Peacocks Newsletter 02-07

Information from us

Hello Peacock parents!

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.

We plan to do some activities next week that we need some materials for.  We are in need of plastic bottles such as empty shampoo bottles or even water bottles.  We also need toilet paper rolls.  If any of these materials can be spared, please send them to school with your child.  

Our learning

Science: The children have been learning about the water cycle. We used a 3D model of the water cycle to discuss different stages of the water cycle. We discussed the what if scenario e.g what if there was no rain or what if the sun never came out? Children also learned new terms e.g. water vapor , evaporation, condensation and precipitation. Later we carried out the rain experiment and the children were amazed to see the water turn blue when it started to rain!!!

 In arts and craft activity each child made their own 3D water cycle model. Each child got to cut the sun , cut strips of paper for rain drops and water vapor. Then they made clouds and colored the river  and together we assembled the water cycle. One side of the water cycle represents evaporation and the other side represents precipitation. The children loved the activity and could not wait to hang their amazing creations in the science room.

Next we made clouds inside a bottle using hot water, ice, lid and hair spray. This experiment was a big hit and we had to repeat it several times.


Art: Following our theme of the week which was India, The children colored indian flags. The children also made indian flags from colored rice that was glued to paper. Savita also showed the children some Indian dance. The children had a great time learning the dance moves and dancing together.

English and Vocabulary: We are continuing our learning of one letter per week. This week we are focusing on the letter D. Every child had the opportunity write the upper and lower-case on paper and to color in both versions of the letter. Along with this, during circle time we asked the children to think of words or names that begin with the letter D. The children also did some baking having to do with learning the letters! We put toger some inedible dough for the children to shape letters out of and then we baked the dough to make the letters hard.

Math: The children continued with the number pencils activity. In this game the children use any amount of colored pencils and a piece of paper. The children first write numbers 1-10 for example. Then they lay a colored pencil down under the number that color wrote. If the children are doing addition, all of the pencils are cleard from the paper and with every math problem, the more pencils are added to the paper just beneath the numbers. Should the children be doing subtraction, all of the pencils are put onto the paper under the colorsand as the game goes on, more pencils will be taken off of the paper.

We are attempting to show the children how to do math in a way where they actually see the processes and learn to understand them.

The World: This week, we learned India. As you may know, Savita is from India and she had alot of great things to share with the children over the course of the week.  We began on Monday with presenting India.  The children learned about the Indian currency, traditions, and the location of India.  We continued the next day with observing some things that Savita brought from India.  Savita also did henna tattoos on the children’s hands which they enjoyed very much!  The children learned about Taj Mahal, listed to some songs sung by one of the peacock children who is from India, baked some Indian snacks called Matri and ended the week with dressing up in Indian clothes and dancing together to Indian music!  The peacocks had a great week with India!

 

Important Dates:

Thursday 20th of February- Lilla Vasaloppet

24th-28th of February- Sport lov

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

Täby

Leave a Reply