Term 2 Week 1 – Letter j

The second letter for term 2 week 1 was letter j – jaguar.  The jaguar is another animal which has a pattern on its body as I blogged in the previous topic work section.

As usual the children were enthusiastic to try and come up with words which start with the j sound.  The words like jump, jacket, juice, jeans, jam, jelly,  jewel, jaguar, jug and juggle are the words that they came up with based on the jolly phonic picture story below as well as thinking whilst just listening to the letter sound.

They also mentioned a few children in class and people they know whose names start with this letter: Jake, Joshua, Julian, Jean, Jeanmarie, Jessica and James.

They also played games on the white board such as the magic window game.

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

A mummy and her daughter are making some jelly.  When it is read they tip it onto a plate.  The jelly is tall and red and has four layers.  As they carry it to the table it wobbles and wobbles.  The girl laughs and pretends to wobble just like the jelly, saying /j,j,j,j/.

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Jolly Phonic Rhyme Letter j sound

The children pretend to be the jelly and say /j,j,j,j,j,j/.


Letter j formation

j formation

  • Step 1 – Start at the top, go down
  • Step 2 – And hook
  • Step 3 – Lift and dot

As is the usual routine the children practiced their letter j formation in the scrapbook.  We will doing more hands on activities with this letter beginning of next week.

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 j.
  • 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 j 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 j. This is a skill which needs loads of practice. Praise at this point is very important to build their confidence   🙂

 

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Term 1 Week 1 – Patterns In Nature and Animal Coats – Part 2

During the last day of the week we started working with letter sound j.

The children first watched a story during circle time called Story – Jungleberry Jamboree by Helen H Moore


We then discussed the patterns we could make with images in the story such as using the spots on the jaguar, the apples on the tree, the spots on the saxophone which one of the jaguars was playing, the jaguars finger nails, the whiskers of each animal etc.

They also created a jaguar craft using the j as the body of the animal. They struck the head, eyes and ears, arms and legs.

They then created their random spotted pattern by using the back tip of a pencil dipped in paint.

The jaguars are already stuck on our bulletin board outside our classroom.

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Term 2 Week 1 – Writing Number 1

As you all know the first term was dedicated to practicing numbers and even letters using crayons and using hand exercises through play to help the children get the correct pencil grip as well as getting their hand muscles strong for writing.

During this 2nd term we have started phase two that of writing the numbers on our workbooks.  We will also do this with the letters after finishing the entire alphabet.

Writing number 1

We made a big do in class now that the 2nd term is in.  I told the children that they grew some more and now they are going to use their magic fingers to write number 1.  However there are a set of rules to be followed whilst writing.

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We actually go through the rules before a writing session is happening and help and encourage the children.  Please when the children happen to be writing at home do encourage the correct posture rules.  If you have any queries please let me know.

Other rules that the children follow are:

  • Start at the dot.
  • They follow the rhyme of the number.
  • And write their number in the guided box as much as possible.
  • It is okay to make mistakes; we can rub and keep on trying. Doing our best is important not having a perfect page.
  • No scribbling on our workbooks or those of our friends.
  • Be proud of our work   🙂

For all those children who at times revert to an incorrect pencil grip please just remind them the correct way of how to hold a pencil gently without a big do.

I tell them that we are doing the quack, quack motion.

  • The duck quacks by placing the pencil between the first two fingers.
  • The 3rd finger helps it to rest.
  • Fingers 4 and 5 act as a pillow underneath.

Similar to the picture above except that we try to close the last two fingers too.

Number 1 Formation Revision –

The animal character which helps number 1 remain straight – Mrs. Owl (refer to 1st blogs posted in the first term under numeracy) along with a NEW number 1 rhyme below.

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We revised the value of number 1 by

  • Counting 1 using a pattern like in the lion’s mane by alternating 2 different coloured blocks. So I yellow block, 1 orange block etc.  They also used other colours.

 

 

  • They also watched a story called Beep Beep Vroom Vroom by J. Spikey –


They then created a pattern strip using different coloured cars just like in the story.  You can see their work hanging outside our classroom near the glass door.

Last but not least the children started practicing number 1 by tracking it on page 2 sample below, as well as writing it using their pencils in pages 3 and 4.

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Term 2 Week 1 – Letter l

The first letter for term 2 week 1 was letter l – lion.  The lion is one of the animals we saw during topic work which has a two coloured pattern in its mane, orange and yellow.

As you got used to by now we use our magic window on the interactive white board to find some words which start to this letter.  We also take a close look at a picture which has objects starting with the letter in question.

Finally the children brainstormed for other words which start with letter sound l.  Here is the final result – light, lamp, lion, leg, lip, lemon, leaf, letter, lollipop, lick and ladder, letters and lizard.

The children also follow the Jolly phonics story for the letter l sound:

Some children are at a birthday party.  There are lots of balloons and some lovely food.  They eat little cakes and drink some lemonade.  One girl wins ’pin the tail on the donkey’ and gets a lime lollipop as a prize.  She licks her lollipop /l,l,l,l/.

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Jolly Phonic Rhyme Letter l sound

The children pretend to lick a lollipop making a continuous /l,l,l,l,l,l/.

Letter l formation

l formation

  • Step 1 – Start at the top, go down
  • Step 2 – And tail

As is the usual routine the children practice their letter l formation on the scrapbook

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 l.
  • 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 l 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 l. This is a skill which needs loads of practice, so don’t get worried if they do not understand exactly what this means.  Praise at this point is very important to build their confidence   🙂

 

Term 2 week 1 – Patterns – Part 1 – Introduction

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We started our second term with another very interesting topic – patterns.  The children became aware that the world around them is full of patterns.

These patterns can be of two kinds

(a) natural that is found in nature
(b) made by man.

They got to know that patterns can be made out of different shapes, colours, sounds, words, music and texture.  So they would be using one or multiple senses at the same time to understand patterns.

The most important thing in all the patterns – whether they are found in nature or man made – is that they are repeated.

To start understanding this topic we started off with taking a close look at various pattern pictures and the children mentioned what the pattern in each one was example spotted, striped, flowered, with hearts, which colours were used, which shapes could be found in them.

We them moved onto patterns in nature found in animals and their coats.  We took a closer look at the coats of the giraffe, tiger, zebra, cow, badger, cheetah, jaguar, lion, shell of the tortoise and the feathers of the peacock.

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The children watched the story of the lion and the mouse.  Besides discussing the moral behind the story we took a close look at the different patterns shown in the story with particular emphasis being made on the lion and its mane.

Storytime – The lion and the mouse.


The children mentioned that the main colours in a lion’s mane are orange and yellow so we picked these two colours to create our own lion head.  The children had to colour in a circle for the face.  (I am putting more emphasis on the importance of colouring in the picture given and the way the colouring is done.  I told the children that no white piece could be left uncoloured at the end of the task.  I praised them for their hard work.)

They then stuck an alternate pattern of 1 orange strip of paper and another strip of yellow paper all around to form the mane.  This craft linked us to our first letter lesson as well as to our first numeracy lesson – Letter l and number 1 respectively.  More details can be found in the respective blogs.


We look a closer look at the lion as the king of the jungle and the children learnt many facts about this amazing animal.  They learnt that these animals are the largest of the cat family; they live in a group called a pride.

The females hunt for their food whilst the male keeps their home safe and sees that the cubs get enough to eat.  Their prey might be elephants, bulls, antelopes, crocodiles, giraffes and rhinos.  These animals have very sharp teeth and they are very good swimmers etc.

Video clip – LIONS: Animals for children. Kids videos. Kindergarten | Preschool learning


During the week we used all the things around us to make patterns.  We even used ourselves.  We created a pattern with one boy, one girl, another pattern was one child holding a yellow craft stick another holding a yellow stick.  I also asked the children to look for patterns in the classroom and at home which we discussed during circle time.

Tasks –

  • During the coming week the children can get with them a picture or even a small piece of textured material which has a pattern on it. If we have enough we will then create a collage to be displayed in class.  So let’s get searching!
  • They can keep on looking for patterns at home in the coming week and we can talk about them when they come to school.

These are some of the video clips used in class about this topic.

Pattern parade song –


Banana, banana, meatball –


The lion song –

 

Photo Time – Christmas Activities

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Dear all,

As you all know tomorrow is our first day of the second term.  Before we embark onto the 2nd part of the children’ learning journey I want to share with you the photos taken during the activities happening around Christmas time.

One of the activities which we did was putting some smiles onto the faces of some elderly people at the St. Elizabeth Home in Rabat.  Here are the photos of the children singing.  Some children also danced with a jolly elderly lady whose passion was definitely music.  She could not help but dance away to our Christmas Carols    🙂

The children also watched the procession of baby Jesus which was put together by the grade 1’s and grade 2’s.  A child was drawn up from each of the Pre-Junior classes to take part in this procession.  Our lucky one was Giannina who was dressed up as The Angel Gabriel.  The rest of the class joyed in carol singing whilst they watched the rest pass by.


Our last day was jam packed with activities.  The children started with breakfast after which they had the magician show in the music hall.  The children really enjoyed the tricks presented because most of the activities were interactive and the children were cheerfully participating.  After the show our class rotated between eating some of the party food brought in for the day and using the bouncy castle.   🙂

Our next activity was the literacy session where we split the class in two.  Half of the children stayed with me in our Pre-Junior class, the rest went with Ms. Corinne to the orange room.  Both groups had over an hour of interactive reading with a literacy educator brought in for this purpose.

The children really enjoyed it.  They participated by answering to questions, turning pages, dressing up according to the characters in the story, pretending to be the characters as well.  They also attempted at singing some Christmas carols using musical instruments.  It was great fun!

Three of the interactive books were the following –

Santa’s Beard written Matilda Tristram and Tom Duxbury –


Father Christmas Needs A Wee written by Nicholas Allan –


Santa’s Reindeer – Matilda Tristram and Tom Duxbury


We finished off the day by dancing to some seasonal music and eating the rest of the party food.  Below are some photos of all these activities.  There might be similar photos which I left on purpose for you to choose the best ones pertaining to your child.

 

 

Enjoy !

Back to School – Term 2

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Dear all,

Hope you all had a restful Christmas and New Year with your loved ones.

A gentle reminder that school for the little ones restarts on Tuesday 9th January 2018.

Looking forward to seeing you all once again and to embark onto the second part of our journey together to guide the children reach their full potential for this year   🙂

Ms. Geraldine

 

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