Halloween 2011

Halloween!

 

October 29 2011

We spoke about the Halloween tradition in class during this week and learned more about this interesting tradition 🙂

What is Halloween?

Candy, fun, and horror.  All these things are elements of Halloween.  But, do you really know how Halloween came to be?    Halloween originated as an ancient roman tradition to worship the god, Pamona.  The ancient pagans worshipped Halloween by dressing up in costumes and lighting bonfires to attract creatures of the night.

The ancient Romans worshipped the fruit god Pomona on October 31st.  They offered gifts and ate a grand feast in honor of the god.  In return, they asked for a bountiful harvest and healthy crops.  Their depiction of Halloween included no demons, spirits, or evil creatures. 

 The ancient pagans believed Halloween was a day to fear.  Bonfires would be lit, masks would be worn to appease evil spirits, and great fear took over the populace.  The misconception was that the spirits that could not enter an afterlife would come back to roam the earth.  The spirits would then proceed to spread plague and famine across the land.

We had an interesting week learning about Halloween! Hope you enjoy the photos 🙂

 

Feb 24 2012 Theme Update!

Accepting and understanding other cultures is something that everyone needs to learn. In order to help our children at The Thinking Box appreciate the differences in people and their traditions we have started a unit on “Countries and Cultures” and will be working on it for three weeks. Through variety of activities provided at The Thinking Box classroom children are going to explore different languages, clothing, music, food, plants, animals and special occasions in different countries all around the world.

This week we focused on countries in Asia. We discovered China, Japan, Korea and India mainly and discussed their people and lifestyle. We looked at many illustrations and photos of their types of buildings, arts and sports using variety of concepts books.

Our  class  tried on dragon and lion dance costumes during their pretend play to present China. They enjoyed making a paper fan in their creative art and craft time and loved using it in order to look like a cool traditional Japanese. Sushi making with (seaweed, rice & cucumber only), tasting Edamame (Japanese Beans) and Prata was every one´s favorite.

In addition the children were also introduced to continents and map of the world. They enjoyed creating landmarks and oceans using sponges and paint on their world map.

To make the children remember the continents, we have been reciting this song. Do ask them to sing this for you!

Tell me the continents (2),

If you can;

North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa

Don´t forget Australia

At Home

Please try a simple Asian food recipe like Chinese Fried Rice or any other dish together with your child and involve him/her in washing and preparing the ingredients. Let us know on what you cooked or provide us with few pictures so that we help your child to share this exciting experience with the class during next Monday’s Show and Tell.

Auguste – End of Term 1 2012 Update!

Auguste is a settled and chatty member of Teacher Kathy’s class. He continues to be an interested learner who enjoys story telling sessions and listens attentively during story time. He shows good understanding of the stories read aloud in class and is able to relate simple passages from the story and explain them to others. Auguste raises his hand keenly to answer questions about the stories and shows good insight into how characters feel and act.

Auguste is now exploring a range of age appropriate books with more confidence and his knowledge of letter-sound connections is much improved.

Auguste’s numeracy skills are developing well and he is now able to consistently engage in one-to-one number correspondence, numerical sequencing, simple addition and subtraction activities with manipulatives and shows an increasing ability to match and sort according to size and shape. He has a developing understanding of the concepts of more/less and whole/half which we have introduced to him this term in class.

Auguste has developed good friendships with his classmates and enjoys playing with them. He is happy to do role-play activities with his friends and takes great pride in directing them to engage in different activities related to the theme. This verbal confidence is definitely enhancing his learning experience in class and we are happy to see that he is enjoying herself during the learning process.

Auguste has really enjoyed the Term 1 Themes of All About Me, Forging Friendships, & Countries & Cultures and has very much enjoyed the arts and crafts activities that we have engaged in as part of the learning process. Auguste takes pride in his work and works hard to achieve a good result.

We will really miss Auguste around here and would like to take this opportunity to wish him all the very best on his next learning adventure!

The Thinking Box Teaching Team :-)

**This will be Auguste’s last blog update from The Thinking Box. Please do take this opportunity to save any precious memories over the next week. This blog will not be accessible after 12pm on March 17 2012**

Elephant parade

The Elephant Parade has been in Singapore since the 11th of November : it is the world’s largest open air art exhibition of decorated elephant statues that seeks to attract public awareness and support for Asian elephant conservation. Hurry up, there are only a couple of days left to see them! Here are the ones that we met:

La Parade des Elephants a commence le 11 novembre a Singapour: il s’agit de la plus grande exposition au monde de statues d’elephants decorees, qui a pour but d’attirer l’attention et le soutien du public sur la conservation des elephants d’Asie. Depechez vous si vous voulez les voir, il ne reste plus que quelques jours:

Parade

Hong Kong

Hong Kong, ca vibre, ca bouge, c’est vivant, ca nous a vraiment plu.

D’un cote, la grande ville bruyante et animee, de l’autre la plage, le pic au milieu… Je ne m’attendais pas a trouver des paysages comme on en voit en Thailande ou encore pouvoir flaner le long de la mer avec l’impression d’etre dans un petit village mediterraneen…

Fascinating and vibrant Hong Kong… We loved it! Really enjoyed the buzy city, but also the beaches and the mediterranean atmosphere as well as the Thailand-like landscapes…

byMaud Morning Coffee

by Maud is a French company located near Paris – they have an amazing range of lovely homemade little luxuries for children, such as bags, towels, comforters, bibs, but also clothes and accessories, and personnalized items for babies which are great gifts for a birth…

Come and enjoy complimentary coffee and homemade cakes to discover by Maud’s collections and place your order to start your Christmas shopping!

Venez decouvrir les collections de by Maud autour d’un cafe et de gateaux faits maison, lundi 28 novembre de 9.30 a midi.

Les collections sont pensées pour être utiles au quotidien des mamans, elles sont fabriquées en France. La créatrice n’utilise que des matières naturelles et biologiques. Les créations sont d’excellentes idées de cadeau à prix abordables. Une grande partie d’entre elles est personnalisable au prénom pour des cadeaux de naissance ou juste pour faire plaisir à ses enfants. La marque byMaud est vendue en France et exportée en Asie, Amérique et dans toute l’Europe.