Friday, 19 September 2014

September 15-19


This week we have had many parents and ISR staff members in preschool that helped our children to find out more about their home countries. Thank you so much for your involvement!

Reminder: PTO Open House on Saturday, 3:30 – 6:00 pm
Let’s come together, have a drink and a snack and have some fun!

Toddlers
Toddlers continue to settle in and enjoy the time in the mornings and after nap time that we spend together with our new friends in Preschool. We heard some of our little students saying: ”Look! It’s sunny! It’s not raining! Let’s go! Play! Swing! Cars!” We also have continued to explore different art materials and tools by painting our Big Toddler Bus – it’s almost finished – all we need to add are the wheels, created by every Toddler student.
Preschool 1a

This week Preschool 1a children learnt about two European countries – The United Kingdom and Slovenia. On Monday children made the UK flag, the Union Jack. They glued the red cross and coloured the blue and red parts of the flag. It was anything but easy! On Tuesday children learned a lot of information about the UK from Lucy’s (Preschool 1b) mum (ISR’s high school English teacher) Ms Andrade. They learned that the UK flag consists of 4 different flags – those of Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England. They discovered some popular British cartoon characters such as Astley Baker Davies' Peppa Pig and Michael Bond's Paddington Bear (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVQ-KdxmkP4). They learned that in the UK there is also a queen and a king! The children also played two games “London Bridge is falling down” and “The Queen is in the garden” with great enthusiasm. It was so much fun! Afterwards they ate yummy cupcakes decorated with the English and UK’s flags brought in by Lucy’s mum. Thank you!

Wednesday was a very special day for Preschool 1a children, because it was Catherine’s Birthday. She turned 4!!! In the morning everyone drew a nice heart for Catherine and later we all sang “Happy Birthday” in Catherine’s honour and enjoyed the yummy Birthday cake, brought in by Catherine’s mom. Also, on Wednesday, Lucija’s mummy came in to tell us about Lucija’s home country- Slovenia. In Slovenia there are many high mountains, where children can ski and enjoy the snow as well as the Adriatic sea where they can swim. Our children enjoyed the great Slovenian cartoon Bojan the Bear and the Bees (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYCuN6NGbYI).  Thursday everyone made a nice Slovenian flag with the coat of arms with Triglav, what means “Three heads”, which is the highest mountain in Slovenia.

Finally, on Friday, Mr Medd came in to share some British stories and to play on his guitar some popular British songs. This has been a great and busy week! The Preschool 1a children enjoyed being together with Preschool 1b children and getting to know them better. This week we have all missed our wonderful teacher Ms Dace and we all hope that she will get better soon!

Preschool 1b

Preschool 1b discovered three different countries this week! First we focussed on Lucy’s and William’s country, Great Britain. In Art everybody made a British flag, the Union Jack, and on Monday and Tuesday Lucy’s mum and William’s mum showed us some very special things about Great Britain. The children found out that the UK have a queen, busses and telephone boxes are red in London, and some of our favourite characters like Peppa Pig and Spot the Dog are created in Britain. We also learnt the Nursery rhyme “London Bridge is falling down”(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTvNwAT29Lo) and played a game about the Queen. On Tuesday children also enjoyed some sweet British treats, as Lucy’s dad had made buns and Williams mum baked scones for everyone. Delicious!

On Wednesday Preschool 1a and 1b again came together to find out more about Slovenia from Lucija’s mum. She told us how Slovenian children can play in the snowy mountains in winter and on the sandy beaches in summer and had brought many pictures along. There are even Dolphins in Slovenia! Everybody enjoyed the funny Slovenian cartoon and characters Lucija shared with her friends.

William’s mum visited us again on Thursday to introduce all Preschool 1 children to William’s second country – Japan. She showed us on a map how far away Japan is from Latvia and the children even asked where William’s house was on the map. Some were particularly courageous and tried on a typical Japanese folk costume and some special hair pins. We all sang the song “Under the spreading chestnut tree” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQpm8BGmmzQ) in English and Japanese. For lunch everybody had a Japanese rice ball with a smiley face on it! J

Friday morning started off with an exciting assembly. The preschool children loved listening to the concert of three skilful percussionists. Later we tried ourselves in the Japanese art of Origami and made beautiful paper flowers.

Mr Medd visited us twice this week to read story books and sing songs from his home country Great Britain, too. Thanks everyone for all the great support and learning experiences we have had this week!

Preschool 2
This week we have been focusing on Great Britain. In class we built our own Big Ben, and had Tower Bridge for balancing. We watched some small clips about castles in England, Wales and Scotland and how different they might look. Afterwards we created our own ones out of paper shapes.
Almost every day we had guest readers telling us stories in ‘real’ English. Thank you Mr Nolan, Mr Joel, Ms Zinta.
During Art class everybody made a little tea cup which came in use during our class Tea Time Party with our self-decorated cookies. We also had our king and queen crowns on, which made our party full of excitement, like a small royal party in our own classroom J
On Tuesday we had lots of fun celebrating Otto’s birthday. Even Batman came to this party and shared some soap bubbles with us!
As we are counting school days in our class, we can give you a small update on that. We have completed 22 school days this school year! That’s a lot, but still many days to go….
























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