This year the children created a monthly self-portrait. I have compiled the photos into one video for families to enjoy.
These simple drawings are windows into the growth and development of the children through the year. Look at the August portrait for each and compare to May’s drawing. You will see how close details have been added – the addition of eye lashes, eye brows and ears.
How did this growth happen? Through daily drawing and fine motor experiences such as playdough, beading, cutting and sand play, each child strengthened their small muscles. Through discussions focussed on observations, the children learned to look closely at their reflections as they drew.
Isn’t it amazing to see their growth in one year?
The Preschool concert was amazing. Thank you to all the parents who were able to come, and then contributed to the breakfast afterwards.
Here are some highlights:
1. Photos from the Professional photographer:
2. Video of the whole performance:
….when days are hot, when days are cold,
in the swimming pool.
Highlights from this week!
- We’ve been the tracking the progress of the chrysalis. We looked at it during lunch today and just after the children left, the butterfly emerged! Ms.Abbie and Ms.Isa captured it on video:
- The children worked on t-shirts for the concert in Art. The prints are lovely bear (or bearcat) images drawn by each child.
- We watched 2 circus performances this week. First we watched some humorous clowns in Grade 6 on Monday. Today they watched a Grade 3 PE circus performance. The Dolphins are a wonderful audience. Ask your child which performance they preferred and why?
- In PE, Coach Nat had the tricycles and scooters in the covered court for our use. What a great opportunity to practice their pedalling and steering skills!
- Each child did their monthly self-portrait as well as a drawing about what they have learned in Preschool. They are all drawing with detail and control now!
- The class have decided to plan a birthday party for Baby Dolphin. I look forward to seeing their ideas and plans come into action over the next few weeks.
- We made alphabet biscuits for cooking this week! Ask your child how they made the biscuits.
See what else happened here:
The Jellyfish class invited the Dolphin Class to join them in having a pancake and pajama day. The Dolphin class was happy to join but decided to make waffles and call it ‘Wacky Waffle Day.” The class planned the day, and I added a few surprises. After pretending to brush our teeth, we had sleep over (that lasted 5 minutes) and woke up to a rooster crowing. After Music, we pretended to drive in a car to the rainbow waffle restaurant and eat fruit and waffles. The class loved having gymnastics in their pajamas! On our walk back to class, we saw our Grade 4 buddy class being scientists and experimenting with dropping eggs. It was a busy, exciting day!
Making Waffles (on Thursday)
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Wacky Waffle Day
The students are becoming more aware of themselves as learners. In preparation for the conferences, we spent time talking about what we have learned in our classroom. The class worked in small groups to think of ideas of how to show this in each of the areas; after voting on their final decisions, they thought of what materials was needed to share these experiences with their families:
During the conference they shared some of the pieces of work in their learning journals, as well as three areas in the classroom. It was a wonderful time for parents to see and hear about the learning happening in Preschool.
Thank you for taking the time to come into our classrooms. We appreciate it!
Thank you to all the parents for our wonderful cultural shares. The class made a lot of connections and discoveries as they learned about some of the different countries represented by students in our class.
This week, the teachers provided the Dolphin class with many experiences to help them understand the idea of observation:
– They made clouds in a jar (shaving foam) and dripped colour on top
– They made more sensory bottles with water, food coloring, glitter, pompoms and baby oil
– They added white roses into test tubes of food colouring
– They compared the outside and inside of different fruits and vegetables
– Ashley’s family provided a 4th of July snack as part of the ongoing cultural shares – the children observed what happened to their tongue as they ate it!
Ask your child what the word observation means and what they observed this week?