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 


Friday, 20 October 2017

Letter 8 (2017-18)

16 October 2017
Dear Parents,
          It is WORLD LITERATURE WEEK this week.  Please refer to the letter sent out earlier about ongoing activities for World Literature Week.  If you have already made your favourite book from any kind of box, please send them in by Wednesday 18 October so we can have them for display on Friday.  Also, please send in any book that your child no longer reads, but is still in good condition for the book swapThe books should be send in by Wednesday 18 October.
We started our topic on Nursery Rhymes by singing and reciting “Baa Baa Black Sheep.”  As it was a nursery rhyme that we were familiar with, it didn’t take us long to sing it.  We explored Baa Baa Black Sheep through books, felt board, picture and song.  Through Baa Baa Black Sheep we talked about colours and numbers.   While singing the song, we changed the colour of the sheep from black to other colours.  In the language centre, we then identified sheep coming in different colours.   Some of us who have our own favourite colour, insisted that the sheep could only be red or blue.  We also had a small felt board on the shelf where we were able get it to play with.  We took turns playing with the board and through the characters we sang the song over and over again.   In the art centre, we made a picture of a black sheep by shaking cotton wool in a bag of black powdered paint, and in the math centre we counted bags of wool and played a Baa Baa Black Sheep shadow matching game.   During the week, we also learned the song “I’m a Little Teapot” and “Humpty Dumpty.”  With “I’m a Little Teapot,” we compared tall and short items.  We observed teabags through our five senses and used them to paint.  In the house centre, we had a tea party with all sorts of food.  With “Humpty Dumpty,” we acted out the rhyme and enjoyed pretending to fall off the wall, while in the writing centre, we practiced drawing straight lines to make the bricks for the wall. 
 This week we will continue to learn about going up and down through “Hickory Dickory Dock”, “Itsy Bitsy Spider”, and “Jack and Jill.”  This week is also Parent-Teacher Conference week.  If you have not made an appointment for your child’s PTC, please choose the time the suits you the most on the sign-up sheet in front of the classroom
                                                                             Best Regards,

                                                                             Ms. Marizon

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Letter 7 (2017-18)

                                                                                                            9 October 2017
Dear Parents,
          Last week we ended our discussion on clothes by looking at clothes worn on a rainy day and cold days.  First we looked at clothes and accessories that are used on a rainy day. With the amount of rain, we had, we certainly had first-hand experience in talking about rainy days.  On the day we talked about raincoats, boots and umbrellas, it suddenly rained and so we went out to look at the real rain.  We were very excited and after that every time it rained, someone would shout out “rain, rain!”  Thank you for the clothes that you had lent us.  We tried on raincoats, boots and carried umbrellas.  In the writing centre, we drew lines to make the rain, and in the art centre, we made a picture of a child in the rain so as to reinforce the words we had been learning.  To make our rain picture, we sprayed blue water colour from the spray bottle and observed the drops of water on the paper.  We also talked about how muddy the ground could be after the rain. In Cooking we made chocolate mousse to represent mud.  We were all eager to take turns using the electric beater, and all wanted to have a taste of the chocolate mousse. 
          Later on in the week we talked about cold days.  We looked at and tried on different kinds of winter clothes.  The mittens and socks were a big hit as we hardly wanted to take them off.  When looking at mittens, we learned that mittens and gloves could help protect our hands from the cold.  We tried touching ice with our bare hands and then with mittens and discovered that our bare hands felt cold while our hands with mittens felt warm.  We also looked at wooly hats, scarves and jackets and made a picture with our these clothe items.  To make our scarves we got to strengthen our small muscles by pressing the paper puncher to make holes so as to thread the wool for the tassels. 
          To celebrate World Literature Week next week, we will be talking about books.  Our class will be listening to and doing activities around different nursery rhymesPlease sign-up to come to read to the class.  You are going to be our mystery readers!   Next week will also be PTC week, please sign your name to book your time on the sign-up sheet in front of the classroom.
                                                                                      Best Regards,

                                                                                      Ms. Marizon