Monday of book week, wearing PJs and reading the favorite stories, we had a chance to show friends our favorite books from home. The stories are in Chinese, English, and Japanese. For some friends that forgot to bring books to school, they chose their favorite books in the class. The little giraffes took a turn to introduce what the story about and one of their favorite picture pages. As little giraffe friends are building up the language skills, we’re encouraging them to use words to describe what their favorite stories are about.
I’ve shared the book week calendar with the little giraffe friends for next week. The little giraffes are very excited about the upcoming book events. Please remind your child to wear pajama and bring one of the favorite books from home next Monday. Next Friday, we will encourage everyone to dress up like your favorite story character and participate in Books Come Alive event which is arranged by PSA.
For this week and next week, we are focusing on a series of stories by Eric Carle: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Walter the Baker; Do You Want to be My Friend? Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? From Head to Toe
The lantern festival marks the Chinese New Year Spring Festival period. To Chinese people, it’s a fun festival that people will go out to look at the moon, send up the colored lanterns, have a meal, especially have tangyuans to represent the meaning of family members spending time together.
In our class, we followed the traditions to make colored tissue collage lanterns and tangyuans. It was fun that exploring the things we’ve never done before.
What You’ll Need:
- Food coloring (red, yellow, green, blue)
- Dishwashing soap (Dawn brand works well)
- Cotton swabs
What To Do:
1. Pour enough milk in the dinner plate to completely cover the bottom to the depth of about 1/4″. Allow the milk to settle.
2. Add one drop of each of the four colors of food coloring — red, yellow, blue, and green — to the milk. Keep the drops close together in the center of the plate of milk.
3. Find a clean cotton swab for the next part of the experiment. Predict what will happen when you touch the tip of the cotton swab to the center of the milk. Did anything happen?
4. Now place a drop of liquid dish soap on the other end of the cotton swab. Place the soapy end of the cotton swab back in the middle of the milk and hold it there for a few seconds. Look at that burst of color!
5. Add another drop of soap to the tip of the cotton swab and try it again. Experiment with placing the cotton swab at different places in the milk. Notice that the colors in the milk continue to move even when the cotton swab is removed. What makes the food coloring in the milk move?
The science activities
• stimulate children’s curiosity
• help children develop own understanding of the natural world
- encourage children to be persistent problem solvers.
Continued with the learning from the story of “Three Little Kittens”, we discussed how to make apple pies and here is what we’ve done.
This week the little giraffes have a new routine of signing in their names every day. We started to practice writing the first letter of names. We’re getting familiar with the first letters of names and we decorated them with beads.
During the international weeks, we often talked about the places we were born. It brought a conversation that what did we look like when we were babies.
Here we are:
The little giraffes spent some time to look at these baby pictures and tried to iditify themselves as babies. A fun matching game that the friends even helped each other to recognize each other’s baby photos 🙂 and it was an opportunity for us to recognize who we are.
It has been a busy week that we had PreK1 winter concert and the Santa came to visit us on the next day. All PreK1children practiced singing three songs over a week for preparing the performance in the winter concert. It turned out a good performance that prek1 children sang confidently in front of parents.
The second week of international week activities, we continued to experience the multicultural environment by listening to stories, doing hands-on activities and tasting yummy foods.
We tasted Japanese snack Mochi, Hongkong local finger food, milk and butter toast and traditional Chinese sugar painting.
After so much food tasting, we raised up a question during the circle time. “What do you like to eat?” Little giraffe friends started talking about the healthy food and the rainbow colors of various food.
Each giraffe picked one kind food picture and posted on food wall.
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