Last week in EY2, we continued to inquire into human interactions with nature as we created nature-inspired artwork. As they created still-life paintings of sunflowers and oil pastel drawings of pears, the children developed an appreciation for the beauty of our natural world, as well as sharpening their observation skills.
And check out our previous work with dragon fruits:
We have also looked at human interactions with nature from a more pragmatic point of view, discussing all the ways that we use natural resources in our daily lives. One important part of this has been thinking about where our food comes from. After bringing in seeds from foods that they ate, the children planted their seeds in boxes outside the classroom. Taking care of the garden as it grows will help strengthen the children’s connection between food and nature, and will also help us to learn about what plants need to live.
We have now delved into our third line of inquiry, thinking about changes that people can make to the natural environment. Through read-alouds and class discussions, we have learned about ways that human behaviour can change natural environment in harmful ways, as well as actions we can take to protect the natural environment, keeping it healthy, clean, and safe. The EY2s are now in the process of authoring and illustrating their own book to teach readers about ways that they can protect nature. Publishing a book is a major project, and we will continue to work on it this week.
We also celebrated Leon’s 5th birthday at school last week. Happy birthday Leon, and thanks to Leon’s mom and dad for bringing in a birthday treat to make the day special.
Next week is our last week of the term, and it is looking like a busy one! In addition to finishing up our book, we will also be occupied with a variety of special events. Be sure to note the dates and details!
December 5th: In Remembrance of HM King Bhumibol’s Birthday – school closed
December 6th: Deadline for holiday gift donations – see letter below for details
December 10th: Learning Celebration Certificate Assembly – 8:15 am in the auditorium; parents of certificate recipients will be notified and are invited to attend
December 12th: Dress Rehearsal for Holiday Concert – 8:00 am; Parents do not attend the dress rehearsal, however please ensure that all costumes and props are at school by Dec. 11 so that we are ready
December 12th: EY2 Holiday Party – 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm in the classroom; please bring a dish of food to share
December 13th: Last Day of Term 1 – Holiday Concert (EY1 – G2), Half-day (11:20 dismissal)
January 6th: First Day of Term 2
February 1st: Early Years Picnic – see flyer below