Welcome to the International School of Tanganyika’s Kindergarten Team Website. Here you will find what’s happening in Kindergarten classrooms, student work and much more. Please check back often and feel free to leave us a message with your ideas, links and good thoughts. Asante!
Please remember to pack a hat for your child every day and take it home on a Friday to be washed.
A date to remember – 17th January at 7:30am KG Assembly. All classes will be preforming on stage. After the assembly we would like to invite all parents to come back to the classroom to share their child’s learning journey portfolio.
Please read the information regarding the new unit of inquiry starting in January 2014 and current health issues in KG.
Students have now finished their bean diaries and next week will be working on procedure writing as a follow up to their field trip to Shambaland. Students are using more and more high frequency words in their writing and are using the environmental print in the classroom to assist them with their writing. Students are learning to reflect on their own work and think about the next step. They are developing their own writing goals with support from a teacher. Many students are becoming more confident readers and before the holidays we would like to take this opportunity to reinforce the importance of reading daily to and with your children. Some students are developing their ability to de-code (read) words but also need to practice comprehension strategies. Encourage your child to flick through the pages prior to reading for a ‘picture walk’ and then tell you in their own words what they think the book is about. After they have read the book, ask your child to re-tell the book with as many details as possible. You can assist your child by asking them questions about the book before, during and after reading. Stop mid way through the book and ask your child to predict what will happen. These are just a few ideas. The following link is a great resource and has an article called, 103 things to do before/during/after reading.
This week students have continued their work on probability and have been starting to use probability language while talking about daily life at school – It is certain we will have PE today – It is likely to rain today – It is unlikely we will find all our library books and get a popcorn party – Lets make that one a likely!!! Students have finished their work on measurement by completing an activity requiring them to use non-standard units to measuring things in the classroom. Students have also started exploring basic addition through stories. Students are learning to use pictures to assist and explain their understand as well as, write a story to go with the picture and write a number sentence.
Unit of Inquiry
Students have been making more connections to plants and why they are important to us. They are also starting to think about what their responsibility is towards plants. Our trip to Shambaland generated a lot of understanding about the process of potting a small plant and students will be involved in writing up the procedure this week during class. Some students were concerned that they couldn’t care for their plants as they would soon be going on holidays! Students are also preparing questions during Kiswahili language lessons, in order to interview an IST gardener. Some classes made pipe cleaner flowers using their developing fine skills to twist the pipe cleaners into the correct shapes.
OUR NEXT UNIT
When we return to school, we will be starting a new Unit of Inquiry under the theme How We Organize Ourselves. Our new central idea will be: Transportation systems are organized to help us connect with people and places. Students will inquire into:
The structure and function of transportation systems
Reasons for choosing different transportation systems
Although school will not be first and foremost on you or your child’s minds, we have 1 request: as you travel this holiday – even within Tanzania – please try to include your child in the process. For example:
Share a map of your intended journey
Ask your child to pay for or present tickets on boarding
Read timetables and displays together
Name various modes of transport and explore how they differ (do they have wheels? What type? Why? How far could this mode of transport go? How fast? How many passengers could travel together? Etc.)
Focus on how modes of transport are connected, for example, the taxi to the airport-the aeroplane to the next airport-the bus to the terminal-the train to the city-etc.
Make a game out of looking for traffic signs and signals, or people involved in helping us in our journey (drivers, conductors, sales assistants, tour guides…). These help us organize and communicate to various commuters.
Write a journal of where you went, how you got there, why you decided to go and how you feel about it… “Today I went….. We travelled by….., so we could see/do/meet….. I …..”. Include photos of your child travelling (on a cable car or ferry or scooter, etc) if possible…
These experiences and discussions will provide your child with meaningful and relevant information to share with their class next term as we unpack and explore these concepts.
We would like to do some construction work during this unit, as we will also be working on different 3D shapes. Please send empty cereal boxes, toilet rolls, tins, etc. and PLEASE make sure that containers are properly cleaned.
Thank you once again for your help and support with your child’s learning and for your support in making the transition into Kindergarten a successful one.
Have a safe and wonderful holiday full of merriment and cheer! For those of you who will not be joining us again in January, have a safe travel and all the best for your new adventures. For those of you who are coming back, see you in the new year happy and healthy!
CURRENT HEALTH ISSUES
Head lice is an issue in all schools from time to time and at the moment there are cases in KG. Head lice are very contagious and are very hard to get rid of in a school, particularly among younger children. Head lice also multiply very quickly so early detection is important. As pro-active and responsible members of our community, parents are asked to do regular checks of their children’s hair for any small eggs (nits) or adult lice. A special fine-toothed comb makes it easier to check. Please read the following link for more information. http://raisingchildren.net.au/articles/lice.html
A couple of students in KG also have chicken pox. Please read the following link for more information. http://kidshealth.org/parent/infections/skin/chicken_pox.html
Some students at IST and at the local preschools have also contracted hand, foot and mouth. Please read the following link for more information. http://raisingchildren.net.au/articles/hand_foot_mouth_disease.html
Soon you will be receiving reports for your child and you may notice your child’s teacher referring to a program called the Perceptual Motor Program. The basics of this program are working with children to isolate skills which incorporate physical abilities with their awareness of what is around them, building their coordination, kinesthetic awareness, and ability to control their own movements.
Many teachers have said that children who struggle in these often also have difficulty in the classroom with regard to following instructions, controlling their impulses and interacting with their classmates.
While it may sound complicated the program is really quite simple and is very play oriented. During PMP we do a lot of jumping, hopping, bouncing balls, balancing, and climbing and the children have a great time!
Here is a link to a website which may be helpful in understanding the program more fully. What is PMP?
Enjoy these photos of the Kindergarten students practicing their bouncing, keeping a balloon up in the air, crawling through a tunnel and hopping on dots like little frogs and balancing a bean bag on their head while walking on the tires around the play area!
Reminders/Thank you /Requests
Well done to all the KG students for a great music performance and a BIG thank you to Peter and Natalie, the music teachers for working so hard with all our students.
HATS – please pack a hat daily for your child, it can be left at school and sent home to be washed on the weekend.
Field trip on Friday – letter will be sent today.
Students are becoming confident readers and writers and it’s great to see how much change and progress in attitudes and skills as already occurred. Our unit work has deepened the students understanding of non-fiction texts and enabled them to do some independent research based on their own questions. Drawings and writing are much more detailed and students are pleased with their own progress. The students have been working very hard on updating their bean diaries.
This week students have continued their inquiry into measuring using non-standard units – feet, hands and unifix cubes. Students have also been exploring standard units of measurement centimetres using rules, tape measures and a metre ruler. Please encourage this inquiry at home and allow your children access to tapes and rulers. Students have are also beginning to understand probability is it likely, unlikely or certain. You can further your child’s understand of this concept by discussing different situations at home.
Unit of Inquiry
Students are deepening their understanding of plants and are beginning to not only know the names of parts of plants but also what they do. Later this week we will be discussing why we need plants and what plants give us. Some students have already been discussing this in class and it’s great to see soooooo much action in the classroom. Students have been planting seeds and plants at home and drawing many pictures related to the unit.
This Friday we will also be going on a field trip, a letter with permission slip is being sent home today. Please return the slip to your classroom teacher.