May 15th – Discovery A

Dear parents,

It has been so wonderful being back at school with your children this week! We are a small class of all girls so the play has been quite a bit different than before. They have learned the new routines very quickly and are really having fun.

This week was book week and so we have been reading, reading and more reading! Not that that’s much different than before. 🙂 We have also been listening to stories online. Here is a great website for you to do this with your child at home as well. It features celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.

The theme for this week was “Creative Creatures” which inspired many of the stories we read. The children also created their own creatures using playdough and loose parts. Then they drew them and described them. Check them out on your child’s Seesaw account.

We did two whole class math activities together as well. The first one we did was “The Book Basket Challenge”. We sorted a basket of books according to soft or hard cover. We tallied how many of each and then we counted how many altogether.

The second had to do with connecting to our friends that are still in Distance Learning. We took a close look at our globe and talked about where everyone is currently around the world. Then we looked at our class picture and tallied how many children are back at UNIS and how many are Distance Learning.

We also attended our first virtual assembly. All classrooms and Distance Learning children joined. Ms. Monica read us a story all the way from Australia.

Lastly, have you heard the word cicada in your house? A couple of cicada skins were found during outdoor play which sparked a lot of interest. So we went on a cicada hunt with all of Discovery. We found more skins and tuned into the sounds the males make in the trees. Upon returning to the classroom we watched a really cool video about the cicada life cycle. I have a feeling this will continue for a while.

We have been so busy and don’t nap anymore, so I’m sure the children will need some well deserved rest this weekend.

Please enjoy our photos of the week here.

Have a relaxing weekend,

Deborah

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