This years children love to do songs with props and actions (the more action the better!) Their favourites are Five Little Ducks, Five Current Buns, Ten in the bed and Five Speckled Frogs. Douglas had an idea to sing about fish instead of ducks.
So we found six fish pictures on clip art and made fish puppets. We discussed what the differences between fish and ducks were:
fish can’t go over the hill
fish can’t quack
We made up a new song:
Six little fish swam out one day
To the rocks to hide away
Mother fish went swish, swish, swish, swish
But only five little fish came back
(I know this last line doesn’t rhyme – it was tricky!!)
On reflection we might try this next week!
But only five little fish did as she wish
So now we have a new song at Pre School.
This week in our German session we learnt about Karneval (Carnival) Karneval is linked to Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day). Shrove Tuesday is where people tradionally eat all the fancy food in their pantry in preparation for Lent (where people eat plain food) and this also marks the beginning of 40 days before Easter. In Germany the people all wear fancy dress for Karneval and so we dressed up at Pre School. Monika brought a treat to signify the cleaning out of the pantry. During Karneval there are parades and people shout HALLO! (hello) to the spectators on the floats and the spectators yell HALLO! back.
This week we learnt three new Greman words:
Good day Guten Tag (Gooten Targ)
All around the world people were celebrating Pancake Day and we did too at Manangatang Pre School. Apart from making and eating pancakes we drew pictures of pancakes, looked at a recipe with pictures, read the Eric Carle story of ‘Pancake, Pancake’ and learnt the poem “Mix a pancake”.