Friday, 23 January 2015

19 - 23 January 2015

Please be reminded that there will be no After School Clubs on Monday, January 26th.  School ends at 3:15pm for everybody on this day!

Can you believe that this was already the 3rd school week this year? J Toddlers continued making their Numbers Book and created a number 3.  They are becoming better and better at counting.
Students are having fun exploring jobs that people do and this week the little ones found out about the fireman’s job. Children watched a movie: , read a book about firemen and then made a paper fire engine by themselves. On Tuesday in music lesson they explored the solfège: Do-Re-Mi.  Outside time has been enjoyed by all!  Finally, this week one of our students turned 3 year old! Happy birthday Lilliana!

This week all Preschool 1a and 1b students have started the Language Arts programme. Students from Preschool 1 and Preschool 2 have been devided into groups according to their abilities to learn together with our great helper Alphie the alligator!
Students learned about two sounds. The ‘m’ sound and the ‘a’ sound. You are welcome to sing together with your children both songs at home:

Preschool 1a
Preschool 1a students have continued their learning about different jobs that people do. On Monday morning Catherine’s daddy came to visit the class and explained to the children how a computer works and what different types of computers there can be. All students reflected on their own computer they made last week and were proud to share their knowledge of recognizing numbers from letters. Thank you, Catherin’s dad, for sharing this information with Preschool 1a students!

The remaining part of the week we focused on the job of a cook. Our little chefs prepared Chef’s hats, clothes peg chefs, plasticine fruit, play dough cookies, and, during the Art lesson, they also made and decorated tasty colourful layered cakes. Reflecting on the fruit salad the children made earlier, they made a nice and colourful poster by drawing, tracing, colouring and gluing different fruits and vegetables. Please come and try our delicious fruit and vegetable salad at the Preschool 1a display board! Mmmmmmm, Yummy!

During the music lesson this week children also learned about the Japanese wooden string instrument, Koto, that resembles the Latvian kokle a little bit. We also enjoyed a traditional Latvian nursery rhyme Who’s in there, who’s in there where the children diligently showed their turn taking skills.  Learning to play the piano continued to be a great activity for children and teachers!  What wonderful pianists!

Finally, during outside playtime pre-schoolers enjoyed swinging, sliding, sledging, digging in the snow and catching each other. This was another busy week in Preschool 1a class!

Preschool 1b
Preschool 1b explored the job of a baker and a chef this week! The children created their own chef’s hats and wore them on Tuesday, when everybody helped to make play dough. They found out that in order to make play dough you need one cup of flour, one cup of salt and one cup of hot water in even portions as well as a teaspoon of citric acid (please, DO try this at home!). We added some food colouring that looked red in the measuring cup but turned the dough yellow! How strange! The children were of course curious to stick their finger in the bowl and feel how the mixture changed after every step of the recipe. When our play dough was ready we opened a baker’s workshop in our classroom and lots of cookies and buns were made.

In Art class Ms Valda helped us to “bake” cupcakes of different flavours. Take a look at our display when walking up the stairs with your child!

On Friday we finally baked real banana muffins. Again, everybody put on their chef’s hat, listened to Ms Britta reading out the recipe, and excitedly helped Ms Zoja to peel the bananas and mix all the ingredients together, stir the dough but most of all we all loved to eat them! Yummy!

Please check the galleries on our website for more photos:

Preschool 2
This week we have explored different jobs in our community by active free/role play in class.  We had chefs, waiters, costumers, builders and many others acting and taking on different roles here in preschool.  The middle room became a nice restaurant where many different types of food were baked and served.  The hallway was a big construction area and in the classroom children continued to ‘go shopping’.

On Tuesday we made it! A full house, all 17 students at school!!!
Thursday was a baking day and Ms Ieva’s birthday.  In the morning we mixed the dough and during quiet time the chocolate muffins were baked by the teachers.  Finally in the afternoon we were able to taste and eat them all up.  Yummy!

Friday, 16 January 2015

Jobs that people do...

Last week we looked at the jobs that we do at home. The school community is also an important and special place! Let’s explore it more!

This week Toddlers were busy exploring jobs around our community at ISR. On Wednesday they visited our librarian Ms Legzdiņa who works in the library. Students found out that our librarian’s job is to take care of books. On Thursday Toddlers went to visit Ms Sarmīte who works as a nurse at school. The little ones were surprised to see some sick soft toys in the nurse’s office. Children became doctors and decided to help them.  Continuing to explore the unit of Inquiry ‘’Jobs that people do’’,  the Toddlers learned to set the table and continued this learning with an arts and crafts activity on our display board. Come have a look!

Preschool 1a
The week started off with a visit from Noga’s mummy who shared with both Preschool 1a and Preschool 1b information about the Israel’s Hanukah celebration and the dreidel. Thank you!

This week Preschool 1a students have focused on jobs that people do at our school. On Tuesday children visited the office and they found what a busy and important piece of equipment the telephone is! Ms Zinta, our school’s office manager, explained that before a child joins our school mommy or daddy should fill in a special application form. In the office children were introduced to many tools such as staplers, hole punchers, stamps and, of course, the computer. On Wednesday our journey took us to Mr Roberts, our IT system administrator. He showed us the biggest school’s computer, the server, and he explained what the most important part of a computer is, the processor.  That was a good introduction to our Thursday’s and Friday’s classroom activity: computer building!!! This week children visited also Ms Brigita at the Frontdesk and the school’s nurse Ms Sarmite.   Ms Brigita showed us where mommies have to call when one of us is sick and Ms Sarmite showed us how to measure the body temperature, weighed, assessed the child medically and calmed them down.  All children agreed, that the nurse’s job is very important, because you help other people. 

What a busy week! It would be unfair to forget that this week Lucia and Maksim turned 4! Happy Birthday to them!!!

Preschool 1b
Preschool 1b started this week by celebrating Sofiia’s birthday.  She is 4 now!
We explored different jobs and responsibilities at our school.  Ms Sarmite, Mr Roberts, Ms Zinta, Ms Brigita, and Ms Ludmila demonstrated what it is that they have to do at school. The best part was the opportunity to try some of these jobs ourselves, like putting stamps on a document in the office, putting plasters on pretended scratches in Ms Sarmites room, and helping Ms Ludmila to clean the cloak room! We are looking to more jobs next week!

Preschool 2
This week Preschool 2 has explored different jobs that people do at our school. As it turns out there are different kind of jobs that have to be done all around the school.

Visiting Mr Roberts just blew our minds! As he showed us the biggest computer at school and explained that it works as a boss for all the other computers. He also showed how the copy-machine works, and then we tried to make our own school bus copies. But what happened next was incredible! We all went to the Teachers’ room and there Mr Roberts opened a real computer and showed what’s inside! Now we know where the really smart thing in the computer box is and that it is quite small after all.

It was very nice to learn more about Ms Brigita’s job as well! It felt like she has to answer the phone all the time. We all had a chance to try to answer the phone by using a special greeting "Hello, International School of Riga". It was interesting to find out that Ms Brigita knows so much about the daily life at school, she even knows what we will have for lunch each day and if we are going to be using a school bus!

In the gym we learned about the sports teachers job. We looked and explored equipment that PE teachers use in their sports lessons. Who knew there are so many different types of balls for different games! We were also surprised to learn that Mr Joel teaches many, many students of all ages and some of them are even bigger than him!

On Wednesday we all visited the school nurse Ms Sarmīte. She is always so kind that we really enjoyed her company. Ms Sarmīte showed us various boxes and special tools and equipment she needs to do her job. It was all so interesting that some of us wanted to stay there forever!

Visiting Ms Zinta was a very special treat. She had prepared a special table with stamps, papers, hole-punchers and staplers that were a lot of fun to explore. Ms Zinta showed us her special cubby where all our documents and reports are kept. We were surprised to learn that she knows so much about each one of us!