Prep 1

SJI International Elementary, Singapore

Easter Term: 15-19 February 2016

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Dates for your Diary

February 22nd - 'Beyond the Haze' contest submissions due

February 25th - Global Family Festival (Dress Up day)

March 3rd - Prep 1 Reading Workshop 8am

March 4th - Pajama Day! (children come to school dressed in their PJs to celebrate the letter /Pp/

March 14th - Easter Bonnet Parade and Celebration of Learning- 8am start

March 18th - April - Easter Holiday

May 2nd - Labor Day/National Holiday (school is closed)

May 13th - Founder's Day: 1/2 day for students

May 25th - Prep 1 Sports Day

June 17th - Last day of Summer Term; holidays begin

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This Week in Prep 1

It was another wonderful week of learning 'All About Me' in the Prep 1 classrooms. Our focus was learning about our 5 senses. We talked about how we see, hear, touch, taste, and smell. We made our own Mr. Potato Heads and identified the body parts we use with these amazing senses!

In Language Arts we learned our Jolly Phonic /Ii/ and our Cafe strategy, 'Eagle Eye'. We also launched our home reader and Magic 100 program with great success! In Mathematics we worked on understanding the value of numbers up to 10, identifying one more or one less in a set, and ordering numbers.

The Virtues Project was also in focus this week as we celebrated our virtue of kindness. The children were encouraged to participate in 'random acts of kindness' with all of their classmates, as well as with their family at home. We also had a wonderful time on Friday, celebrating the Chinese New Year holiday. It was fabulous to see so much enthusiasm for an important holiday that is a major part of the host culture, Singapore.

Thank you to all of the parents who were able to attend the Mathematics workshop on Thursday morning. We hope this was an insightful look into our 'hand-on' approach to engaging in this extremely important part of our curriculum.

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In the Spotlight: The Magic 100!

Welcome to the wonderful world of the Magic 100! The Magic 100 scheme caters for all children individually. Magic 100 provides sets of words on colored word - mats for your child to be working on at home and in class. We will regularly work with each child individually and when they can instantly recognize all the words on their mat your child will receive a colored certificate for that set, and be given the next color set of words.

We respect that every child develops at their own pace in the Early Years which means this program is by all means not a race to progress quickly through the scheme. Furthermore, a child who is particularly adept at sight recognition may have goals in other areas, for example attending to meaning. Similarly a child with strong comprehension skills may still be struggling with some sight work recognition.

Please enjoy and we are sure you will join us in encouraging success for your child through the program. As always, if you have any questions or need any help, please do not hesitate to talk to your us.

Chinese New Year Celebrations

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Next Week a Glance

Jolly Phonic Focus: /Nn/

Magic 100 words: /be/ /I/

Virtue of the Week: /Gentleness/

Pajama Day!

On Friday, March 4th the Prep 1 classes will be celebrating our SJIIES annual pajama day. Children will come to school dressed in their favorite PJs! This is a fun event the children always love. We will have several fun activities this day, including a 'p' themed picnic in the pavilion. Please let your class rep know if you would like to send a 'p themed' dish for this event. Some ideas include (may not contain nuts please):

  • Popcorn (purple popcorn even)
  • Pineapples
  • Pizza
  • Plums
  • Pickles
  • Pretzels
  • Pancakes
  • Potato Chips
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Prunes
  • Peaches
  • Pavlova
  • Pringles
  • Pastries
  • Pies
  • Pudding

and plates for serving (and prosecco for the teachers (ha!)

Shout Out for Baby and Hospital Items

As part of our 'All About Me' unit, the Prep 1 classes have been busy setting up a 'baby ward/hospital' in the role play area of our respective rooms. If you have any items from home such as:

  • doctor's kits
  • doctor's coats
  • bandages and wrapping kits
  • measuring tape
  • scales
  • nurses hats
  • baby strollers
  • baby blankets
  • baby beds or moses baskets
  • baby bottles
  • baby clothes

or even pre-loved dolls ..or anything else you might think would be suitable, we would love to add them to our collection. Thank you for your time and help!