Thursday, 18 October 2018

Letter 8 (2018-19)

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Dear Parents,
This week is Parent-Orientation week, if you have not yet signed up please do so. 
 Last week, we started to talk about our mouth, our tongue, and our teeth.  First we looked at our mouth and its function.  We tried talking with our mouths opened and closed, and to eat with a closed mouth. It was hard. We learned that inside a mouth there is a tongue, gum and teeth.  We talked about the functions of the gum and teeth, and discovered that it would be hard for the teeth to stay straight without the help of the gum.  We then talked about our teeth.  We felt amazed when we tried to chew without using our teeth, and learned that teeth were really important in helping us chew food.  In the math centre we did one-on-one correspondence by placing a tooth on each vacant spot, and counted the teeth, and in Cooking we made “apple teeth” from apple, marshmallows and peanut butter.  During the week, we talked about the importance of taking care of our teeth, and practiced brushing our teeth with a toothbrush and toothpaste. In the art centre, we used toothbrushes to paint!   Later on in the week, we talked about our tongue and tasted different kinds of flavours.  First we tasted sugar, honey and other sweet ingredients.  At first we felt a bit reluctant to try these strange looking ingredients, but once we tried we could hardly stop.  Later on in the week, we tasted ingredients and food items that were salty.  As sugar and salt looked similar, some of us were surprised to discover that salt tasted different from sugar.  We enjoyed trying both flavours and this week we will talk about ingredients that are sour, bitter and spicy.  We will also start to look at different kinds of food.  We will be focusing on bread, rice and pasta.  
As we will be celebrating Charter’s 15th birthday this Friday, throughout this week, we will be doing a few activities to celebrate the event.  This Friday, please let your child wear their white 15 t-shirt to school.  As games and other fun activities will be run in the afternoon starting at 12.40, please come and pick your child up at that time to take them around the Sports Hall and football field to join the different activities. 
Just a reminder that next week will be our half-term break for term 1.  School will resume again on Monday 29 October. 
                                                                                 Best Regards,
                                                                                 Ms. Marizon

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Letter 7 (2018-19)

8 October 2018
Dear Parents
Last week we continued to talk about our hands and to explore our sense of touch.  As we were in the process of making animals with different textures for our texture book, we talked about bumpy turtles, rough crocodiles and slippery fish.  To understand these textures, we touched items that were bumpy such as egg cartons and bubble wrap.  We then used the bubble wrap to make the shell for the turtles.  After that we touched items that were smooth and slippery such as plastic sheets, plastic bags and acrylic sticker sheets.  For our fish we stuck shiny scales on its body.  For rough items, we got to touch and explore sand, gravel, sand paper, and more before using the scotchbrite to make our rough crocodiles.  In the art centre we also used items of different textures to make our texture collage which we all had fun creating our collage by sticking these items on the sticky sticker sheet.  During the week we also talked about hand washing, and practiced washing and drying our hands properly.  It was a good practice especially after we played with Goop during Sensory Play and got our hands all covered in slimy flour mixed with water.  Our cooking activity certainly let us use our hands to do many things. To make our Weet-Bix Slices, we first used our hands to break the Weet-Bix before using the rolling pin to pound on the Weet-Bix. Then we used our hands to hold the spoon to scoop up different ingredients to add to the Weet-Bix cereal.  Lastly, we used our hands to knead all the ingredients together. 
This week we will be talking about our mouth, tongue and teeth.  We will be talking about their functions and how to take care of our teeth.  Please send in a set of toothbrush and toothpaste for your child to practice brushing their teeth at school.  To celebrate Charter’s 15th birthday next week, the school will be raising a donation of 10 baht coins to make a 15 metres line.  Our Nursery class is also part of this celebration.  Hence, please let your child bring in some ten baht coins to donate to “Gift of Happiness” foundation.  It can be only one coin or as many as you want.  Next week is Parent Teacher Conference week, a sign-up sheet will be put in front of the classroom.  Please sign up on your most convenient day and time.   
                                                                             Best Regards,
                                                                             Ms. Marizon