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Monday, 27 March 2017

Letter 26 (2016-17)

27 March 2017
Dear Parents,

          Thank you for coming in for Parent-Teacher conference.  We had a good turnover rate.  Hopefully what we had discussed will be helpful to your child and you.  If you have any further questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to talk to me. 
          Last week, we read books by Donald Crews by focusing on two of his well-known books: “Freight Train” and “Truck.”  The children were delighted with these two books as it showed pictures of trains and trucks which were definitely their favourite topic.  First, we read “Truck.”  We looked at how the delivery truck’s trailer could carry a big container which could carry so many things inside.  We also looked at different parts of the truck and focused on its wheels.  We made a truck in the art centre, and tried to move it around just to find out that it could not move without its wheels.  Hence, we learned the importance of wheels and made wheels for our trucks.  In the discovery centre, we dipped the toy trucks in paint and moved them around the paper to make the tracks appear.  It was fun, and nobody wanted to stop doing it!  In Cooking, we made wheel shape sandwiches out of bread, jam, chocolate and butter.  For many of us the rolling pin was like a wheel as we could roll it this and that way to make it move.  In the pretend play centre, we pretended to be truck drivers; delivering parcels to our teachers and friends in the classroom.  Then we read “Freight Train.”  We learned that a freight train carried goods while a passenger train carried people.  We also learned that a freight train could carry so many things on it.  We then talked about going fast and slow like the train in the book.  We talked about traffic lights and in the play area pretended to be trucks and trains moving slow, fast and stopping when we saw the light change its signal.   
          This week we will be reading books about favourite things.  We will be focusing on Corduroy bear books, and “Knuffle Bunny.”  We will be talking about taking care of our things, clothes, colours and shapes.
                                                                                                Best Regards,

                                                                                                Ms. Marizon                                                                                                                   




















Monday, 20 March 2017

Letter 25 (2016-17)

20 March 2017
Dear Parents,                 
          This week is Parent-Teacher Conference week.  I have put the sign-up sheet on the door in front of the classroom.  Please sign up in the slot that is most convenient to you.  If the days and time given are not convenient for you, please request for another day or time.
          Last week, we ended our author study on Eric Carle by reading a few more of his stories, and doing activities around three more of his books; “The Very Busy Spider”, “Pancakes, Pancakes” and “Today is Monday.”  Through the story “The Very Busy Spider,” we talked about spiders.  We counted a spider’s legs, and found that a spider has eight legs while we human only have two.  We watched a short clip about spiders, and saw how a spider spun its web.  We then made our spider webs by sewing wool inside and outside of holes.      In the art centre we used the paper that we had painted by following Eric Carle’s technique to make big and small spiders.  Later on in the week we read “Pancakes, Pancakes.”   Reading the book, made us feel hungry and therefore, in Cooking we made pancakes.  We certainly enjoyed decorating our pancakes with jam, and sprinkles.  We ate some of our pancakes, and tried hard to keep some to take home to share.  In the math centre, we talked about the shape of a pancake, and used different shapes to decorate it.  In the house centre, we pretended to cook and eat pancakes from the pancakes that we had made in the art centre.  During Sensory Play, we played with paste as it represents the pancake batter.  We all had fun exploring the paste; watching it run through our fingers to the tray before using our fingers to draw shapes and scribbles.  Last of all we read “Today is Monday.” We talked about the different kinds of food found in the book, and in the writing centre we drew pictures of the kind of food we would like to eat on different days of the week. 
          As we are approaching the end of term, we will be ending our theme on “Stories I Like” with stories from other well-known author/illustrator.  As our class has shown interest in transportation, this week we will be reading books by Donald Crews such as “Truck” and “Freight Train.”  Next week will be the last week of school before the break.  We will be celebrating Songkran on Friday 31 March.  Please let your child wear a comfortable Thai costume such as the flower shirts to school on that day.
                                                                                                Best Regards,

                                                                                                Ms. Marizon





























Sunday, 12 March 2017

Letter 24 (2016-17)

                                                                                                                 13 March 2017
Dear Parents,                  
          It was nice seeing so many of you at the Early Years coffee morning.  I hope it was interesting and helpful to you.  For parents who were not able to attend, Ms. Macdonald will be putting the slide presentation on the school’s website for parents to see.  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me.  Thank you again to all the parents for coming in to read to us.  Even though Book Week has passed, you are still more than welcome to come in to read to us whenever you have the time.  Please just make an appointment with me.    
          Last week we also continued our theme on “Stories We Like.”  As Eric Carle has so many stories which are appropriate and interesting for young children, we continued to read stories and do activities with Eric Carle books.  First, we looked at Eric Carle’s art techniques.  We discovered that Eric Carle likes to use bright colours, and likes to paint many colours before using sharp objects to make lines on his paintings.  Hence, we explored two art techniques: painting with a comb and painting with a fork.  We used our imagination to paint with whatever colour we wanted.  We watched with interest when the colours mixed together, and were excited to see the hidden colours appear when we used the fork or comb to scrape on the top layer of the painted paper.  We also observed how Eric Carle used different colours to make spots, and so we used the glue stick to make spots too.  Some of us even came up with our own art technique of rolling the glue stick to mix the paint together!  While we were exploring colours, we read “The Mixed-Up Chameleon” and discovered how chameleons could change their colour.  We went out to the play area, and looked for the chameleons that had camouflage themselves to the environment.  We were so thrilled every time we found a chameleon on the door, play equipment, chair, etc.  We then walked around the play area and classroom with our transparent chameleons and tried putting them against items of different colours.  We observed the chameleons change their colours from red to green to brown.  During the week, we also read “Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me.”  We made ladders with popsicle sticks for our picture, and pretended to climb up the ladder to get the moon. 
          This week we will continue to look at a few more stories by Eric Carle.  We will be learning about spiders through “The Very Busy Spider” and shapes through “Pancakes, Pancakes.”                                                                                                        
                                                                                                 Best Regards,

                                                                                                 Ms. Marizon