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As you all can see, the spring seems to be coming earlier this year.
The snow is gone and as it always happens during the spring season, the ground is getting softer and really wet and muddy.
Last autumn we did a reform in our playground outside and we sowed grass.
We took away the protection we had around it because we thought it was going to be a white february, with snow.
It´s going to be difficult for the grass to grow so we may change our plans.
I have already contacted a company and they will be here on monday to see what we can do with the muddy part of the playground.
I understand that some of you, parents, do not like that the kids get so muddy outside…But, at the same time, I would like to tell you all that the children absolutely love it! Whenever there is a pool of water (vattenpöl), that´s where the kids want to be.
I will get back to you soon with more information
Adriana Marx Norén
As a reminder, we will still be outside for 2 hours everyday. Every child should have snow pants and a coat or a snow suit, waterproof shoes, gloves, a warm hat, and extra socks. The weather is a bit nasty at the moment and the children get very dirty when they play outside. Please try to take home outside clothes to be washed. Lastly, every child should also have inside shoes and a sweater or fleece to wear indoors.
Social skill: Over the course of the school year, the children have found their ”circle of friends” and the tend to always stay near that circle. We found it important to encourage the children to socialize with other children as well. On monday we decided to make different groups of children to encourage that socialization. Every group had 3 to 4 children and those children did activities together that day instead of every child only wanteing to be with their close friends.
This went well enough to continue on tuesday.
Art: As some of you may know, one of the peacocks biggest personalities is leaving the school. On thursday, we took the time as a class to make a big goodbye card for her. Every child had a small card to design and put into the big card. The children all put a personal goodbye on their card. The children also made valentines day cards. They chose the materials they wanted to put into their cards and personalized the greeting as well.
Language and Vocabulary: This week we are revisiting certain sounds that are used in everyday speech for both english and swedish. A few times over the course of the week, we sat in groups briefly and practices saying different sounds and words containing those sounds. We also practices the combination of certain words containing the sounds we were focusing on. We will continue to do more of this every week.
We are also focusing on learning the alphabet. The children did an activity where the made letter on the floor with rice. The letters were drawn onto the floor with crayon and the children filled in the space of the letters with rice. The children really enjoyed this activity! Everyone wanted to participate! The children also did more of the story cube activity. Soon we will put the story up for display.
Math: This week we have begun a new routine with the children and their math training. There are a number of children in the peacocks and flamingos groups who will be going to school next fall and we want to prepare them as best we can. The peacock and flamingo children who will be going to school will combine once a week to work with math. There will be 3 to 4 different math activities for the children to participate in. The groups will rotate so every child has an opportunity to do every activity.
Holistic View: We have had quite a few birthdays this month in the peacocks group. For the latest birthdays, we set up a monthly calendar surrounding the sun. The birthday children had a chance to find the month they were born in and to walk around the sun passing all of the months singing ”the earth goes around the sun” on the way back to their birthday month. We are attmpting to develop the childrens understanding of what a year is and how many years old they are. Now that we have the materials, this is somthing we will continue for every childs birthday.
Lastly, we would like to wish Hanna Duster well as her family goes back to Germany. The Peacocks group and FuturaSkolan will miss you!
Thursday 20th of February- Lilla Vasaloppet
24th-28th of February- Sport lov (the school will be open for regular care)
Thursday 6th of March- Parents meeting
If you should have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to email, call, or speak directly with us.
The Peacocks Teachers
Corrie, Asma, Florentine, and Savita
Futuraskolan International Pre-school