Friday, 9 May 2014

May 6 - 9

This week Toddlers learned a new song about a turtle called Tiny Tim. These are the lyrics:
“Turtle Tim”
I have a little turtle –
His name is Tiny Tim,
I put him in the bathtub,
To see if he can swim…
He drank up all the water,
he ate up all the soap,
And now my little turtle
has a bubble in his throat
Bubble, bubble, bubble,
bubble, bubble, bubble,
Bubble, bubble, bubble,
bubble, bubble, bubble,
Following up the song, the children coloured in beautiful green turtles which you can see in our class room.
On Wednesday we celebrated Lucy’s 3rd birthday. We had a yummy ice cream party and all Toddlers worked hard to make an animal themed birthday book for Lucy. Happy belated birthday!
One more special thing happened last week; Isabella’s white and fluffy dog came to visit us in Toddlers! Isabella was very proud to introduce us to her friendly little puppy and everybody was very excited to meet it.

Preschool 1
This week the Preschool 1 children have been learning about reptiles and how they are cold blooded animals, they lay hard eggs, and they have scales to protect themselves.  Reptiles also eat a lot less than do birds, and mammals of a similar size.  Some turtles can live for over a century.  Over 100 years, imagine that!!!  The Preschool 1 children practiced colouring, painting, cutting, and pasting skills when making crocodiles and a variety of turtles.  We have enjoyed Franklin Turtle books, An Extraordinary Egg by Leo Lionni, and Pūces Svinības (translation: The Owls Party) by Inese Zandere and Ieva Jurjāne, a book Amēlija shared with us.  Finally, the children were very excited to learn a funny little rhyme:
Three little monkeys (parrots…) sitting in a tree,
Teasing Mr. Crocodile: ‘’You can’t catch me, you can’t catch me!’’
Along came Mr. Crocodile as quiet as can be…and … ‘’SNAP!!!’’
NO more little monkeys (parrots…) siting in a tree!

Preschool 2
We started the week in Preschool 2 by decorating our classroom door with snakes because this week is dedicated to reptiles. The children suggested that we make a jungle for the snakes in which to live, therefore, please watch out when entering our room! :) We also made some crocodiles, lizards and turtles using paper that looks like real scales of these animals. In Arts the children made animal masks of their own choice that we used to play during our field trip to the forest. We tried to figure out which of the animals are friendly, in real life, and which are not. Then children played a chasing game which was great fun! We had a leopard chasing a group of monkeys, a dog running after a pig and a group of very courageous butterflies chasing cats!:) We returned back to school tired, hungry, but certainly happy! Many of the children came to school on Friday morning very excited because of the visit of our former student Agnes. They were asking the whole morning exactly what time Agnes is coming. Although short, it was wonderful to be reunited for a visit!
We are looking forward to next week to learn more about fish and go on a trip to the Zoo!

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