Sunday, 28 February 2016

Letter 21

29 February 2016
Dear Parents,
          Welcome back.  I hope you all had a great time during the break.  It was so nice to see so many of you on International Day.  The children certainly looked charming in their Vietnamese costumes. 
          The week before the break, we focused on preparing for International Day.  As our class represented Vietnam, we learned a lot about Vietnam during that week.  We looked at pictures of Vietnam and saw that it had beautiful beaches and mountains.  We also saw pictures of people dressing in their Vietnamese costume.  We then looked at a real Vietnamese costume and hat, and tried them on.  In the art centre we made Vietnamese hats by painting and tearing paper into strips before gluing them on the hat to make it look like straw.  Later on in the week we listened to a story about the famous Vietnamese turtle, and how it became an auspicious animal in Vietnam.  We then made our own turtles which are now up on the board inside the classroom.  We put lots of glitter on our turtles which resulted in having glitter all over our bodies which made us look as if we sparkled!   During our discussions we saw that Vietnam also celebrates the new year at the same time as China.  We looked at clips about the Vietnamese dragon and lion dance, and we could immediately recall that we had just seen the dance when we celebrated Chinese New Year.  We then made dragon masks and tried on the lion’s head and danced around the classroom.  It was fun. 
          For this month, we will be starting our new topic on “Favourite Stories.”  This week we will be listening to bear stories and will be focusing on the story “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.”  As this week is also book week, please let your child bring in his/her favourite book to school.  We will take turns reading the story to the class.  If you would like your child to join the book swap activity, please send in the books (no more than three) that your child is willing to part with in order to swap with other books that he/she could then take home.  On Friday, let your child dress up as his favourite book character. Please arrive at school no later than 8:10 as the program should start at around 8:15.   
                                                                                       Best Regards,

                                                                                       Ms. Marizon

Letter 20

15 February 2016
Dear Parents,
          Happy Valentine’s Day.  Have you received your Valentine’s Day card?  The children really thought hard of who they would like to give the card to.  They certain wanted to include everybody they could think of. 
          Last week we had lots of fun learning about poultry farms.  Poultry farm, is quite a big word for the children, and so we chose to call it “chicken farm” as it was more understandable to all of us.  We looked at pictures of chickens and learned that a daddy chicken is called a rooster, a mummy chicken is called a hen and a baby chicken is called a chick.  After that when some of us saw pictures of chickens, we would call them mummy or daddy!   When learning about chickens and ducks, we saw that chickens and ducks have feathers.  We then played with feathers by touching and blowing.  We observed that feathers were light and that we could blow them here and there depending on how strong we blew.  Instead of normal paintbrushes, in the art centre, we made paintbrushes from chicken feather and painted with them.  It certainly felt different from the normal paintbrushes.  We also glued feathers on our chicken and duck pictures.  Later on in the week, we talked about eggs.  We looked at chicken egg and duck egg.  We saw that chicken eggs were brown while duck eggs were white. Chicken eggs were also smaller than duck eggs.  We learned that we could cook eggs in many ways such as fried egg, omelette, boiled egg, steamed egg, etc.  Each day we cooked or tried different kinds of eggs.  We had lots of fun practicing cracking and beating the eggs to make an omelette, and peeling the egg when we made hard boiled eggs.  At the end of the week we had an egg survey and most of us chose fried egg to be the egg that we liked best. 
          This week we will be talking about Vietnam as our class will be representing Vietnam for International Day. 
                                                                                                Best Regards,

                                                                                                Ms. Marizon

Monday, 8 February 2016

Letter 19

8 February 2016
Dear Parents,
           “Gong Xi Fa Cai, Happy Chinese New Year.” 
          In order to celebrate Chinese New Year this week, last week our class was kept busy talking about Chinese New Year and making arts and crafts to decorate the Early Years Building as it will be used as the venue to celebrate Chinese New Year this year.  The students in the older classes will be showing some Chinese performances.  So if you have time, you are most welcome to come and watch them on Tuesday 9 February at 9.30 a.m. 
          As you might have noticed, in front of the classroom we’ve made dragons, fire crackers and Chinese lanterns.  Before making each craft, we talked about what each item was, their meaning and their function.  For example before making lanterns, we learned that in the olden days there was no electricity and therefore lanterns were used to help people see at night especially when people were walking in the streets as lanterns were usually put up in front of houses along the roads.  To make our lanterns, we had to cut along the lines.  It was certainly good scissor practice for all of us.  Then we talked about fire crackers and the dragon dance.  We watched a clip about fire crackers and the dragon dance and found both of them to be very noisy.  However, none of us were afraid of the noise, and later on we even made loud noises when we made and played with our dragons. 
          Last week we also continued to talk about the farm.  We visited the sheep and goat and found them to look quite alike.  We learned that sheep gave us wool.  We looked at pictures of sheep being sheered and pretended to be sheep having our wool sheered from our bodies.  We learned that wool is used to make clothes especially woolen clothes.  During Sensory Play, we played with wool and pom pom balls.  We found wool to be soft.  We compared wool to wooden blocks and found the blocks to be hard.  We then practiced sorting out hard and soft items. 
          This week we will be talking about poultry farm.  We will be focusing on farm animals that lay eggs such as chickens and ducks.  We will also be looking at eggs and how to cook eggs in different ways.  It should be quite an interesting week for all of us.
                                                                             Best regards,

                                                                             Ms. Marizon 

Letter 18

1 February 2016
Dear Parents,
          February has arrived and we’ve said good-bye to the cold breeze we had for a short time last week.  The children certainly looked nice and cozy in their wooly clothes.  We had a chance to talk about different kinds of wooly clothes; their styles and their colours; which has certainly led us into this week’s topic on sheep.     
          Last week we mainly discussed dairy farms.  We learned that cows are raised on dairy farms to give milk.  We looked at pictures of cows and saw that cows can look different as cows can come in different colours. We then read books about dairy farms, and saw that cows can either be milked by farmers with their hands or by machines.  To experience the feeling of milking a cow, and understand that we get milk from the cow, we milked a cow in the classroom!  Although it wasn’t a real cow, we all had fun milking it.  Milking the cow was quite a difficult task.  We had to pull and squeeze the cow’s udder and make the milk squirt into the bucket.  Pictures of us milking the cow and our buckets of milk will be displayed on the board in the classroom.  We learned that the milk we get from the cow is white, and that we should drink white milk to keep us strong.  We also talked about chocolate milk, and in Cooking we made chocolate milk.  It was fun.  We all drank up our milk, and even asked to make more.  We then read a story called “It Looked like Spilt Milk” and made our spilt milk art which will be put up on the board inside the classroom.  We had to use our imagination to think what our spilt milk looked like.  If you would like to know what we thought our spilt milk looked like, please drop in to see the pictures when they are put on the board.  During the week, we also learned that milk is used to make other dairy products such as cheese, butter, yoghurt, etc. Everybody got to try yoghurt.  Although some of us were reluctant to try, but after seeing our friends try, they also tried and even asked for more!
          Later on in the week we looked at and talked about pigs.  After we made a picture of a pig rolling in the mud for our “Farm Animals” book, we played with mud during sensory play, and had lots of fun.  We moved the farm animals around in the mud, and even brought the toy vehicles to run in the mud. As the animals became muddy, we practiced washing them with a brush.         
                                                                                      Best Regards,       
                                                                                      Ms. Marizon