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

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Letter 29 (2017-18)

7 May 2018
Dear Parents,
For the past two weeks, we have been looking at land transportation. 
Last week the Kindergarten class invited us to join them in visiting cars and vans brought to the parking lot by some of their parents.  We were very excited when we got to see a real car and a real van.  We looked around the car and van and saw the side mirror, lights, tail lights, wipers, doors, etc.  Then we went into the car and van, and sat in the passenger seats.  We compared the van to the car and saw that the van was bigger than the car, and could carry more things inside.  We also saw pick-up trucks in the parking lot, and so we talked about delivery trucks.  In the pretend play centre, we pretended to be truck drivers; delivering parcels to our friends in the classroom.
During the week we talked about road signs and traffic signals.  We pretended to ride in cars and played a game of stop and go with the red light and the green light.  We had to learn to look and listen to the instructions of stopping and going.   Some of us found it to be quite hard as we mainly wanted to run.  We talked about why we should always hold an adult’s hand when crossing the road, and that we always need to look at both sides of the road before crossing.  As we had been talking about bicycles and motorcycles, last week we also talked about bicycle safety and why one should wear a helmet.  We tried on helmets and learned the right way to put on a helmet. 
By the end of the week, we started to talk about trains.  We learned that there are different kinds of trains such as a passenger train and a freight train.  We also learned that there’s the train engine and the carriages to carry people.  We compared trains to cars and discovered that while cars can move on roads, trains need to move on train tracks.  We also looked at other vehicles that move on tracks such as trams.  In the art centre, we started to make our 3D train from boxes.  We can then play with our trains when we have finished making them.  
This week we will continue to talk about trains before we start to talk about air transportation.  We will be talking about the airport, people working with planes and different kinds of air transportation.  It should be another fun week for all of us. 
                                                                             Best Regards,
                                                                             Ms. Marizon