Geckos – Week 3 Term 2

Dear Parents and Friends,

The rainy season is here! Please always prepare your family and your child with an umbrella or a rain coat when you are outside. The children sang some raining songs with classmates and happily played in the classroom while listening to the sounds of the rain. We had such a great fun week. We even made an experiment about how the rain falls from clouds. It was so exciting!

Our thematic lesson about “Plants Around Our School” was focused on vegetables this week. We shared our favourite vegetables to eat with all of our classmates and teachers during Circle Time. We were so glad to hear that almost everyone shared one of their favourite vegetables, although some of them preferred to share their favourite fruits.  The children created carrot paper craft by cutting out a triangle shape, then sticking the leaves, eyes, and mouth. Some carrots feel sad and some of them are happy carrots. Their fine motor skills were also challenged by creating a corn craft by weaving paper and creating the pattern. Some children found it very difficult and are always welcome to ask for guidance from the teachers. Each child does things at different paces and it’s great to try new things.

Pak Reis also came to visit us in the classroom to do a skin check up and then he made a balloon for each of us from gloves. Thank you Pak Reis! We are grateful that you help us when we are hurt or sick and it was also special to see you in our classroom just for some fun together!

Learning colours in Bahasa Indonesia was really fun and we created paper art crafts using various-coloured paper. We made “Pohon Pelangi” (rainbow tree) and “Ulat Pelangi” (rainbow-coloured caterpillar).

In Budaya Indonesia Class, Ibu Par read us a story entitled “Lutung Kasarung”. It is a folktale from West Java about a princess named Purbasari who was expelled by her sibling, Purbararang. Then, on her journey in the jungle, she met Lutung Kasarung (a type of monkey), who was actually a prince named Sanghyang Gurumindra. Lutung was very kind to Purbasari and he fell in love with her. Purbasari respected Lutung for his kindness and she claimed that Lutung is her boyfriend to Purbararang. Then suddenly Lutung transformed into a prince. They got married and they lived happily ever after.

Would you get excited to experience how it feels inside a pumpkin? Yes, we will and we did. Pak Brett brought a pumpkin and he scooped out part of the inside to make it hollow. The children grabbed the pumpkin seeds and then Pak Brett carved it to make jack-o-lantern. He was being really careful with the sharp knife and asked us to stay away while he was doing it. We named it Maddy, the Jack-O-Lantern, because it’s face reminded us of how it looks when we feel mad.

Pak Brett was not at school for Music Class and we met a new teacher, Pak Aris. The children were amazed by the music played by Pak Aris on his flute. He also played his djembe and taught us about the three sounds that can be produced by the djembe, including tone, bass, and slap. Pak Aris also taught us a trick to get everyone ready for the next activity. Every time he said “chicken”, everybody should stop what they are doing and put their hands on their head.

Guess what we made at Cooking Class? It’s………vegetable pizza! It was really yummy!!

In P.W. and Yoga Classes, we got to exercise and strengthen our muscles. Let’s take a sneak peek at our activities in both classes this week!

Dance week is next week! It will be completed with a big community event after school, Bamboopalooza, on Friday, November 16! There will be no school on Monday, November 19 and Tuesday, November 20, in observance of a national holiday and a PD day for staff. Our Early Years Indonesian Assembly will take place on Wednesday, December 5, at 9:00 AM.

Have a great weekend. See you back on Monday.

Best wishes,

The Geckos


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