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Monday, 28 March 2016

Letter 25

                                                                                                            28 March 2016

Dear Parents,
          Time really flies by quickly and we have now approached the last week of term 2.   It was nice meeting all of you last week for Parent Teacher Conference.  We seemed to all agree that the children have really grown up this past term.   
          Last week we did activities through the story “Little Red Riding Hood.”  In one of our discussions we talked about strangers and how we should be careful in not talking to strangers.  I pretended to be a stranger offering sweets to the children and most of them said “no.”  However, greeting people is also a sign of having good manners, so in class we came up with a solution that we would greet people whom we don’t know only when mummy and daddy are with us!          
          “The big bad wolf” seemed to be our favourite character, and we were all saying “big bad wolf” and doing scary faces.  In the art centre, after we painted with blue and green water colours to be the forest scene, we tore strips of brown paper to be the forest.  We used the big and small red triangles to make “Little Red Riding Hood”, and had to try to figure out which triangle should be the body, and which triangle should be the head.  We also made a basket of food to take to grandma.  We helped to think of food grandma would like to eat.  In the math centre we played a Little Red Riding Hood shadow matching game.  Some of us did a very good job matching the pictures to their shadows.  We also counted wolves in the forest.  In Cooking we made chocolate pudding pie for grandma.  (I’m not sure whether it reached grandma or not!)   
          This week for our last week of term 2, we will be exploring the story “The Gingerbread Man and reading other famous stories.  It will also be Ms. Tum’s last week as she will be taking maternity leave for term 3.  I wish you all a Happy Songkran Holiday.  I hope you a great time together during the break.  See you in Term 3.
                                                                                      Best Regards,
                                                                                      Ms. Marizon

                                                                             










Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Letter 24

          21 March 2016
Dear Parents,
          This week is parent’s teacher conference week.  If you have not yet signed up, please sign up on the sign-up sheet in front of the classroom. 
          Last week we focused on the story “The Three Billy Goats Gruff”.  We read the story through several books as each book had different illustrations or different endings.  After we read the story, we tried acting out the story.  The balance beam was brought into the classroom to be the bridge.  We took turns being the goats crossing the bridge, and being the troll trying to catch the goats.  Instead of walking with our two feet, some of us tried to be like a real goat by walking with both hands and feet!  We all certainly did a good job as nobody fell from the balance beam.  In order to reinforce the concept of sizes, we continued to sort out big, medium and small items.  For Cooking instead of cooking something that we could eat, we made salt dough to make our mountains.  We got to mix flour with salt and water before baking our mountains.  While we measured and mixed, we had to use our hands to knead the dough.  Some of us found it hard to touch the dough as it looked really messy, others dived right in and kneaded for a long time.  We certainly got to exercise our small muscles with all the kneading that we had to do.  After our mountains were baked, we painted and decorated them.  We then made a bridge from popsicle sticks to connect the two mountains together.  While making our bridge, we also practiced counting with the popsicle sticks. 
          Last week was also Science week.  On Friday, we visited KG and Reception to do different science experiments.  Our concept this year was on coldness, and so each class did something related to coldness.  In Nursery, we explored and played with ice.  It was certainly cold!  We also painted with coloured ice.  We observed the ice melt and how the colours mixed together.  In KG, we made baggy ice-cream.  We all had to shake our bags hard in order to turn the milk into ice-cream.  In Reception, we explored snow.  We played with shaving cream, and found it to be so soft. 
          This week we will be learning through the story of “Little Red Riding Hood.” 
                                                                                       Best Regards,

                                                                                       Ms. Marizon















Letter 23

14 March 2016
Dear Parents,
                   Last week we had lots of fun learning through the story “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.”  As we were still into bears from “Bear Hunt”, reading Goldilocks was a good way to continue on.  We listened to the story through various mediums, and also acted out the story.  Three bears were put in the house centre, and the children loved to go and take care of the bears.  We also learned about sizes through the three bears.  We had to match big, medium and small bowls, chairs, and beds for papa, mama, and baby bear.  Medium is quite a hard size for us to grasp, but being able to relate the size to mama bear made it easier for us to identify medium size items.  As Goldilocks found hard and soft chairs, we also talked about hard and soft.  We compared toy animals that were hard and soft and many of us could tell that the plastic bear was hard while the bear doll was soft.  In the art centre we painted with hard blocks and soft sponges of different shapes.  Being able to feel the texture while we painted helped us to have a better understanding of hard and soft.  In the art centre we also started to make our paper mache bowl from newspaper.  It took us several days to make our bowls as we had to wait for each layer to dry before we could apply a new layer.  We will be painting our bowls this week.  Last week we also had so much fun taking our teddy bears on a picnic.  We made sandwiches from honey and jam, and had to decide which shape we wanted to cut the sandwich into whether it was a triangle, square or rectangle.  We ate our sandwiches and even tried to feed them to our bears!

                   This week we will revisit sizes and counting through “The Three Billy Goats Gruff.”  Let’s see whether anybody will go home with the words “trip-trap, trip-trap.”  It is also Science Week this week.  We will be exploring some simple science concepts in our classroom and will also be visiting KG and Reception. 
                                                                                          Best Regards,
                                                                                          Ms. Marizon
























Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Letter 22

7 March 2015
Dear Parents,
          Book week was certainly a fun and busy week for us.  The children looked lovely in their costumes.  Thank you for sending in your child’s favourite books.  We took turns reading different books every day, and the children proudly showed their books to their friends.  Of course there were some tears as some of us thought that they would be parting with their books, and so they found it hard to let me read the books to their friends.  However, once I started to read, the children got very excited, and they told me that they wanted to bring more books from home for me to read!  They also shouted out their names when they saw their books.  I would also like to thank you for bringing in books for the book swap.  The children were very excited to see so many books that they could choose from.  However, once they got a book, they just wanted to sit down and look at the book and did not want to choose any other books.  
          As our show was “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.”  We spent last week doing activities around this story.  We read the story through a book, listened to the story through the felt board, watched the story on the screen, and acted out the story through a song.  In the art centre, we made props for our show whether painting the binoculars, painting with texture rolling pins to make the river, hand painting with real mud to make the mud scene, painting with a broom to make the grass or crumpling paper to make the rocks for the cave.  We also made our own personal bear hunt map.  So beware, we may want you to take us on a bear hunt.  
          As our theme right now is “Stories I Like”, this week we will be concentrating on another bear story; “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.”  We will be talking about sizes, manners, rooms in the house, soft and hard. 











       



                                                                                                          Best Regards,

                                                                                                          Ms. Marizon