29 February 2016
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.