Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Letter 17

26 January 2015
Dear Parents,
          As the weather had been quite cool during the past few weeks, we had been skipping water play.  It seems that the weather is becoming warming this week, and we should be able to do water play again.  The children should be very happy as they had been asking again and again about water play as it was their favourite activity.
          Last week we continued our discussion on Nursery Rhymes.  We can learn many things from Nursery Rhymes, and last week we focused on the concept of ‘up and down.’  We learned about ‘up and down’ through two Nursery Rhymes: ‘Hickory, Dickory Dock’, and ‘Jack and Jill’.’   We sang and recited the rhymes through books, songs, and the felt board.  A big clock was put on the wall, and we got to move the mouse up and down the clock.  We also looked at the face of the clock and saw the numbers.  We talked about the numbers and tried to identify some of the numbers.  Then we recited ‘Jack and Jill’.  It is a new Nursery Rhyme for many of us, and we still found it hard to remember.   We did have fun pretending to be Jack and Jill going up and down the hill.  The hill was the foam ramp that we had brought into the classroom.  We couldn’t help but go up and down several times.  When we went out to the playground, we also ran up and down the small hill; and also talked about going up and down when we played on the slide. 
          As some of us are still confused about the concept of ‘up and down’, this week we will be reviewing this concept through ‘Incy Wincy Spider’.  We will also be talking about ‘hot and cold’ through ‘I’m a Little Teapot. 
                                                                             Best Regards,
                                                                             Ms. Marizon and Ms. Julie

Letter 16

19 January 2014

Dear Parents,

          Our class is certainly growing.  Last week, and this week we have two new friends joining us.  Please welcome Stamme and Jonny to the classroom.   As the number of children in Nursery and Pre-Nursery is rising, please also welcome Ms. Julie to the class.  Ms. Julie will be co-teaching Nursery and Pre-Nursery with me.  She is from Canada and gained degrees in Child Studies from the University of Guelph and the University of Toronto. 
          We had a lot of fun last week talking about fire fighters, fire trucks, and the fire station.  We looked at pictures of fire, and learned that when there is a fire, we need to call the fire station so that the fire fighters could come and help put out the fire.  We then pretended to be fire fighters doing various activities.  At the writing centre, we used markers to draw fire on houses, and put out the fire by erasing the flames.  We also made fire trucks from crackers and pretzels in Cooking.  We spread strawberry cream cheese on our cracker to make it look like a red truck.  We then broke the pretzel stick into pieces to make the ladder.  We compared the pieces and talked about long and short.  Making the ladder was harder than we had thought, but we did try.  We also learned about fire safety.  We learned that fire is hot and that we should not touch anything hot whether it is a stove, oven, iron, or matches.   
          On Thursday the fire fighters brought their fire trucks to visit us at school.  Some of us were very excited while others were a bit scared at first.  We listened to the fire fighter explain about the different kinds of equipment that they use to put out fire.  The excitement started when we got to sit on different kinds of fire trucks.  We were so excited to go up high in the bucket.  None of us really realised how high up we were.  Squirting water with the hose was also fun.
          This week we will be continuing our topic on Nursery Rhymes.  We will be learning the concept of ‘up and down’ through Hickory Dickory Dock and Jack and Jill.  
                                                                                                Best Regards,

                                                                                                                        Ms. Marizon

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Letter 15

12 January 2015

Dear Parents,
          As last week was the first week of school after the Christmas break, it was a time for the children to settle down.  Most of us were happy to be back and went straight to the centres to get the toys or materials that they wanted, while others took some time to get back into the routine.  Although we had tears from the new students, and some tears from the old ones, they all started to smile again by the end of the week.  Being away from school and having a chance to stay home or go places with you surely made us happy.  Coming back to school, having to be away from you again and having to readjust to the routine were certainly hard for some of us. 
          We started off our topic on Nursery Rhymes by singing and reciting “Baa Baa Black Sheep.”  As it was a nursery rhyme that we were familiar with, it didn’t take us long to sing it.  We explored Baa Baa Black Sheep through books, felt board, picture and song.  Through Baa Baa Black Sheep we talked about colours and numbers.   While singing the song, we changed the colour of the sheep from black to other colours.  In the language centre, we then identified sheep coming in different colours.   Some of us who have our own favourite colour, insisted that the sheep could only be pink, blue or orange.  We also had a small felt board on the shelf where we were able get it to play with.  We took turns playing with the board and through the characters we sang the song over and over again.   In the art centre, we made a picture of a black sheep by shaking cotton wool in a bag of black powdered paint. 
          As the fire fighter will be coming to visit our school this week, we will be talking about the fire station, fire fighters, and fire trucks.  It should be quite an exciting week for all of us. 
                                                                                       Best Regards,

                                                                                      Ms. Marizon