Friday, 30 October 2015

30 October 2015

We hope you all enjoyed the Fall Break and had a good rest! We certainly felt that the children had a good time and were now excited to come back to Preschool and meet all their friends and teachers again!

On the second day back, the older children of the Early Years went on another Waldkinder field trip to the forest. Enjoy the video and photos below  to get an impression of all the fun and great learning that took place:

We rounded up our Unit of Inquiry Sand, Water, Gloop and Dough this week. The children proved to be very knowledgeable and curious about how different substances change, feel and what they look like. The sensory tables, filled with rice or kinetic sand and other materials, were always busy and the children frequently commented on how paints or play dough will make new colours, if they mix them. Everybody loved exploring soap bubbles with their different shades of the rainbow and we offered some magic paint (1 table spoon pancake flour mix, 1 table spoon salt, 3 table spoons water and food colouring) that tuned fluffy when heated up for a few seconds in the microwave! When we put it on round paper cuttings it reminded the children of pizzas, which was a great way to get ready for pizza Friday!

Furthermore, we also focussed on pre-writing and fine motor skill activities such as drawing in sand this week, as some of our older students will start the Language Art programme next week!

The Linden children celebrated Georgs' birthday on Tuesday, he turned four! Happy Birthday, Georgs!

And last but not least we have a little request: We are looking for empty clear glass jars big enough to hold a tea candle (e.g. jam or baby food jars). If you have any at home and would be willing to donate them, could you please bring them to your child’s classroom teacher?

Friday, 16 October 2015

16th October 2015

We would like to thank all parents for attending the Parent Teacher Conferences on Wednesday and Thursday. We appreciated the good conversations and your feedback and we hope it was a positive experience for you, too!


This Tuesday was a forest day again! Everybody enjoyed the sunny day in the woods, developing different skills and attitudes (please see our display board). Inspired by last week’s Book Days, the children initiated their own reproduction of the story “We are going on a bear hunt” in the forest. Before going home, the children were happy roasting marshmallows and making smores over the camp fire. Another truly wonderful day in the forest!

Sand, Water, Gloop and Dough

Explorations of different substances continued throughout the week. While the older students were in the forest, our younger learners explored mixing, flour, water and food colours and knowledgeably observed the changes. The Birch room offered some great opportunities for everyone to experiment with all kinds of big and small soap bubbles as well as having hands-on tactile experience at the sensory table full of dry rice. In the Oak and Maple classrooms the children could explore water and how it mixes with other substances, play dough and kinetic sand. By now, they have really started to pay attention to the change happening, compare different materials and their properties. We are very proud of our curious, little inquirers!

Friday, 9 October 2015

9th October 2015 - Book Days

This week was very special indeed! On Monday it started with a wonderful treat for the teachers provided by the PTO for World Teachers day. Thank you so much for the delicious snacks, beverages and all the effort made to provide them. You really spoil us and we felt very appreciated!

Right from the beginning of the week not only in the Early Years, but in the whole school, excitement was mounting for the upcoming Book Days! On Thursday the children came to school dressed up as their favourite book characters. We had so many princesses, super heroes, knights, fairies, animals and other mystical beings all around the classrooms. What a sight! The children presented their costumes during our whole school parade around the gym and right afterwards they had the chance to share their character’s story with visiting students from kindergarten and Grade 1. The day continued all about books, as we read the story “We are going on a bear hunt” by Michael Rosen and, believe it or not, even the classrooms had turned into scenes from this wonderful, active story: the forest, the snowstorm, the river and the cave (with a bear in it!). We had so much fun acting it out several times throughout the Book Days! Furthermore, on both days parents came as surprise guest readers and shared their favourite books with their children and their friends. Thank you all for taking an active part in making these days so special!
Since the Early Year children did not participate in the School Sleepover, we celebrated a big pyjama party on Friday! Everyone could wear cosy pyjamas in school all day long and after outside time we had a big sleepover party with popcorn, marshmallows and even a catwalk on which the children could present their pyjama fashion!

In the Maple group the children continued their water explorations. They tried to find the answers to the question – How can we change water? Look, what they found! We can change the colour of water if we add water colours to it! We can change the water into ice even without waiting for winter time! If we put water in the fridge, it changes!

The Oak group celebrated Ilya’s birthday on Firday. He turned five and was very excited to add five candles to his (chocolate and vanilla flavoured) cupcake on our birthday wall and to share super hero cup cakes with his friends! Happy birthday, Ilya!