Reverse Advent Calendar List

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Dear all,

Below is the list of children who have to get the non-perishable items for the reverse Advent Calendar.  The day in which each child has to get the fold item is mentioned.

The way we explained the donating an item part to the children who do not follow religion is that it is lovely to help people in need.  One item each will make a difference for many who really need it.

Monday 4th December –

  • Maha
  • Jean
  • Martina
  • Julian

Tuesday 5th December –

  • Maurizio
  • Jeanmarie
  • Jake
  • Emmalene

Wednesday – 6th December –

  • Gabriel
  • Joshua
  • Floyd
  • Oldrich
  • Adaya

Thursday – 7th December –

  • Giannina
  • Sophie
  • Zara
  • Isaac
  • Mattia

Friday – Public Holiday

Monday – 11th December –

  • Noah
  • Bernard
  • Neil
  • Emily
  • Timothy

PS:  Some food examples are the following:  Dried pasta, canned food, biscuits and juices.  You can send over any food which has a long shelf life.

These little good deeds will instil solidarity in our young ones   🙂

Thank you for your collaboration.

Kind regards
Ms. Geraldine

 

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Christmas Concert Note 3 – Costumes and Accessories

Dear parents and guardians,

I want to put you in the picture as to what is currently happening regarding the concert.

As most of you have been told by the children the story chosen for Pre-Junior B is that of Alice In Wonderland.  As you are aware the costumes for the concert were purchased online.  So you are saved the tedious job of looking for costumes yourselves.  In fact most of the costumes have arrived and this week the children will be trying them on.

I have split the children into three groups and each group is participating in a particular dance as well as a in a general dance.  We have started full blown rehearsals this week so our day is more hectic than usual.

Two groups have started rehearsing whilst the other group will start their rehearsal tomorrow.   The other children watch when their group is not doing their part. This is important for them to get the general feel of all the performance.  It also helps if they need to replace a friend who might be sick on the day.

This note indicates what accessories and hairstyles have to be worn during rehearsal day (12th December) and on concert day 13th December.  All have to wear a thick jacket on top since it is quite cold at St. Agatha Auditorium School in Rabat.

If you do not have any of the following please speak to me.

What is needed:

Alice – Martina needs –

  • A half sleeved winter vest underneath (As the costume has half sleeves).
  • Black ballerina shoes

(I have the rest of the items tights, headband and costume ready.)

The Queen – Emmalene needs –

  • A Half sleeved winter vest. (As the costume has half sleeves).
  • Red Tights
  • Black ballerina shoes

(I have the costume, crown and wand.)

Twiddle Dum and Twiddle Dee – Joshua and Floyd need –

  • A winter vest underneath
  • Dark blue school shoes
  • (I have the costume and red tights for underneath.)

Chesire Cat – Sophie

  • White polo neck
  • White tights
  • Dark navy blue school shoes
  • (Waiting for the costume, has been shipped).

Rabbits – Neil, Bernard, Noah, Julian and Jean

  • A white polo neck
  • Dark blue school shoes
  • (I have the costume and headpiece).

Mad Hatters – Timothy and Jake

  • White polo neck
  • Dark blue school shoes
  • (I have the costume)

The playing cards – Maurizio, Olda, Mattia, Gabrial and Isaac

  • Black polo neck
  • Black socks
  • Dark blue school shoes
  • (I have the card costume, leggings, head piece.)

The flowers – Giannina, Adaya, Maha, Zara, Emily.

  • White polo neck
  • White tights.
  • Black ballerina shoes
  • (Waiting for the costumes. They have been shipped.)

Later on I will send you the hairstyle guidelines especially for the girls.

If you have any queries let me know.

Regards

Ms. Geraldine

 

Reverse Advent Calendar

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This week we started our special topic about Christmas.

In fact today we had our religion lesson and we focused on the true meaning of Christmas – The Birth of Jesus Christ.  We started looking at the nativity story.  We will be dividing the story into two parts.

The first part is the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem which I read from The Christmas Story Book and at the same time took out our class crib showing the characters to the children.

Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus who was still to be born, the animals and so on.  We also took a closer look at the words used in the book.  We created a parallel between what existed in those days and today.

For instance the inn was the equivalent to todays’ modern hotel.  The inn keeper was the man who runs the hotel.  In Jesus’ time they had animals which they kept in a place called the stable.  The manger used to put Jesus in was truly the place where the animals ate their food from.

We saw why Mary and Joseph had to travel on the donkey to go to Bethlehem.  Why they had to travel using a donkey and not a car like we have today.  We finished the lesson by listening to some Christmas Carols.

The Nativity Story online –


Little Donkey –


Just like Mary and Joseph were preparing themselves for the arrival of Jesus even we are preparing ourselves for this big day.  In class we discussed what a good deed means and I encouraged the children to do one good deed a day.

I will be uploading these good deeds on the blog so that you can remind them and help them carry these good deeds out when they are at home.

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I also explained what an Advent Calendar means.  We will also be setting up a reverse Advent calendar in class in which we will be asking the children to donate a food item which will be given to those in need.

Each day I will be asking a different group of 4 children to get in an item to build up our stock of food starting Monday 4th December.

I will be putting up this list on the blog tomorrow providing you with further details too.

 

Term 1 Week 8 – Number 8

We start our numeracy lesson by listening to a number song so the children get used to the numbers one after the other.

They also understand that we are talking about numbers and not about letters. The number we worked with this week was number 8. We also revised full and empty.

Number 8

We associated this number with our recycling topic work, where the children had to count and stick 8 pieces of recycled paper onto their numeracy scrapbook.  Then they practiced writing the number eight by using various crayons following the explanation written below.  We also mentioned that first the recycling bin in empty and them it is full of recycled paper.

Important Point – I emphasized that when writing this number they cannot put two circles on top of each other.  They have to write it using the animal character associated with this number. 

Number 8 Story –

Baby bear is bouncing up and down.  He is getting tired so let us help him go to sleep by patting him.

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This is what we say:

  1. Start at the right ear.
  2. We go around his face
  3. Slide down his neck and tummy in the shape of a s.
  4. Then we go back up to join his ear.
  • This is the manipulative which helps the children understand the value of this number. As always we show them the numicon shape corresponding to this number.  In this case the dark green shape with 8 holes in it.

8 numicon

Wilf our robot showed the children to successfully count till 8.

  • Step 1 – Point or pick each object one at a time.
  • Step 2 – Say each number 1, 2, 3, 4. 5, 6, 7, 8.
  • Step 3 – Say stop. We cannot keep on saying the numbers if we need to count only 8 objects.  In this case 8 recycled papers.

Practice Ideas for Home

  • It is important that you practice the numbers done so far by using the animal stories and the rhymes so the children become more confident in their number work and which number comes after which.
  • They can use nature around then to count 8. They can gather 8 small rocks, 8 empty snail shells, 8 dry leaves and so on
  • They can also clap, jump, go up and down, and hop 8 times.
  • They can practice the formation just like we do it in class with the rainbow colours. If they are reluctant tell them that they are playing teacher and it should do the trick.
  • They can draw various objects on a piece of paper or small whiteboard, count them and help them write the corresponding value using rice, flour and sand saying the story or rhyme in the process. Please praise every little effort the children make.  If they do mistakes just correct them with no fuss at all and tell them to try it again together.  Repetition, practice and praise help build their confidence.

 

 

Term 1 Week 8 – Number 7

This week we worked with number 7, the next number on the number line.

As part of our topic work we spoke about where we live.  Some mentioned they live in a flat, some in a house with a garden.  This led us to colouring in a house and garden on our number scrapbook.  They then had to count and stick 7 small flowers on the same page.

Wilf our robot showed the children to successfully count till 7.

  • Step 1 – Point or pick each object one at a time.
  • Step 2 – Say each number 1, 2, 3, 4. 5, 6, 7.
  • Step 3 – Say stop. We cannot keep on saying the numbers if we need to count only 7 objects.  In this case 7 flowers.

The Number Story which helps us with the formation is the following:

Ms. Giraffe helps us see the shape of number 7.  She is hungry.  She loves eating leaves which are found at the top of very tall trees.  She stretches her neck up high and eats away 7 leaves.  We help her swallow the leaves with the following movement:

7 giraffe

  1. Start at the top
  2. Go across her face
  3. And down her neck

The children used manipulatives to understand the value of this number. As always we show them the numicon shape corresponding to this number. In this case the pink shape with 7 holes in it.

7 numicon

The children were given play dough mats where they put seven apples on a tree and formed the number 7 with play dough.

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Practice Ideas for Home

  • It is important that you practice the numbers done so far by using the animal stories and the rhymes so the children become more confident in their number work and which number comes after which.
  • At times children count incorrectly because: they count too fast: they miss out pointing to an object completely: last but not least they point to an object twice.  In this case tell them to count in a sing-song manner stretching the time pointing to an object a soecind or two more. 
  • They can use their bodies to form the shape of number 7. They can also clap, jump, go up and down, and hop 7 times.
  • They can practice the formation just like we do it in class with the rainbow colours.  If they are reluctant tell them that they are playing teacher and it should do the trick.
  • They can draw various objects on a piece of paper or small whiteboard, count them and help them write the corresponding value using rice, flour and sand saying the story or rhyme in the process. Please praise every little effort the children make.  If they do mistakes just correct them with no fuss at all and tell them to try it again together.  Repetition, practice and praise help build their confidence.

 

 

Term 1 Week 8 – The Circle

During our topic work about the solar system we looked at the planet shapes.  This was the introduction to one of our numeracy lessons this week – The Circle.

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Our Wilf robot helped us see the circle rules:

  • A circle is round.
  • It has no sides.
  • It can roll over.

With these properties in mind the children were able to play treasure hunt in class and look for objects which are circular in shape.

They found various objects amongst them a cushion, the clock, tape, the round flashcard rules we have in class, blocks, pompoms, the play dough lids, other container lids, and buttons.

The children worked on their shapes workbook where they had to colour in the circle shape amongst other shapes.

They also sorted shapes we have done so far into their different sections.

  • The circle songs –

 

 

 

Story of St. Martin Of Tours

Our religion lesson during the 8th week was also related to family topic work which we finished during the beginning of the week.  We emphasized the importance of showing our love to our family.

We discussed that there are people who although don’t form part of our family still have a very big heart and are ready to help other people in need.  A classic example is St. Mother Theresa and St. Martin.

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Three boys acted out the story of when St. Martin saved a poor man from dying by tearing his cloak in half to protect him from the cold weather.

We ended the lesson by creating a craft of St. Martin with a two coloured cloak representing the splitting of the cloak in half to save the poor man’s life.  These are hanging outside our classroom door.

There aren’t any online cartoon St. Martin of Tours stories for children.  This is the closest version available.

 

 

Term 1 Week 8 – Letter r

The second letter for this week was letter r.  As you know from one of the topic work blogs we discussed recycling, thus letter r.

We also discussed other words which start with the r sound.  These are some words we came up with: rabbit, rain, red, road, roses, rocking horse, racket, river and ring.

I suggest that when you go through these words with your children show them pictures of the items on the internet and also write the word on a piece of paper highlighting the first letter.  This helps them understand the first letter sounds better.

A boy is in his room, playing with his dog Ralph.  The boy is pulling the old rug that the dog plays with saying, /r,r,r,r/.

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Jolly Phonic Rhyme Letter r Sound

The children pretend to have a rug in their mouth just like Ralph the dog, moving their head from side to side saying /r,r,r/.

Formation

  • Step 1 – Start at the top
  • Step 2 – go down
  • Step 3 – Bounce up
  • Step 4 – and Nod

r formation

The children practiced the formation of this letter using the usual rainbow technique in their literacy scrapbook.  They also coloured in a recycling sign green and stuck recycled green paper inside it.

They also created a rocket using recycled cardboard and other scraps of coloured paper.  This linked recycling to taking care of our planet.  They played with the rockets for a while pretending to be astronauts and flying in space and then we hung them outside our class.

The children were so interested that I showed them a couple of videos of how astronauts do some every day chores in outer space like washing their hair and brushing their teeth.

 


Practice Ideas For Home

  • You can practice the letter formation by using a white board and colourful washable markers using the steps above.
  • You can place about 5 objects or pictures on the table, amongst which you have objects starting with the letter r sound.
  • Say the name of each object emphasizing and exaggerating the first letter sound of each object and ask your child if that object or picture starts with the letter sound r. This is a skill which needs loads of practice, so don’t get worried if they are not understanding at first what this means.  Praise at this point is very important to build their confidence

We also revised the letters we did so far from the second jolly phonic group by playing a recycling game each item to recycle started with one of the letter such as c-car toy, k-key, h-hat, money, egg and dinosaur toy.

 

Term 1 Week 8 – Letter e

One of the letters for this week was letter e.  As you know from one of the last topic work blogs we took a close look at the Earth.  We associated this with e for Earth.

We also discussed other words which start with the e sound.  These are some words we came up with: egg, elbow, enter and exit, elephant and envelope.  The children discussed amongst them whose name starts with the letter sound e – Emily.

The children also followed the Jolly phonics story for the letter e sound:

Some children are staying on a farm.  In the morning they feed the hens and collect the eggs for breakfast.  They take the eggs back to the kitchen and give them to the farmer’s wife.  She cracks the eggs open on the side of the pan, saying, /e,e,e,e/.

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Jolly Phonic Rhyme Letter e sound

Pretend to crack an egg at the side of a pan with one hand.  Use both hands to open the shell saying /e,e,e/.

When saying this letter sound e at home the children might try to stretch their mouths horizontally by putting a finger at both sides of their mouth.

I told them to practice it this way to distinguish it from the letter a sound where you have to open your mouth like in biting an apple.  These two letters don’t have the same sound.

Formation

  • Step 1 – Start in the middle, go across.
  • Step 2 – and make a c or curve.
  • Step 3 – Stop.

e formation

We ended the lesson by creating the earth with a small blue circle and splashing drops on blue paint on half of the circle.

They then folded it to create the same image on the other side.  (Introduction to symmetry).  This work is displayed on our wall outside the classroom.

Practice Ideas For Home

  • You can practice the letter formation by using a white board and colourful washable markers using the steps above.
  • You can place about 5 objects or pictures on the table, amongst which you have objects starting with the letter e sound.
  • Say the name of each object emphasizing and exaggerating the first letter sound of each object and ask your child if that object or picture starts with the letter sound e. This is a skill which needs loads of practice, so don’t get worried if they are not understanding at first what this means.  Praise at this point is very important to build their confidence.

 

Term 1 Week 8 – The World Around Me – Recycling

In the previous days we mentioned that we are lucky to have such a lovely planet to live in.  Even Malta is unique with its own characteristics just like any other country has its good qualities.  However if we do not take care of it we end up destroying it slowly.

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After this short introduction we watched the story called Another Fine Mess written by Tony Bonning which sparked off our discussion as to how many different things we use in our everyday lives in order to lead a comfortable life.

This also means that we throw a lot of things away too.  A lot of rubbish which accumulates and which might damage the Earth around us.  This led us to the topic of the 3 R’s – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

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The children became aware that we can reduce our waste by reusing certain materials eg. we can draw on the other side of an already used paper.  Used papers can be used to create new crafts.

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We mentioned that used toys could be passed on to younger cousins, friends or the poor children.  The same can be said about out-grown clothes.  This exercise made children aware of how many things we use and to think and evaluate what to throw away or pass on to others.

However it is not always possible to pass on some materials such as torn worn off clothes or used glass or plastic bottles.  On the other hand we cannot keep everything. We can still do something to help our Earth from being destroyed.

There are special bins where we can throw away things for example glass bins, plastic bins and so forth.  These in turn will be taken by special people, put into big machines and transformed into other things.

The children got to know that plastic bottles can be recycled into sweaters and socks.

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Glass bottles are melted to recreate other glass bottles or to make the aggregate material that is used in roads.

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Used clothes are used to make carpets.

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The list is endless.

The children played a game in class where they had to sort out things which they could possibly reuse, give away or throw in the special recycling bins for them to be transformed into something else.

This topic linked us to our letter for this week – letter r – recycling.  More information can be found in the literacy blog.