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Sunday, 25 September 2016

Letter 5 (2016-17)

                                                                                                    26 September 2016
Dear Parents,
          As we have had a lot of rain lately, we have not been having water play and playground play.  Hence, we have had the chance to play more often in the indoor common area.  The children have started to expand from the play equipment and ball pool to the big blocks and hula hoops.  They have been thinking of ways to play with the hula hoops whether it is rolling them, spinning them or dancing with them.  It is nice to see them coming up with these ideas.              
Last week we talked about our nose.  We read books about noses and saw that there were different kinds of noses, and that animals also had noses.  We learned that noses were not only for breathing but also for smelling.  We proved it by smelling different fragrances.  We were all excited to show the items with different fragrances that we had brought from home to our friends. We had potpourri, bananas, soap, and more.  Some of us found some items such as flowers, perfume or vanilla to smell good while items such as ginger or all spice to be bad.  On the other hand, some of us preferred fragrances found in food such as soya sauce and fish sauce!  As we had been smelling flowers, in the art centre, we made lots of flowers.  We then glued cotton balls to be the centre of the flowers and chose the fragrance to put on them.  Some of us chose jasmine and vanilla, while others chose soya sauce and fish sauce!   We will be putting our flowers up on the board in front of the classroom, and you can come and smell them and decide which ones you like.   During Sensory Play we made jelly and used it to paint pictures.  We could smell strawberry while we painted.  We were excited that we were able to smell this nice fragrance while we painted.  We also talked about how to blow our noses when we had a cold.  Did you try the apple pie we made in Cooking?   We rolled the dough and added apple, cinnamon and sugar.  After our pies were put in the oven, we could smell cinnamon all around the building.   It really made us feel hungry.
          This week we will be talking about our hands, and feet.  We will be using our hands to touch and feel different textures.  We will also be talking about the use of our hands and feet and how to take care of them.                                                                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                      Best Regards,


                                                                                      Ms. Marizon 




















Sunday, 18 September 2016

Letter 4 (2016-17)

19 September 2016
Dear Parents,
          As we have had some sick children away from school, last week we started off with very few children in the classroom.  We then slowly built up and by the end of the week we had almost everybody back again. Hopefully everybody will be back this week.  On Friday we had a cartoon character dress-up day, and all the children certainly looked lovely in their costumes.    
Last week we talked about our ears. We looked at our ears, and counted our ears. We also looked at ears of different kinds of animal ears. We looked at pictures of ears and tried to match them to that animal. Then in the art centre, we made animal ears head bands to wear. When looking at our ears, we played drawing musical bump. We had to listen to the music and when the music stopped, we had to sit down and draw pictures on the big piece of paper which was on the table. It was fun. Some of us did not want to stop moving around, while others just wanted to draw. To be able to listen and stop when one should is a listening skill that requires practice and can be quite hard for most of us. We also listened to different sounds from the CD player, and found certain sounds to be really funny such as the sound of a person brushing his teeth, or the sound of a child laughing. Then we listened to sounds of items that we can hear around the house, such as the sound of the vacuum cleaner, alarm clock, hair dryer, etc. When we went out into the playground we tried to identify the sounds that we could hear around us. We heard the sounds of birds, airplanes, bees, the squeaking sound from the swing, etc. In Cooking we made banana milk shake, and got startled when we heard the sound of the blender go whoosh! We didn’t take our milk shake home but drank it right away. We also played with different musical instruments and made lots of sounds with them. In the art centre, we also made shakers, and handheld drums which we can later on play with. 
This week we will be talking about our nose, and we will be smelling different kinds of fragrances. If you have any flowers at home with some nice smell, please let your child bring some to school to share with his/her friends.                                                                                                                                                         
Best Regards,

                                                                                          Ms. Marizon
















Sunday, 11 September 2016

Letter 3 (2016-17)

12 September 2016
Dear Parents,
Last week we spent our time looking at and talking about our eyes.  We learned that our eyes help us to see and so we looked at so many things around us.  We looked into the mirror to look at our eyes, and looked at pictures of children with different eye colours.  We played “I spy with my little eyes”, and when a word was said, we had to look for that object.  We were really good at finding these items.  Then we pretended to close our eyes to find out whether we would be able to see anything.  Most of us couldn’t resist opening an eye to see whether anything was going on.  We looked through real binoculars and saw people looking bigger than they actually were.  In the art centre, we made binoculars. We then took our binoculars outside to look at things around us.  We were very excited to find a rabbit, snails, lizards, ants and flowers in different colours.  During the week, we talked about how our eyes could see different colours. We looked at different items and tried to name their colours. We also looked through plastic sheets of different colours, and saw the world around us turn into pink, yellow, green, blue, red and so on.  After that we made sun catchers with cellophane and sticker sheets.  All of us loved this activity very much.  We tried hard to cover the sticker sheet with cellophane, and got startled every time our fingers got stuck onto the sticker sheet. Our sun catchers are now displayed on the classroom door and windows. For sensory play we made faces by sticking googly eyes onto the play dough.  Some of us put lots of eyes to make a monster face! 
             This week we will be talking about our ears.  We will be listening to different sounds that we can hear around us.  We will be listening to the sounds of appliances and sounds in nature. 
                                                                                Best Regards,  

                                                                                            
                                                                                            Ms. Marizon