What is and idea?

Dear Parents,

This week we continued exploring our central idea: ‘People express their feelings and ideas when they create and respond to art’.

We began by discussing what feelings might sound or look like. We introducing classical music and asking them to associate the sound with a feeling. For example, children though that the initial sounds in Beethoven’s 5th Symphony sound angry or scary while Tchaikovsky’s Chinese Dance sounded happy and silly. Later we introduced videos and images of the weather and natural elements and asked children to associate them with their feelings.

We also talked about ideas. Watch the slideshow to learn about what children had to say about it.

Literacy

We are reading the book We Are Going on a Bear Hunt, which we are using to learn about sequence of events, choral reading and position words: over, under and through. We also had the visit of two volunteer readers this week. Here are some images:

Have a good weekend!

Miss Georgina and Miss Francesca

How We Express Ourselves

Dear Parents, 

It was great talking with you about your child’s development ins school during the parent-teacher conferences. You have asked us to include more links to the songs that and the stories that we are learning in school in our blog. Please find the link to the songs: My Body Makes Music and Knick Knack Paddy Wack.

This week, have started a new unit of inquiry: How We Express Ourselves. As part of our new unit, we would like to invite families to come in and share any art performance, experiences, or talents with the children. We will investigate dance, visual art, music, and drama. However, we want to emphasize the idea that any creative process can be a form of art. Art does not have to be limited to the areas noted above. We would be love to have families come in and demonstrate the many different ways to be creative. 

We have introduced children to the work of Andy Goldsworthy, an artist that who found inspiration in nature. We have set up a provocation table with loose parts from nature to invite children to create their own artwork and they are beginning to explore it. 

 

Have a great weekend,

Miss Georgina and Miss Francesca

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