Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Letter 32 (2017-18)

28 May 2018
Dear Parents,
          Last week  we started to talk about water transportation.  We looked at different kinds of boats and found that some boats had engines that could help them move fast, while others had to be maneuvered by people.  In the Math centre we counted popsicle sticks to make a raft and drew pictures on the transparent sheet to make the sail for our raft.  Later on in the week, we talked about row boats.  In the art centre we painted row boats to put on our “colour of the lake” painting.  Our pictures are now on display in front of the classroom, and we love to look at them; identifying which boat belonged to which friend.   
We ended our topic on Water Transportation by talking about submarines.  We learned that submarines were very special as they could go under the water unlike boats and ships which could only float on water.  We looked at pictures of submarines and were excited to know that submarines could take people down under the sea to look at the fish and other sea creatures.  We listened to a song about a submarine and looked at pictures of rooms inside a submarine.  In the art centre, we made submarines from tissue paper rolls, coloured paper and straws.  During water play we talked about sink and float.  We floated the sail rafts that we had made and tried hard to be gentle.  We all succeeded and none of our rafts sunk. In the math centre, we looked at shapes and used shapes of different sizes to make our vehicle tangram puzzles.  We had to choose either to make a rocket, helicopter or boat.  Some of us only wanted to do one while others wanted to do all three.  Of course some found it to be more challenging than others.  However, they did get to explore different shapes. 
          In order to have a continuation in our topics, this week we will be starting our new theme on “The Beach”.  We will be talking about things that we can see and do on the beach.  If you have any beach items which we can borrow for our beach corner and let the children show to their friends during circle time, please let your child bring them to school.  This week, school will be closed on Tuesday 29 May for Visakhabucha Day.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Best Regards,
                                                                                                Ms. Marizon

Monday, 21 May 2018

Letter 31 (2017-18)

                                                                                                                 21 May 2018
Dear Parents

                   Welcome back after our unexpected closure last week.  
                   Although we only had two days of school, we managed to finish our discussion on air transportation.   We focused on rockets, spaceships and astronauts and talked about traveling out to space.  Some of us knew the word rocket, but were unfamiliar with the words spaceship and space shuttle.  We pretended to get on a rocket and went to the moon!  In the art centre, we made a rocket from tissue rolls and practiced cutting along the lines to make the fire for our rocket.
                   On Tuesday we had a special guest come to visit us.  Smile’s father, who is a pilot, came to our classroom and talked to us about flying an airplane.  We were so excited to see the big airplane that he had brought to our classroom.  We learned about the different parts of a plane.  He even let us all have a turn to try on his pilot hat.   We then watched a short clip about flying an airplane.  Thank you very much to Sky’s father and mother for sharing this wonderful experience with all of us. 
                   This week we will start our discussion on water transportation.  We will start by talking about water transportation without engines.  At home while your children are taking a bath, you can also talk to them about sinking and floating which will also be part of our discussion these next couple of weeks. 
                                                                                      Best Regards,
                                                                                      Ms. Marizon

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Letter 30 (2017-18)

14 May 2018
Dear Parents,
          As term 3 passes by, it is nice to see all our new students settling down.  There has been less tears, more smiles, and all our new students have been participating in all sorts of activities.
          Last week we talked about sky transportation.  We looked at different kinds of sky transportation and how they operate.  First we talked about hot air balloons.  We looked at pictures of hot air balloons, and learned that they did not have engines but floated in the sky with the hot air from the fire being lit.  Although they could not fly as fast as planes, it was one way people used for traveling from place to place before planes were used as the main sky transportation.  In the art centre, we painted our hot air balloons with real balloons.  It was a strange feeling to paint with balloons.  We had to dip the balloon in paint then stamped it on the paper.  We made “boing, boing” sounds when we bounced the balloon up and down on the paper.  Later on in the week, we talked about helicopters.  We talked about the different parts of a helicopter, and pretended to be a helicopter by moving our bodies like one.  We compared helicopters to airplanes, and found that the moved quite differently.  Last of all we talked about airplanes.  We were very excited to talk about airplanes as most of us were accustomed to it or had had the experience to fly on one.  We noticed that there are different types of airplanes such as jet planes, biplanes and sea planes.  We found sea planes to be quite fascinating as they can fly in the sky and float in the water.  During our discussion, some of us noticed that air planes also had wheels and wondered where the wheels disappeared when they flew in the sky.  Hence, we had a long discussion about air planes taking off and landing on the runway.     
                   This week we will be ending our discussion on air transportation by talking about the airport, rockets and spaceships.  We will then move on to talk about water transportation.                                                                    
                                                                                       Best Regards,
                                                                                      Ms. Marizon