Friday, 27 November 2015

27th November 2015

The children have been getting ready for their Student Led Conferences this week by looking back and reflecting on their learning journey since the beginning of the school year. We hope to see you all this Saturday, November 28th! Some good questions and prompts for the conferences include:
            Tell me about….
·         How does it feel like (is it soft, hard, …)?
·         What can you do with it?
·         I can see you are really good at…
·         What are you working on now?
·         Show me your favourite (activity, learning centre etc.)
·         How can I help you?
·         What are you most proud of?
·         It makes me proud to see that you...

On Tuesday we went on the last Waldkinder forest trip of this season. It couldn’t have been more beautiful: everything was covered with the first snow of this winter and the children were exhilarated! During snack, Ms Zoja read the story read the story “The snowy day” by Ezra Jack Keats which inspired the children to all kinds of games and explorations in the snow, leaving footprints and rolling snowballs and building snowmen. Enjoy the video below:

Our student teacher from Germany, Ms Linda, had developed a number of original activities connected to our Unit of Inquiry for the children this week. As part of her internship, she led realized them this week in the Oak group. Take a look at how she and the children explored the fairy tale of Little Red Riding Hood!

The Maple group children were exploring the rhyme “Row, row, row your boat…” They came up with many great ideas how to present this rhyme! We hope to share a few of these ideas at our student-parent-teacher conferences!

See you tomorrow!

Friday, 20 November 2015

20th November 2015

An unusual and exciting week has gone by. Tuesday was show time for everyone at ISR! The whole community came together in the gym to celebrate the 97th anniversary of Latvia’s independence by staging our very own traditional Latvian Song festival. All classes performed choir songs, folk dances and folk music. The Early Year children did an excellent job on the stage singing the traditional song “Audz pupa” in front of the whole school! 

The event was even broadcast live online, but if you have missed it (or just can’t get enough of it), you have the chance to watch the whole show online:
The next day, 18th November – the Latvian Independence Day and we all enjoyed a little rest after that exciting performance.
During the second part of this week, we focussed on our inquiries into stories, puppets and plays again. But let the photos and the video speak for themselves:


The Maple group celebrated William’s 5-th birthday. Happy Birthday, William – we all love you! 

In Oaks Aurora turned three this week! Happy Birthday, dear Aurora and thank you for the yummy cupcakes!

Reminder: Now that the weather is getting wet and cold, we would like to remind you that we will go outside in almost any weather (unless there is a terrible storm or it is too cold of course. Please check the parent handbook ( more detailed information).
Please make sure your child has appropriate clothes for rainy and snowy weather, including waterproof boots, rain/snow pants, waterproof mittens a waterproof coat and a warm hat and scarf. We would also like to ask you to keep a few extra pairs of socks and a pair of pants in your child’s cubby upstairs, so he/she has something to change into in case something gets wet after all.

Friday, 13 November 2015

13th November 2015

This week we have been getting ready for Latvia’s big day next week. The Early Years children have made ornaments and presents and have been practicing every day for our Independence Day performance! They are very excited about performing for Latvia’s birthday and we hope you will all be able to attend the concert, enjoy the children on stage and celebrate our home or host country with us!

This is the program for next week: 

On Monday, the 16th of November anyone interested, whether child or adult, will have the opportunity to try their hand at one of the traditional Latvian crafts - weaving. There will be a loom by the front desk where everyone is invited to add a thread to a tapestry which will symbolize the unity of our community. 

On Tuesday, the 17th of November you are invited to attend and enjoy the following concerts in the school gym:
9:00 “Rakstu Raksti” concert - a highly acclaimed Latvian band
13:45 Independence Day concert -  ISR student performances and sharing the traditional birthday “kliņğeris” (cake)

A reminder about the clothes all students need for this concert:
  • all boys need to wear black or grey trousers and white shirts;
  • closed shoes or sandals for dancing (preferably black or dark);
  • white shirt /blouse for the girls
  • white tights or socks for girls, single colour socks for boys
animated Latvia Flag

Another exciting event happened this week on Wednesday. We had visitors, the puppet actors Laila and Jānis Kirmuška. They performed a very funny play with many different kinds of puppets for us and the children even turned into puppet show actors themselves in the end! Please see the video and photo below for an insight into this wonderful and inspiring experience.


Some of the stories the we explored this week were The tiger who came to tea by Judith Kerr and the fairy-tale The Mitten. Some of the children in the Maple group decided to build a new house for the animals to live in after the mitten had burst, some of them drew the house where the animals can live and some children decided that the animals can live in the Doll’s House!

In all groups the children continued exploring and playing with hand puppets and were eager to make their own puppets in many different ways, using spoons and sticks, pipe cleaners, blank hand puppets, pieces of fabric and cloth, glue, markers and all kinds of other materials. 

This week preschool welcomed a new friend, Kotrina, who joined the Maple group and we already celebrated her birthday! The more we get together, the happier we’ll be! Happy birthday, Kotrina!