Carnival Time and Photos

Carnival Time

Another fun event at school is carnival.  As you all know from the calendar of events you received in the beginning of the year we will be celebrating this on Friday 9th February.

The children all come in costume on that day or if your child does not like dressing up he/she can come in casual clothes.  Pointy swords, pointy tiaras, and full masks are not allowed.

Besides having the party, games and other fun activities on the day we will be having a float parade where all the children walk alongside a float each class prepares for the other students to see.

The theme for this year was ……………………….

For our class we have decided to create a float with the theme called Maltese Children’s Traditional Games.  During one of our show and tell sessions I explained to the children that during my grandparents’ childhood they had no mobiles, tablets, computers or other sophisticated gadgets.

The children found this difficult to comprehend.  I showed them a video clip of the games which were the most popular games played by most Maltese children back in our grandparents’ time.  Next week we will be practicing a few of these children’s games during our P.E. lesson.  Here is an online version of the games I mentioned.


Some of these games will be featured in our class float.  The children participated in creating a part of the float where they pasted newspaper pieces onto balloons to represent the bocci (marbles) game which was very popular in the Maltese streets.  Here are some photos of the children at work.


We will be continuing this float next week.

Important Note:

  • On Friday 9th February the school will be ordering the party food for the children as we had done for the Christmas Party. So you would not need to worry about what to send on the day.  You will shortly receive an email from Ms. Karen with more details.  I will also be issuing some other guidelines myself closer to the Carnival Day celebrations.
  • School finishes as usual.
  • The after School sessions will continue as normal and students are permitted to bring a change of clothes for their respective activities should they wish to do so.

 

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Patterns Show and Tell Photos

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Dear parents and guardians,

As you all know in the last two weeks or so we have been developing the patterns topic.  The children were asked to get in an item or two which has a pattern on it.

The children loved this activity very much.  Every time they walked through the door they would eagerly tell us what they got along for their show and tell.

They became very sharp and observant and they were getting all sorts of things with minute patterns which are barely visible to the naked eye.

These varied from toys such as a zebra, a cow, a snake, a cat, tortoises, cars, a truck, an airplane, Spiderman, a unicorn, a star soft toy, dolls, toys with patterned lights to clothes and accessories such as a sweater, socks, sunglasses, a hand bag, caps, hair bands and a necklace.

Other items were books, and other patterns they created themselves.

Here are the photos taken during their show and tell.

 

Term 2 Week 4 – Number 9

The next number the children practiced during this week was number 9.  We revised the value by counting the patches on a sensory quilt created out of bubble wrap, bottle caps, straw, newspaper, kite paper, foil etc.

They also had a hands on activity where they had to count specific coloured blocks in batches of 9.  The children recalled that Ms. Zebra was the animal who helps us remember the shape of this number as well as the purple numicon shape.

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Writing number 9

As we do with every number we revise the work done during the first term keeping our main focus on the rhyme at this point because it guides them with the formation.

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Like for all the other numbers it is very important that the proper steps are used for writing 9.

The children have to say the steps that are in the rhyme or use language which is close to this rhyme, whilst writing.  This week the children practiced writing number 9 on their mini whiteboards as well as on the interactive whiteboard along with the other numbers.

They also worked a mixed page where they had to count and cut the objects they were counting and match it to the correct number.

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Next week the children will be practicing writing number 9 on their workbooks.

Other important points

  • I always remind the children that we start writing from the line at the top left and proceed to the right side, than we go down to the next line and start from the left hand side at the very edge. Usually whilst explaining I physically show them on paper as they might not know right from left.  Also children at this age have a tendency to just pick a box and fill it in and then choose another at random.
  • When we go “Round for the head part” and the children get confused as to which side they should they turn with their pencil I like placing a small object example a rubber on the left hand side to remind them which side they have to direct their pencil and tell them so.  We do not go straight down.
  • We do not lift the pencil after we write the circular part but continue writing in one movement. The children need a reminder for this at times.
  • When we go down we have to go down straight not slanting.
  • I also remind them from time to time to write the number in the box.
  • If they have just a dot in a box, that is not a mistake but they have to use their imagination and remember how to form the number. At times they would need guidance from where to start and to where they need to proceed.

Numtums Number 9 –

 

 

Term 2 Week 4 – Letter q

The other letter for this week was q for quilt.

Besides the work we did during circle time connected with repeated patterns which I mentioned in the topic work blog we explored other words starting with q.

The children became aware of words like question, quit, question mark, queen, queue, quilt, quiz, quick and quit.

I pointed out that q is a special letter because when we see it written down it always has a friend holding its hand, the letter u – qu.

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

A boy and his family are in the park.  They give some bread to the ducks and the squirrels.  The squirrels scamper over quickly.  They quarrel and squeak at each other.  The ducks rush to the side of the pond, quacking loudly.  The boy laughs and pretends to be a duck too, saying, /qu,qu,qu/.

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Jolly Phonic Rhyme Letter q sound


The children make their hands into a duck’s beak, opening and closing them saying / qu,qu,qu,qu/.

Letter q formation

Step 1 – Make a curve,
Step 2 – go up,
Step 3 – down
Step 4 – and kick back.

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As is the usual routine besides doing the craft related with this letter the children practiced their letter q formation in the scrapbook and played letter q games on the interactive whiteboard as well as playing with other letter q table top games.

Letter q Songs

The Letter Q Song by ABCmouse.com –


Alphablocks QU – Quick –


Alphablocks 21 Quiet –


Practice Ideas for Home

  • You can give them a handful of magnetic letters which they stick on a board. Then they have to remove the letter of the day from the batch.  In this case letter q.
  • 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 q
  • 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 q. This is a skill which needs loads of practice. Praise at this point is very important to build their confidence    🙂

 

Term 2 Week 4 – Number 6

During week 4 the children started writing number 6.  We practiced its value, said its name and saw which animal character helps us remember its shape.  (The character is below).  We also saw where number 6 is placed on the number line.

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Writing number 6

As we do with every number we revise the work done during the first term.  The children recalled that Mr. Snail helps us remember the shape of number 6.   However our main focus is more on the rhyme at this point because it guides them with the formation.

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Like for all the other numbers it is very important that the proper steps are used for writing 6.

The children have to say the steps that are in the rhyme or use language which is close to this rhyme, whilst writing.  Those children who find it difficult to recall the formation of this number I tell them that it has a big tummy.  Here is how our number writing pages look like.

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Other important points

  • I always remind the children that we start writing from the line at the top left and proceed to the right side, than we go down to the next line and start from the left hand side at the very edge. Usually whilst explaining I physically show them on paper as they might not know right from left.  Also children at this age have a tendency to just pick a box and fill it in and then choose another at random.
  • When we go “Down” it is like going down the slide in a slanting manner. We do not go straight down.
  • We do not lift the pencil after slanting down but continue writing in one movement. The children need a reminder for this at times.
  • I also remind them from time to time to write the number in the box.
  • If they have just a dot in a box, that is not a mistake but they have to use their imagination and remember how to form the number. At times they would need guidance from where to start and to where they need to proceed.

During the week we also worked on a couple of revision pages using the numbers we did so far.

For the left hand side page the children had to count the various objects in each section using the cutting technique and then writing the number in the box next to it.  If they had any difficulty remembering the numbers from memory they had the number line to help them remember at the top of the page.  We were there to help with any challenges they encountered.

For the right hand side page the children had to copy the number and draw circles representing that value.  If some children drew more circles than the corresponding value we just counted again and they crossed out the extra ones.  Here are what the pages look like.

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Numtums Number 6 song –

 

Term 2 week 4 – Letter y and photos

During this fourth week we spoke about the last two letters for us to complete going through the alphabet.  These are y and q.

Below are the details of letter sound y for yoyo.  As I mentioned in the topic blog the children observed people playing with yoyos and the pattern they make.  They learnt how to appreciate different talents that people might have and that they too might have talents that they will discover by time.

The children explored other words starting with y both on the interactive white board through the magic window game and also by playing our usual quiz game where I ask them questions which will lead them to the appropriate answer.

Together we came up with the following words yellow, yogurt, yummy, yacht, yawn, yoyo, yes, yak and yard.  They also tried to see if their names had any letter y’s in them.  The children were happy to mention Emily, Adaya, Floyd and Timothy.

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

It is lunchtime at school.  One boy is eating his sandwich quickly so he can play with his yoyo. A girl is looking forward to eating her yogurt.  She chose it when she went shopping with her family.  It is yummy, yellow, banana yogurt!

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Jolly Phonic Rhyme Letter y sound


The children pretend to eat yogurt from a spoon, saying / y,y,y,y/.

Letter y formation

Step 1 – Start at the top, go down,
Step 2 – round,
Step 3 – up,
Step 4 – down,
Step 5 – and make a hook.

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As is the usual routine the children practiced their letter y formation in the scrapbook as well as played letter y games on the whiteboard.

Important note – I told the children that letter y has 1 round part not a pointy part in step 2.

Practice Ideas for Home

  • You can give them a handful of magnetic letters which they stick on a board. Then they have to remove the letter of the day from the batch.  In this case letter y.
  • 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 y
  • 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 y. This is a skill which needs loads of practice. Praise at this point is very important to build their confidence    🙂

 

 

Term 2 Week 4 – Repeated Patterns Part 1

The topic for our fourth week was still patterns with particular focus on repetition.

Thus we took the yoyo as one of our main examples as this has a repetitive up and down motion as well as a swirling motion.

The children learnt to appreciate that different people have different talents no matter what age you are.  As you all know the children got in toys and other items to show the repeated patterns on them.  Please see other blogs for photos.

The Spectacular Yoyo Show


Since there is a fire display with this video I also reminded the children that they cannot play with matches or fire of any sort.

The world’s best kid’s yoyo champion


The children created their own yoyos by rolling pieces of kite paper into tiny balls and then stuck them onto a piece of circular cardboard.  These are hanging on our bulletin board outside our door   🙂

Such an exercise is very good to strengthen their hand muscles for a better pencil grip and pressure whilst writing.  This also linked us to the new letter for this week y-yoyo.  More details in the literacy section.

 

The children were exposed to more stories which are related to patterns.  This is one of them – Pattern Fish were the children participated in saying which is the next pattern to follow.


Two important stories we followed during circle time was The Kindness Quilt by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace and Milly and Molly’s Patchwork Quilt

Besides looking at patterns in quilts we also discussed what kindness means for each and every one of us in class.

The children voiced their ideas clearly.  Some said that kindness is doing something good for others, some said sharing their toys, having nice hands and expressing themselves with lovely words.

Others said no hitting, punching or kicking.  The children created their own patchwork quilt craft using 2 coloured strips of paper and gluing them onto a piece of cardboard in a checked pattern.

These stories are linked to the other letter of the week – q for quilt.  More details in the literacy blog.  They are also linked to the next number we wrote.  Follow the numeracy blog for further details and songs.

The Kindness Quilt – (The story starts at 1’25’’)


Milly and Molly’s Patchwork Quilt