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Dear families,

The ELC is moving SeeSaw as our new platform for documenting learning. You should receive an email inviting you to SeeSaw from the company on Monday. The blog will no longer be used as the dominant platform for sharing information.

Kind regards,

Che’te Bey

New Unit

Hello Parents,

Welcome to 2018! Can you believe we are halfway through the school year already!

We have begun a new unit: Sharing the Planet

Central idea: Living things have certain requirements in order to grow and stay healthy.

Lines of Inquiry: The lines of inquiry will be co-constructed between child and practitioner based on learner’s interests, curiosities, and wonderings.

Key concepts: form, responsibility

Related concepts: survival, living/non-living things

ATL (Approaches to Learning): Research skills and Thinking Skills

Learner profile attributes: Knowledgeable and Inquirers

Attitudes: respect, curiosity, appreciation

This is one of my favorite units that we teach. The process of researching living things and thinking about responsibilities we have as human beings to take care of our planet provides a wonderful foundation to build upon as the children grow and mature.

This week we began by looking at the name of our unit- Sharing the planet- and asking the children what sharing means and what planet means and who/what shares the planet together. The children were presented with a photo of the earth and asked to describe what they see. They mentioned: “Earth, the sun, planets and a lot of small suns, Saturn, Uranus, tiny blue moons,  and different colors.” When asked where we are in the solar system/Where do we live they mentioned. “Scotland, Montebello, Ireland, Indonesia, Aisa, Africa, Angola, planet earth, and planet that is getting closer to the earth.”

Requests

Dear families,

Many of the children have demonstrated interest in different types of weather, perhaps as a result of holiday travels. We will use their interests to introduce the exploration of climates. If possible please send a photo of your child during the holiday, here in Angola, or whichever country you originate from. Please ensure your child is outdoors so we can observe and discuss the climate.

On another note, please send a baby picture of your child, under one year is best. This will support us in exploring living/nonliving things as well as the importance of the earths resources for all living things.

Thank you!

Arts

After using their imagination to come up with an idea they wanted to portray through a clay sculpture year 4.3 visited prep 4.3 to help add details and extend their thinking to the projects. We have been spending a great deal of time focusing on how using imagination can lead to being creative and unique in the expression of ideas and feelings.

 

After researching artists who create are through unconventional methods and reading “I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More” by Karen Beaumont the class decided they would use their feet to create a collaborative painting. Almost everyone loved it, as they reflected one student noted “We are kids! We can always be messy when we are creative!”

We are continuing to express ideas and stories through drama. The children made puppets and use the theatre to perform fairly tales and their original stories.

As the children continued to explore famous artists they created Mondrain

inspired abstract art.

 

 

Arts

This week we began exploring music and reviewing how art evokes or expresses different feelings.

Ms. Jasmine came in to share Angolan dance history. She led us through a creative movement session and taught us basic traditional dance steps.

Later in the week we listened to different genres of music and expressed  the way it made us feel through movement.  As a reflection we discussed how different music makes us feel what music makes us think about.

We have been working on learning rhythms and trying to play repetitive beats together.

Lastly we made shakers to support us in our music activities. The children chose one of four materials to place inside of their shakers, this week we will use them for creative movement exercises.

Please remember to return library books on Wednesdays. Last week many children were disappointed when they could not choose a new book.

 

 

Influential Artists

We have been exploring the art of Jackson Polluck and Wassily Kandinsky. After researching the different ways these artists expressed themselves the children created art in their respective styles. On Friday, Ms. Isabel, a local basket weaver came in to share the art of weaving. She explained the process of preparing the plants and taught the children how to weave.

How can we be creative?

This week we began exploring the idea of creativity and how it can be expressed through visual and dramatic art processes. The children began learning about the properties of clay as well as the importance of reflecting on their work over  a period of time. As a class the children decided to act out the story “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” The children decided the role(s) they would play and performed for the peers.

Notes

Please note that Wednesday, November 1st is dress-up day at school. Children are allowed to come dressed in any costume he or she pleases.

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 love to have families come in and demonstrate the many different ways to be creative.

Here is a general overview of the unit.

Some families have requested contact information to arrange meetings outside of the school. I will send the entire contact list on Monday. If you would like to opt-out of having your contact information on this list please inform me prior to 15:00 on Monday, October 30th.

Bookmaking

Many  children love story time in Prep 4.3. This week the children have demonstrated a greater interest  in creating and telling stories in our classroom writer’s area.  To support the children, we are spending more time focusing on the components of books and how writers use  stories to express their ideas and creativity. The children are becoming more aware of  the role of the author, titles, characters, sequence, illustrations and words in a story. The idea is that by understanding the parts of a book and story the children will have a set of concepts to include in their own work.