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Rainforest and Introduction to Festivals Around the World: November 6-10

It was weather perfect for our autumn park play. It was windy and we made a make-shift kite with a plastic bags! The gingko trees and their golden carpet of leaves were great fun too. We tossed them about in wind. Rainforest figured out the wind direction, and learned a new term ‘wind direction’. They were calling out: Where’s the wind direction? Where do I stand? It’s flying. Like a balloon!

Rainforest had an overview of the different kinds of festivals, celebrations and holidays around the world. We read the names of the festivals, looked at the photographs and pictures for clues about how they are celebrated. Family and friends, gifts, good luck, lights, giving were words and images that appeared consistently. There were festivals from countries like India, China, America, Africa, Brazil. We read a RAZ information book “Holidays Around the World”.

We used a flow chart to help us shortlist the festivals we liked so far. From information shared this week, prior knowledge and past experiences, Rainforest gave reasons for each of the shortlisted festivals. I like Christmas… Santa gives me presents. We can share things. I can eat chicken. I like Diwalibecause of the decorations. I like the lights. I like the demon story. Then we voted for two featured festivals that we want to learn more about – Christmas and Chinese New Year!

Rainforest reviewed high frequency words like was, she, that, with have. We had a spelling quiz, and tried spelling and writing them down. We reviewed 42 words so far from the coloured groups golden, red, and blue. Great job! We continued with Green Words (16) and played Green Bingo.

With a heavy heart, we say Goodbye Samuel! You have been a sunshine in our class. We will miss you so much! Safe journey home and all the best. You will be great in whatever you do!

Till next week, Rainforest, have a wonderful weekend.