Sunday, 12 November 2017

Letter 11 (2017-18)

13 November 2017
Dear Parents,

          Last week was was certainly a week full of excitement.  We had a lot of fun last week talking about fire fighters, fire trucks, and the fire station.  We looked at pictures of fire, and learned that when there is a fire, we need to call the fire station so that the fire fighters could come and help put out the fire.  We then pretended to be fire fighters doing various activities.  At the writing centre, we used markers to draw fire, and put out the fire by erasing the flames. 
We also traced lines to take the fire fighters to the fire engines.  In the art centre we made fire trucks from tissue boxes.  We painted the colour of fire by stamping red and yellow paint and observed how the colour mixed to become orange flames.  We also learned about fire safety.  We learned that fire is hot and that we should not touch anything hot whether it is a stove, oven, iron, or matches.     
          On Thursday the fire fighters brought their fire trucks to visit us at school.  Some of us were very excited while others were a bit scared at first.  We listened to the fire fighter explain about the different kinds of equipment that they use to put out fire.  The excitement started when we had the chance to sit on the fire truck.  We were delighted to go on this very big truck.  We pretended to be fire fighters driving the fire truck and talked on the walkie talkie. The part that we enjoyed the most was when we could hold the long hose to squirt out water.   Some of us did not want to let go of the hose!  Therefore, during water play, we got to put out the fire by pouring water on pictures of fire around the pool.  We also used the chalk to draw fire on the pavements, and observed how it disappeared when we poured water on it. 
          This week we will be talking about chefs and bakers.  As part of being a chef we will be talking about food especially healthy food.  Please let your child bring in some fruits and vegetables such as apples, grapes, cucumber, cabbage, corn, peas, etc. to share with their friends.  We will taste and observe different kinds of vegetables and fruits. 
                                                                                                Best Regards,

                                                                                                                        Ms. Marizon

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Letter 10 (2017-18)

6 November 2017
Dear Parents,
          Happy belated Loy Krathong Day.  Did you go anywhere for Loy Krathong?  Thank you for the flowers that you had brought to our class last Friday.  We used them to make our krathongs (flower float).  Before making our krathongs, we smelled the flowers and discovered which ones had a pleasant fragrance and which ones did not.  We also looked at banana leaves and banana stomps as they are used to make traditional krathongs in Thailand.  We practiced our tearing skills with the banana leaves, and used the leaves to beautify our krathongs.  We decorated our krathongs whichever way wanted and when we had finished, we took them to the swimming pool to float.  Did the krathongs still float when you floated them again at night? 
          Last week we started to talk about people around us.  We branched off from our family to community helpers whom we see around us.  We looked at pictures of police officers and saw that police officers in different countries wore police uniforms in different colours.  After reading several books about police officers, we started to recognise the jobs done by police officers.  We talked about why police officers needed to arrest people who steal or hurt other people.  Then we looked at the tools used by police officers such as handcuffs, torch, walkie talkie, etc.  We talked on a real walkie-talkie with the staff who work in the front office.  We were so surprised when we heard their voices!  We also used the magnifying glass to look at things around the classroom and saw that everything became bigger.  In the math centre, we printed our fingerprints and counted them.  Later on we talked about traffic police and road safety.  We learned that when we see the red light we needed to stop, go slow when we saw the amber light and go fast when we saw the green light.  We then pretended to be police officers directing the traffic by showing the different coloured lights to our friends and conducting them to stop or go.   
          This week we will be talking about fire fighters.  On Thursday 9 of November, the fire fighters will come to visit us.  It will certainly be an exciting experience for all of us. 
                                                                                                Best Regards,

                                                                                                Ms. Marizon

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Letter 9 (2017-18)

                                                                                                           30 October 2017
Dear Parents,                 
          Welcome back!   How was your half-term break?  I hope that everybody has had a relaxing time together.  I will be asking the children where they had been or what they had been doing.  I hope that they would be able to tell me something about their break! 
The week before the break was “World Literature Week” and our Nursery Class focused on Nursery Rhymes and a few traditional tales.  The children certainly enjoyed listening to different nursery rhymes, some that they already know, and some new ones. We learned about going up and down with “Itsy Bitsy Spider”, “Jack and Jill” and “Hickory Dickory Dock.”  We made a waterspout and clock in the classroom, and we all loved moving the spider up and down the spout and the mouse up and down the clock.  The children all looked adorable in their costumes.  Although some of us first felt a bit reluctant to join the parade, finally we all walked around to show off our characters and enjoyed watching the children from the other classes.      
Thank you very much for coming in to read to the children.  All the children were certainly very excited and happy to see you.  Every time the mystery reader card was removed, they gave big smiles when they recognized who it was.  After you left the room, the children still continued to talk about having you in the classroom.  We tried to recall the story that you had read to us such as the story line, the characters, etc.  During the week, we also went to the library. It was our first time to go to the big library. We met the librarian and learned that she takes care of all the books in the library. We went on a Nursery Rhyme character scavenger hunt, and found many characters listed on our list.  
As some of our friends were sick and absent during book week, we will be doing our book swap this week.  If you have not yet sent in a book for your child to swap with his/her friends, please send one in if you would like to participate. 
This week, we will finish some traditional stories such as “The Gingerbread Man” before starting our new topic on “Jobs around Us.”   We will start with police officers.  We will be talking about the job police officers do and the tools he/she uses.
                                                                          Best Regards,
                                                                          Ms. Marizon