Friday, 27 February 2015

Pets!



“Pets” – a new, exciting Unit of Inquiry has started in Preschool this week!

The Central idea is “The way we care for our pets affect their lives.”

Lines of inquiry:                  Different kinds of pets and their characteristics
           The needs of pets
           Our responsibility towards the pets we have

We started the Pets unit on Monday with a preschool assembly. The teachers brought pictures of their pets and told the curious preschool children all about them.

We also started a big research project together to find out what different pets the members of our ISR community own. You’ll probably have noticed the big display board next to the side entrance of the school. It is starting to fill up with all kinds of different pet that live on land, swim in the water or fly in the sky. Thank you to everyone who has already posted a photo!

Reminder: We will have the Teddy bear hospital visiting us next Monday, March 2nd. Please encourage your child to bring a “sick” soft toy to school on Monday, so the teddy bear doctors can make it better!

This week we continued building our knowledge in the Language Arts programme, Success For All, with more reading and Alphie teaching us the letter sounds ‘n’, ‘p’, ‘g’, ‘c’, and ‘k’. Well done everyone!



Toddlers

After returning back to school from the ski break, Toddlers started to explore their new unit of inquiry ‘’Pets’’. On Tuesday morning they watched the assembly about the teachers pets. This week the Toddlers explored dogs and how people take care of them. Students read stories about dogs, enjoyed watching a movie about the little puppy Spot:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUUdFq-2dkA and continued this learning with an arts and crafts activity on our display board. Come have a look!


Preschool 1a

This week Preschool 1a students have started our new unit of inquiry “Pets”.  All week pre-schoolers were learning about different kinds of pets, what pets eat, were do they live and how can we care about them. We also explored different farm animals and their needs. They tried to differentiate which animals live in a house in the city and which animals live in on a farm in the country side. Students enjoyed learning about and recognising different animal sounds.
During this first week of the Unit our pre-schoolers have focused on cats. They trained their fine motor skills by working with plastercine and making their own cats and cat’s bowls. Children where challenged when learning to tie knots when making a cat’s toy with paper, fabric, string, and a popsicle stick. During Ms Valda’s Art lesson children also made beautiful cat’s masks.
Books that we have enjoyed during classroom story time week included: The Cat’s Vacation by Irene Schoch, and Llynley Dodd’s books including Slinky Malinki Catflaps, Slinky Malinki, and Scarface Claw. We also liked Ms Legzdi┼ćas Library session where she read Clifford the Little Red Dog by Norman Bridwell. Children enjoyed the process of “reading a book” as well as learning how to work with the book scanner when borrowing a book from the library.

Finally, this week we also had a birthday girl – Noga turned 4! Happy Birthday, Noga!!! We celebrated this event together with the class and tasted the heart shaped cake after we all shared our heart shaped book with her. Thank you very much, Noga’s mummy for sharing with our pre-schoolers!


Preschool 1b

Preschool 1b has tried to find the answers to three questions this week. First, “What is a pet?” After the teachers assembly the children sorted pictures of wild animals and pets into two different columns and concluded that some animals can live with people, but others are too big or too dangerous.

The second question was “Where do pets live/sleep?” The children proved to be thinkers when matching a dog with a dog house, a cat with its basket, a bird and a cage and a fish with its fish tank.

At the end of the week the children reflected during circle time on what they had found out about pets and we found answers to the third question – “How do we take care of our pets?” Answers included giving them food and water, playing with them, being at home with them, sleeping next to them and petting them.

During art class we also made a smaller version of our big land-water-sky poster and sorted different pets and identified where they belong.


Preschool 2

Since the new unit of inquiry is about pets, we started by a fun activity on Monday trying to decide what animals are pets and what – not. It was quite easy with the cat and dog, but when it came to an elephant – well, can elephant be a pet? Hm, I guess it depends where you live!

During our Art lesson we made our very own pretend cat pets. They look so lovely and real! 

On Friday we had Otto’s dog Lotte visiting preschool during the outside recess time. It was so exciting to watch her do tricks, like, finding her ball that we hid someplace in the playground. We were also very eager to practise our "petting skills" – from head to tail, from head to tail… Lotte’s fur is so soft! It was interesting to find out what Lotte eats and how Otto’s family takes care of her every day.
































Friday, 13 February 2015

Science and Technology week 9 - 13 Febuary 2015



This is the first year we experience a Science and Technology week at ISR!
During this week the students at ISR learnt about many different topics and the Preschool children specifically learnt facts and uses of water, steam, snow, ice, and sand. Children were allocated to mixed age groups and, together with their group, enjoyed a new topic each day. Many guests from all around the school came in for different activities and engaged the children in exciting learning experiences! Thank you, Ms Una, Ms Ruta, Ms Valda, Mr Tony, Mr Nolan, Mr Joel, Ms Jenna, Ms Maria, Ms Liga, Ms Ginta, Ms Lauma and of course our „shadow” Abby!

Another thrilling event this week was our field trip to the fire fighters department, rounding up our recent unit about „Jobs that people do”.

Preschool 1b also celebrated Simon’s 4th birthday this week. Happy birthday Simon!

Reminder: Ski break coming up, no school from 16th – 20th February 2015
After ski break we’ll be starting our new Unit of Inquiry about pets.

But now, back to Science and Technology week! Some facts we have learnt this week include:


WATER ROOM

WATER is an important resource for all living things on our plant. Did you know that the earth surface is seven parts water and three parts land? Water can be found in oceans, rivers, lakes and waterfalls. Water can be used for drinking, bathing, washing clothes, cooking, putting out fires, making electricity and many other things! Water can be beautiful, magical, and fun! What colour is water? What happens when we add food colouring to water?  What happens when we add oil to the water... will they mix together? Have you ever tried to pour water in a glass, place cardboard over the lip of the glass, and turn it upside down (then remove your grip of the cardboard)... it’s magic... the water will stay in the glass!!!  Have you ever tried to explore water with objects that float and sink?  We folded paper boats and watched them float!


ICE ROOM

How does ice feel? We bought ice into the room and held it in our hands. It felt (children comments) Cold, hard, they (ice cubes) don’t like warm, melting
In the ice room we have been exploring ice in many fun ways. First we watched some time lapse videos on youtube.com of ice formation. It was so nice! Then we held little ice cubes in our hands. We learned that ice is smooth, hard and very, very cold; it’s made of water and melts in warm hands. We also melted ice by pouring hot and cold water on it. Did you know that hot water makes the ice melt so much faster than the cold water? Then we poured some salt on ice – as we counted to 10 the ice started to melt and became very rough. Then we painted the rough ice cubes using food colours. It was all so much fun!
On Tuesday Preschool 2 made very tasty ice cream with Ms Maria. It turns out that all you need to make an ice-cream is milk and vanilla sugar, ice cubes, salt and zip-lock bags.
On Thursday we made stick houses with Ms Maria. We used glue and small sticks. Well, we certainly enjoy building in Preschool2!


SNOW ROOM

In the snow room everybody had a chance to touch different materials that look like snow. Shredded paper looks white, but doesn’t feel soft. Cotton balls look like white snow balls, are soft to the touch, but not cold. Real snow is white, soft and cold! We did some research on Youtube and learned a lot from the videos.
-          Snow is like rain, because it’s falling from the clouds to the ground.
-          Snow falls in winter, because in winter it is cold.
-          Snowflakes are always six-sided and no two snowflakes look the same.
-          When little drops of water freeze, they can stick together and form a snowflake.
For more information, re-watch these great videos with your child:

Our experiments in the classroom showed that
-          if you leave snow balls in the classroom, the snow turns into water – it melts!
-          you can paint snow using water colours

We had many guests in the Snow room, too! Ms Ruta came on Monday and taught us new winter songs. We even acted out a snow ball fight with cotton balls! Ms Valda joined us on Thursday and like real chemists we all mixed together different powders and liquids to make wobbly white goop, that looks and feels a little bit like snow. She had also prepared everything for the children to make a “blizzard in a jar” (also known as a snow globe).