After looking at a range of familiar books and discussing what they were about, I asked the children, “If you were going to write your own book, what would it be about?” The children responded with great enthusiasm and had lots of ideas for making books about the things that they are most interested in. It is important that their writing comes from them and the time they spend writing is joyful. Therefore, the children have choice about content but also, when to work on their book and for how long. They may choose to come back to it over a number of days as authors do. Some of the children have started working on their books. It was wonderful to see their excitement about the process and to see the understandings that became clear through the work that they were doing. Once the children decide there book is complete I will post them on their Seesaw. PHOTOS HERE
GETTING CREATIVE WITH BOXES
On Tuesday, I pulled out all the boxes we have in our maker space and made a big pile on the table. That was all the invitation the children needed to get creative. There were shakers, fire trucks, robots, cars and more. PHOTOS HERE
We have found some interesting new creatures in our garden this week. There were three different types of caterpillar, a chrysalis and a giant snail. One of the caterpillars was in the sandpit so we are trying to find out what he likes to eat. This has been a good opportunity for the children to learn that not all animals can be handled. They learned that furry and spiky caterpillars should not be touched as they can make our skin itchy or sore. The children made a home for one of the caterpillars and the chrysalis. We hope a butterfly will soon emerge from the chrysalis so we can find out what type it is! PHOTOS HERE
Our ‘Junkyard Playground’ continues to be a popular place to create and collaborate. Children love the power of being able to move large objects and create their own play spaces. During this type of play, the children communicate and negotiate, plan and generate ideas. Once built, their structure became a home, a music room and then a bus. They created their own rules and came to a common about what various objects represented. PHOTOS HERE
WELCOME TO OPEN CLASSROOMS!
This is your second opportunity of the school year to come and see your child in action in the classroom. With three and four year olds, it is very difficult for parents to have a ‘fly on the wall’ viewpoint but we will try to run our programmes as normally as possible. Here are the times that DA classes are available to observe:
Thursday 14th March: 1.45 – 3.15pm (Homeroom followed by PE)
Friday 15th March: 8.10 – 11.10 (Outside play, homeroom, Vietnamese, snack and Library)
Open classrooms are optional and there is no expectation that all parents will attend. You may attend any, all or none of the open sessions. The children always ask, “Is my mummy and daddy coming?” So please let us know if and when you plan to be there so we can manage expectations and limit disappointment. The canteen will not be able to provide lunch to parents but you are welcome to pop in for a coffee and/or snack between classes. Alternatively, bring your own snack to eat with your child.
DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR
14th & 15th March: Open Classrooms – Normal School day for students. Parents will be invited to be a ‘fly on the wall’ for specific sessions on these days. Look out for more information coming soon.
17th March: Spring Fair – Discovery families wear national dress or costumes and walk up on stage to welcome everyone. Please let Bruna know you can make it by returning the form.
29th March: Fun Sports Day