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Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Letter 17

25 January 2016

Dear Parents,
          Last week was quite an exciting week for the children as we celebrated two birthdays on the same day in the classroom.  Hence, the children got to sing “Happy Birthday” a few times. 
          Last week, we continued to talk about work on the farm.  We focused our discussion on farm animals that could help farmers with heavy work such as horses and donkeys.  We saw that horses and donkeys could help pull the cart full of load for the farmer.  They could carry things on their backs.  They could also pull the plough for the farmer to plough the fields.  We then pretended to be horses and donkeys carrying loads on our back.  Of course it was quite difficult for us to move around.  We then looked at food for horses and donkeys.  We saw that they ate hay, grass, carrots, and apples.  We then pretended to feed the horses and donkeys with different kinds of food.  We also looked at the equipment used for riding a horse.  We were quite surprised that horses also needed to wear shoes when they raced or worked in the fields.  We then watched a clip about horses.  The children copied the actions of walking, trotting, and galloping like a horse.  In the art centre, we made horse on sticks.  As we are making a farm animal book, we also made horses and donkeys for our book.  The most fun part we had last week was when we got to play with real straw.  We then used the straw to make a real scarecrow which is now inside our classroom next to our field play centre. 
          This week we will be looking at the dairy farm.  We will be looking at cows and buffalos, and dairy products.
                                                                             Best Regards,

                                                                             Ms. Marizon








 

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Letter 16

18 January 2016

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 they wanted, while others took some time to get back into the routine.  Most of us came in with smiles, and although there were some tears, it stopped pretty quickly. 
          Being away from school for a few weeks made us forget some of the class rules and routines, and so we used the first week back to revisit and reinforce the class rule and routines.  We had to learn to wait for our turn, and to use our words to express our needs.   We also learned to tidy up the toys after we had finished playing.  It took us some time to remember, but by the end of the week we started to use our words and started to put the toys back on the shelves.
          Our discussion last week concentrated on farms.  We looked at pictures of farms and saw that there are many kinds of farms.  We started off by looking at crop farms.  We learned that the people working on farms are called farmers, and that farmers can plant different kinds of crops such as rice, corn, vegetables, etc.  To understand the work of a farmer we focused on corn fields.  We saw that a farmer needs to plough the field, plant the seeds, and water the seeds in order for the corn to grow.  We looked at real corn kernels and noticed that we couldn’t eat them as they were very hard.  We also learned that while the corn is growing, the farmer needs to prevent the corn from being eaten by the birds.  Therefore, the farmers usually make scarecrows to put in the fields so that the birds will be scared and not come.  We then made corn, crows and scarecrows in the art centre. 
          This week we will start to look at animals on the farm.  We will start with the horse and the donkey.
                                                                                      Best Regards,

                                                                                      Ms. Marizon












Letter 15

                                                                                                              11 January 2016

Dear Parents,

                   Happy New Year.  Welcome back to school.  I hope you all had a great time during the Christmas holidays.  Coming back to school after being away for a few weeks did bring back some tears in the morning, but we soon gained back our confidence and started to play and do activities as usual.  Please welcome our two new friends this week, Nice.     
Our last week of school was certainly a busy one.  The children did a great job on stage for the Christmas performance.  When the children saw lots of people watching them, some sang louder than usual, others sang softer than usual, while some preferred to observe what was going on around them.  It was already a great success for every one of them, as none of them cried on stage even though they saw you.  Some of them were really excited and couldn’t help but call out for you.  Of course we also had those who preferred to come up with our own acting!  I would also like to thank all parents for providing lots of delicious food for our party.  The children certainly ate a lot, and by lunch time, nobody wanted to eat any more.    
                   For the beginning of this term, we will be starting our theme on “Visiting the Farm.”  We will be looking at different types of farm, people on the farm and farm animals.  This week we will be looking at crop farm, the farmer and scarecrows.  We will also start to look at some farm animals. 
                                                                             Best Regards,    

                                                                             Ms. Marizon