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Sunday, 29 April 2018

Letter 28 (2017-18)


30 April 2018
Dear Parents,
          As it was the first week of term three after our Songkran break, we did have tears from some of our new and old friends.  By the end of the week, some of the tears started to disappear, and were replaced by smiles.  It was certainly a week for new students to settle down and adjust to the school environment. 
          Last week, we started our new theme on “Transportation.”  It is certainly a theme enjoyed by all.  In order to introduce the theme, we talked about vehicles we usually see on the roads and the way we come to school in the mornings.  We made a class survey.  Some of us were able to tell how they come to school, while others wanted to choose the type of vehicle they liked.  Some of us said that they walk to school as they focused on the part where they had to walk into the building.  Many of us wanted to choose a vehicle that nobody else had chosen yet.  It was certainly quite interesting to listen to each response.  We then started to talk about land transportation.  We first talked about vehicles without engines.  We looked at pictures of unicycles, bicycles and tricycles, and tried to distinguish the three.  We were all familiar with bicycles, but found unicycles to be quite interesting.  In the math centre, we counted wheels of different vehicles and realised that unicycles only have one wheel, bicycles have two, while tricycles have three and cars have four.  A real bicycle was then brought into the classroom, and we all had fun taking turns riding the bicycle, and looking at the different parts while learning the names and functions of each part.  Some of us even offered rides to our friends.  We then talked about bicycle safety, and why it is important to wear a helmet when we ride a bicycle.  Later on in the week we moved on to other vehicles such as cars, trucks and buses.  We focused on the wheels, and compared vehicles with and without wheels.  We discovered that vehicles needed wheels to be able to move.  We started by looking at things we could see outside a car such as the doors, windows, mirrors, wipers, and lights.  In the art centre, we made “Wheels on the Bus” book.  It was a nice way for us to learn the names and functions of some of the parts found on a car or bus.  We also made tire tracks by dipping the wheels of a toy car in paint and moving it around the paper.  It was fun. During the week, we also went out to look at a real car.  We all had fun taking turns in the driver’s seat pretending to drive the car.  We also got to observe each part closely.
           As this week will be a short week, our discussion this week will be about how to take care of a car and simple road regulations.  Then we will be looking at vehicles traveling on tracks such as trains and trams.   Please be reminded that theis week we will be having a public holiday on Tuesday May 1st for Labour day. 
                                                                                     
Best Regards,
                                                                                          Ms. Marizon











































Saturday, 21 April 2018

Letter 27 (2017-18)


                                                                                                              23 April 2018
Dear Parents,
          Welcome back! I hope you had a great Songkran break! We had a really great time celebrating for Songkran festival before we left for the holidays. The children were eager to get involved in all of the splashing. Some of them even jumped right in!  It was also a good experience for the children to get to watch various traditional Thai shows and participate in the water pouring ceremony.  This week will mark the beginning of Term 3 which will be our last term for this school year.  We have a new friend joining us this term.  Let’s welcome Arda to our classroom.    
          The week before the end of term 2, we ended our discussion on “In the Garden.”  Last week we ended our topic on “In the Garden” by talking about minibeasts.  The last minibeasts we talked about were minibeasts that were not insects such as lizards, slugs and snails.  We crawled on the floor like lizards and snails, and found that it was harder to move like a snail.  We talked about how snails could hide in their shells from danger and pretended to be snails hiding.  While we walked to the pool for water play, we found a big snail and got to observe it closely.  We observed that it has feelers and eyes sticking out from its head. We tried touching the feelers and observed how it moved.  When looking at lizards, we saw that there are many kinds of lizards.  We recognized the small white lizards which we see around the house.  We then looked at pictures of chameleons, geckos and other kinds of lizards.  We found chameleons to be quite fascinating as it can change its colour according to its surrounding.     
          Our first theme this term will be “Transportation.”  We will be looking at land, water and air transportations.  On this first week, we will be looking at land transportation that travel on roads.  We will also be learning about different parts of a vehicle and their functions.  This should certainly be a very interesting and exciting theme for all of us.
                                                                                      Best Regards,
                                                                                      Ms. Marizon