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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  































Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Letter 26 (2017-18)


2 April 2018
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 talked about ground insects.  We started by talking about ants.  We went out to the garden to look for ants and luckily we found lots of ants that morning.  We found big red ants, small black and brown ants.  We brought a big black ant back to the classroom to observe closely.  When we returned it to the garden, we found a small ant hill which led us into making out ant hill in the art centre.  We found ants to be quite fascinating.  Although they were small they could carry heavy loads.  (On one of our nature walks we even found ants carrying a bee!)  In the math centre, we sorted out big, medium and small ants, and counted the ants’ legs and body parts.  Later on in the week we looked at worms.  We compared caterpillars to worms and saw that caterpillars had legs while worms did not.  While talking about worms, we weaved worm replicas in and out of brown paper as though the worms were moving through soil.  In the discovery centre, we experimented dropping water on rolled up paper towels.  We were so excited when these paper towel worms started to wiggle and expand from short worms to long worms.  Some of us asked to do it over and over again.  In Cooking we made “Worms in the Mud.”  We counted the cookies before we crushed them with the rolling pin.  The most exciting part was when we squirted whipped cream from the can.  Although it was hard, we tried our best to squirt as much whipped cream as possible.  Of course we wanted to eat the gummy worms right away but agreed to keep them in the mud (chocolate pudding) and would search for them while we ate.   
                                                                                                Best Regards,
                                                                                                Ms. Marizon