Friday, 27 March 2015

Pets



We are looking forward to welcoming your child, dressed in either your national country’s dress or dressed in the colours of the flag, on Tuesday morning by 8:30am. This will allow us enough time to get ready for the Flag Parade that starts at 9:00am.

Toddlers
This week the Toddlers explored more facts about birds. On Monday they enjoyed videos and interactive games on the smart board. The following days they made birds and decorated colourful  parrots. We hung them up in class and now it is even more bright and cheerful J
During the circle times we read nice stories about birds  “Are You My Mother?” by P.D. Eastman and ‘’The Grumpy Bird’’ by Jeremy Tankard.  Luckily the Toddlers admitted that they feel rather happy and silly and not grumpy at all.

Also, our young students continued to strengthen their colour and shapes recognition skills, and demonstrated their good knowledge of English as they named different pets words and matched pets to pet houses.

In addition to our daily learning and playing the Toddlers practiced being neat and tidy. They were so good with cleaning up that they were rewarded many house points for helping to get class in order. Well done!

Preschool 1a
This was a special week for Preschool 1a students, for five reasons. 

The first: on Monday children made a lovely heart shaped book and celebrated Elisa’s fourth birthday! Happy birthday Elisa! 

The second: on Wednesday we welcomed a new girl, Eseniya, to our group! We all are happy and very excited to have Eseniya with us for the rest of the school year! Welcome to our new friend! 

The third: Noga’s mummy shared with Preschool 1a students a special Jewish festivity and tradition, Purim. Chidren listen, and participated by using instruments, in a traditional tale told through costumes in English and Hebrew!  Afterwards we also dressed up in costumes and decorated special snack bags (with traditional chocolate filled cookies) that we made for a friend in class. We learned to give this gift to our friend, and kindly receive one from another friend. Sharing is fun! 

The fourth: we learned many new things about pet that can fly in the air... birds! We have made colourful parrots, three dimensional birds, and even prepared lovely birds nest that we might even sometimes see in the nature around us!

The fifth: we had a flag parade dress rehearsal for the upcoming International Days and children were very impressed to see so many beautiful  and colourful flags. We are looking forward to seeing your child, dressed in either your national country’s dress or dressed in the colours of the flag, on Tuesday morning by 8:30am. This will allow us enough time to get ready for the Parade that starts at 9:00am.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend!

Preschool 1b
The children in preschool 1b proved their excellent communication skills this week both as listeners and as speakers. Every child gave a little presentation about the special pet they had chosen. They had prepared a checklist together with their teachers earlier on and using those they told their classmates what colour their pet is, how many legs it has, what it likes to eat, where it lives and more.

This week we also focused on the last big group of pets, on birds. Ms Valda had once again prepared wonderful art projects through which the children found out more about birds. See the beautiful feathered canary birds and the lovely chick prints displayed in our classroom!

Last but not least we took the time to reflect a little bit on our past units in general and on our current Unit of Inquiry before it comes to a close. The children shared really good reflections and knowledgeable comments with us!

Preschool 2
On Monday we went to the forest again.  It was a colder day than the previous time we went, but the hot chocolate helped to stay warm.  Children, as always, enjoyed the time being there.  Busy as bees they built forest houses, climbed up trees, ran up and down the hills.

This week’s unit focus was on birds.  Come and have a look!  At the end of the week we all had small presentations about pet groups.  We worked in small groups of 2-5 people to show the others what the needs of pets are, how we take care of pets, and what those pets like and enjoy.  

































Friday, 20 March 2015



During this week we have continued to explore Pets... pets that live in water!
It was a special treat as Ms Ruta’s Gold fish came to visit the Pre-schoolers and spent a wonderful time in the Preschool 1 room.


Toddlers
Another week in Toddlers has raced by! Toddlers were curious to explore and find out more about fish listening to a story ‘’ Not Norman. A Goldfish Story’’ written by Kelly Bennett.  On Wednesday they went to visit Ms Rūta’s pet goldfish.  Students demonstrated developing skills of working together when they created a big fish tank and filled it with different fish which they made by themselves. The little ones also continued to learn about different colours when playing a color matching game about fish! On Friday we had a nice celebration! One of our Toddlers turned three year old. Happy Birthday, Simeon!


Preschool 1a
In relation to our currect Unit of Inquiry, this week Preschool 1a students learned about fish and other pets that live in water, for example, turtles.
On Monday children practised their fine motor scills by coloring and cutting a turtle. On Tuesday Preschool 1a students worked on a bigger class project – creating a classroom aquarium – as well as on their own smaller aquariums. This activity has continued for the duration of the week as we needed to add water (brushing blue paint), sand (scattering sand on the glue at the bottom of the tank), sea weed (fingerpainting green paint), fish (colouring three dimentional fish forms), and assembling the project with hot glue and other decorations. During the Art lesson with Ms Valda students made and colored 3-Dimentional fish and a turtle in a My-turn, your-turn drawing strategy. Even the Music class was about fish – please enjoy the nice fish song! Video
This was another busy and productive week. Enjoy the weekend!

Preschool 1b
In preschool1 b the week started with a walking fieldtrip. We went around the neighbourhood to look for pets. Unfortunately we didn’t encounter any cats, however, we saw and heard many dogs. One lady that was walking her dog even let the children pet her friendly pet.

On Wednesday it was Helene’s birthday. She did a good job during her Birthday circle, during which she proved that she truly is a big, four year old girl now. She received a book with heart shaped drawings from all her friends. Later she shared a yummy, colourful parrot cake with everybody! Thank you and Happy Birthday, Helene!

Since this week was all about pets, Ms Ruta taught us some wonderful new songs. One of Preschool 1b’s favourite tunes this week is this funny fish song:

https://youtu.be/ExdDzmQP_jc
                                                                                                                  
Preschool 2
We started this week with our first Waldkinder forest trip this semester.  It was a super sunny day and we were able to enjoy every single minute in the woods.  We spotted some bugs and explored the natural surroundings, we built houses and shelters of sticks, branches and moss. We enjoyed our snack and lunches in the sunshine.  We ran like crazy, rolled and played tag!
During class time we focussed on the pets that live in the water. We read the story of The Rainbow fish written by Marcus Pfister.  Along with this, we created a huge aquarium on our classroom wall, decorated it and put some fish in it.  Come and have a look!
The song "I’m a fish" has helped us to imagine how it feels to be a fish. Do they take showers? Brush their teeth? Or ride their bikes?
Finally, during free play time we have engaged in role-play games with each other pretending to be or to have various pets.