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Little Genius News Awakening the genius within anno II n° 5 - May 2010

Contents: - Class educational updates - Note from principal - School reports - Music at Little Genius - Morning snack - Lunch organic-non organic

Class educational updates: Class 1 Weeks are passing by so fast and soon the school will be over. So, let’s try to enjoy these few weeks left and make the most of them. Between last week and this week we have been working on spring-summer crafts even though the summer doesn’t want to show up.

songs: Song : Class 1 Row row row your boat gently down the stream merrily merrily merrily life is but a dream Row, row, row your boat gently down the stream and if you see a crocodile, don't forget to scream Aghhhh!

Song : Class 2 The ants go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah The ants go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah The ants go marching one by one, The little one stops to suck his thumb And they all go marching down to the ground To get out of the rain, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! The ants go marching two by two, hurrah, hurrah The ants go marching two by two, hurrah, hurrah The ants go marching two by two, The little one stops to tie his shoe And they all go marching down to the ground To get out of the rain, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! ...The ...The ...The ...The ...The ...The ...The ...The

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climb a tree.... shut the door... take a dive.... pick up sticks... pray to heaven... shut the gate... check the time... say "THE END"...

Song : Class 3 Busy, busy, buzzy bee Buzzing ‘round from tree to tree.

We have been making spring tulips and colourful fish. Now we know all colours and we are having so much fun mixing them and looking at what it comes out!! We are getting better also with numbers, as a routine in our morning circle we count how many children are in class each day. Last Friday we went on a trip to the “Oasi del Pappagallo” looking at different species of parrots coming from all over the world, toucan, peacocks, and many more animals. It was lots of fun!!

Class 2 Class 2 started a theme about feelings. We are talking about how our words and actions can affect the others.We will talk about hurting other peoples feelings and what we could do instead of hurting to make our friends feel happy. After this theme we will spend the last weeks revising the years work. This week we have exiting school trip, which will be surely a lot of fun! Also another baking lesson is coming soon, we will make something sweet and yummy! Not to forget next musical performance, this time we will hear the saxophone! And lets hope the weather will get better soon so we could get the watertables out and have some splashing fun!!


Busy, busy, buzzy bee Don’t you dare buzz near to me!

Class 3

We’re going to the zoo, zoo, zoo How about you, you, you You can come too, too, too We’re going to the zoo, zoo, zoo

May has been a very busy month for us! We finished our unit about plants in April with a week of bugs! We learned how insects and plants work together to help each other. Hopefully you’ve had a chance to see our “garden” in the entrance of the school with giant flowers, ladybugs, bees and butterflies. We then started our animals theme learning about all the animals in our song about the zoo. Every day we went to the library to do research on the internet which we then used in the classroom to make habitat pictures for each animal. Those pictures were then complied into a book. Our trip to Bioparco in Rome was a hit! The children really enjoyed being zookeeper for the day. They fed sheep and goats hay, and cut up fruit and vegetables to feed to pigs and rabbits. We ended the trip with a wonderful ride on the train and saw almost all of the animals that we had been studying at school. The last couple of weeks we’ve been focusing on animal classification and what makes a mammal a mammal, a bird a bird, etc.

1, 1 The zoo is lots of fun 2, 2 See the kangaroo 3, 3 See the chimpanzee 4, 4 Hear the lions roar 5, 5 Watch the seals dive 6, 6 Monkeys doing tricks 7, 7 Elephants eleven 8, 8 A tiger and his mate 9, 9 Penguins in a line 10, 10 I want to come again!

Song : Class 4 Oh my darling Clementine (canzone per spiegare ai bambini l’importanza di sapere nuotare) In a cavern, in a canyon, Excavating for a mine, Dwelt a miner, forty-niner And his daughter - Clementine CHORUS: Oh my Darling, Oh my Darling, Oh my Darling Clementine. Thou art lost and gone forever, Dreadful sorry, Clementine. Light she was and like a fairy, And her shoes were number nine, Herring boxes without topses Sandals were for Clementine

This was very interesting for the children. Ask them about it, even give them a little quiz to see if they remember what we humans are and why. I spent much of April and May individually assessing the children. Each child will be given a report and parents will all have the opportunity talk with me at the beginning of June. I look forward to seeing each of you to discuss your child’s progress.

Drove she ducklings to the water Every morning just at nine, Hit her foot against a splinter Fell into the foaming brine.

I hope all the Mommies liked their Mother’s Day gifts! We worked very hard on our “Van Gogh” Sunflower paintings.

Ruby lips above the water, Blowing bubbles soft and fine, But alas, I was no swimmer, So I lost my Clementine

Class 4

How I missed her! How I missed her! How I missed my Clementine, But I kissed her little sister, And forgot my Clementine. “Animals, animals, animals” Animals are big, animals are small Animals can walk and fly and swim and crawl Animals are special, unique and colourful Animals of every type are oh so wonderful A cow is a mammal, a trout is a fish, A beetle is an insect, I’ll tell you more than this! A turtle is a reptile a robin is a bird, A frog is an amphibian I love to say each word. A whale is a mammal, a shark is a fish, A bee is an insect I’ll tell you more than this! A snake is a reptile a penguin is a bird. A toad is an amphibian I love to say each word

Class four are working a lot with their workbooks in order to secure a good grasp on working autonomously in a disciplined and organized manner, as preparation for elementary school. Having said this we are still having a lot of fun and keeping learning enjoyable, with the children learning that being silent and concentrated can be most enjoyable and that playtime is around the corner (we are not a sedentary school). With the recently improved weather, the children in the class are becoming more energetic and thirsty which means that we will slowly try to move our teaching activities to the garden for learning maths and reading skills etc. We were all very relieved that we found good weather at Bioparco (Rome) where we had our May school trip as zoo keepers. We encountered many animals in their pens into which we entered and fed. Some of the children were hesitant to get near the animals but we all soon got into it. Here is a photo of our dinosaur prehistoric garden!


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Miss. Kia: Art: We have spent the rainy days of April indoors, but busy never the less preparing the flower pots for Mother's Day and doing our images about dirty and healthy nature. During May we will be studying our faces and our appearances and of course recreating the changes happening in the nature during spring time. In the music class we have been listening pop music, talking and evaluating about what is it about music that we like, we have watched videos about orchestras and we have made our own little orchestra where the kids have been able to try different instruments. Now we are working on the basic scale from C to C and also all familiar do-re-mi etc. We have started to recognise minor and major chords from the piano and we will continue that work also in May. With computer we will continue reading, vocabulary and pronunciation exercises around spring themes, we have for example built our own playground from biological and recycled building materials with Bob the Builder. :) If the rain still keeps us inside, that's ok because we have lots to do anyway! Dance: We have finished all our 21 lessons and Ms. Kia would like to thank all the busy dancers for the hard work they made! I hope all the little dancers enjoyed the lessons as much as I did. Unfortunately we were not able to perform our spring show due to the many absences right before the end of the term. Half of the dancers were of sick so we decided to postpone the show for next year.

Note from principal School reports From the 2nd of June parents will be invited to fill in the time and date most convenient to them (to be displayed in the school entrance) for the consignment of their child’s report and to discuss their child’s progress and with their child’s class teacher. Your child’s school work will be presented to you at the end of this academic year, prior to closure of the school. Music at Little Genius On the 21st of May we had the pleasure of a musical performance of the flute, the clarinet and the saxophone many other wind instruments. The children were shown a range of instruments from those that are large to those that are very small, being shown how their sound is made. Many animals were imitated and Mr. Grottelli played many known tunes (including the pink panther with the sax and “Somewhere over the rainbow” (Wizard of Oz) with the flute and then mingled around the children as they danced playing a flute which he balanced on his chin and then pretended to swallow! Morning snack at Little Genius Two parents have expressed concerns over the fact that the Lariano bread, the apricot jam and the whole-wheat crackers that are served at our school are purchased regularly from a local supermarket. Whilst the school has no doubt over the quality of the produce served, given that many parents would like the introduction of organic produce, the school has decided to continue to


serve your children Lariano bread from this supermarket who obtain it from a reputable artisanal bakery in Artena (Re del Pane- www.ilredelpane.com ) and we are pleased to announce that we will provide your children with Zuegg jam. The crackers will eventually be provided by another source during the coming academic year, yet to be established, but following which you will be informed. Lunch organic-non organic The school is also re-engaging in an new effort (we also tried last year) to provide your children with organic lunches. As many of you are well aware, organic meals are associated with a higher price, which we will establish and inform you of in a survey which we will present to you. Through this survey we will establish the proportion of parents who are willing to accept the elevated price increase for an organic lunch and whether the school should undergo this change in its qualitative and quantitative offer. We will contemporarily request parents whether they are interested in utilizing a bus service. All potential changes consider commencement in September 2010.


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