Dear Parents and Friends,
We hope you are having a great weekend sprinkled with adventures. This Saturday is a very important ceremony for our Balinese Hindu friends. Ten days after Galungan, we celebrate another special day called “Kuningan” which is held every 210 days (6 months) according to the Balinese calendar. Kuningan is derived from the word kuning which means yellow. The Balinese believe that Kuningan is the day when their ancestors return to heaven after visiting the earth for the Galungan celebration. They make offerings to be given to the ancestors on their farewell day. The offerings include yellow rice made with turmeric and other spices which is placed in a small bowl made of coconut leaves. The yellow rice is the symbol of human’s gratitude towards God for all the life, joy, wealth, health and prosperity given. We also make some decorations to put at our family temple and also at our house.
In Yoga Class, Ibu Cherry began the class with an active warm-up, and then we continued with “I Am Yoga” song . You can practice this with your children if you like. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmXL821PklY) We also moved energetically by dancing to “Dancing Bears song” which guides us through tree, chair, slide and boat pose. The children also requested to go on a dragon hunt which is still a favorite activity. The class then continued by practicing some yoga poses such as downward facing dog, table and cobra pose. Before yoga relaxing time, the Geckos created a birthday tunnel for Rocky, the birthday boy, which was followed by the teachers’ tunnel for all the students.
Savasana (Yoga Relaxing Time)
Our Teman-teman sessions are getting more fun and exciting as our friendships continue to blossom. This week was our turn to visit Grade 1 Merah classroom. As we are already paired up with a partner from Grade 1, this time our older buddy read us story from the book that they wrote and also from library books. Thank you Grade 1 Merah.
Another great experience that we had was at the music room with Pak Aris and Ibu Jamie. The Geckos practiced and learned how to play the “Djembe” and they also had a chance to do a group performance which was amazing. We sang Happy Birthday for Silas as well.
Happy birthday Rocky!
Happy birthday to you Happy birthday to you Happy birthday dear Rocky Happy birthday to you!
The Geckos sang for Rocky as he received a special birthday crown. Can you guess how old he is now?
Happy birthday Silas!
Another special day this week was Silas’ birthday. The Geckos sang happy birthday to Silas and his Mom, Ibu Daniela, came and brought a yummy birthday cake. Thank you Silas and Ibu Daniela for celebrating with us. We are so lucky to celebrate 2 birthdays this week.
What is banana in Bahasa Indonesia?
The Geckos learned more vocabulary words about fruits in Bahasa Indonesia. We explored these words through songs and a game called” Tepuk Kartu” (tapping game). The children were engaged and patiently waited for their turn.
The Geckos enjoyed playing a Balinese traditional game introduced by the teachers which is called “Curik-curik“. The students formed a circle and one of the children was blindfolded. They went around the circle while the other students sang. When the song stopped, the person that had the blindfold held one of their friends and tried to guess their name without opening the blindfold.
We finished our thematic unit about “Amazing Animals” although we will always continue exploring animals at Green School. The Geckos demonstrated their understanding about which animals live in different habitats. This week, we started to explore our new thematic lesson which falls under the category “Invironment”. Our thematics are based on permaculture principles. The Geckos have decided to focus on “Watch Out For the Fire”. Next month we will have our Ogoh-ogoh parade at Green school so it is a great opportunity to link this event with our new thematic. This year our theme of the Ogoh-ogoh is “Fire”. The Geckos made their own “fire king” by painting paper with 3 colors: red, orange and blue. The Geckos also helped the teachers to carry the materials from the art room to our classroom. They are incredibly helpful!
Creating Fire King
Gathering the materials
Choosing the Ogoh- ogoh design
The Geckos also created their own dragons with mixed materials.
We explored our surrounding during Green Studies. The Geckos found so many interesting things from nature. They carefully observed baby plants as well as a red flower on the top of a swing. We loved playing in the muddy puddles which is a super amazing thing to do after the rain is pouring.
The Geckos engaged in all of the stations set up by Pak Putu and Pak Garrett. They enjoyed crawling, balancing and throwing balls. “What’s the Time Mr. Wolf?” is still one of our favorite games.
This week the Geckos made mini pizzas. We even made our own tomato sauce. The children helped to roll the dough and shred the vegetables. They were excited to join in all of the steps. Would you like to have a bite?
E.Y. potluck breakfast party
Thank you so much for making it so wonderful. This was the first time that we had to be indoors for our breakfast party. It was such a wonderful morning to see all of you together spending time with us. It could not be the same without all of your support.
Please mark your calendars with these dates:
Monday, March 2 – Friday, March 6 Dance Week
Friday, March 13 – Parent-Teacher Conferences (non-school day for children)
Friday, March 20 – Ogoh-ogoh Parade at school (details sent close to the date). Last day of school in Term 3
Please bring any old newspaper/paper to the class starting Monday as we will begin our Ogoh-ogoh project. Please pack a white T-shirt for your children that can be redecorated as our class costume for the Ogoh-ogoh parade. Thank you so much for all of your support. We are looking forward to seeing you back on Monday.
The Geckos Team