26 October, 2015
Welcome back to school. I hope that all of you have had a restful and joyful time together during the half-term break. Did you go anywhere special?
The week before the half-term break we ended our discussion on clothes by looking at clothes that are worn on a cold day. We tried on mittens, scarves, jackets, wooly hats, socks and boots. We learned that in some countries where the weather is very cold, there can be snow. To understand the difference between hot and cold we explored heat by feeling the hot air from the hair dryer, and touched ice to experience feeling cold. We also experimented touching ice with our bare hands and with our mittens on. Most of us could tell that it was better to touch the ice with our mittens on. We then played with ice during water play. It was certainly fun. We watched the ice melt as we played with it. In the math centre, we sorted out pictures of hot and cold items; and in the easel centre, we painted with warm colours and cool colours. In the art centre, we reinforced the words used for cold day clothes by making pictures of children wearing winter clothes.
As the week before the break was also the week for World’s Math Day, we did lots of activities with shapes. We looked at different shapes, and worked in groups in using the shapes to make pictures. You can see our group work on the board in front of the Cooking Room. We played games with shapes. For example we had to run to a shape when we heard the name of that shape. We also played with shape puzzles, and looked for different shapes around the classroom. In addition, we explored other math activities by joining the other classes in the bake sale, and estimating the number of sweets in bags. Although these activities might seem a bit hard for many of us, they did give us the experience of being familiarize with numbers in a real life situation.
This week we will be starting our discussion on our new theme, “In the Garden.” Throughout the next few weeks, we will be looking at things that we can find in a garden, the person who takes care of a garden, tools used in gardening, and insects. For this first week, we will be talking about grass, the gardener and gardening tools. It should be a fun and interesting theme for all of us.