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Sunday, 8 October 2017

Letter 7 (2017-18)

                                                                                                            9 October 2017
Dear Parents,
          Last week we ended our discussion on clothes by looking at clothes worn on a rainy day and cold days.  First we looked at clothes and accessories that are used on a rainy day. With the amount of rain, we had, we certainly had first-hand experience in talking about rainy days.  On the day we talked about raincoats, boots and umbrellas, it suddenly rained and so we went out to look at the real rain.  We were very excited and after that every time it rained, someone would shout out “rain, rain!”  Thank you for the clothes that you had lent us.  We tried on raincoats, boots and carried umbrellas.  In the writing centre, we drew lines to make the rain, and in the art centre, we made a picture of a child in the rain so as to reinforce the words we had been learning.  To make our rain picture, we sprayed blue water colour from the spray bottle and observed the drops of water on the paper.  We also talked about how muddy the ground could be after the rain. In Cooking we made chocolate mousse to represent mud.  We were all eager to take turns using the electric beater, and all wanted to have a taste of the chocolate mousse. 
          Later on in the week we talked about cold days.  We looked at and tried on different kinds of winter clothes.  The mittens and socks were a big hit as we hardly wanted to take them off.  When looking at mittens, we learned that mittens and gloves could help protect our hands from the cold.  We tried touching ice with our bare hands and then with mittens and discovered that our bare hands felt cold while our hands with mittens felt warm.  We also looked at wooly hats, scarves and jackets and made a picture with our these clothe items.  To make our scarves we got to strengthen our small muscles by pressing the paper puncher to make holes so as to thread the wool for the tassels. 
          To celebrate World Literature Week next week, we will be talking about books.  Our class will be listening to and doing activities around different nursery rhymesPlease sign-up to come to read to the class.  You are going to be our mystery readers!   Next week will also be PTC week, please sign your name to book your time on the sign-up sheet in front of the classroom.
                                                                                      Best Regards,

                                                                                      Ms. Marizon

























Sunday, 1 October 2017

Letter 6 (2017-18)

          3 October 2017
Dear Parents,
               Last week we started to talk about clothes that are used for different kinds of weather.  We started with a hot day.  We pretended to take a trip to the beach with our backpacks.  Each day we would take a new item out of the bag to see what we needed.  We had fun trying on these accessories and dress-up clothes.  Thank you for sending in some items that we could look at, show our friends and try on.  In the art centre we made these accessories.  We made a backpack, sunglasses, slippers and a sun hat.  When talking about sunglasses, we tried on glasses with and without lenses and discovered that the dark lenses helped to protect our eyes from the glare from the sun.  We then used our eyes to looked through different coloured plastic sheets and we saw the world in different colours.  When talking about hats, we went outside to the playground and experimented putting on and taking off our hats under the hot sun.  We noticed that when we had our hats on we did not feel as hot as when we took it off.  To experience hot air, we made scones in Cooking.  We observed the hot air that came out from the oven when we put our scones in it to be baked.  We certainly enjoyed making our scones as we got to mix, knead, roll out the dough and cut it with a cookie cutter.  We also talked about keeping cool on a hot day by using fans to cool ourselves. We looked at different kinds of fan such as an electric fan, a hand screen fan, and a hand pressing hand held fan. The hand pressing hand held fans are now put in the Discovery centre.  We certainly felt curious to see the fan work and stop every time we release our hands from the button. As we have also been talking about washing clothes, during Sensory Play, we got to wash the clothes. Washing clothes certainly requires a lot of fine motor skills.  We washed the clothes with our two hands, wrung it, and put it up on the line to dry.  Using the clothe pegs to fasten the clothes was quite a challenge for some of us as we had to figure out how to press the clothe pegs to fasten the clothes on the line before the clothes dropped to the ground!           
               This week we will be talking about clothes and accessories that we can use on a rainy days and cold days.   If you have any raincoats, boots, child size umbrellas, wooly hats, mittens, scarves and other winter clothes that we can look at, please send them in.  We will be returning them at the end of the week. 
                                                                                  Best Regards,

                                                                                  Ms. Marizon