Friday, September 23, 2016

CHICKA CHICKA BOOM BOOM..... WHEN YOU GET US!


These past two weeks have been very short due to the bank holidays we had. Though short, it did not prevent us to have fun and Pre-K 4 kids continued their adventures in learning more about letters (Upper and Lower case).
We read an amazing book entitled ‘Chicka Chicka Boom Boom’by Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault. It is the story of letters racing to reach the top of the coconut tree. The kids loved it! I wish you had seen their faces when watching the video. Please, ask them to tell you about it, if they have not done so yet!

SEPT 12– SEPT 23
‘NEW FRIENDS’
Alphabet knowledge
Sight Words
Nursery Rhyme
Unit/Theme
Colour/Shape/Number
Math
Lowercase Letters
A, ON, YELLOW
Head and Shoulders
New Friends
Yellow, triangle, 1
Count
1-10/20

classify and sort objects


Skills:


Traces name
Identifies lowercase letter characteristics
Sorts objects according to size and colour
States first and last name
Counts to 10
Segments name/words & sentences in syllables
Listens to and retells a story
Tells how things are same or different
Names colours
States age
Names and identifies characters in a story

Literacy
Visual discrimination: Recognising letter in my name. Writing my name.
Students wrote their names without models.

Phonological awareness: Syllables
Concepts of Print: Title, Author, Illustrator
Please have a look at our word wall which will be soon full with words.

Head and shoulder nursery rhyme 

Show and Tell:
Please remember that our Show and Tell day happens on Mondays. Please do prepare a 'little something' with your on Sunday eve if you can so that it will make it more interactive and successful as well.

Physical Development Fine Motor: horizontal lines and slanted lines.

Art:
Our chicka chicka boom boom trees 
Our big version but not finished yet! We have to add
our Big and Small Letters
 




Coconut tree with Capital Letters.

Math:

We continued with the shapes song posted last time and read Elmer’s colours.



One to one correspondence: Introduction

Concept:
Classification – sorting by color

Problem solving - Patterns ( AB, ABBA, ABC)

  

Positional words: Up

Vocabulary:
Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown, black, white, sort, group, different, alike, same, colour.

yellow song


Our yellow triangles:


We also finished the week celebrating Eyob's birthday today, Friday September 23rd! He is now 5 years old. Happy Birthday to you sweetheart!



Hope to hear from you soon!
We cannot wait to see you on Monday Clara!


Ms. L

Friday, September 9, 2016

HUMPTY DUMPTY..... HOW CAN WE PUT YOU TOGETHER AGAIN?


AUG 29 – SEPT 9
‘NEW FRIENDS’
Alphabet knowledge
Sight Words
Nursery Rhyme
Unit/Theme
Colour/Shape/Number
Math
What is a letter?


Uppercase Letters
IS , MY, RED

THE, TO
Open Shut Them

Jack Be Nimble
New Friends
Red
Circle
0
Count
1-10/20














Pre-K 4 class are still getting to know each other better. Through the nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty, students accomplished a lot in all areas of development.

Each day, we read and listened to a different version of Humpty Dumpty.

Skills:
-       Counts to 10
-       Days of week
-       Months of the year
-       Segments sentences into words
-       Understand that words are made of letters
-       Identifies uppercase letter characteristics
     Points to name in print
     Identifies author & illustrator
     Holds and uses writing materials appropriately

LITERACY:

Recognising my first name: Pre K 4 class has been very good at recognising their own name. Many of them have even been able to recognise their friends’name.
Kids have been able to sort the names out by the letter they start up with (with the beginning sounds too!)




Concepts of Print: Title, author
Concepts of print are very important as ‘ They are the basic understanding of reading.’
McKenna & Stahl, 2009

Small group Literacy:

 Alphabet T-chart.
Visual discrimination: Is it O or S?
Emilie is asking what to do as she is done with her work


 Alphabet Clothespin Activity:
So tricky to open those clothespins, right?

Aarna,Valentin, Adji and Nur matching up letters with clothespins
 Humpty Dumpty Sequence:
Emilie, Sayane and Bastian are sticking and colouring their 3 or 4 sequence image stories! But before
they had to tell me about the stories. Ask them to tell you about the nursery rhyme!   
  
Vocabulary: wall, king, horse, castle, men
Language development: Length of sentences / classifying.

BLOCKS:
We built a wall for Humpty Dumpty with blocks. Children used the flannel to retell the story.




MATH:
One to one correspondence
We read the story of Bear Count that you could find below.



Students accompanied the Bear in his adventure and counted up to five. This was an easy task, of course! Our focus remained on the one to one correspondence and recognising the written form of numbers.

Counting with Pom poms

Positional word: ON
The Humpty Dumpty Nursery rhyme was the classroom stimulus to work the positional word ON.

Vocabulary: How many? Tell, show, put, place, touch, count.


Math activities and manipulatives:

Counting with Dice







Kids also learned about shapes ( focus on the circle) and the colour red.
 




SCIENCE:
Introduction to the Science center
Students were introduced to the Science center and to the different kinds of activities they could do during their Free choice periods.

Questions:
-Why did you choose that…?
-Why are you…?
-What are you trying to find out?
-What can this help you do?

Vocabulary: Think, wonder, observe, watch, discover, find, glow, change…

EGG DROP EXPERIMENT.
Children were to predict whether boiled eggs will crack when dropped in bags filled with different items.
Many of them have been able to predict well!
Will the eggs crack if we use... cotton balls? Beans? Tissue? and how about rocks?  

DRAMATIC ART:
Pre-K 4 class had fun here! They were provided with stick horses, knight shields, and block bricks as props for Children to act out the rhyme.


SHOW AND TELL:
Bastian talking about his I-pod and how to use it to play music! 



Emilie talking about her house and shared shells ( that she brought from France) with the rest of the class.


ART (FINE MOTOR):
Children tore white paper and glue to construction paper to create a broken Humpty Dumpty. We loved sticking the bandages to fix him.

 
  

 

And now let's fix it!


 and VoilĂ !
                                                                        


PE: Walking, throwing and running

LIBRARY: To grow our kids' international mindedness and to sensitise them on why do Malian people celebrate Tabaski, Mr Souleymane has read beautiful stories about Tabaski or Eid Mubarak. Below is another story we listened to in class.


Happy Tabaski Break and see you on Wednesday!