Freesia School January 2015 Newsletter Update
2014 has gone by and we at Freesia 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: 92
Total number of meals served this month: 2,462
No. of school days: 15
No. of Students Enrolled (Day): 85
Average attendance: 77
Attendance in %: 91
No. of Students Enrolled (ASP): 7
Total breakfasts served: 1,231
Total lunches served: 1,231
Total meals served at ASP
(After School Program): NIL
Total number meals served since opening at Freesia: 68,112
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 tested for 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 them 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?’ They also made a bulletin board on Animals around the world.
K4 Story time
Stories read were – “From Head to Toe”, “The boy who lost his Belly Button”, “Jataka Tales”, “I can share and I feel happy.”
K5 Story time
K5 students read quite a few stories. The stories read were – “Wiggles time out”, “The Tea Party”, “The Boy who lost his Belly Button.”
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 with breakfast and lunch on all working days. Delicious meals were prepared and served with love every day at our Freesia school!
Health and Hygiene
Children continue to follow seven steps to hand wash. Freesia school strictly follows hand washing several times a day.
Birthdays are special for every one of us! All our Freesia 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.
This workshop was conducted on 24th Jan 2015 and demonstrated how to do the morning message. It also had an introduction to phase one phonics. The teachers joined in the musical activities using the musical instruments. They watched various videos on YouTube which covered the seven aspects of phase one phonics. They learned to write a morning message using correct letter size and formation. They were shown with ideas involving the students while writing and reading it back. Teachers were also given ideas on using props to make it more interesting.
Special Thanks to the staff that supports Freesia at our Implementation Partner, Building Blocks, and also to all Infrastructure Funding Partners, AlphaBet Club donors and volunteers, Rotary Club Amsterdam International and Wilde Ganzen.