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!

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