Hi all parents,
The last two weeks have gone by very fast and we are now into the normal routines, and the new children are well settled in our group. We have enjoyed some waterplay, art, playing outside in the snow and some creative classroom time building lots of lego a favourite with all the children.
Last week we did a big art project which really got all the children involved. To celebrate the chinese new year we made a long dragon using everything red and yellow we could find in the art room, tissue paper, sequins, crayons, ribbons and more. The result is on the wall in our classroom, fantastic work. We also did some baking on the friday before the chinese new year making little pastry balls of rice flour and filling them with soybean mixture, a chinese tradition and greatly enjoyed by all, especially eating the results.
During the last two weeks we have had Corrie substituing in our classroom. He is from the States and has a long backround coaching children in basketball. He has been a great addition to us and a calming influence in the classroom.
This week we have been spending lots and lots of time outside, digging, building and sliding on the snow. You are welcome to bring in helmets suitable for sledging (hockey/ice skating helmets) and on Thursdays, weather permitting, we will be going to the park or a small calm hill with the children for some sleding. If you would like this day you may bring a sledge or bumpad in but keep in mind and tell the children that all sledges brought in will be shared with all our penguin children! We already have sledges and bum pads (stjartlappar) in school so helmets are greatly appreciated.
The red books that some of you have seen when your children have an accident here in school will from this month also be used for recording the children’s individual learning. At the end of every month we will leave all the books in your children’s cubbies so that you can read it, but please always leave the books at school.
For you new parents this book is also used incase your child falls and hurts themselves during the day and need a little first aid like cuts and head bumps, as its important that that information reaches you we record it and leave it in your spot if one of us Penguin teachers are not here to see you at the end of the day. All you do is read it and sign it, leaving the book in its spot.
Have a lovely week and best wishes
Sandra, Angelika and Corrie