Sunday, November 29, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
The preschoolers were also busy preparing for Thanksgiving by making arts and crafts related to this American and Canadian Holiday. They spent time creating these wonderful looking turkeys. They cut out different colored paper for the feathers, painted a cardboard tube for the body and head, and put it all together to create this lovely centerpiece for the table. Well done preschoolers.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Last week, students in the preschool class worked on the Letter T. Luckily, Mr. Frog agreed to help out in teaching the students the words associated with the letter T as well as learning how to draw the letter T in the sand. Job well done preschoolers!
These boys in the playgroup had a great time playing with the cars, buses, and trucks last week. Their most favorite activity was driving the vehicles off of the couch and watching them fall to the ground. There is nothing like learning cause and effect relationships.
According to the History Channel.com, "the most familiar story of the first Thanksgiving took place in Plymouth Colony, in present-day Massachusetts, in 1621. In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast which is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. This harvest meal has become a symbol of cooperation and interaction between English colonists and Native Americans. Although this feast is considered by many to the very first Thanksgiving celebration, it was actually in keeping with a long tradition of celebrating the harvest and giving thanks for a successful bounty of crops. Native American groups throughout the Americas, including the Pueblo, Cherokee, Creek and many others organized harvest festivals, ceremonial dances, and other celebrations of thanks for centuries before the arrival of Europeans in North America.More than 200 years later, President Abraham Lincoln declared the final Thursday in November as a national day of thanksgiving. Congress finally made Thanksgiving Day an official national holiday in 1941.
Sarah Josepha Hale, the enormously influential magazine editor and author who waged a tireless campaign to make Thanksgiving a national holiday in the mid-19th century, was also the author of the classic nursery rhyme "Mary Had a Little Lamb."
In 2001, the U.S. Postal Service issued a commemorative Thanksgiving stamp. Designed by the artist Margaret Cusack in a style resembling traditional folk-art needlework, it depicted a cornucopia overflowing with fruits and vegetables, under the phrase "We Give Thanks."
This year, Americans celebrate Thanksgiving on November 25th and many will serve a turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, apple pie, stuffing, and cranberry sauce and celebrate this tradition with family and friends.
Last week, the preschool students worked on their weekly shape which was the star. Here are some pictures of the students drawing, cutting, and painting their stars.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
The Christkindl Market took place from 2 pm until 4 pm. The students immediately noticed the playground. They now have six swings, a wooden train, and a rope jungle gym in front of the school as well as all of the other equipment the Beehive International School already has at it´s current location.
When all the parents and students arrived, parents were able to look at all of the books at the Book Fair on display. If you purchased anything from the fair, they would automatically give a certain percentage to the school to buy even more books for their current library. The teachers also posted their wish lists for the classroom and seemed well received by the parents.
Soon after, it was ready for all of the children to put on their costumes and get ready for the program. All the children had a green velvet coverall and a red velvet hat to represent Santa´s little helpers, and one student was dressed in a beautiful red velvet dress with white trim, and she represented Santa. Once into costume, the children walked into the room set up for the performance singing their first song which was the Fire Truck, after Marianne announced the afternoon events. Although this song was not so Christmas orientated, the students have been learning about fire, candles, and matches, so it fits in with their thematic unit.
The next song was one entitled I am Special. Which the children sang and also had certain movements to.
The next song, was This Little Light of Mine where the older students held real lit candles and the younger ones held cardboard replicas of a candle and furthermore sang the song Oh Light that they learned in English and German.
The last song of he performance was Feliz Navidad and each child had a heart tied around their neck with a piece of string. There were many cute hand gestures that went along with this number, but if you are a teacher you must always be prepared for the unexpected. Here are two students who were a little distracted during their performance:
Afterwards, the teachers were presented with a gift and then we all proceeded to the next room for refreshments, conversation, and snacks.
The students clearly have spent a lot of time preparing for their performance and it was definitely a job well done. Thank you to the teachers for all of their hard work in putting this event together. It was greatly appreciated by the parents and students equally.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
The Swiss schools had a father/daughter day this week. The Eichmatt School asked if the Beehive School could accommodate five 5th grade boys and give them some background on what it is like to work with young children. These five boys were well received by the preschoolers. So much so, they didn't want them to leave. I think the feeling was mutual.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Students in the preschool class were busy practicing their song for the Christmas Program. Each were presented a red candle holder with a lit candle, and explained the dangers of fire and matches. They then practiced their song in both English and German.
you shine so bright
Wie en Stern
so ha di gärn
They have also been busy working with the cobbler needle to create their wonderful candle holders. Below you will see them busy at work.