Prep 2 Newsletter

SJI International Elementary, Singapore, 23rd January 2015

Highlights of the week

It has been a very exciting week for the Prep 2. All 4 classes have had their first swim lessons this week. With their eyes filled with pure excitement and enthusiasm the children happily got into the pool. The children showed confidence and courage for their first prep 2 experience in the pool.

It has been a fantastic start to our first IPC unit "Who Am I" with the children sharing their suitcases to their friends. The children gained lots of knowledge listening to information about a variety of countries. They have also enjoyed exploring different kinds of toys and a variety of traditional costumes. It has been interesting to explore the idea of 'home' and 'host' countries and what that means to us.

Thank you to the parents who attended the Year Ahead evening on Wednesday night. It is always lovely to share and celebrate the learning journey that we are about to endeavour upon in Prep 2. We are very proud of the program that the early years team has worked effortlessly to create. A big thank you to those who volunteered to be class representatives. Your efforts are always greatly appreciated by our teachers and the SJI community.

Language Arts

We have started work on our first set of Jolly Phonics sounds: s, a, t, p, i, n. We have celebrated all the phonetic knowledge that we had obtained so far in our learning journey and have been engaged in a number on reading activities including writing and reading magic high frequency words, playing memory with the magic words and going on a word hunt.
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We have been comparing numbers to 20 in many different ways. We have been counting forwards and backwards, sometimes even backwards from 20 in 2s. We have been practicing writing our numbers to 20 in many activities, we have also started comparing two different numbers and making numbers towers with unifix cubes.

Please help us correct our numbers if we write them the wrong way when we are at home.

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Virtue of the week

This week we have been practising the virtue of Helpfulness.

Next week, we will be looking at the virtue of Gentleness. Gentleness is acting and speaking in a kind, considerate way. IT is using self-control, in order not to hurt or offend anyone. You can be gentle with people and animals in the way you touch them and the way you speak to them. You can handle things carefully so that they will not break or be hurt. When you think gentle thoughts, it makes the world a safer, gentler place.

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Your Prep2 Teaching Team

Ms Renuka and Ms Grace

Miss Woon and Ms Alice

Miss Solanki and Ms May Leng

Mrs Joplin and Ms Tanya