Welcome to Kindergarten News page!
We look forward to and are excited to be sharing with you our kindergarten classroom! Here you will be updated with what the students are learning in class, any classroom news, reminders or events. Links for learning resources, and tips on how to help support your child’s learning at home, will also be made available here.
Posted 10/18/2017 10:16AM
New Unit of Inquiry
Kindergarten has started a new unit of inquiry this week. Students will explore the wonderful world of patterns!
Unit: How the World Works
Central Idea: Natural and human made patterns provide structure, beauty and predictability in the environment.
Lines of Inquiry:
- Ways we can create and continue patterns
- Inquiry into where patterns are found
- An inquiry into the connection of natural and human-made patterns
This is a highly engaging, hands-on unit with lots of opportunities for discovery, creation and experimentation. We have already asked the children if they knew what a pattern was:
Look! I have pattern on my clothes! said Josephine
Can a pattern be stripes? because I have it on my socks said Jakob
I have some dots on my sweater said Cecilia
I have a star on my shoes, is that a pattern? asked Dinis
We told the children that patterns can be made with stars, stripes, dots, flowers and whatever we wanted to use. We drew them on the white board and asked each one to copy a pattern. After our circle time Shawn asked if we could make patterns so in our second section we had fun making letters, numbers and a colorful circle with patterns.
Language: We will work with the letter C, its sound and letter formation and words starting with the letter C.
Math: We will work with patterns and function: sorting, counting, comparing, and making graph pattern blocks by page.
Have a nice week.
Posted 10/23/2017 11:08AM
Thank you for attending your child's conference. I enjoyed meeting with you all.
Last week the children worked together with shapes and patterns. After working with letters, Jakob, Dinis and Aronas used name tags to help them write their friends' names on the whiteboard and Micah and Alexander spent time reading books.
We also walked to the library in town where the children played, read books and had lunch. We took the bus back as far as Meny, walking the rest of the way to the kindergarten.
This week in language studies, our letter of the week is K and we will start reading some words. Now that we have learned the letters s, a, p, t, i, n, c, we will work with blending tutorial, trying to such words as ant, sat, pat, pan, tap, sit, tin, nip, pin, and snap,
In Math and Unit work we will continue to work with patterns and function: sorting, counting, comparing, and making graph pattern blocks by page.
Have a nice week.
Posted 10/19/2017 12:05PM
Fantasy Night, Thursday October 26th
Posted 10/12/2017 12:04PM
We hope everyone enjoyed the Autumn break. Here`s a summary of activities that kindergarten worked on before the break:
Students celebrated Cultural Diversity Day on September 28. We inquired in to dance and music. Children got to dance and listen to songs from their countries. They also enjoyed making and coloring flags. There was a gathering of nations, an assembly and lots of food thanks to parent contributions. It was an exciting day for us all. More than 80 countries represented school-wide.
Trip to the beach
We went to Langestrand beach where the children got to play, look for exciting things on the beach. Then they ate their snacks.
Please remember that school closes at 12:15 next Monday and Wednesday for student conferences. I look forward to meeting with you all.
Posted 09/28/2017 02:02PM
Last week we were outside collecting leaves. We have talked about autumn, what happens to the leaves and their changing of colour. We will be making an art collage with leaves.
We have been practicing a dance for five weeks now and last Friday the children finally got to perform it. Kindergarten joined the primary school outside for the BlimE dansen 2017. Over 660 schools across Norway participated at the same time, 12 pm and it was a great success!
This week we have been learning about the letter 'N' and we all tasted nypesuppe. Nype in English is rosehip and the soup has a sweet and sour taste. We all tasted it but not everyone liked it. One of our lines of inquiry is about likes and dislikes so we are making a chart of pictures of food that we have made in kindergarten. The children put a smiley face on things that they like and a sad face on what they don't like.
This week we will continue with our unit work with activities and exploring what we are able to do with our bodies.
Have a wonderful week.
Posted 09/19/2017 11:59AM
Skagerak Day, 24 September 12-3 pm
Welcome to the start of the school year and a host of activities on Skagerak Day, Sunday 24 September. The Parent Council is once again organizing this fun filled event for all students and parents on the school playground. There will be a football tournament, talent show, face painting, grilled hamburgers and more! We look forward to seeing as many as possible - sunshine is promised!
Posted 09/18/2017 06:11PM
Cultural Diversity Day, Thursday 28 September
Sign up for country selection for next week's event! Due date for country selection, options for food donation and volunteer opportunities for this day is this coming Friday 22 September. For more information see your child's contact teacher or parent council representative.
Thank you for helping us to make this day a great showcase of internationalism for our school and the community.
Posted 09/18/2017 04:05PM
The children practiced writing letters of the alphabet in beds of salt. With help from the children, we also made ice cream using salt, milk, vanilla sugar, cream and chocolate for ingredients. We played a game called Making Expression, where the children sat in pairs and used sad/happy/angry eyes and sad/happy/angry mouth. Afterwards we discussed the different kinds of expressions they had used.
We have now finished painting our paper bodies, and will continue with attaching names of the body parts.
The letter of the alphabet this week is 'N'.
Please remember that it is getting colder and your child now needs warmer clothes including mittens and hat.
Have a nice week.
Posted 09/12/2017 12:04PM
Children worked with decorating their own birthday cakes, so they could learn about their birth dates and ages, for example if they are five they had to have five candles on the cake. Then they organized data and created class displays so everybody could see when they have their birthday.
We had a fire drill, where we practiced and talked about what to do if the fire alarm goes off. Some of the children knew what to do immediately. Dinis told the class that if there was fire they had to crawl to be able to come out of the building. Sebastian said that they could call fireman Sam. Josephine asked who was going to take care of them if there was a fire? We talked about what to do and where to go.
The unit was introduced through reading the book The Body Book by Rotner & Calcagnino. On the cover of the book there was a girl doing a handstand and they all wanted to try one. We put a mat in the middle of our circle and helped the children so they could feel how it is to have their head upside down. We talked about how amazing our body is, allowing us to do great things. Aronas was my helper during the unit section so I asked him to stand in front of the blackboard, then I drew his body. We discussed the different names of parts of the body.
This week we learned about the letter 'P' and we made pancakes on Wednesday and pizza on Friday. Children showed great interest in making food together with their classmates.
For our unit work we have started to trace each child's body on a big piece of paper which they will paint and write down names of the body parts they know. At the end of our unit they will see if they have learned more body parts and add to the tracing.
For this week we will continue working with our Who We Are unit of inquiry and the new letter is 'I' . We are going to make ice cream and work with letter sounds starting with I.
Have a great week.
Posted 09/07/2017 01:23PM
Today kindergarten had music again. We are still getting to know each other and learn each others names (especially since mine is so long!), but we had some fun today singing 'Say hello', and 'How do you do'. These are songs we will be singing at the start of all music lessons to help students recognise me, and the subject.
Today we also started to think about our face and the different faces we can pull when we sing the song 'Make a Face'. Students were very good at pulling happy, sad, angry and surprised faces! I look forward to next week when we will continue with our singing and getting to know each other.
Posted 09/04/2017 02:39PM
Measurement in kindergarten
Last week we made waffles together with the whole class coming up with suggestions about what kind of ingredients to use. We wrote the ingredients on the board in both English and in Norwegian. Children got to taste the different ingredients and everybody was enthusiastic and wanted to help.
We also introduced the letter 't' with the children writing words beginning with 't'. During our free play two of the girls asked for more words to write on the blackboard. On Friday we had an amazing trip to the forest with a visit from Mr. Tester, surprising us with treats - lots of fun!
This week we are finally starting with our unit work. Please do not forget to send pictures of your child from 1 to 5 years old. The letter of this week is 'P'. Have a wonderful week.
Posted 09/01/2017 01:22PM
ManageBac is updated
Skagerak International School's online learning platform ManageBac has now been updated to include all new parents at the Kindergarten, Primary and Middle school, as well as new Middle school students. Please check your email for a welcome email direct from ManageBac and contact the office if you require any assistance with your log on. Further information including support links and video demonstrations can be found on our webpage.
Posted 08/30/2017 01:11PM
Curriculum evening and welcome BBQ - Thursday 31 August 2017
We hope to see many parents at our annual Curriculum night/Welcome BBQ on Thursday 31 August, 4 pm-6 pm. During this evening you will get a chance to meet all staff, hear from the Principal and Parent Council about upcoming plans and have a chance to learn more about what we do here at Skagerak International School. A welcome BBQ follows directly after with some complimentary snacks.
James Tester, principal
Posted 08/30/2017 12:52PM
Cultural Diversity Day - 28 September 2017
Posted 08/28/2017 12:25PM
Last week we practiced writing our names and learned about words that started with the letter 'a'. With the wonderful weather on Thursday and Friday, we were outside during the afternoons.
On Friday our beach plans had to be changed because of the closed road so we went to the park instead, where we met other students from Framnes school. We had fruit and hot dogs for lunch. Some of the children collected hazelnuts. There was a zip line at the park, so each child had to try it several times.
This week we will start our first unit of inquiry, Who We Are.
- As I grow, I learn more about who I am and what I can do
Lines of inquiry
- My physical characteristics
- My feelings, likes and dislikes
- How I am growing and changing
- What I am able to do with my body
The children will develop an understanding of themselves, discuss their growth, physical characteristics, likes and dislikes and what they could or could not do at different ages.
To start the unit, the children will look at a photo album of themselves and we will talk about what they could do at various ages. Please send us some photographs of your child from the ages 1 to 5 years old.
Thanks for your help and support with this unit. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Posted 08/22/2017 08:00AM
We have had a great start to a new year in kindergarten! Friendships begin to blossom and old friends are happy to be reunited. We are using these first two weeks to get to know each other and work on classroom routines and rules. We read books, play and sing in circle time.
Every Friday we have trips or outings to the forest or park and we ask parents to make sure their child has a backpack they can easily carry themselves and that they are dressed appropriately for the weather. There is also 'sharing time' each Friday, where the children can bring one toy to share in kindergarten.
Each week the children will learn about one letter of the alphabet. They are taught to recognize the sound of the letter, see the letter's formation, write the letter themselves, blend sounds in words for reading and identify sounds in words for spelling. We have started with letter 's', and the children have learned the sound and played with objects starting with s.
The whole school will be participating in an upcoming dancing competition called Blimed. PY6 students visited kindergarten on Wednesday, practicing the dance together. Kindergarten children really enjoyed it, though the boys were a little hesitate at first.
On Friday we enjoyed a visit to the park near the kindergarten, playing football and having fun.
Have a lovely week !
Posted 08/08/2017 09:00AM
Dear Skagerak Kindergarten and Primary families
Welcome back! I hope you have had a relaxing and enjoyable summer with friends and family.
Kindergarten and primary school begins Monday, 14th of August, at 8:45 am. You are welcome to arrive at 8:30 am and meet the kindergarten and primary staff. We will all gather outside in front of the school. The first day of school is a full day and students will arrive at 8:45 and be dismissed at 3 pm. There is afternoon SFO until 4:30 on Monday with Ms Carol for those who need it. Please notify your child's homeroom teacher if they are attending SFO on the first day. Morning SFO for Kindergarten and Primary will begin on Tuesday morning at 7:30am. If you have any questions about the start-up times and schedule, please do not hesitate to ask.
For the first day, your child should bring a snack, lunch, a water bottle, pencils, erasers, indoor shoes, and weather appropriate clothing. If your child is attending afternoon SFO, they will need an additional snack for the late afternoon. Contact teachers will be sending additional information and necessary school start-up forms home with students on the first day of school, including medical information and permission forms.
Below you will find the list of contact teachers and their respective emails for the 2017/2018 school year.
Once again this year, much of our school information will be digital and regularly added to our website and classroom blogs.
We look forward to seeing new and familiar faces soon. Enjoy your last few days of summer!
Principal James Tester