Starlings – Week 8 Term 1

Dear Parents and Friends,

We are so thankful to have spent the day with you at our Parent Teacher Conferences. It was inspiring to set goals together as well as to learn more about your children. Thank you for taking the time to meet us today and we look forward to continuing to build our relationships together.

This week, the Starlings have been engaging in many class activities, such as Bingo and other maths games. The children practiced counting beads with one-to-one correspondence and placed the beads into numbered bamboo containers. The students also used dice to count and then placed pegs with the corresponding amount on a popsicle stick.  Starlings are learning about basic shapes, such as circles, squares, triangles, rectangles, stars, and hearts. We have colored them, cut them out and made them into crowns and tiaras. The children also made shapes from tetra packs. We played “Simon Says” and a hiding game to practice using words that describe position, such as next to, beside, in front, behind, on the top and under. The Starlings are continuing to recognize their classmates’ names through games, particularly the “Starling Helper” game each morning. We have also been playing with letters and searching for the letters in our names from magazines.


On Monday, Starlings Putih had cooking class. We made singkong pelangi (rainbow cassava). The ingredients were cassava, salt, coconut and brown sugar for the topping. The children learned about natural food dyes to make the colours. We used sugi leaves to make green, dragonfruit to make a reddish color, and the original color of the cassava to make yellow. The children took turns grating the cassava and the coconut. Then they shaped the grated cassava into balls and the teachers steamed the cassava balls.


On Tuesday, the Starling Merah made cheese muffins with wheat flour, salt, sugar, eggs, milk, vanilla, baking powder and butter. The children took turns to measure the ingredients, mix the batter and grate the cheese. They really enjoyed the cheese muffins and asked for more.


During Teman-teman on Tuesday, the Starlings visited Grade 2 Merah and Putih. Starlings Merah made a spider with their buddies and Starlings Putih got the chance to know more about their buddies as the older children helped them write, draw and color a questionnaire about themselves.



Ibu Jamie and Pak Aris came to Starlings Merah and Putih on Wednesday for our weekly music class. They taught us a new song, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”. Our music teachers also showed us how to play angklung. Angklung is a traditional musical instrument from Indonesia made of bamboo tubes of varying sizes attached to a bamboo frame. The tubes are carved to have a resonant pitch when struck and are tuned to octaves, similar to Western handbells. The base of the frame is held in one hand, while the other hand shakes the instrument, making a melodic sound.


During a nature walk, we visited some of the people in our Green School community who help to make it a safe, welcoming and happy place.  The children got to greet some of our staff and learn about what they do. We visited the kitchen, the Shanti house, the Security Post and the Heart of School.


On Thursday, the children looked at pictures of some of the staff members who regularly visit our Starlings area and who they met during the nature walk. This activity helped to remind us about the people that we met during the nature walk on Wednesday as well as to assist us in remembering their names. We talked about what they do and how they help us feel happy, comfortable and safe at school.

A Mystery Guest came to Starling Putih on Thursday. It was Pak Wayan Kembar, Chloe’s Dad. He visited Starlings Merah last week and wanted to have a chance to share the same activities with Starlings Putih. Pak Wayan and the children made an instrument from banana stems. It makes a sound like a hand clap. Each of the children decorated their banana stem with markers. Pak Wayan also built toy cars from  banana stems, satay sticks and eggplant for the car wheels. With the coconut leaves, Pak Wayan made crowns for the children to decorate. The children really enjoyed all the activities. Please contact us at starlings@greenschool.org to organize your Mystery Guest visit to our classroom. Reading a book, singing a song, teaching us about a cultural/family tradition….the possibilities are endless and it means so much to us as a community to host you in our classroom.


Notes:

  1. This Monday, September 30th, we will have a field trip to Kemenuh Butterfly Park and Setia Darma House of Mask and Puppets. Please pack a snack, lunch, full water bottle, hat and comfortable shoes. Please return the permission form digitally to starlings@greenschool.org before our departure on Monday morning.

  2. There will be a parent gathering on Monday from 9:15 am-10:00 am in Starlings Merah classroom. Some members of the Early Years team will be presenting about our programme.

  3. There will be an Assembly and Farmers Market on Friday.

  4. October 5-October 20: Mid-Semester Break and school resumes on October 21.

  5. Halloween – October 31 – more details to follow but we will ask for parent volunteers to help us with our annual trick-or-treating fun for Early Years children.

Have a great weekend everyone. Thank you!

Best regards,

The Starling Team

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