Sunday, 28 October 2018

Letter 9 (2018-19)

October 29, 2018
Dear Parents,
          Welcome back to school.  I hope that all of you had had a restful and joyful time together during the half-term break.  Did you go anywhere special? 
It was so nice to see all of you during our last week before the break both for our Parent-Teacher Conference and for Charter’s 15th Year Celebration.  On that last Friday we celebrated Charter’s 15th birthday, and our little ones did a great job sitting through the whole concert.  They even clapped and sang along when they heard songs they knew.  During that week, we participated in many activities around our celebration.  In the classroom, we read stories about birthdays and made birthday cards for Charter.  Our cards are now on the glass window in front of the ICT room.  After listening to a story called “Ten Black Dots,” we tried to use fifteen dots to make a picture.  Many of us were able to think of what we wanted our pictures to look like such as balloons, a caterpillar or even a snake!  We also tried to count the coins that we had brought for donation before lining them up on the table. Of course the part which we enjoyed the most was eating the big birthday cake.  That week was also Kamin’s birthday, so we had two birthdays to celebrate within a week. 
Before the break, we had also started to learn about food.  We started by talking about energy giving food.  It was a week full of fun activities and delicious food to eat.  First we looked at different kinds of bread.  There were sandwich bread, rolls, croissants, etc.  While observing the bread we couldn’t help but nibble the bread. By the time we knew it, we had finished nearly a whole tray of bread!  We also painted on bread. We had to be careful not to put too much paint (coloured milk) on to our bread. Of course, by the time some of us had finished, there were big holes in our bread, and that’s why it’s called ‘Monster Toast’. Then we looked at pasta. There were so many kinds of pasta which made it difficult for us to remember all the names. We compared cooked, and uncooked pasta and saw that cooked pasta was soft and could be eaten, while uncooked pasta was hard. In the art centre, we dyed pasta into various colours. We showed lots of interest when we saw the pasta change into different colours. After the pasta was dried, we threaded the pasta pieces to make a necklace or a bracelet.
This week we will continue to talk about other energy giving food such as rice before starting on body building food.

                                                                             Best Regards,
                                                                             Ms. Marizon

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Letter 8 (2018-19)

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Dear Parents,
This week is Parent-Orientation week, if you have not yet signed up please do so. 
 Last week, we started to talk about our mouth, our tongue, and our teeth.  First we looked at our mouth and its function.  We tried talking with our mouths opened and closed, and to eat with a closed mouth. It was hard. We learned that inside a mouth there is a tongue, gum and teeth.  We talked about the functions of the gum and teeth, and discovered that it would be hard for the teeth to stay straight without the help of the gum.  We then talked about our teeth.  We felt amazed when we tried to chew without using our teeth, and learned that teeth were really important in helping us chew food.  In the math centre we did one-on-one correspondence by placing a tooth on each vacant spot, and counted the teeth, and in Cooking we made “apple teeth” from apple, marshmallows and peanut butter.  During the week, we talked about the importance of taking care of our teeth, and practiced brushing our teeth with a toothbrush and toothpaste. In the art centre, we used toothbrushes to paint!   Later on in the week, we talked about our tongue and tasted different kinds of flavours.  First we tasted sugar, honey and other sweet ingredients.  At first we felt a bit reluctant to try these strange looking ingredients, but once we tried we could hardly stop.  Later on in the week, we tasted ingredients and food items that were salty.  As sugar and salt looked similar, some of us were surprised to discover that salt tasted different from sugar.  We enjoyed trying both flavours and this week we will talk about ingredients that are sour, bitter and spicy.  We will also start to look at different kinds of food.  We will be focusing on bread, rice and pasta.  
As we will be celebrating Charter’s 15th birthday this Friday, throughout this week, we will be doing a few activities to celebrate the event.  This Friday, please let your child wear their white 15 t-shirt to school.  As games and other fun activities will be run in the afternoon starting at 12.40, please come and pick your child up at that time to take them around the Sports Hall and football field to join the different activities. 
Just a reminder that next week will be our half-term break for term 1.  School will resume again on Monday 29 October. 
                                                                                 Best Regards,
                                                                                 Ms. Marizon