Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Dear Parents,

Throughout the past couple of weeks, we have been observing children’s interest and we have noticed a few recurring interest and ideas shared by the children :

  • birthday celebrations;
  • dinosaurs, racing cars or pizza;
  • drawing and using writing materials
  • modeling play-dough; and 
  • play with different types of construction materials such as bricks, Duplos, and wooden blocks.

To bring together all of these interest we will organize a birthday celebration. Children will collectively plan the party by choosing a theme, baking a cake, making decorations and invitations for the Prep 3.1. 

The book we read this week was Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The children engaged with the story in a variety of way, some engaged in role play, others play with the puppets or drew pictures. 

Goldilocks

Papa Bear sleeping on his bed.

 

“Someone has been eating my porridge!”

Mamma bear is feeding the baby bear.

The bear family.

Baby bear is crying.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drawing the three bears.

 

Three Bears and Goldilocks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reminder:  Please send your child’s baby pictures after the holiday. We need them for our unit of inquiry. 

Other images of the week:

Please have a look at Gavin and Jameson’s exploration with building materials. 

 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Dear Parents, 

We had a very busy week in Prep 3.2. There is so much wonderful learning going in on in our classroom that we put together a longer presentation to share it with you. 

We are still looking for volunteer readers to come to our class. Please contact us if you would like to participate. 

We would also like you to send us a couple of photos of your child as a baby and as a toddler for a unit of inquiry project we are working on. You can print them yourself and send them to school with your child or you can send them to giraheta@lisluanda.com.  

Next week, we will read the book Goldilocks and the Three Bears and we will continue to learn the nursery rhyme Pat-a-cake. 

Have a good weekend,

Miss Georgina and Miss Francesca

Writing in Prep 3.2 and Peace Day Celebration

Dear Parents,

This week we would like to share with you some images that illustrate the development of writing skills in young children.

We also continue to work on our unit of inquiry. Children keep giving us ideas about what it means to be a human and talking about their families and events such as birthdays that reaffirm their image of self. 

Here are some responses to key questions to our unit.

Talking about families

Dylan shares his family photo during circle time.

 

                Lucas and Dylan draw pictures of their families.

 

                Gil made a picture of his dad.

Portrait of mom and dad by Sarah

Isabel and Kataleya are making cakes to celebrate their birthdays.

 

 

Children started to talk about the places they come from. Lucas shared: “I have two countries: Angola and Sao Paulo.” Jameson, Dylan and Gavin said that they come from Texas. (Gavin says that he comes from Texas A&M, to be more specific). This gave us the opportunity to introduce the globe and the flags from the different places that we come from, which tied perfectly with our peace day celebration. 

 

Next week, we will read the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.  With this book, we aim to help children learn about sequence of events,  days of the week and vocabulary related to food. Also, the use of descriptive words such as tiny. This is a great opportunity for English language learners (ELL) review key vocabulary words related to colors and numbers.

Class Parent

Please allow me to introduce Celia Anderson, Gavin’s mom, who has volunteered to function this year as our class parent.

 

Peace Day

Here is a glimpse of the activities we had to celebrate Peace Day.  

Learning about similarities and differences

Dear Parents,

The Prep 3.2 children are busy learning about sorting and exploring the similarities and differences between themselves and others.

Reading Guests

Looking at books independently and listening to stories read aloud promotes literacy and set the foundation to help children become lifelong readers. We would like to invite parents to come and read stories to us either in English, Portugues or even your own mother tongue. If you would like to be a reading guest in our class please drop us an email.

Have a good week,

Miss Georgina and Miss Francesca

Week 4- Who are you?

Dear Parents,

Last week, we started by asking the Prep 3.2 children “Who are you?” Immediately children answered by stating their name. Some also included their gender and age. With a little bit of prompting,  a few children added characteristics such as big and strong to describe themselves.  Jameson told us he is a human. The conversation extended to their family members, the language they speak and where they come from.  Children also talked about what like and dislike and we used a chart to organize the information. With this information, we can move forward in our unit of inquiry exploring and understanding of oneself in relationship to others.

This week we will explore the concepts of similar and different. Children will inquire into what we have in common and what makes us different from others.  The story Hooray for Fish! by Lucy Cousins, will be the provocation to get children thinking about these concepts.

Here are the links to the Clean Up Song we use in class. We hope you find it useful at home to implement a cleanup routine with your own child.

Finally, we would like to remind the parents that have not yet sent their family photo to send them as soon as possible as our unit of inquiry is moving along that direction and all children should have a photo to share with the rest of the group.

Have a good week,

Miss Georgina and Miss Francesca

 

 

 

Week 3

Dear parents,

It was lovely to listen to you and learn more about your child during the parent-teacher connection conferences. We look forward to working closely with you during this school year.

Children to form relationships with their classmates and play together. This week, they enjoyed painting and exploring the outdoor play area. A group of children discovered a pile of brinks and worked together to build towers, a path, and a castle. Others were risk-takers going up the climbing frame all the way to the top!

As part of our unit of inquiry “Who We Are”,  we used mirrors to encourage children to pay close attention to their faces. Some noticed how their facial expression changes as they showed different emotions and later they drew self-portraits. Some also drew portraits of their families.

We introduced the self-registration routine to encourage children to recognize their own name. We also discussed the book No, David! by David Shannon. Children described David’s activities and talked about the feelings of David and his mom. 

Next week, we will work on developing essential agreements for our classroom and we will read the book From Head to Toe by Eric Carle.

Please note that we are starting swimming lessons on Friday so don’t forget to send a bag with your child’s swim suit, towel and flip flops on that day.  Our P.E. day is Wednesday and all children should wear their running shoes on that day. 

Here is our movie of the week. Enjoy!

Have a good weekend,

Miss Georgina and Miss Francesca

Second week

Dear Parents,

This week, children have continued to get acquainted with the routines, classmates, teachers, and environment in the school.  They are beginning to form relationships with each and to explore the different materials available to them.

We want to share with you the poem Just Play by Anita Wadley accompanied by photos of the children engaged in different forms of play at school. Play is at the core of what we do in the ELC, as we believe it is the natural way in which children learn and make sense of the world. We hope you to join us this Wednesday, August 30th at 8:15 AM for our Coffee Morning “Learning Through Play” in the ELC great room.

Timetable: We are starting our regular time table this week. Please take note that children will go home at noon and that we have P.E. on Wednesday and Swiming lesson on Friday. Make sure that your child has the necessary equipment for those days.

Contact information: It is very important that we have your updated contact information.  Please email Sheila in the Admissions office (sburnay@lisluanda.com)  and myself if there are any changes in the contact information you have provided. We also ask that you let us know in advance if someone other than yourself or previously authorized people are picking up your child from school. 

Please remember that Parent- teacher connection meetings are this Friday, Sept. 1st. Children will not attend school on that date. Please sign up or check the time of your appointment here.

We look forward to seeing you then,

Miss Georgina and Miss Francesca

 

First Week of School

Dear Parents,

During our first week of school, children had the opportunity to explore different materials in our classroom and to get acquainted with their teachers and classmates. The first few days, children were very quiet and they played alongside each other but didn’t really interact. Towards the end of the week, we noticed children started to play with one another, sharing toys and learning each other’s names.

We read Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson. This book reminds children, especially during this time of the year when they might be anxious about separating from home, that mommies always return to their little ones. If you have a chance have a look at the Owl Babies video on YouTube. We also read a children’s favorite, Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do you See? by Bill Martin Jr. and illustrated by Eric Carle, which introduces simple vocabulary such as colors and names of animals that are easy to remember, especially for English language learners (ELL). The rhythmic repetition of the text and the simple sentences make it a very enjoyable book for choral reading. Children also began to learn the nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty. We will continue to work with the books and nursery rhyme for the next couple of weeks.

If you haven’t done so, please send your family photo to school. Children enjoy talking about their families to their teachers, classmates and class visitors.

We have an open door policy in our school and parents are welcome to come and join us for different activities. If you would like to volunteer to come and read to us, please drop me an e-mail.

Have a great weekend!

Miss Georgina and Miss Francesca

Welcome to Prep 3.2

Dear Parents,

 

Welcome to Prep 3.2. My name is Georgina Iraheta. Francesca Maputa, our classroom assistant, and I are happy to be your child’s teachers this school year.

This is my first year at Luanda International School and I am very excited to start the school year. I am from El Salvador but I have lived in Mexico, the USA, China, and Qatar. I have been teaching early years for over ten years, seven of which have been in PYP schools. Francesca has been at the school for two years. She is from Angola and she enjoys working with young children.

Please take note that whoever brings your child to school will remain outside on the playground with them until 7:45 am, at which time, the children may go to their respective classes. Please note that no playground supervision is offered in the morning. Also, please be aware that during the first two weeks of school, the Prep 3 classes will be dismissed at 11 pm. Beginning August 28th, the Prep 3 classes will finish at noon.

Each day your child should bring a backpack containing a labeled hat and a labeled reusable water bottle, labeled spare clothing, snack, lunch. We recommend you apply sunscreen and insect repellant before your child comes to school. Note that the P.E. day for Prep 3.2 is on Wednesday, and our Swim day is on Friday.

As part of our program, we encourage self-management skills such as independence, time management, and healthy life style. We ask that in your child’s lunch bag you pack a healthy snack such as fruits, vegetable, nuts or yogurt and to avoid chocolate, candy, cookies and sugary drinks.

Please be aware that this blog will be the main source of information this academic year. The purpose of our blog will be to communicate, share and inform you all of the learning that will be happening in Prep 3.2.

It is very important that your contact information (phone number and email address) is up to date. If you need to make changes, please email Sheila Burnay in the Enrollment Office at sburnay@lisluanda.com. It is vital that we are able to contact you in an emergency situation.

We are looking forward to a very exciting year!

Ms. Georgina and Ms. Francesca