Dear Starling Families,
What a week full of nature, adventure and a lot of fun! We would like to share some of the highlights with you. We continued learning about “Magical Creatures” in our thematic lessons. This week, we focused on mystical beings from the earth, such as giants, elves, dwarves and trolls. The teachers shared stories through books, puppets and props based on the theme, for example, “Three Billy Goats Gruff”, “Jack and the Beanstalk” and “The Elves and the Shoemaker”. We started the first day of this week exploring our beautiful campus and had so much fun role-playing the story of “The Three Billy Goat Gruff” on the bridge.
On Thursday morning, we were so excited to visit our neighbours at the Kul Kul Farm. We were warmly welcomed there by the friendly gardeners who guided us as we explored the new environment, filled with trees, plants and animals. As soon as we arrived, the students found two duck eggs that had just been laid! The Starlings had the chance to feed the chickens who were only one month old as well as to pick them up gently. We met a large rooster who came all the way from Bulgaria as well as the largest pig we have ever seen. He looked like a rhino! Many thanks to Pak Orin and Ibu Maria for helping us to arrange this wonderful visit to Kul Kul Farm. We are looking forward to visiting again.
We wonder how is chicken food made?? Pak Kolis, our guide, showed us the larvae that they mix into the corn to make nutritious chicken food.
We were glad that we could see a hen sitting on some eggs, keeping them safe and warm.
We found two eggs in the Geese house!
We also met the piggy families and the goats.
On Tuesday morning, we enjoyed doing Yoga Class with Ibu Cherry (Ibu Russlee’s other name for when she teaches yoga). We attempted two backbend poses, “Bridge” and “Wheel”, for our yoga challenge this week. We also did yoga through music “ Sun Salutation” and did yoga through games “Tunnel games” where we practised holding downward dog pose for an extended period of time and the Starling Helper crawled under our tunnel. In Cooking Class, we made Vegetable Tempura which is one kind of Japanese food. The batter was prepared by mixing rice flour, water, salt, pepper and garlic powder. The vegetables included carrots, spinach and green beans.
During a Math lesson, the students studied to count the objects, colour it and try to write the numbers by matching the quantity to the number, from 1 to 5. We also practised to count the dots on the number cards and place the corresponding amount of buttons on each number to match the quantity. In Cooking Class, the children were asked to cut the green bean exactly in the middle and measured the two pieces to see if they matched or if one was longer or shorter.
Our Teman-Teman from Grade 5B came on Monday and brought a lot of traditional games that they made by themselves. They were happy to share and played together with us. Here some examples of those games:
On Friday morning, we had a lot of fun singing and dancing together with our Mystery Guest, Ibu Sarita. We learned that so many of the songs that we sing at Green School were actually written by her! She encouraged us to make up our own songs too. After her visit, the children practised writing songs and stories on our classroom floor with chalk.
The Annual Book Fair is coming next week. The book fair will be open January 29th through February 2nd from 9am – 4pm on the 2nd floor of the Heart of School near the Library. We will not be visiting the Book Fair as a class but you are welcome to bring your child for a visit on any of those days or after school.
We would like to invite you to our Early Years Breakfast Party on Thursday, February 15 from 8:15-9:30 am. All Early Years (Geckos, Starlings, Kindy A and Kindy B) families are invited to join their children and classroom teachers for a fun potluck style breakfast. It is a chance to connect with other parents and welcome new families, plus enjoy some great food together!
Please bring something healthy to share. (Fruit, healthy baked goods or pre-made smoothies are great!). Unfortunately, we are unable to heat / cook anything there so whatever you bring should be ready to eat. We will provide banana leaf plates and some cutlery but please bring your own serving utensils. The breakfast will take place in the Kindy A eating area and kids will be welcome to play inside or outside (in that area) during that time.
School will be closed on Friday, February 16, in observance of a national holiday for Chinese New Year.
Thank you for your support and attention. We hope you have a lovely weekend.
Ibu Russlee, Ibu Krisna and Ibu Komang