Gentle Reminder

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Dear all,

Wednesday’s Outing –

  • Children can come to school wearing casual clothes, preferably in a Santa costume or a sweater with a Christmas theme. However if you do not have any of the clothing mentioned do not worry even a red or green top would look very nice.
  • Children can also wear other festive accessories such as a Santa hat, a headband, a scarf etc. Please do not go out of your way to buy expensive clothing.  All those children who might not have any of the above we will provide something ourselves.
  • We will be visiting St. Elizabeth’s New Elderly Home in Rabat where we will be Christmas Caroling and also presenting the food you so kindly donated.
  • We will also go to a new park in Rabat weather permitting. Please do send warm jackets to be worn whilst we are outside.  School finishes as usual.

Christmas Party –

  • All those who did not send the money for the party can you please send it by tomorrow. The 5.50 euro incorporates the party food, the bouncy castle and the animator’s fee.  On the day children can come in casual clothes. School finishes as usual.  Those who paid please ignore this section of the note.

 

Kind regards

Ms. Geraldine

 

 

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Term 1 Week 12 – Letter b

Letter b – bell.  The first thing the children did was to create a bell craft which they decorated with glitters which they love using very much.  This is hanging outside our classroom door.

As usual they practiced the letter sound b formation on their scrapbook using the rainbow technique.  The children then followed the Jolly phonics story for letter b.

Granny is sitting on a bench in the park.  She is with her grandson and his baby brother.  The boy goes to play with a friend who has a bat and ball.  They throw the ball to each other and bash it as hard as they can.  As the bat hits the ball it goes /b,b,b,b,b/.

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Jolly Phonic Rhyme Letter b sound

The action done when saying the b sound is associated with the picture story like all the other letter actions are.  The children pretend to hold a bat and hit a ball saying /b,b,b,b,b/sound.


They also practiced thinking what might start with the letter sound b.  Some of the words they came up with were these bell, boat, bird, big, bounce, bag, blue, black, ball and book.  We also mentioned the names of people we might know who start with the letter b like Bernard.

Formation

  • Step 1 – Start at the top, go down
  • Step 2 – Small bounce up
  • Step 3 – And make a tummy

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The children practiced their rainbow b.  Now that the children are exposed to both letters b and d I showed them that it is very easy to mix these two letters up so the trick to try and remember them are by using the following images:

b-d

I will go into more detail about b and d when we actually practice writing b and d during the second term.

Practice Ideas For Home

  • You can display some magnetic alphabet letters on a board and ask you child to remove the letter of the day. In this case letter b.
  • You can also call it a letter b day and whilst going about your chores spot those objects which start with b and say them with your child emphasizing the first sound b.
  • 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 b 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 b. This is a skill which needs loads of practice, so don’t get worried if they are not understanding as just what this means.  Praise at this point is very important to build their confidence.   🙂

 

Term 1 Week 12 – Letter f

As you might have realised from the topic work blog letter f for Father Christmas is the next letter we tackled in class during our literacy session.

The first thing the children did was to create a Father Christmas made out of foam cutting and cardboard with a triangle for a body, a semi- circle for a face and the features made up of other small shapes.  (This served as shape revision too.   🙂 )

They also wrote the letter sound f on the scrapbook using the rainbow technique and followed the Jolly phonics story for letter f.

A family is at the beach.  The children are playing with an inflatable fish that floats on water.  Then they build sand castles and put flags on the four towers.  Suddenly they hear a strange sound – the plug has come out of the inflatable fish and all the air is escaping. /f,f,f,f,f,f/.

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Jolly Phonic Rhyme Letter f sound

The action done when saying the f sound is associated with the picture story like all the other letter actions are.  The children slowly bring their hands together like the fish deflating, making a continuous /f,f,f,f,f/sound.

Jolly Phonic Letter f Song


They also practiced thinking what might start with the letter sound f.  Some of the words they came up with were these face, friend, finger, feet, fat, five, float, fork, food and frog.

Formation

  • Step 1 – Nod the head and go down
  • Step 2 – Lift the pencil
  • Step 3 – And go across

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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 f 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 f. This is a skill which needs loads of practice, so don’t get worried if they are not understanding as just what this means.  Praise at this point is very important to build their confidence   🙂

 

 

Term 1 Week 12 – The World Around Me – Christmas continued…

In the last couple of weeks we started talking about the symbols which characterize Christmas.

The children came up with an endless list amongst which they mentioned the following: snow, sleigh, Rudolph the Reindeer, presents, Jesus, angel, toys, tree, decorations, lights, baubles, elves, stories, Father Christmas and bells.

In fact the last two I listed were our major topic during the other two circle time sessions we had this week.

The children watched the sweet story of Topsy and Tim, two sweet little children who met Father Christmas and because they had been good they were given presents for Christmas.

After the story we spoke about how important it is to behave and listen to our parents and teachers who love us very much.  At times what they tell us is not to our liking but it is for our own good.  If we do behave just like Topsy and Tim we will get our Christmas presents too!

Topsy and Tim Meet Father Christmas –


‘Twas The Night Before Christmas Poem Video


The other symbol we spoke about was bells.  The children said that we use these to decorate with during Christmas time.

During this time of year such musical instruments are associated with happiness and the announcement that something special and important is going to happen like the arrival of baby Jesus.

I asked the children to listen attentively when hearing Christmas carols to see if they can spot the bells ringing. (This is an exercise in developing listening skills and it can be done with other musical instruments).


These topics linked us to two literacy letters f and b.  You can find more information under the literacy section.

 

 

Term 1 Week 12 – Good Deed No 5

Our 12th week at school was short but exciting with the last preparations for the concert as well as the children realizing that Christmas is getting closer.  Our circle time in the morning was characterized by Christmas Carol singing.

We sang songs like Jingle bells, Silent Night, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, Santa Claus Is coming to Town and We Wish You a Merry Christmas.

We will be singing these songs when we visit St. Elizabeth’s Home in Rabat on Wednesday 20th December when we donate all the non-perishable food you so kindly sent over with your children during the last couple of weeks.

Jingle Bells –

Silent Night –

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer –

Santa Claus is coming to Town –

We Wish You A Merry Christmas –


During our topic work sessions we also discussed another good deed.  We spoke about how during this time we eat more sweets especially chocolates and cakes.

The children became aware that they are very lucky because their parents and guardians prepare delicious and healthy food for them every day.

However unfortunately there are children who are not so lucky.  There are children who do not only have no food but also no clothes or toys.

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Good Deed – We need to be grateful for all that we have and not grumble if there is food we do not really like on our plate. We try our best to eat it!

There were a couple of children who promised they will get a small bite sized sandwich to school on Monday – they will try and eat it rather than getting crackers and a sponge only because that is what they really like to eat.

I promised to give them special points on our interactive class chart.

So fingers crossed for Monday’s lunchtime   🙂

 

 

Library Book Before the Holidays

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Dear all,

A gentle reminder for all those who did not send in the library books to please do so as soon as possible.

As a policy in Pre-Junior we do not send any library books home over the holidays but I encourage you to find some quality time to read books to your children from the collection they might have at home.

Another suggestion is that you take them to the public library as one of your holiday outings and enrol them.

 

L-Istrina – Piggy Bank 2017

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It is that special time of year where the entire nation unites to help all those in need.

As it is a tradition in all the schools we too join to help by having the l-istrina piggy bank in class.  The children can bring loose change and donate it to the needy.

A little from a lot will make the difference.  You can send the loose change as from tomorrow Friday 15th December.

For all those who are not familiar with such an event here are some details:

This national fund raising is organized by the Community Chest Fund which operates under the patronage of the President of Malta.  Funds collected are distributed to charitable organisations and other NGO’s.

 

Well done to all !

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Dear children,

I wanted to tell you all in class but some of you were sick.

The pre-junior B team and myself are very proud of all the hard work and effort you put into our endless rehearsals!

Each and every one of you looked fantastic on stage and I am sure your parents and relatives are proud of you as we are.

Below are some behind the scene pictures we managed to take whilst trying out the costumes.

Hugs

Ms.  Geraldine, Ms. Corinne and Ms. Stefania.

 

Last Few Reminders – Rehearsal Day and Concert Day

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  • Tomorrow the children have to come to school in costume since we have our full dress rehearsal. (We will be taking them up to St. Agatha Rabat and back to school again).  School finishes at the usual time.
  • They have to be dressed in the clothes I asked for underneath their costume such as polo necks, tights, school shoes etc.
  • The girls can put on a hint of make-up such as lip gloss and eyeliner.
  • The children need to wear a cosy winter jacket on top of everything. This can also be their school jacket. (All labelled please).
  • All those who did not send in their battery operated candle please send it in tomorrow. We need it for the rehearsal.  (This has to be labelled).
  • The children can be given a breakfast snack, a main lunch and a snack. (Like usual).
  • However please avoid sending milk and yogurts or any messy food as we want to avoid dirtying the costumes on rehearsal day. The main lunch can be put in a small bag so we take it with us. The rest of the things will remain in their normal school bag for when we come back.
  • PLEASE SEND THE SCHOOL UNIFORM IN THEIR SCHOOL BAG SO WE CAN HELP THEM CHANGE AFTER REHEARSAL.

Concert Day – Wednesday 13th December

  • On Wednesday the children have to be at St. Agatha at 9.15am in full costume. It is very important that you are on time as we need to sort out props with the children and help them settle down.  Show will last 2 hours.
  • Please take into consideration that there won’t be any parking on the premises of St. Agatha Grounds. You need to find parking in the streets around the premises.  So take this into account when planning your journey.
  • For directions please follow the link below – St. Agatha’s is marked as St Paul’s Missionary College

https://goo.gl/qusQSR

  • When you arrive there will be someone to greet you at the foyer to show you where to take the children.
  • Please send a light snack for the children to eat and their usual drink whilst we are waiting for our turn.
  • Children have to be picked up from the classroom assigned to us on the day not from the auditorium. Usually the class assigned would be on the right hand side of the foyer on ground level. We will show you on the day.
  • Hope you bought the tickets for the show as no tickets will be sold at the door. All the children are enthusiastic to show you what they have learnt.  Hope you will like the concert    🙂

Ms. Geraldine