My School, My Class, My Teachers

My School, My Class, My Teachers

THEME

My School, My Class,  My Teachers

COLOUR

Red

SHAPE

Circle

NUMBER

1

j

LETTER

Aa

Welcome to our 2022 Happy Hoppers and Hopper Parents, and a very warm welcome to our new Hoppers: Ariyana, Hazel, Luca, Matthew and Xara and their lovely  parents! We are all so happy that you have joined our amazing EcoFamily and hope that your journey with us will be a memorable one!

We have had such a great first week back at school with the Happy Hoppers. Naturally, the first few weeks are going to be an adjustment for the children to get back into routine, but all of our Hoppers have settled in so comfortably already! Becoming a Hopper is a big step from Busy Bugs and we are so proud of how easily our children have adjusted. Not only are we proud of our kiddies, but we are also so proud of our parents during drop off time. We understand how difficult it is for all our moms and dads to “drop and go”, but you have all done an amazing job! The Hoppers have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know their new friends, playing with their old buddies and getting to know their teachers.  

This week our theme was: My School, My Classroom and My Teachers. We have spent this week getting to know each other and getting the children back into the classroom routine after a nice long holiday. Our Hoppers shared what they got up to in their holidays and we also spoke about our school, the name of our school, our classroom rules and what our classroom is called. We are incredibly proud of how well the children listened to their teachers and just loved seeing how eager they all were to ask and answer questions during our Ring Time.

 To wrap up our exciting week, the Hoppers made adorable “First Week as a Hopper” apple artworks! They enjoyed creating these because they had the opportunity to get messy by sponge painting paper plates. During this activity, the children learnt that the paper plates were circular for our shape, and red for our colour. We went on a nature walk to collect sticks for the stalks for our apples!

Have a wonderful and restful weekend!

 

Wakey Wakey!

On the first day of school we jumped straight into an activity, where the kiddies got to ‘wake up’ their tripod grip, and colour in a “First Day of School” picture.

We are learnt about the colour ‘red’ this week and for our art activity we created a “I am special” heart, where we used our fine motor skills to tear pieces of red paper to stick inside our heart.

 

Dates to Diarise:

Haircut Day  – 19 January

Bonfire Picnic  – 28 January 

(weather permitting)

 

 

 

 

 

Lots of love

Teacher Alexia, Teacher Kate-Lyn and the Happy Hoppers Assistants

First Week Vibes!

 

Cooking and Food

Cooking and Food

THEME

Cooking & Food

COLOUR

Purple

SHAPE

Rectangular Prism

NUMBER

Recap

j

LETTER

Ff – food

Cooking is always a fun theme and the children just love it! They love engaging in free role-play-cooking and they cooked up a storm using our classroom kitchen and utensils.

We have been working on letter recognition and have been singing Jolly phonic songs to reinforce this. To reinforce our letter of the week we did a playdough activity with the letter Cc. Keep practicing Hoppers! 

During Cooking this week with Chef Nombuso, we made a Healthy Fruit platter.  The Hoppers cut up apples, bananas and watermelon.  They enjoyed this after their mid-morning snack on Wednesday. Our children worked so independently and carefully with butter knives to cut up all the fruit. Well done to all of them!

  We learnt how to prepare the foods and cook them, and we learnt all about the kitchen, utensils, cooking and braai safety.

We had a fun spaghetti sensory play on Thursday, where the kids had their own bowl of spaghetti and could string it out, create a picture or just gobble it up – which most of the Hoppers preferred to do! Even though it was cold, they found it delicious.

To incorporate our colour of the week, each Hopper got given a piece of paper and a blob of purple paint to free paint to their heart’s desire.

Our Hoppers created a very special picture birthday booklet for our amazing Principal Anita! Each Hopper drew a very special picture. She absolutely loved it!!

It has been a great week.

Our theme when we return to school will be: Christmas!

Have a safe and lovely weekend.

What the Hoppers like best!

We asked the Hoppers what their favourite food is …

Pizza, hamburgers and prawns seemed to all be winners!

Please remember:

Christmas boxes for your child’s art

Flash sticks for reports 

Last few items for our 12 Days of Christmas Charity Drive

 

 

Lots of love

The Happy Hoppers Teachers and Assistants

Spicing up our week with super fun activities!

 

Travel and Holidays

Travel and Holidays

THEME

Travel & Holidays

COLOUR

Yellow

SHAPE

Square

NUMBER

Recap

j

LETTER

Hh – Holiday

This theme got us thinking of warm seas, ocean breeze and holiday vibes … by the end of the week we were all itching to go on holiday!

 During ring time we spoke about our favourite travel destinations. We also spoke about the 7 continents and named them. Throughout the week we reiterated this through a song. This is a tricky thing to understand but by the end of the week the children started to get the idea.

 We spoke about all the necessary things that we need to take on holiday.  We also explained the use of a passport. We created our own passports and did a role-play travel excursion. We told all the children that we were traveling from Africa to South America for a quick view of the Machu Picchu Temple.  We then flew over North America and Europe, landing in Australia to visit the Kangaroos and Koala Bears, then back to Africa. We would need our passports to go out of South Africa and get into another country and we would have to wait in a line to go through border control. In order to get to these places, we of course had to fly, so we all strapped in and “flew” around the school until we reached our destinations. The children loved this role play activity and were able to understand why a passport is important.

 We worked on our fine motor skills and pencil grip by writing our own names in the passports and we did a travel worksheet where the children had to trace over the word “travel”. Once they finished tracing they had to colour in their “globe”.

 It was a great week!

 

I packed my trunk and in it I put ...

This game is so much fun to play with your kiddies during those long hours in the car on the way to your holiday destination! 

Plus … it is great way to boost their memory skills!

 

There are two things children should get from there parents:

Roots

and

Wings!

Please remember:

Christmas boxes for your child’s art

Flash sticks for reports

To complete the Holiday Club Google form

 

 

Lots of love

The Happy Hopper Teachers and Assistants

Pack your bags and take a trip through our week!

 

Happy Hoppers Blog

Happy Hoppers Blog

THEME

Shops and Shopping

COLOUR

White

SHAPE

Oval

NUMBER

Recap

j

LETTER

Qq -queue

This is one of our Hoppers’ favourite themes! They could not wait for Wednesday to go “shopping”.  This was a great opportunity to show our children the value of money. We had a very busy day on Wednesday and they thoroughly enjoyed their shopping. When there are so many cool things to “buy”, it can become difficult for a young child to choose. Our Hoppers were told that their “eco money” could only buy 5 items. They therefore had to choose carefully and had to compromise on other items that they may have also wanted. The Hoppers had a very successful shopping experience.

 This week we did a lot of shop role-play to get ourselves ready for our shopping experience and the Curious Crew’s Market day on Friday. We learnt about different shop names and what we can buy from them, groceries, furniture and toys. A shop where you can just buy meat and poultry from is called a butchery and the person behind the counter is called a Butcher.

 We learnt our Jolly phonics “Qu” blending pair as “Q” is always followed by “U”.

 We also did a maths, 1-10, dot to dot shopping worksheet. After the children had to carefully connect the dots according to number sequence, they coloured it in.

 Just a reminder that we are in the process of doing end year assessments and therefore will not have as many art pieces going home.

 It has been a great week!

The Real Meaning of Christmas!

Please don’t forget that our 12 Days of Christmas initiative starts on Monday. Keep an eye out for the daily reminder messages of what to bring. We never really realize how fortunate we are until we see the needs of others. This initiative is an amazing way to help those who need it the most!

Nearly there people….

It is that time of year again, the crazy time where everything just gets busier and chaotic although festive. Let’s stay safe, healthy and push to the end of the year (can’t believe we are nearly there!) Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Only 3 short weeks of school left! Don’t forget to look out for the Holiday Club Registration Form coming your way soon!

Holiday Club will run from the 8th till the 17th of December. 

 

Lots of love

The Happy Hoppers Teachers and Assistants

xxx

Pics from a ship-shape-shopping week! 

 

Space

Space

Theme: Space

Colour: Orange

Number: Recap

Shape: Diamond

Letter: Nn

Moral Conscience: Keeping Promises

Dear Parents,

We had a lot of fun with this theme and really tapped into our imaginations, creating aliens and coming up with our own planets we would like to visit in our rockets as astronauts!

We started this week off with making a rocket. The children coloured their rockets in and used orange, red and yellow paper to stick on for “fire flames”.

Our Hoppers love dancing to songs and loved learning the words to the planet song. After we listened to the planet song the children were all hyped up and exited to start their Solar System artwork!

On Monday they painted stars on the background using toothbrushes. We experimented with the brushes and used them in different ways, some splattered the paint, some smeared it and others dabbed their stars on. The kiddies were so impressed with their stars.

On Tuesday, we were ready to colour in our Sun and planets, using chalk. We used a poster of the Solar System to see the colours of the planets, but of course, there were no colour scheme rules, their artistic flair took over in the best way! The Sun and planets were cut out and glued onto the twinkly star background.

On Wednesday we started with our Space Alien art piece, the children love doing activities where their imaginations can run wild! They used syringes to “blob” on some paint and then used straws to blow the paint around to create a splatter effect. Abstract painting allows children to be as free as they want and enjoy themselves to the max!

On Thursday the children completed their Aliens by decorating them with googly eyes, stickers, and glitter glue. This gave their aliens unique and awesome characters, just like our Hoppers!

Our “catch up school” and August holiday program will run for the next 4 weeks – communication will go out on the various groups.

Term 3 starts on the 7th of September.

Have a safe and lovely holiday!

Much love,

The Happy Hoppers Teachers.

Dinosaurs and Under the Soil

Dinosaurs and Under the Soil

Theme: Dinosaurs

Colour: Silver & Green

Number: Recap 1- 10

Shape: Cone & Sphere

Letter: Dd – Dinosaur / Day

Moral Conscience: Working together / Smart is better than strong.

Dear Parents,

These passed two weeks have been FANTASTIC!

The children loved learning about this theme and it is safe to say that our Hoppers are experts when it comes to dinosaurs! Their imaginations ran wild and there was dinosaur role-play on a daily basis.

Did you know?

The first dinosaur ever named was a Megalosaurus.  A person who looks for dinosaur fossils is called a Palaeontologist.

We started our dinosaur theme off with a colouring “D” for dinosaur and thereafter a hatching activity. The children used fine motor skills to finger paint their dinosaurs with water colour paint; they then crushed eggshells to stick onto the eggshell section of the dinosaur picture.

We had many theme discussions about names of dinosaurs and types of dinosaurs; herbivores, carnivores and omnivores. We also spoke about fossils and extinction. After all the information was absorbed we did fun activities related to our discussions.

The next activity was one where the children could really tap into their creative imaginations. The children painted their hands for the base of a dinosaur. They then had to think about which dinosaur they wanted to create from their hand print. They created the rest of the dinosaur using stick on eyes, spikes and paint.

We created dinosaurs out of halved paper plates, toilet rolls and a stencil of a dino head and tail. We sponge painted these and mixed some of the colours. The sponge painting method always creates such beautiful patterns! These came out too adorably and will be kept for the Art Expo!

Cutting skills is a difficult skill to master and our Hoppers must practice, practice! We worked on our cutting skills, starting with cutting along 4 straight lines.

Even though it’s only July, we felt the Christmas spirit when making salt dough “Dino footprint fossil” Christmas tree ornaments. First we rolled out our salt dough, then cut out a shape using a cookie cutter. The Hoppers chose their favourite dinosaur and stamped its foot into their dough to make a footprint. After our ornaments had baked in the oven we sponge painted them! This activity was so much fun!

Our children love baking and our final activity to end off the theme was a hit. We made dinosaur eggs using marshmallows and Rice Krispies. We combined, Rice Krispies, butter and marshmallows. The children used their hands to roll out a dinosaur egg.

It has been a great two weeks.

Our theme next week will be: Space

Have a safe and lovely weekend!

Much love,

The Happy Hoppers Teachers

 

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