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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 06/06/2017 03:38PM
Last week we continued to work with our Where we are in place and time unit of inquiry about mini beasts.
We have been practicing the songs that the children are going to sing at our school assembly on Friday 9 June. We had art class where the children spent time making their own mini beast. Some had to look at the insect book to see how many legs a spider has while others knew exactly what their favorite insect looks like. They showed great inquiry skills, gathering information in a fun way resulting in rather interesting conversations and a wild imagination. We have ladybugs with glitter and the praying mantis has changed form. The children were very proud of the results and cannot wait to show you their work at the summer party.
We had our outing day on Thursday last week since it was a beautiful sunny day, and the children spent the day playing in the park.
Language: We have worked with the letter Z, reading a story and singing a song about a buzzing bee. Some children traced the letter Z and others wrote words starting with Z.
To support our lines of inquiry, Norwegian children´s author and illustrator Line Renslebraten, will be joining the class to read her story Insekter og Krypdyr and lead a lesson in drawing mini beasts. This book was published September 2016. Currently, she is working on her sixth book. We are looking forward to her visit.
On Thursday 8 June, K5 students will be with the PY1 teacher from 8:45 to 11:30.
On Friday 9 June at 10:30 is first the visit with author Line Renslebraten, then the school assembly at 14:00, followed by the summer party from 15:00 to 17:00.
Have a wonderful week.
Posted 05/21/2017 08:32PM
Posted 05/16/2017 10:57AM
Crescendo Music School, FALL LINE UP - 2017
Individual or group lessons in
- PIANO - Wednesdays
- VOICE - Thursdays
- VOCAL ENSEMBLE CLUB - Thursdays
THE CHILDREN'S VOCAL ENSEMBLE CLUB IN COLLABORATION WITH SKAGERAK INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL.
We aim on developing individual singing skills, singing within a group, the basic musical skills of pitch, rhythm and expression through musical vocal techniques for the young singer.
If your are interested and would like further information please contact Crescendo Musikkskole www.cresc.no
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 93 44 33 16
Posted 05/15/2017 07:36PM
Unit work: Mini beasts
We had a mini beast pre assessment where pictures of various mini beasts were displayed in the classroom and the children's comments were recorded:
Victor: I have seen a grasshopper before.
Shawn: Er det øyestikker?
Cecilia was touching all of the pictures: they are so beautiful!
Celina: Look, an ant with oval shape, fat ant.
Ilina: It can suck out your blood.
Max: Det er faktisk rumpetroll «skrukketroll»
Cecilia: Beautiful, beautiful!
Celina: I saw all of them.
Tomine: I`m scared of these it is a bumblebee. Then she saw a praying mantis and said; it has a V sound.
KL: The bug I am scared of is coach roaches.
Ilina: What is this creature called? Is it a centipede?
The children have showed lots of interest and they recognized some of the insects. After pre assessment, each child drew their favorite mini beast and they are very interested in reading the books and exploring more. We went on a trip to the forest, each child with their own bucket with magnifying glass.
Language: For the last three weeks, we have learned the letters V, W and X. We sang songs practicing the sound of the letters, we practiced writing the letters, clapped syllables in words and recognized blending words.
This week we will learn the letter Y.
Mathamatics: We have started with math assessments where we worked with measurements. The children had to describe attributes of real objects, for example, longer/shorter, heavy/light, empty/full, and hot/cold.
This week we will work with identifying and describing the sequence of events in their daily routine, for example, before, after, bedtime, storytime, today and tomorrow. We will also read and write time to the minute and understand elapsed time.
We will continue working with our mini beast unit and practicing on hungry caterpillar, tusen ben and frog songs.
Have a great week and a wonderful 17 May celebration.
Posted 05/08/2017 03:31PM
Posted 04/26/2017 04:51PM
This week in kindergarten we will begin our "Where we are in place and time" unit of inquiry.
- Minibeast and human societies interact
Lines of inquiry
- Minibeast classification
- The importance of minibeasts
- How humans and minibeasts interact
We will start the unit by creating a classroom display with photographs of minibeasts. We will talk about the different pictures and names of the minibeasts and see how much the children already know.
We will develop a wall mural of different minibeasts and their habitats, showing human interaction when possible. We will also include information about each minibeast and how it interacts with human society, following the lines of inquiry.
We plan on trips to the forest, exploring and hunting for minibeasts, encouraging children to consider the different habitats of different minibeasts and how they might help or harm human society. Viewing cups and miniature habitats will be used to study the different minibeasts. More details will be shared later during the weeks.
At the end of the unit, the children will make a common minibeast book and share their knowledge.
As well as starting our new unit, we will continue to work with numbers, counting objects in different situations, saying and using number names in order and labeling a quantity of objects. In our language lessons, we will work with the letter V, read books and do activities for early readers.
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PY1 Art Exhibition: How we express ourselves
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Posted 02/14/2017 12:04PM
In the classroom
Emergency unit of inquiry: Before our guest speaker arrived, we talked about the role of police officers. But when they did not show any interest, I gathered them in a circle on the floor and told them that I had a surprise, sparking their interest, and informed them of the visit from the police. To find out more about what police officers do, the children worked in small groups, where they had to color a badge and in front of the class, pretend that they were police officers. Many of the children said that they caught thieves and some of the children said that they had to wear a badge, so other people could see what they worked with.
The children were very excited when the police officers arrived at the kindergarten. We were so lucky to have two police officers visiting us, Trude and Espen. They showed us their police car, put the siren on and let the children sit inside the car. There were many questions: what kind of food do thieves eat, if it hurts to wear handcuffs, which school the police officers went to and if thieves could ever escape from prison. As it was cold, we then went inside where the officers brought in some police equipment and spent almost 2 hours talking with the children.
On Friday, the children went to Lille Briske so they could slide in the snow. They had hot toddies and ate hot dogs - what a wonderful day!
Language: We have had some incidents with some of the children not including other children in play. We have started to read a book about how to be a good friend and to do some role-play. The adults role-played with the wrong action and together the children come up with ideas of how to solve the problem. Those children who wanted to show how to do it correctly, role-played in front of the whole class. It was very successful and we will continue to work with it. Letter of the week is B.
If you have any old magazines or newspapers, please bring them to the kindergarten so that we have some more resources for our letter collage.
Celebration unit of inquiry: Kindergarten is joining the school for three days of spirit week 13-16 February. All students are invited to dress as indicated by the poster in order to win house team points for their team. The only day we are not joining is the twin day.
Have a good week.
Posted 01/16/2017 01:42PM
Unit of Inquiry
Our How we organize ourselves unit about emergency has started well. Last week I asked the children "what is an emergency?" where some of them could answer and some of them needed help.
They were shown 6 pictures: an ambulance, a police car, a fire truck, a boy who fell off a bike, a man trying to break into a house and a house on fire.
Here are a few of their responses:
An emergency is.......
--Somebody hurting themselves or somebody hurt his belly. Call the doctor and the hospital truck, said Celina.
-- I don't know. He saw picture of a boy who got hurt. Then he said we need to put on a bandage, said Aronas
-- I don't know, if it is a fire call 110, no call fireman. I can sing a song about that, said Oscar.
-- weoooo weooo. It has to blow.When shown a picture of a boy who fell off a bicycle, Cecilia said he fell down, he needs a bandage, said Cecilia.
-- I don't know, it's a fire we need water. Grandpa set the fire with glitter. (firework?) Tomine
-- Emergency means that someone is in danger. Maybe in a fight or fire in the house. Xavier
-- I don't know, when shown picture of the boy who fell off the bike. We need to comfort him by giving him a hug or ask if he is ok. Sofie
-- A big fire or earthquake, Kl
--When someone is really hurt, Ilina
--When the bell rings and we go out because of the fire, Andrè
-- Fire fighter extinguishes fire helps cats, when someone needs help, said Max
-- Don't know, when shown the picture of the boy who fell off the bike. Then he said: the boy got hurt and needs help from mom and dad. Matti
As you can see the children know a lot about emergency already! This week we will explore more about how, when and where emergencies occur, starting with ambulance and hospital services; exploring their role and what they do to keep us safe.
Last week the children were introduced to the letter E. We also started a new game where the children throw a big dice, identifying the number that lands face up. On the whiteboard we wrote activities for each number from 1-6, for example 1 -Fly, 2-Crawl and 3-Jump like a frog. In the classroom we had set up 5 fun activity stations about the letter E and, depending on the number from the dice, they flew or crawled between stations. They learned about eggs, elephants, exercises and s,a,p,t,i,n,e letter sounds. This week the children will work on the letter H.
We also had an amazing day, spending 3 hours in the playground near the football field.
Kindergarten has some exciting trips coming up with visits to the fire station and with a police officer - the dates will soon be confirmed.
Reminder: We are continuing with a healthy environment in the kindergarten and ask parents to bring fruits and vegetables for lunch and not sugar drinks, cakes, or cookies. Children need fruits and vegetables to grow up healthy and strong, Thanks.
Have a great week, Daniela.
Posted 01/12/2017 09:33AM
Welcome back and happy new year!
I'm excited to begin 2017 in kindergarten.
Last week we used some time to settle back in kindergarten. On Wednesday the children had Physical Education class where obstacles were placed in the classroom and they practiced on their balance, climbing, rolling, throwing and catching skills. Thursday was an outing to the playground near the football field, and Friday was sharing day and some more Physical Education.
Unit of inquiry
Kindergarten will begin our How we organize ourselves unit of inquiry about emergency.
In a community people work together to ensure our safety
Lines of inquiry
- The role of emergency services.
- How services are connected.
- Our responsibility in keeping safe
The children will engage in a game about identifying an emergency situation. What is 'an emergency' and what is not. They will be presented with different scenarios and will have to explain their answers.
We will hold a fire drill and questions will be asked as to why we had to do things in a particular manner. They will also go on a fire walk of the school and home to see escape routes, hoses and extinguishers.
Books will be read about the day in the life of a paramedic, doctor, police officer and fire fighter. The children will visit with each of these and then be asked to reflect on what they learned from the book and what they learned from the people. They will also be asked if these people ever work together to help the community.
A miniature fire station, ambulance, police car, etc. will be available for exploration.
Have a great week!
Posted 01/07/2017 05:36PM
Important Reminder- Tuesday Early Dismissal from January 2017
Effective January 2017, the Primary and Middle School will be initiating an early dismissal day on Tuesdays. From January 10th onward both the Primary and Middle school will be dismissed at 14:30 on Tuesdays to facilitate staff meetings and professional development as a school. SFO will continue to be offered until 16:30 on Tuesdays.
Posted 01/03/2017 10:28AM
Bottle drive 4-13 January
Drop off all refundable cans and bottles to the front reception in the Primary/Middle school building, and help us contribute to 'Doctors without Borders'. Last day for delivery is Friday 13 January. Thank you for your support!
Posted 12/05/2016 10:00AM
Baking lussekatter and refunding bottles!
Language: The letter of the week was 'k', where everyone had to color upper case K blue and lower case k with black. The children had to practice on their pen grip and how to write their names. They ate kiwi and we talked about words that start with k.
Unit lights and shadow: Last week, we had a lot of fun with our last few days with the lights and shadow unit. When the children had to paint the sun, moon and the earth in their colors, many of them recognized the sun, earth and moon and knew their size and purpose. After laminating their work, we could set the different parts together so that the earth and the moon could rotate around the sun.
On Friday the children went to the store to refund some bottles. Each child had a plastic bag full of bottles to feed into the machine and collect the money, of which they were very proud. Together they are going to decide what to do with the money. When we came back to the kindergarten we baked Lussekatter.
With Christmas coming soon, we have already started to prepare for many upcoming events.
Wednesday 7th December: We will be joining other local kindergarten for Nissefest in the forest. Please send your child to kindergarten with a Santa hat and make sure that they arrive in the kindergarten no later than 9:00. am.
Thursday 8th December: Ugly sweater day! Wrap your child up in the ugliest sweater and win points for their house team.
Winter performance at 6:00. p.m. The children must be at the High school by 5:30. p.m. Please dress your child in white, polar bear or sparkle clothes.
Friday 9th December: The Student Council is arranging Pyjamas Day and selling hot chocolate and popcorn. We wear our pyjamas and have some fun! Please provide your child with 10kr.
Posted 11/27/2016 10:47PM
In the classroom
For our unit celebration we recognized Thanksgiving. We read a story about the first time the pilgrims arrived in America to seek religious freedom. We talked about why people who come from United States celebrate Thanksgiving and how the Indians helped the pilgrims with their farming. We talked about how lucky we are for having food and a peaceful country to live in. After the story each child wrote on a paper feather what they were grateful for.
Language. Letter of the week is C. The kids made paper crocodiles, clouds with shaving foam and pasted cornflakes on a C formed letter.
Unit lights and shadow. The children played with their shadows by making shadow theater and tracing an object. We talked about what a shadow is, what we need to make a shadow and what happens with the light.
Posted 11/19/2016 01:33PM
Visiting the library and forming letters with playdough
Language: We took the bus to the library and the children met the author who wrote the Lillesøster books. She read for the us and told them how she came up with the idea of writing the books. She told the children that she was inspired by her grandchildren. We had lunch at the library and played there afterwards.
This week they formed letters s. a. p. t. i. n with playdough and made the letters sounds.
Unit: The children learned about the sun, light and shadows by experimenting with different light sources and objects in a fun, interactive science activity. Moving a light source closer to an object, making its shadow grow larger while moving the light source away created the opposite effect. They played with shadows and made different objects big and small with the flashlight. The children played with different pictures of different light sources and had to explain where the light sources came from.
During our outing in the forest we met other children from Veraåsen Barnehage, at hotdogs for lunch and played in the snow.
Have a great week.
Posted 10/24/2016 09:31AM
News in kindergarten
Atthe beginning of the week before conferences, the children did math activities. They sat in groups and cut numbers from 1-18 and then glued them on egg boxes. Then they had to put the numbers in the right order on the egg holes. That was challenging for some of the children but they had to collaborate with each other. The next day we continued with numbers and they threw dice and the number they got they had to put in coins on the egg holes. For K4 students they got to throw the dice and color the number on a grid. Many could manage and it seems that they enjoyed the activity.
On Thursday we took a bus to Ormestadvika where the K5 students met with 4 other kindergartens in the forest. They played with them and ate hotdogs. We were there for four hours and no one wanted to go back. The K4 students stayed in the kindergarten where they made masks and played with the bilibo. The next day it was the K4s turn to go out. They went out near the school and really enjoyed collecting autumn treasures.
The letter we are going to work with next week is N. We are starting with a new unit named how the world works, lights and shadow.
- All living organisms are affected by light and dark
Lines of inquiry
- sources of light
- properties of light and shadow
- how living things need light
It will be an interesting unit and the kids will enjoy and have fun. Have a great week.
Posted 10/16/2016 08:42PM
The highlights of the week!
Last week the children were introduced for the letter I. Therefore, we decided to make homemade ice cream, using ice cubes, cream, salt, milk and a taste. For the taste the children had to vote choosing between vanilla, chocolate and strawberry. Chocolate had the highest vote and won. Each child got to help, by pouring milk, salt, cream and chocolate powder. Then after mixing all the ingredients they got to shake it inside a lidded bowl with a bag full of ice cubes. Every child got to shake the bowl and passed it to next child while listening to music. After almost four rounds the music stopped and children opened to see what had happened with the ingredients. They were amazed with the results. The salt melted the ice just the way we throw salt on the ice during winter on the road.
In the afternoons the children got to play cards games, puzzle, domino and memory cards. We divided them in small groups as it is easier for them to focus and learn how to wait for turn and learn how to play. We will continue with those groups whenever they are going to play arranged game cards. It is also a good way for them to play with the children they usually never play with.
We had an amazing trip to the forest Briske near the Veraåsen kindergarten and ate lunch there. After lunch we had a running and rolling competition - it was awesome. We ventured further into the forest where we saw a beautiful view of Sandefjord city and the children saw a big electricity tower. Xavier and Jacob insisted that we had to take picture of the beautiful place.
On Thursday the 20th of October, the K5 will be visiting Gapahuken kindergarten with Veraåsen kindergarten. We will take the bus at 10:00 and we will go for a walk in the forest behind the Gapahuken kindergarten. They don't need to bring lunch that day, because we will have hot dog for lunch and the kindergarten will provide that.
Please make sure that the kids arrive at 9:00.
Thanks and have a nice week.
Posted 10/12/2016 04:09PM
Fantasy Night 2016
Skagerak Parent Council once again hosts the popular annual Fantasy Night, featuring fun activities, pumpkin carving, costume contest and more! Entrance fee is kr 100. Join the fun!
Posted 09/06/2016 10:19PM
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Posted 09/05/2016 05:00PM
News update for this week
The children were introduced to the letter S. They learned about the sound ssss. They heard a story about a girl named Sara who build a sandcastle and suddenly there was a snake, who came out of the sand and made the sound sssss. The children colored a snake with the shape of S, they tried to find objects in the classroom that starts with S. Some of them wrote the letter on the sheet and those who couldn't write it down traced over the letter for practice.
We began working with the unit Who We Are. The unit is about what senses are and how we use them to understand the world. I introduced a feely box to the children, where they tried to touch some objects without using sight.
We also made vegetable soup with beets, celery root, turnip, parsnip and potatoes. The children got the chance to see, touch and taste six types of vegetables. They were amazed by how all the vegetables turned pink in color because of the color of the beets. It was a successful happening and many ate several times. They helped out by peeling the skin and cut all the vegetables with help of the teachers.
In Math class we worked on measurements. The children played with different stripes of many sizes. They tried to find a person who had the same size as them. In circle time we also talked about who was tall and short, and some of the children had the same height.
On Friday we had circle time twice, because most of the children wanted to share their toys with each other. They were very excited about that. We had also some children who didn't bring a toy, so please remember sharing day on Fridays as it is important to them! After circle time we went to Langestrand beach near the kindergarten, where some of the children played fotball and threw rocks in the water. We talked about how far they could throw and how the rocks had different shapes. We had lunch there and then returned to the kindergarten because many of the children were cold. Please remember to bring appropriate clothes for your child next week.