Friday, 26 February 2016

26th February 2016 - Welcome to the new building

The Early Years have moved! Coming back after the ski break, we relocated our classrooms to the new building across the street from ISR. The move went smoothly, one class a day. Already on Thursday all four classes were reunited and the children have explored their new surroundings excitedly all week.
Dear parents, thank you for your help and patience during the move. Dear students, welcome to the new Early Years!

A new student joined the oak group this week. Welcome, Kinsey!

And last but not least, Georgs turned three on Friday. Happy Birthday!

Thursday, 11 February 2016

12 Februay 2016

This week teachers visited other classrooms in the morning and brought some exciting activities with them.  

The children opened a treasure chest full of pottery with Ms Ruta, who explained many features of traditional Latvian pottery, and later everyone had the chance to apply what they had learned by making cups, bowls and other things from real clay! 

Ms Ieva brought lots of excitement to the Maple room, as children were introduced to a selection of traditional Latvian food. Together they made butter by shaking milk and stirred and mixed oat meal porridge. Some of them thought it is only for babies… but after trying it they realized how delicious it is! Then students also grated potatoes for pancakes and made their own cakes from cookies. Mmm, delicious!  

Inspired by traditional folk costumes, the children explored the art of weaving with Ms Loransa, who provided plenty of looms, ribbons, yarns and other materials.

Ms Zoja taught the children new dances and singing games beloved by many generations of Latvian children! Please check the video below for a glimpse of this and many other activities.

On Wednesday the famous Latvian musician and music teacher Ilga Reizniece visited our children and they had a workshop on traditional Latvian music!

 Many more exciting inquiries and explorations have happened this week. Take a look!

Friday, 5 February 2016

5 Febuary 2016

The children continue to explore Lovely Latvia! Everyone is engaged in a range of different unit related activities: 

In the construction areas the children have started to build castles inspired by real castles in Latvia

They got very interested in Latvian signs and symbols, matching and drawing them and finding out what they mean

One messy morning we started to explore clay and pottery, a traditional Latvian craft.

I was really exciting to make and try different kinds of food from Latvia!

Ms Valda came for an art activity, inquiring into Latvian folk costumes. The children made lovely and very individual puppets, continuing their inquiry from the week before.

 By matching mittens, they got introduced to the concept of symmetry!
The Maple group started the week by celebrating Katrīnas birthday. Katrīna turned 5!

We welcomes a new friend from China in the Early Years this week. Welcome, Nicole!