Friday, 18 December 2015

18. December 2015

Dear parents, family members and friends of our 
Early Year children,

We wish you Happy Holidays and hope you will enjoy the festive season near and far!

The children have worked busily in the arts and craft centers this week and practised their song and dance for the Winter festival.

Thank you for attending our Winter Festival, both live in the gym or online via the live stream. If you have missed it or would like to watch your favourite parts again, please see our ISR Youtube channel or click on the video or the link below:

On Friday we said farewell to our friend Alison, who is moving back to Singapore. Take care, dear Alison, we will miss you here at ISR!

And a very special guest visited us on Friday, too. Santa Claus brought presents to all Early Year children! Ho ho ho!

See you all in 2016! The first day of school is January 11th!

Friday, 11 December 2015

11 December 2015

Two big Christmas trees have appeared in the school this week! The Early Years children were very excited to see them and enthusiastically created festive decorations all throughout the week.

We continued to explore feelings and develop a sense of empathy with the help of story books and different activities.

Some parents visited us this week to share winter traditions from their home countries. Helene’s dad told of St Nicholas and his friend Knecht Ruprecht who bring presents to the children in Germany on December 6th. Noga’s mum shared how they celebrate Hanukkah in Israel and explained the important role of light in this celebration. Thank you so much for contributing to the festive spirit of this beautiful season in the Early Years!

The Oak children celebrated Keita’s birthday on Friday! She was very proud to attach five candles to her cupcake on our wall and shared a yummy treat with her friends. Happy birthday, dear Keita!

Reminder: Winter Festival show, December 17, 1:30 pm in the gym
Dress code for Early Year children: elves hat (Santa hat) and festive clothes (meaning something you would want your child to wear on the stage)


Friday, 4 December 2015

4th December 2015

This Friday was the last day for our German student Linda who helped us a lot and became a real friend for all of the teachers and students! Thank you, dear Linda and have a good time continuing your studies back in Germany!


Reminder: On Thursday, 17th December, our children will perform a song during the annual ISR Winter Festival show! You’re all kindly invited to come and watch (e-mails with further details will follow), but we would like to ask you already to provide a red Santa Claus hat for your child for that day, as the Early Years students will turn into little elves!

But now, let’s take a look back at what happened in the Early Years at ISR this week! It has been a week full of exploration and inquiry! We looked at different stories and focused on how the characters feel in certain situations. The children have really started to draw conclusions to their own feelings and we hear more and more reflections about their own emotions.

The Maple group children continued exploring emotions through different art activities. They also continued creating their own stories by using self-made made puppets and different materials provided in the classroom.
In Oaks the students initiated their own creative art reflection after reading the story Big Pig on a Dig by Phil Roxbee Cox. They drew their own maps for a treasure hunt! Our creative art center turned into a busy puppet workshop and all kinds of characters were created, from family members to princesses and monsters! The puppets were also used for some great imaginative play.
In Linden we celebrated Sofija’s birthday with some songs, hugs, high-fives and a delicious cake! Happy Birthday, Sofija! The students continued to show their creativity by making up their own stories and developing interesting imaginative plays. Some have been busy building advanced train tracks adding stations; some used puppets and construction blocks; some have been busy documenting their stories! What a fun week it has been!