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Little Genius News Awakening the genius within year III n° 1 - January 2010

Contents: - Class educational updates - Note from the principal - Afternoon program - Enrollments for the school year 2011/12 - School uniform - Programs

songs: Song : Class 1 Old MacDonald Old MacDonald had a farm, Ee i ee i oh! And on that farm he had some chickens, Ee i ee i oh! With a cluck-cluck here, And a cluck-cluck there Here a cluck, there a cluck, Everywhere a cluck-cluck Old MacDonald had a farm Ee i ee i oh! Old MacDonald had a farm, Ee i ee i oh! And on that farm he had some dogs, Ee i ee i oh! With a woof-woof here, And a woof-woof-woof there Here a woof, there a woof, Everywhere a woof-woof Old MacDonald had a farm Ee i ee i oh! Old MacDonald had a farm, Ee i ee i oh! And on that farm he had some cows, Ee i ee i oh! With a moo-moo here, And a moo-moo there Here a moo, there a moo, Everywhere a moo-ooo Old MacDonald had a farm, Ee i ee i oh! And so on...

Classe 3 The Secret song:

Class educational updates: Class 1: Class 1 is back on track, working hard to learn lots of new things for this term. We started revising numbers (up to 5) and colors in order to continue with our program. In the following week we will learn new colors, more numbers(up to 10). Furthermore we will look at the weather chart in the morning during our Circle Time and start learning animals names and sounds. Our new song for this week is indeed Old MacDonald! We are becoming such good friends day after day, that we are now able to play together without fighting or taking toys away from one another, resulting in having so much more fun. One more thing that we have learned during these past months (and it is now fully showing) is to patiently take turns and during class activity. We are so proud of it!

Class 2: Happy New Year!! We are all very excited to be back to school after the holidays!! We started learning all about Winter and the clothes we wear during this season which we have painted and cut. From this week onwards we will discover our body parts combined to those clothes and our face. We keep on playing and recognizing numbers every day! Besides we carry on trying to write our names and started to introduce the first letters of the alphabet through “Letterland”. Please remember to send the picture of the family for those who haven’t yet as it is very important for the children whenever they want to talk about their own families.

Class 3 Right after this blessed and fun filled holiday; we are all geared up to enjoy the ride on our learning rollercoaster. This term we will start with the easy song “If you are happy and you know clap your hands”, following on with more complex songs and poems such as the Magic Seed and the Secret Song This terms themes will be science, growth (animal and plant), spring and hibernation


In the Vocabulary Corner we are drawing pictures of an object and writing a corresponding new word everyday, thereby helping the children to use these words in their daily language and increasing the joy of speaking in English.

Who saw the petals drop from the rose I said the spider but nobody knows Who saw the sunset flash on a bird I said the fish but nobody heard Who saw the fog come over the sea I said the sea pigeon only me Who saw the first green light of the sun I said the night owl the only one Who saw the moss creep over the stone I said the grey fox all alone By Margaret Wise Brown

The magic seed There was an old woman who sowed a corn seed And from it their sprouted a tall yellow weed She planted the seed of the tall yellow flower And up sprang a blue one in less than an hour The seed of the blue one she sowed in a bed And up sprang a tall tree with blossoms of red And high in the tree top their sang a white bird And his song was the sweetest that ever was head The people they came from far and from near The song of the little white bird to hear. By James Reeves

Class 4, song 1 Miss Lucy Miss Lucy had a baby, His name was Tiny Tim. She put him in the bathtub to see if he could swim. He drank up all the water, He ate up all the soap. He tried to eat the bathtub, But it wouldn’t go down his throat. Miss Lucy called the doctor, Miss Lucy called the nurse, Miss Lucy called the lady With the alligator purse.

song 2 Miss Mary Mac Miss Mary Mac, Mac, Mac All dressed in black, black, black With silver buttons, buttons, buttons All down her back, back, back. She asked her mother, mother, mother For 50 cents, cents, cents To see the elephants, elephants, elephants Jump the fence, fence, fence They jumped so high, high, high They touched the sky, sky, sky And they didn’t come back, back, back Till the 4th of July, ly, ly.

We are also working to improve our writing skills by practicing joining letters and learning to read small words emphasizing the phonetic sound of each letter. This term marks the important start of simple science lessons in class which have been running at our school for the last two years (in classes 3 and 4). Last week the children experimented using wood, elastic and iron and made “elastic bouncing bugs” demonstrating the capacity of elastic compared to other materials.

Class 4 To help us ease ourselves back into the school routine, Class 4 started Term 2 with a fun week talking about winter and snow. We then dove head first into a huge unit on Earth’s landforms. We explored mountains, islands and volcanoes, what causes earthquakes, and the different sources of water on our planet. We spent a lot of time in the library using the computer to research these topics. And in an afternoon Science lesson we had an erupting volcano! We have been anxiously counting the numClass 4’s exploding volcano! ber of days we’ve been in school since our first day in September. I say anxiously because on the 100th day of school (which will land near the end of February) we are having a One Hundred Day party! In class we started a One Hundred Club and hopefully everyone will be in it by the time we get to Day 100. Whenever you have a chance, in the car on the way to and from school for example, help your child practice his/her counting. We have another group of students that will soon start coming home on Fridays with books to read. This is a very low stress activity, a chance for you to sit with your child and have him/her read to you and talk about the story using the pictures in the books. When they’ve finished reading it’s always a good idea to chat a bit about the book; for example, whether they liked the story, what was their favorite part or character, what was their favorite picture, ask them to retell the story without reading it. Antonio has a little brother! Welcome Gabriele!

Mr Andy Art: In Art this February Class 2 will be continuing their Letterland art project using lots of colourful and varying materials such as chalk, Watercolours, and Aquarelli Pencils. Class 3 will be designing and creating their own monsters


and class four will be building volcanos and creating Landscape Art pieces.

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Music: In music all classes will be learning about percussion instruments and will be able to identify repeating rhythmic patterns.

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Jorge Castillo playing afro-cuban music on 19th of January 2011 during the musical concert at Little Genius International school in collaboration with Note Blu.

Gym: Finally in Gym we will be working on ball skills including throwing, catching and kicking with control and confidence.

Note from the principal Dear Parents This month has marks the onset of a new bright term 2, as the days will slowly start to get longer. Afternoon program We are pleased to provide you with the timetable of afternoon activities programmed for term 2 (see attachments) which regards the musical laboratory, computer, science, theater and lots of art! Remember that all children are welcome to be involved in these activities on a fulltime, or ad-hoc basis. Enrollments for the school year 2011/12 Parents of children enrolled at Little Genius International who are interested in sending other siblings to our school are kindly requested to contact the school office soon, as places for admission into class 1 are limited and going fast to the wider public and cannot be guaranteed without payment of the enrollment fee. School uniform Parents are invited to purchase the summer school uniform as new stocks will be available from mid- February. A new version of the school bag will also be on sale in February.


Programs ART PROGRAMME CLASS 2, 3 & 4 TERM 2 - January to March 2011 Teacher: Mr Andy

Week of 10/01/2011 Class 2 – Alphabet art: Chalk, Pencil, Class 3 – Cold colours:Jackson Pollack Art Class 4 - Introduction to Landscape Art.

Week of 17/01/2011 Class 2 – Alphabet art. Water colour and Water colour pencil Class 3 – Cold Colour. Stained glass windows Class 4 – Landscape Art – Mountains. Watercolour paints

Week of 24/01/2011 Class 2 – Alphabet art. Poster Paint Class 3 – Cold colours. Scribble Pictures / ‘Cold Colour’ Painting Class 4 – Landscape Art – Cityscapes

Week of 31/01/2011 Class 2 – Alphabet Art. Collage Class 3 – Monsters. Monster Design Class 4 – Island building.Paper mache ‘Islands’

Week of 7/02/2011 Class 2 – Under the Sea. Jellyfish Class 3 – Monsters. 3D portraits Class 4 – Island Art Cont.

Week of 14/02/2011 Class 2 - Under the Sea. Aquariums Class 3 – Monsters.Clay Models Class 4 - Volcanoes. 3D volcano models

Week of 28/02/2011 Class 2 – In the Air. Aeroplane Making Class 3 – Animals. Animals Sketching Class 4 – Volcanoes Cont.


Week of 07/03/2011 Class 2 – In the Air. Bird Art Class 3 – Animals. Rainforest Animal Art Class 4 – Create a cave painting

Week of 14/03/2011 Class 2 – In the Air. Hot Air Balloons Class 3 – Animals. Rainforest Scene Class 4 – Dinosaurs. Create dinosaur fossil using clay

Week of 28/03/2011 Class 2 – Butterflies and Dragonflies Class 3 – Animals. Animal Masks Class 4 – Dinosaurs contd.

COMPUTER PROGRAMME ALL CLASSES TERM 2 - January to March 2011 Teacher: Mr Andy

The computer curriculum will aim familiarize the children with the use of the mouse and the processes of the keyboard by playing simple games and engaging in simple activities to strengthen the children’s understanding and abilities to use computers in the future. Websites such as starfall.com and kidsgames.net will be used to achieve this, as well as Scooby-Doo and Wonder Town educational games.

GYM PROGRAMME ALL CLASSES TERM 2 - January to March 2011 Teacher: Mr Andy Week Week Week Week Week Week Week Week

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10/01/2011 - Sense of space 17/01/2011 - Spatial awareness 24/01/2011 - Directional movement 31/01/2011 - Ball skills 7/02/2011 - Throwing with accuracy and safety 14/02/2011 - Catching with confidence 28/02/2011 - Handball 07/03/2011 - Kicking with control

Week of 14/03/2011 - Kick Rounder’s Week of 28/03/2011 - Football


MUSIC PROGRAMME ALL CLASSES TERM 2 - January to March 2011 Teacher: Mr Andy

Week Week Week Week Week Week Week Week Week Week Week

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10/01/2011 - Introduction to Percussion instruments, names, how they are played etc 17/01/2011 - Percussion instruments, names, how they are played etc 24/01/2011 - Exploring simple rhythm 31/01/2011 - Exploring simple rhythm cont. 7/02/2011 - Exploring rhythm using Percussion instruments 14/02/2011 - Explore and recognize repeated sound pattern 28/02/2011 - Songs with percussion accompaniment 07/03/2011 - Introduction to stringed instruments, Violin 14/03/2011 - Introduction to stringed instruments Cello 21/03/2011 - Introduction to stringed instruments, Guitar 28/03/2011 - Songs with guitar accompaniment

SCIENCE PROGRAMME CLASS 4 TERM 2 - January to March 2011 Wednesday afternoon 14:00 – 15:00 Teacher: Ms Connie Washington

January 12 th Static Electricity-Fishing game January 19 th Layers of the Earth January 26 st Volcano Eruption! February 2 nd Melting Ice/how rivers are formed February 9 th Diffusion - Hot vs. cold water February 16th Popcorn Science March 2nd Mystery Paintings March 9th Weird Water March 16th Extinction-What happened to the dinosaurs? March 23rd Fossils March 30th Dinosaur model


MINIART PROGRAMME CLASS 1-2-3 TERM 2 - January to March 2011 Monday afternoon 14:00 – 15:00 Teacher: Miss Iram Arseen

January 17th January 24th January 31st February 7th February 14th February 21st February 28th March 7th March 14th March 21st March 28th

Stencil drawing Beads bracelets Octopus Free painting Paper flower Pencils holder Pasta necklaces Leaves collage Bread wall hanger Finger painting Sponge painting

THEATER PROGRAMME CLASS 1-2-3 TERM 2 - January to March 2011 Teacher: Miss Iram Arseen January 18th January 21st January 25th January 28th February 1st February 4th February 8th February 11th February 15th February 19th February 22nd February 25th March 1st March 4th March 8th March 11th March 15th March 18th March 22nd March 25th

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Goldilocks and three bear Goldilocks and three bear Goldilocks and three bear Snow white Snow white Snow white Cinderella Cinderella Cinderella Three little pigs Three little pigs Three little pigs Beauty and the beast Beauty and the beast Beauty and the beast Daisy the doctor Daisy the doctor Daisy the doctor Thumbelina Thumbelina


March 29th - Thumbelina Drama/ Theatre Role-play occurs in all early years settings and forms an obvious route to the achievement of the early learning goal, ‘Use language to imagine and recreate roles and experiences’ (Communication, language and literacy). Why is role-play important? • Role-play allows children to engage in, explore and learn about the everyday roles that occur in their familiar experience; the roles carried out by their parents or carers and members of their community. • Role-play allows children to express their emotions, positive and negative, in appropriate ways. • Role-play allows children to explore their own self-image and identity. It helps to build self esteem.

THEATER PROGRAM Class 4 Term 2: January to March 2011 Tuesday and Friday Afternoon 2:00 - 2:30 Teacher: Ms Connie Washington

WEEK OF: January 11th January 18th January 25th February 1st February 8th February 15th March 1st March 8th March 15th March 22nd March 29th

The Mitten The Mitten The Mitten Click, Clack, Moo Click, Clack, Moo The Old Lady and the Pig Green Eggs and Ham The Wolf and the 7 Little Goats Cinderella Cinderella Cinderella

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