraffe – they can reach 6 feet in height at birth!!! The children enjoyed colouring in the brown spots of our very own tall baby giraffe.

Preschool 2

We had two exciting visitors in our class this week: Puja, Vanesa’s rabbit came in on Monday and stayed for the whole day. The children had an opportunity to touch the animal and ask some questions to the owner as well as observe the rabbit during the day. The second visitor was Swishy Tail, an animal we are learning about this week: Sophie’s and Lucy’s fish! The students were interested in all the objects in the fish tank just as much as in the habits of the fish itself. Thank you Vanesa and Sophie for the opportunities to learn more about mammals and fish!:)
We had our Sports Afternoon on Tuesday together with students from KG and Gr1. There was lots of running, jumping, throwing and relay races going on. The children excitedly cheered for their team members and were happy to get shiny medals and a lolly pop at the end. Thanks to Mr Joel and Mr Andrade for the wonderful event! 
Our trip to the Zoo on Wednesday was a great success: the children were excited and asked many great questions both during and after the trip! The next day they drew pictures of what they liked the most at the zoo and then wrote the names of animals. We also managed to have a party that day: we celebrated Sofija’s name’s day. This was a fun way to familiarize ourselves with the Latvian tradition of celebrating the day person’s name (names are written into the Latvian calendar). The children eagerly explored a wall-calendar the next day trying to spot any other names they might be familiar with.
We are looking forward to the next week to learn more about birds!

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