weekly Update #34

Upcoming Dates

The next few weeks are super busy!

  • May 26: PAFA picnic
  • June 7: Pre-K Gallery Walk
  • June 8: Field Day
  • June 13: End of the Year Assembly and grade-level celebration (student-only)
  • June 14: Last day of school! This is an early dismissal day.

Art Exploration 

We have continued to explore lots of art materials and techniques this week.  Quick-dry clay, mask painting, sewing, and much more!

Next week, we will explore a few more techniques before working on our final masterpiece!

Describing Art

We’ve been learning how to talk about art and how to describe it too.  We can describe the colors, the shapes, and the lines.  But we can also think about the story or the feelings that art might try to convey.

We’ve watched an awesome video entitled Kids Describe Art to Experts, which have helped model appropriate descriptive language for the class.

Interactive Writing 

We engaged in interactive writing where students share the pen with the teacher.  Please find below our finished product! Students were excited to be the author of the story while I took the role of the illustrator.

 

Field Day Friday June 8th

Dear Parents,

Our annual Field Day will be held on Friday June 8 (rain date is on Monday June 11).
This is a day where your child will join a team of other students from different classes and travel around the school to participate in 10 fun (and sometimes wet) stations!
To avoid overcrowding and to maximize space for students, only parents who have signed up as volunteers to help run stations should be on campus during this time.
A Sign-Up Genius link available for volunteer sign-up here. Thank you for your understanding!

Please read the attachment so you know which color your child will need to wear on Friday June 8.
For example, Riya is RED A. This means she is on Team Red A and will need to wear RED (top only is fine).

Please remember the following for Friday June 8:
– Send in a water bottle
– Almost all the kids will NOT be on my team so label your child¹s water bottle with their name and room number (i.e. Riya B206 *this can be done on masking tape)
– Apply sunscreen and mosquito repellent on your child at home if needed
– The kids will get wet so send in an extra change of clothes (socks, underwear, top and bottom – does not have to be school uniform)

Sincerely,

Pre-K Team

Weekly Update # 33

Important Dates

  • The Pre-K Gallery Walk is scheduled for Thursday June 7 from 2:00-2:45pm.
  • The SCIS Spring Picnic will be Saturday May 26 at the Main Campus.  Hope to see you there!

Field Trip 

We had a great time at the MoGogh Art Studio. Prior to the field trip, we took a vote on what we wanted our art lesson to focus on and decided on creating a shark using different art tools, paint, and play-doh. We listened to step-by-step instructions and used our fine-motor skills to manipulate play-doh to make a shark and paint using a roller and a paint brush. We also created texture on our work using bubble wrap and tissue paper. Students especially loved bringing their art work home and receiving a gift of pencil crayons so they can continue exploring art at home!

Outdoor Play

We enjoyed playing outside with our friends from different classes. It was so much fun playing in the tent, dipping our feet in water, drawing, and painting outside.

Highlights This Week

  • We’ve been creating a book about art together, engaging in a lot of interactive writing. We have been practicing our letter sounds and formation. Students have been noticing different punctuation, such as a period and question mark in stories and in their immediate environment.
  • Magna-tiles have become especially popular as students begin to build intricate structures. We were able to borrow some more Magna-Tiles sets from Ms.Julie’s class and came up with a strategy to ensure we didn’t mix our Magna-Tiles with her’s. We sorted the pieces, counted them, labelled each set, and took a picture so we can remember how much was borrowed.
  • We shared the stories we made with each other. We gave our authors two compliments and one question.
  • We learned that art can consist of building and dancing. During play, Yu Ching and Olivia practiced their dancing and singing routine and performed for the teddy bears and myself. During the performance, Rica, Mia, and Elvy provided food from their restaurant called ” Elvy and Rica’s Restaurant.”
  • We have so many friends interested in writing good-bye messages at the end of the day. This week, Sybren, Stella, Yu Ching, Olivia, Victor, and Elvy wrote a goodbye message for the class. It was such a nice gesture!

 

Weekly Update #32

Important Dates

  • Art Auction is on May 12, 2018 at 7pm.  Hope to see you there!
  • We have a field trip planned for Monday May 14 to MoGogh Art Studio.  If you haven’t returned the permission slips  along with 50RMB yet, please do so as soon as possible.
  • The Pre-K Gallery Walk is scheduled for Thursday June 7 from 2:00-2:45pm.
  • The SCIS Spring Picnic will be Saturday May 26 at the Main Campus.  Hope to see you there!

Inquiry into Art 

We’ve had a busy and fun week here in Pre-K.  We are fully involved in our newest unit, our investigation into art and expression. We  have been looking at many famous artworks and reflecting on them.  We are gaining new vocabulary to help us talk about art in a deeper way–how it makes us feel, what we think is happening, what we think the artist felt, how the colors are used.  We’ve been exploring new art materials, learning about shapes and colors, and connecting art to our feelings. We have been learning about how art can create a feeling or emotion inside of us.  It’s been great reviewing vocabulary words for feelings (happy, sad, scared, angry) and learning new ones (confused, bored, tired, excited).

Interactive Writing 

We engaged in interactive writing this week, with students sharing the pen.We worked on identifying the sound we needed to write, matching it to a letter, then a student helped write it in the message.They are all such risk-takers–willing to experiment with lower-case letters and write words out!

Highlights This Week 

  • We created an essential agreement for the Art Interest Area. Students are learning to take responsibility when using art materials and understanding why it is for us to care of class materials.
  • We made Ms.Julie a card. Students brainstorm messages we could write to her and voted on the one we liked best. Then we engaged in interactive writing where students wrote each letter for the message, demonstrating their understanding of letter sounds and letter formation. Ms.Julie was very touched by our kind gesture and the students felt good to be showing kindness and care for another person’s well being.
  • Students have been taking initiative to explore art books in the class and discussing what they see and think with each other.
  • Through play, students have been taking an interest in drawing what they have built, matching uppercase and lowercase letters together, learning to draw animals through step by step instructions given in a book.
  • Please continue looking through the pictures to see all the learning that has been going on in our class!

Pictures From Our Students

Weekly Update #31

Important Dates

  • Class field trip to MoGogh Art Studio will be on Monday May 14th. Please send back the permission form by Thursday May 10th along with 50 RMB.
  • Make sure to sign up ECE Summer Camp for an early bird discount!
  • ECE Art Auction on May 12th– I hope to see you there!
  • PAFA Spring Concert on May 26th at the HQ Main Campus

Inquiry into Art 

This week, we read a story called Monsters Love Colours by Mike Austin and Penguins Love Colours by Sarah Aspinall.  We experimented with mixing primary colours (blue, yellow, red) to create new colours (orange, purple, green). We also discussed how feelings/thoughts can be associated with different colours. Based on our student’s thinking, students associated specific colours with the following:

Red : anger, love, mean, happy, hungry

Yellow: happy, confused, hot, angry, sun

Blue: sad, cold, frozen, ice

Orange: hot , silly, fire

Green: scared, confused, monster

Purple: poison, good

We also explored a new art technique where students could incorporate different types of lines into their work. It was great watching students take this even further by using different methods such as, their fingertips and handprints to colour in their work.

Pre-K Spring Music Concert!

We spent a lot of time rehearsing for the Music Concert this week. The students worked very hard and their efforts did not go unnoticed. The concert was a success! Our students reflected this morning on what they were most proud of during the music concert. In summary, they loved having their family present to watch them perform and they felt they did a great job with their singing and dancing.  I couldn’t agree more! A big thank you to Mrs.Babb for putting this performance together and our MAs for supporting!

Pictures Taken By Our Students 

Weekly Update #30

Important Dates

  • No school on May 1st!
  • PK Concert is on May 3rdPlease see Ms. Babb’s website for details. If your child will not be able to come to the concert, please let me know as soon as possible!
  • ECE Summer Camp registration is under way! Make sure to sign your little on up early for an early bird discount!
  • ECE Art Auction on May 12th– ticket forms went home today, I hope to see you there!
  • PAFA Spring Concert on May 26th at the HQ Main Campus

Inquiring into Art 

We started our Art unit with a question “What is Art?”. The responses students came up with included: cutting, painting, drawing, using different tools, writing etc. With this information, the classroom was set up so students can create art using familiar tools. Students are then asked to explain what they have made. We also completed a visible thinking routine I see I think I wonder to help students tune into our new unit. An art piece called the Scream by Edvard Munch was shown to students and through our discussion, students used their sense of sight to describe what they saw, their prediction skills to express what they think about the art piece, and their curiosity to ask further questions. We read a story called Let’s Paint by Alborozo in which students learned that art is about having fun and “if you think it is beautiful then it it is beautiful.” – Olivia He. Students have recently shown an interest for inquiring into colours so, next week we will be focusing on colours and reading books to learn more about it.

Pictures Taken By Our Students 

It has been so nice seeing students use their creativity and skills to photograph their classmates and teachers. They also demonstrated independence and responsibility as they took turns and remember to put back the Ipod after use.

Literacy 

We have been focusing on the letter Nn and Vv this week. Students have also been practicing their letter recognition, sounds, and formation through songs, games, bookmaking, writing messages on the whiteboard, reading books, making cards and using the HWT workbooks.

Weekly Update # 29

Important Dates

  • Math Night is on April 24 from 5pm to 6pm.
  • The Pre-K Music Concert will be on Thursday, May 3rd at 6:00pm.
  • Art Auction will be held on Saturday May 12 at 7pm.

Friendly Reminder

The weather is getting hotter and we will be engaging in more messy play. Please ensure that your child has extra clothes in their cubby in case they need to change. This includes an extra pair of socks, shirt, short/pants, and underwear.  Short sleeved shirts, a hat and sunglasses may also be a good option for the hotter months.

Week of the Young Child

Musical Monday

We discussed how music can create different emotions. We played music and danced to how we think it makes us feel.

Tasty Tuesday

We ate snack together and identified the healthy snacks in our snack box. We also listed foods that were considered unhealthy and watched a video about how we can take care of our bodies.

Work Together Wednesday 

We played with Pre-school and Kindergarten children in the large playground. We also worked together to build a structure with building blocks. We reflected in how we worked as a team (ex: took turns, share etc.) and how it made it feel.

Artsy Thursday

We enjoyed painting together with Mr.Andrew’s class.

Family Friday

We read a story called The Family Book which focused on different types of families. Being open-minded is an important learner profile that is promoted and supported in our school community. We also mapped out where our family is from and drew a picture of our family.

Unit of Inquiry

Central Idea: Plants are a resource for living things.

Students shared their knowledge about plants. We also learned more about the Venus Fly Trap from our friend, Ralph. Students worked together to draw pictures of the Venus Fly Trap and watched video about how different trees can be fused together to create interesting shapes and designs.

This week and next week marks the end of our investigation into plants.  We’ve learned about the parts of a plant, how to take care of plants, and why plants are important to us.  We’ve planted seeds and watched them grow, gardened outside, and explored different plants.  It has been an exciting unit!

As a summative conversation, the class came up with reasons why plants are important. The reasons could be grouped into a few main themes.

  • Plants gives us beauty
  • Plants clean the air
  • Plants give us food to eat
  • Some plants can be homes
  • Plants gives us other things like clothes and paper

Next week or the week after, we will start our final unit of the year, Art as Expression.

Photographers in our Class

We are excited to share photographs taken by Mia, Olivia, Elvy, Zhiye, and Stella this week. The students did a great job taking turns and using their artistic eye to capture moments of play in and outside of our class.

Other Highlights

  • Students have been taking an interest in making iPads using art materials in the Art Area
  • We brainstormed words beginning with the letter Mm and practice its formation on our HWT workbooks.
  • We took a class photo with our art work for the Art Auction
  • We are studying the famous author Eric Carle. In our Writing Focused Read Aloud we learned about how authors can write different types of books.
  • We learned a new song called A Sailor Went to Sea 

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Important Dates

  • The class will be attending Book Fair next week on Wednesday.
  • NAEYC’s Week of the Young Child will be held from April 16 to April 20.  We will be doing special activities in class to support the week’s themes. Click here for more details
  • Math Night is on April 24 from 5pm to 6pm.
  • The Pre-K Music Concert will be on Thursday, May 3rd at 6:00pm.
  • Art Auction will be held on Saturday May 12 at 7pm.

Bucket Filler Lesson by Ms.Jillian

We were super excited to have Ms.Jillian visit our classroom to extend a lesson on how to be a bucket filler and what it means to be a bucket filler. We read another version of the story How Full is Your Bucket? called Have You Filled a Bucket Today? In order to provide concrete examples of how our actions can positively or negatively impact people’s emotions, each student and teacher were given a bucket. We have been and will continue to reflect on our actions and explore different ways we can brighten someone’s day.

 

Unit of Inquiry 

Central Idea: Plants are a resource for living things

We are inquiring into …

  • The characteristics of living and non-living things
  • The role of plants amongst living things
  • How we care for plants affect how they grow

This week we noticed that a lot of our plants in the class are either dying or not growing. We reflected on the reasons and students determined that the lack of water, sun, and care has resulted in our plant’s inability to grow. One student suggested that we need to bring the plants from our classroom downstairs to the garden so it can receive more sunlight. We have also been going to the garden to water and take care of the plants we have grown in our assigned bin. In addition, we read a story called the Giving Tree and reflected on the importance of plants.

We noticed that some of the tadpoles have grown into froglets! Due to the lack of space in our vase, we decided it was best to release the tadpoles so they could have a chance to grow into frogs. Students have been making reference to our non-fiction book bin to learn more about frogs and its lifecycle.

 

Photographers in Our Class 

We had many students interested in using the Ipod to capture the learning and play inside and outside of our class. The photos below were taken by Zhiye, Mia, Olivia, Luca, Leon, Pedro, and Walter.  We hope you enjoy the photos as much as the children enjoyed taking them.