Prep 2 Newsletter
SJI International Elementary, Singapore, 30th April
Discovering, creating and making!
In the discovery pod this week, we have continued to create a variety of buildings. This week's focus though has been to design a building, before we then attempted to build it similar to our designs. After building, we looked back at our designs to see if we could improve our buildings and make them as close to the design as possible.
We have looked at buildings around us and images of buildings in print - we have cut these out to create a building collage. We will be talking about buildings from the past, present, and future so if you have old pictures of your (parents/ grandparents) childhood home or buildings in your neighbourhood, please send them in so children can talk about what buildings look like from the past.
Mathematics - Tens and Ones Place Value
Tens and ones has been a challenging concept for us this week. We have been having fun using counters and creating groups of ten in as many ways as we can. From circling a group of ten, to making bundles of ten items, to making unifix cubes into rods of ten, we now understand the concept a little bit better.
At home, please continue to get the children to group things together in 10's and one's and explain the concept of how many tens and one's there are in a number e.g. in 23 there are 2 tens and 3 ones. Also, encourage children to count by tens as this well help them count up their groups of ten to find the total amount.
As we wind up Poetry month, we still have "Postman Pat" coming to visit us, delivering lovely golden envelopes. This week, the children have been introduced to narratives, listening to Three Billy Goats Gruff, The Three Little Pigs, and Jack and the Beanstalk. After the read aloud, we discussed features of a narrative like the title, setting, and characters. Talked about the buildings and structures in each story and compared each one looking at similarities and differences.
Our Café strategy for the coming weeks is Vinny Vocab Vulture where we look and listen for interesting words. We have come across many of these in the numerous poems that we have been listening to. We will be revising the all the Jolly Phonics sound sets and you can help the children at home by thinking about words that have the diagraph sounds in them or pointing out words to us that have the diagraphs (two letters that make one sound).
Morning Routine and TCOB
As you would all be well aware, by this stage in the year, the Prep 2 class routines have all been well established and the children are very purposefulness while Taking Care of Business and start their day in a positive way. This morning routine involves returning and choosing a new reader, unpacking their bags, engaging in reading or handwriting activities and group or independent reading. This is to encourage rigor and independence, ensuring the Prep 2 children get off to the best start to their academic day.
In an on going effort to encourage your child to be independent and self-reliant, we ask for your support in saying goodbye to your child at the door and allowing your child to come into the classroom prepared with their belongings, to do their morning jobs independently.. We know that they are more than capable!
We are mindful that in many cases this is the only chance to have a chat with your child's class teacher. As such if you have any questions or need clarification of any queries please do pop in for a chat with your child's class teacher or TP while your child is taking care of business on their own.
We would like to thank you for your on-going help and support of our learning journey.
This week we have looked at how to be helpful. The children have showed much helpfulness working together in teams and helping each other building and construct things.
Next week, we will be working on the virtue of orderliness. Orderliness is being neat and living with a sense of harmony. You are organized and you know where things are when you need them. Solve problems step by step instead of going in circles. Order around you creates order inside you. It gives you peace of mind.
FOUNDER'S DAY - 15th May 2015
It is on this day that we remember the work of St John Baptiste de La Salle in educating the children of the poor and establishing a Catholic Brotherhood. Please note that lunch will not be required.
THE SJIIES EDIBLE GARDENS FARMER'S MARKET IS BACK ON!!!
Grade One Toy Sale
Summer dates for the diary
Nepal Bake sale - Tuesday 5th May
Edible gardens Farmer's 7th May 730-8am
Grade 1 Toy Sale- Wednesday 13th May 2-3pm
Bridge Trip - Thursday 14th May
Founder's Day - Friday 15th May 11.20am Finish
P2 Sports Day - Wednesday 20th May
Buildings and Structures Exit Point - Monday 25th May 8am - 9am
End of Summer Term -Friday 12th June Early Finish