Kindergarten – Term 3 Weeks 7 & 8 – Collaborative work

Dear Parents,

What can we say? Anyone who was in last Tuesday’s assembly to see the build up and anticipation upon the eager and hopeful faces of our Kindergarten class, we are certain, will never forgot it. The pure joy and positive energy when the children realised that yes ─ our 3 headed dragon had indeed taken the best Ogoh-ogoh of 2019 title was priceless.  The excitement of holding the trophy up high and celebrating with their classmates our team success was only the start of our afternoon. Proudly sporting our dragon t-shirts everyone worked together to carry our mighty beast around the parade route. Our chants, songs, the  moments of pause for when our dragon took it’s deep breaths of fresh air as it marched with energy and purpose in it’s role of protector of the trees, all made us feel like we were really flying.  Kindergarten were a proud and united force!

After the Nyepi break everyone has returned with recharged batteries ready for the final 3 weeks of the term. We have got straight in with our Let’s think programme giving small team challenges using positional language and the need for persuasion and negotiation skills as the children worked through the challenge cards together to solve the dilemmas posed.  They needed to see other people’s perspectives both literally and figuratively.

Eggcellent fun was had as we tested our dragon egg protection devices. Each team created a way to secure the magical Ogoh-ogoh eggs for future generations, protecting them from harm.  After several broken eggs as the designs were created, we at last came up with prototypes ready to test. Each group was given three opportunities to test their design and then evaluated their successes and failures considering why they worked or otherwise and ways to improve the designs further.

What can you do with an old plastic bottle? So many suggestions and ideas were forthcoming from our creative Kindy students. Bird feeders, pirate ships, a shower, pencil pots, musical instruments, unicorns and racing cars were among the selection. Nobody however considered the use that we eventually experimented with as part of our Gaia thematic. After learning a little about soil erosion and the way that plant roots help slow the process, we were offered a tasty drink of water….kind of….  A delicious blend of mud, leaves with a hint of coconut bubbles was offered but apparently it wasn’t the choice drink of our Kindy scientists. So we set about turning our plastic bottles into water filters to explore how water can naturally be filtered through the layers in our earth to turn into the perfect drink for the plants around us. Come along to the SLC next Friday to have your own scientist share the secrets of their own filtration system.

Yoga saw a chance to try something a little different – foot yoga with pom poms – have you ever tried such a challenge?

PW was a super hula hoop fest of body agility and wiggling fun. We have a complete range of skill levels and it was great to see our experts assisting the hula hoop beginners as they tried to twirl them around their body. Hula hooping spinning works over 30 core muscles and as well as helping coordination is a fabulous way of developing core strength and flexibility. 

Literacy saw us sourcing as many things as we could from our classroom and playground that started with the sounds s  a p t i n. We matched them to their letter sounds and drew with chalk a few extras for good measure. We wrote the letters and those that wanted to, had a go at sounding out and blending the sounds together to read words created by these 6 letters- sat, pin, nap, tap etc.  Some children played board games that helped cement the sounds and what they look like as they came up with even more words that start with each sound.

Our new garden was at the the perfect point this week to add in our poles for the plants to climb up to make our nature tee-pee in Green Science. We labelled the different plants that we have growing and of course tended to them, weeding and watering as always.

During Drama class with Ibu Marvelina, Merah learnt about “frozen pictures”. A frozen picture means pictures that do not move and talk. First, she showed the children a Polaroid camera and we saw how the pictures slowly appeared. Then with our body, we took a frozen picture while everybody tried to guess what still picture was about.

Art saw us designing and planning theme parks out of paper. What amazing 3D creations Putih made!

Thank you to everyone who has already replied to our email about the Student Led Conferences next Friday 22nd of March. If you missed it  the time slots are as follows:

8:30 am – 9:20 am

9:30 am – 10:20 am

10:30 am – 11:20 am

11:30 am – 12:20 pm

1:00 pm – 1:50 pm

2:00 pm – 2:50 pm

Please email us as soon as you can with your top 3 choices, in order of preference. Sessions will have between 3 or 4 students at a time. We will do our best to accommodate everyone’s preferences and understand that many of you have children already scheduled for conferences in other grades.  If you are unable to join, there will not be an option to make up the conference. Please let us know if you are unable to attend. For P.W., Green Studies and Drama class, you do not need to book those sessions in advance. Feel free to visit those spaces before or after your SLC in the classroom. There will be a lunch break from 12:20 pm – 1:00 pm.

Have a lovely weekend,

The Kindergarten Team


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