Edelweiss School January 2015 Newsletter Update
2014 has passed and we at Edelweiss School have smoothly transitioned into 2015. 2014 saw great accomplishments! K5 children are almost ready to exit our schools. With only few months left in the current academic year, curriculum coordinators and teachers are working very hard to finish out yet another successful year for all our children at our ABC Schools.
Attendance and Nutrition
No. of students enrolled: 118
Total number of meals served this month: 2,456
No. of school days: 15
No. of Students Enrolled (Day): 89
Average attendance: 74
Attendance in %: 83
No. of Students Enrolled (ASP): 29
Total breakfasts served: 1,120
Total lunches served: 1,120
Total meals served at ASP
(After School Program): 216
Total number meals served since opening at Edelweiss: 125,913
Total ABC-BB School partnership meals since opening: 194,025
Children practiced writing numbers and writing missing numbers from 1-50. They were also tested orally for even and odd numbers.
Number Sense – Children learned matching the objects, comparing sets, identifying larger numbers and smaller numbers and did an activity on number line with snacks. Students learned the equal concept, comparing sets of ten objects and identifying whether one set is equal to, more than or less than the other set. Students now have a sense that the larger number describes sets with more objects in them and vice versa. An activity involving snack pieces and a number line to learn one to one correspondence and terms such as equal to, more than or less than were demonstrated in the classroom.
Writing was practiced for even and odd numbers from 1 to 100, missing numbers from 1 to 100 and for greater and lesser numbers.
Under Jolly Phonics, K4 students learned the tricky words: “the, he, she, me, we, be, I, was, to, do, are, all, you and your”. Children were testedfor their understanding by giving them dictation of tricky words, blending words and reading sentences. In language they learned finding letters, recognizing and writing the upper and lower case letters, matching them, connecting lines to capital and small letters.
In Jolly Phonics, K5 students learned the new tricky words: “other, were, want and because”. Children were tested for their ability of understanding by giving the dictation of tricky words, blending words from the word bank, reading sentences from the word bank. In language work they learned finding letters, recognizing and writing the beginning and end consonant letter for a word.
Under the Core-curriculum language, K5 students learned the standard 1 book from cover to cover. They discovered the front cover, back cover, middle page, title of the book, mechanics of reading the book, reading the sentences in the story, recognizing the letter found in the story book, capital and small letters in the sentences, leaving one finger space between words and reading from left to right.
K4 Social science
In Social Science, K4 kids learned various ways to keep the beach clean by going over a story called “Going to Savanna”. This was achieved through Centre activity, Outdoor activity, Math activity and story comprehension. Language activities were completed through matching Savanna animals, Savanna families/Safari walk, How many stripes, Clean It up!, Sorting centre, Cleaning the beach, On the beach, Where are my Cubs?, Bear, Bee and Animal count and What did I do?
K5 Story time
K5 students read quite a few stories. These are some of the stories that they read – “Emily’s first 100 days of School, The Thirsty Crow, The Fly and the Bull, The Greedy Dog, The Monkey and the Dolphin, The Wolf and the Lamb, The Thirsty Fox and the Goat, Colors story, Monkey see, Monkey do, Good night Moon and the Dancing class”.
Kannada letters taught were “cha, ja and jha”
Kannada letter taught was ”jha”. They were introduced to the letter, formation of the letter and were given writing practice in their note book.
K4 Value Education
Character Development cards were used to teach the kids on being “Generous”. This was taught through explaining the visual cards with a story, enacting with the children in the class and by giving demo to the kids.
K4 Genki English
Through words, mini lessons, songs, games and karaoke, children learned about “Where is the Baby Monkey?, Do you like animals…?, and I like animals”
K5 Genki English
Through words, mini lessons, songs, games and karaoke, children learned about “Winter Clothes Look at Me, Happy New Year and I am a Super Hero”.
Well balanced nutritious meals were prepared and served every day. Children were fed breakfast and lunch on all working days. Delicious meals were prepared and served with love every day at our Edelweiss school!
Birthdays are special for every one of us! All our Edelweiss children share the birthday joy with their friends. The birthday child brings in candies, enough to share with his/her classmates and come to school in their new birthday dress. All of their classmates and teachers sing the birthday song and the child distributes the candies to their friends. This is a traditional birthday celebration that happens in most of the Indian schools.