Friday, 26 September 2014

September 22-26

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!
On Friday all students participated in an all school Olympic day event as well as enjoyed the first Pizza Friday of this school year! Yum!

Reminder: Parent-Teacher Conferences on Wednesday from 3:30 to 6:00 pm and Thursday from 5.00 to 8:00pm.  Please make your appointments!!!

This was another busy week in Toddlers. Our students enjoyed doing lots of different projects – colouring with watercolours and lacing the rain clouds; putting the final touch on our ‘’Wheels on the Bus’’; and learning about colours through stories and games. Toddlers love Story Time! Come and join us in reading together!

Preschool 1a
This has been a very busy and fantastic week! We had so many visitors who came in to share their country’s stories, pictures, cartoons and food. Thank you so much to everyone who came in!

On Monday the children started to learn about the United States of America. In the morning Catherine's dad joined the group and read some of Catherine's well-loved stories including The Best Teacher Ever, by Mercer Mayer, and Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown. We also enjoyed some yummy cookies and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches! Yummy!  We then watched Snoopy cartoons which can be enjoyed by all at home: 
On Monday we also enjoyed PE with Mr Joel and continued to work on following instructions (run to the yellow line and back again).

On Tuesday the children practiced their gluing skills when they created their own complicated red, white, and blue stars and stripes USA flag.  Mr Kronītis (ISR's grade 3 teacher) came to join the group and shared with us interesting details about USA. The children danced rock’ n’ roll and also a special Superman dance During Art, with Ms Valda, children made native American Indian crowns.

On Wednesday the preschoolers continued focusing on the USA and made a yummy hamburger.  Then we welcomed Noga’s mummy who had a special message – she wished to all of us a happy and sweet New Year. Yes! In Noga’s country, Israel, the New Year starts on the 25th of September. Noga’s mummy shared the traditional Jewish New Year’s food – apples with honey as well as she showed an interesting music instrument called Shofar. It sounds like this: All children wished Shana Tova to each other, which means Happy New Year! Here is the Shana Tova song

On Friday children made the blue, white, and red French flags. Mr Tony (ISR's French teacher) joined the group and shared some interesting facts about France – food, famous characters like Little Red Riding Hood and Puss in Boots. We enjoyed tasting some traditional French croissants! We also continued to learn about body parts, birthdays, colours, and preschool routine activities that we participate in during our busy week (project time, PE, Music, Art, Library, snack, circle time, outside time, story time, lunch time, quiet time, free play, and home time).

Finally, Preschool children also joined the whole school in celebrating the Latvian Olympic Day when we exercised for 10 minutes. Great fun! 
Thank you to all our wonderful visitors over the past few weeks and we look forward to learning about Poland, Israel and Sweden next week!

Preschool 1b

Preschool 1b inquired into several countries this week! We started off with Sweden, making the blue and yellow flag and creating beautiful red Dala horses in our Art lesson with Ms Valda. We also watched a short video about Pippi Longstocking and on Tuesday Ms Maria visited us and told us more about the author of this book, Astrid Lindgren, who is from Sweden just like Ms Maria herself. On Friday Theodore’s mum and aunt visited us in Preschool 1b and together we did the funny midsummer dance “Små grodorna” (“Little frog”, listen to the song here: We then watched a short episode of Theodore’s favourite Swedish TV show about a curious little robot.

Preschool 1b also found out a lot about the USA this week! Together with Preschool 1a we enjoyed Catherine’s dad reading The Best Teacher Ever, by Mercer Mayer, and Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown to us. After snack everybody tried delicious chocolate chip cookies and Peanut butter & Jelly Sandwiches, typical treats from the USA. Two other teachers from ISR came to preschool 1 to share something from their home country, the United States. Mr K presented his home town Cleveland, Ohio to us and we found out that Superman and rock’n’roll come from this city! Everybody had fun dancing to some rock’n’roll music and even doing a Superman dance! On Thursday Ms Jenna from Primary school shared one of her favourite stories by the famous American writer Dr. Seuss called “Green Eggs and Ham” and everybody loved this funny story! On Friday Evan’s dad came to visit us in Preschool 1b and showed us how to play American football. We even learned a real American Football cheer!

The third country this week was Brazil. Elīza’s dad told us many fascinating things about the country he comes from. We learned that Brazil is very big and far, far away. Many exotic animals live there, including the blue parrots called “Arara” which the children knew from the animated movie “Rio”. Elīza was proud to show her blue arara toy and share some typical, home-made Brazilian sweet called Brigadeiro. Incredibly delicious! (Here’s the recipe: We also listened to a song typically sung for the St John’s celebration in Brazil, you can listen to it online:

Preschool 2
During this week we have been learning about Lithuania.  We realized that Lithuania is a little bit like Latvia….  The symbols look similar, the language sounds a bit like Latvian.  Nevertheless, we created something all Lithuanians are proud of – a Basketball team.  During Art class we made the basketball-men out of a basketball shaped head and added the rest of the body by drawing.  During PE lesson we were eager to learn some of the basic skills needed for basketball.

On Monday we celebrated Grigory’s birthday. He turned 5!!!!! Happy Birthday Grigory! J
On Tuesday we went to the forest again!  It was a bit chilly and windy, but we had great fun anyway.  First we ate our snacks and then children had time to explore a new area in the forest.  Afterwards we played different games and collected some fall treasures.  Right before lunch we met kindergartners and made a fire together with the help of the teachers. It was a great opportunity to toast marshmallows and enjoy making and eating S’mores!  The fall treasures (pine needles, pine cones and sticks) which we had collected in the forest were used for making mobiles and hedgehogs. 
To sum up our learning about Lithuania we shared our new gained knowledge during a little pancake party on Friday afternoon. Pancakes always taste so good!

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