Father’s Day and Sport

Father’s Day and Sport

THEME

Father’s Day & Sport

COLOUR

Gold

SHAPE

Star

NUMBER

6

j

LETTER

Dd – Daddy

Another week that has just flown by so quickly. The old saying is true “time flies when you having fun!” 

We had so much fun discussing how special our dads are and what role they play in our families. We also discussed that some families don’t have daddies and that is fine cause moms are also there to love and help us. We love all our families big and small. We spoke about sports that some daddies like to watch or take part in like soccer, rugby, swimming, gym etc. it was great to hear these little Hoppers tell us how they feel about their dads. 

We made a lovely Father’s Day card that said “scored the best dad with a soccer ball on the front with each Hoppers special footprint on the ball. This looks so awesome. We hope you love your special card. We also made some popcorn with broken Oreo’s with melted whit chocolate over them. On the packet it said pass the snacks to match our card we made.  

Yoga this week with teacher Nicole we the dancing bear warm up song. Our stretches were tree, boat, and chair poses. Working on our hand-eye co-ordination. we played a game called Topple, which had the kids practising their pincer grip by placing little counters on top of each other. The Hoppers did super well. 

We had a lovely gross motor workout where the Hoppers had to catch a tennis ball in a cone then walk over small blocks not to touch the grass {lava} then over a balancing board and then the last stage climb into a sack and jump to the edge of the grass in the quad and back. Kids just love being so busy. 

Our concert practise is way under way, and we are looking forward to the big day. 

Have a wonderful weekend. 

Love the Happy Hopper Teachers and Assistants 

   

 

Have a wonderful day on Sunday our Eco Dads!

    

 Dates to Diarise:

16 June: Youth Day

17 June: Youth Day Holiday

19 June: Hearing Tests

28 June: Book Character Dress Up Day & Mid Term Break Up Day

8 July: Back To School

 

 

 

Lots of love

Teacher C, Teacher Yolandie and the Happy Hoppers Assistants 

Our Hoppers!

Land, Air and Sea Transport

Land, Air and Sea Transport

THEME

Land, Air & Sea Transport

COLOUR

Blue/Navy

SHAPE

Diamond

NUMBER

5 & Recap

j

LETTER

Jj – Jet

We started off this week talking about various kinds of air, land, and sea transport. We also had so much fun pretending to be various kinds of transport. We spread our arms and were super-fast jets, we made “Choo-Choo sounds for a train and blew our horns to be a big ship.  

For our art, this week we coloured in a picture of a sailboat with wax crayons then we cut it out. On a separate piece of paper, we used tissue paper to create some water. We painted over tissue paper with water and let it dry and then after it dried, we pulled the tissue paper off which left behind a lovely blue colour to represent water. The Hoppers loved this activity. 

We played a hide and seek triangle game. Teacher Yolandie hid various triangles away in the class and when she held up their name cards, they had to recognise their name and then go look for a triangle in the class. Some Hoppers were able to recognise their names and others needed some help.  

Assessments are still on going at this stage.

On Friday for Yoga was dice day. Shaking the magic box and seeing what 2 poses we had to do and for how many seconds we had to hold it was very exciting. The poses included Camel, downward dog, cat, and cow pose. Forward bend, backward stretch table pose and relax pose.  

Our Hoppers did their cooking session on Thursday morning. They made apple boats with quarter apples with honey dripped over it and covered it with rice Krispies and cut cheese into triangles which they put onto a toothpick to represent a sail. This was a sticky affair but so much fun.  

  It has been such a wonderful week!  

Have a wonderful weekend! 

Next week’s theme is: Father’s Day and Sport 

 

 

We wanna know folks ... what is your DREAM car?

    

 Dates to Diarise:

14 June: Bike-A-Thon

16 June: Youth Day

17 June: Youth Day Holiday

19 June: Hearing Tests

28 June: Book Character Dress Up Day & Mid Term Break Up Day

8 July: Back To School

 

 

 

Lots of love

Teacher C, Teacher Yolandi and the Happy Hoppers Assistants 

Our Hoppers!

The Farm: Farm Animals

The Farm: Farm Animals

THEME

The Farm: Farm Animals

COLOUR

Red

SHAPE

Circle & Sphere

NUMBER

4

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LETTER

Ff – Farm

This has been a short but remarkably busy week. We learnt all about farm animals. This is such a wonderful and exciting theme to learn about. The Happy Hoppers loved learning about all the different farm animals and what they eat and drink and where they live on the farm. They also learnt about what mommy, baby and daddy animals are called and what they produce for humans e.g.: wool from sheep. 

For our art, this week we did some cork stamping which is a good fine motor activity which strengthens their hand and finger muscles. The Hoppers enjoyed this activity.  

We spent a lot of the week doing assessments. The focus this week was to recognise their name without a picture next to it. Please encourage your little one to recognise their name. if you do write their name please remember to write only the first letter as a capital. Please can you also practise some number recognition with your little Hopper, numbers 1 to 10. 

Yoga this week the Hoppers had to hold on to a magic stick, the kiddies had to use their tummy muscles to hold their arms and legs straight out in a superman pose. This pose targets the upper and lower back abdominal muscles and hamstrings. The task was to hold the stick for 5 seconds, using 1 hand moving the right finishing off with another 5 seconds. 

Funfit sport this week the Hoppers played some cricket. They concentrated on batting and catching. This is a good game to improve eye hand coordination and eye foot coordination and many other skills as well. 

 

Please can you label all your child’s belongings as this is still not happening. 

Remember to boost your child’s immune system by giving them good vitamins. 

Have a wonderful weekend!! 

Love Teacher C and Teacher Yolandi 

 

Have a HAPPY weekend folks!

    

 Dates to Diarise:

7 June: Haircut Day

14 June: Bike-A-Thon

16 June: Youth Day

17 June: Youth Day Holiday

19 June: Hearing Tests

28 June: Book Character Dress Up Day & Mid Term Break Up Day

8 July: Back To School

 

 

 

Lots of love

Teacher C, Teacher Yolandi and the Happy Hoppers Assistants 

Our Hoppers!

The Farm: Fruit and Vegetables

The Farm: Fruit and Vegetables

THEME

The Farm: Fruit & Vegetables

COLOUR

Blue

SHAPE

Circle 

NUMBER

3

j

LETTER

Vv – Vegetables

Wow another week that has just flown by so quickly. We learnt all about farm produce. What an important fruit and vegetable s are and how they are grown and looked after on the farm. The Hoppers were quite surprised to learn how much work goes into looking after the fruit and vegetables on the farm. 

We told the Hoppers that it is super important to eat a lot of fruit and vegetables. We heard a lot of stories about what their favourite fruit and vegetables are. For art, this week we did some tearing and sticking of an apple which is so important to strengthen their finger muscles.  

Cooking we concentrated on the skill on stirring we made some delicious strawberry Nesquick milkshakes. The Hoppers just loved this, and it was so cute to see their milky moustaches. 

At yoga, this week we worked on picture and pose association. There were a variety of pictures with animals and numbers. We matched our poses according to the pictures according to the number of breaths according to the numbers on the picture. We also listened to a new song called “I am a mountain tall and strong. 

At FunFit Sports with coach Trevor with carried on with our assessments. The Hoppers had to practise hopping on one leg and standing on one leg for more than 2 seconds. We also practised catching a bouncing ball and throwing a ball overhand. 

PLEASE can we ask that you label all water bottles as we don’t always know whose bottle is whose when we are outside as there are so many kids all together.  

Remember to give your Hoppers lots of Vitamins and NOT to send sick kids to school. 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Peace Out Folks!

    

 Dates to Diarise:

29 May: Voting Day

31 May: Tractor Ride Day & Slipper Day

7 June: Haircut Day

14 June: Bike-A-Thon

16 June: Youth Day

17 June: Youth Day Holiday

19 June: Hearing Tests

28 June: Book Character Dress Up Day & Mid Term Break Up Day

8 July: Back To School

 

 

 

Lots of love

Teacher C and the Happy Hoppers Assistants 

Spreading Hap-pea-ness!

Wild Animals and Birds of Prey

Wild Animals and Birds of Prey

THEME

Wild Animals & Birds of Prey

COLOUR

Black

SHAPE

Square & Cube

NUMBER

1 & 2

j

LETTER

Zz – Zebra

This has been a delightful week learning all about wild animals and birds of prey. The Hoppers really enjoyed this theme so much. We spoke about the big five and all the other animals we can find in the parks. We discussed where they live and what they eat. We also asked the Hoppers which is their favourite animal. We got lots of different answers. The lion seemed to be on the top of the list, well I guess after all he is the king of the jungle. 

We art this week we made a paper plate elephant which turned out to be so beautiful. We sponge painted it, but we have decided to keep it for our art show. The Hoppers also made a rhino crown which they coloured in rainbow colours. 

Cooking this week was skill based the kids learnt about beating an egg to help Chef Thembi make our French toast. This sounds like a simple skill but for young learners it takes some skill and patience to break an egg and beat it. It teaches them patience to break an egg with their thumbs and some strength. They also used their senses by feeling the egg, smelling it.   

At FunFit sports we played a matching game the Hoppers had to collect a ball in a colourful ball basket and match its colour to the correct cone. They had so much fun. 

Yoga this week the Hopper’s did animal yoga, using our magic yoga bag. We picked out little animals and discussed some interesting facts about each of them while doing a relevant pose. 

 PLEASE give your kiddies some extra vitamins. 

Have a wonderful weekend! 

We wanna know folks ... what is your favourite WILD animal?

    

 Dates to Diarise:

24 May: Eye Screening 

29 May: Voting Day

31 May: Tractor Ride Day

7 June: Haircut Day

14 June: Bike-A-Thon

16 June: Youth Day

17 June: Youth Day Holiday

19 June: Hearing Tests

28 June: Book Character Dress Up Day & Mid Term Break Up Day

8 July: Back To School

 

 

 

Lots of love

The Happy Hoppers Teachers and Assistants 

Stay Wild And Free Our Hoppers!

Mothers and Babies, Mother’s Day

Mothers and Babies, Mother’s Day

THEME

Mother’s & Babies, Mother’s Day

COLOUR

Pink

SHAPE

Heart

NUMBER

1

j

LETTER

Mm – Mommy

Welcome back to Term 2. We are looking forward to another term full of learning and lots of fun. 

This has been a short but very busy week. We started our first day back just settling in again and talking to our friends that we all had not seen for a few weeks. The stories were endless. We also got to meet our new Happy Hopper, Iyana and her family. 

We discussed mommies and their babies. Aren’t moms just so special and absolutely priceless!

We made an incredibly special card for our mommies which included a questionnaire all about mom, some of the answers we received were so cute and some really funny (Enjoy reading it!) We also baked some special biscuits for mom. We hope you enjoy them and have a very special Mother’s Day on Sunday. 

This week we also concentrated on a lot of Gross motor activities. We did some catching with a big ball and practiced throwing over arm to each other. We also did some hopping on one foot. 

Please remember to label all your child’s belongings, this is very important as we still have a lot of clothing and water bottles that are NOT labelled.  

Now that the colder weather is approaching remember to give your little one some extra vitamins.  

Have a wonderful weekend. 

 

We hope you have a very special Sunday our very special Eco Moms!

    

 Dates to Diarise:

24 May: Eye Screening (Details to follow)

29 May: Voting Day

31 May: Tractor Ride Day

7 June: Haircut Day

14 June: Bike-A-Thon

16 June: Youth Day

17 June: Youth Day Holiday

19 June: Hearing Tests

28 June: Book Character Dress Up Day & Mid Term Break Up Day

8 July: Back To School

 

 

 

Lots of love

Teacher Katy, Teacher Cecilia and the Happy Hoppers Assistants 

Our Hoppers!

Occupations And People who Help Us

Occupations And People who Help Us

THEME

Occupations & People Who Help Us

COLOUR

Blue

SHAPE

Circle

NUMBER

Recap 

j

LETTER

Xx – X-ray

We have had so much fun this week learning about occupations and people who help us. Doctors, dentists, hairdressers, firefighters, police officers and so many more. We got to see what each job involves and what they offer, and on Thursday, we got to see the kiddos dressed up as their dream job. We had everything from a ballet dancer to a firefighter, nurses, doctors, superheroes, and construction workers. They looked amazing!  

We have been so busy this week with developing our fine motor skills, practising lots of cutting and colouring in. 

Cooking was easy this week as we just made some popcorn which we enjoyed while watching a clip about different occupations. 

We can’t believe this is our last week of Term 1 already. We hope you all have a wonderful holiday, and we will see you all in Term 2.  

PLEASE remember to label ALL your child’s belongings even their shoes. There are still many unmarked items being sent to school and when all the kids are on the playground and items are not marked it makes it difficult to find their way back home at times. 

 

Have a safe and happy holiday!

    

 Dates to Diarise:

12 April: Holiday Club Starts

27 April: Public Holiday (Freedom Day)

1 May: Public Holiday (Workers Day)

3 May: Holiday Club Ends

6 May: Staff Set Up Day (Staff Only)

7 May: Term 2 Starts

9 May: Haircut Day

24 May: Eye Screening (Details to follow)

31 May: Tractor Ride day

 

 

 

Lots of love

Teacher Cee, Teacher Katy and the Happy Hoppers Assistants

Dream Big Hoppers!

Science and Experiments

Science and Experiments

THEME

Science & Experiments

COLOUR

Yellow

SHAPE

Rectangle

NUMBER

Recap

j

LETTER

Ee – Explosion

The Happy Hoppers had a lovely week watching their teachers entertain them with all sorts of different experiments. 

The Hoppers did an exciting M &M experiment, it was about watching the colours moving to the middle of the plate. 

Our second experiment was a bouncy egg experiment. You place an egg in a glass and cover it with vinegar. The vinegar will eat the shell away only leaving the inside of the egg which becomes like a rubber ball. The Hoppers loved feeling the ball and even tried to bounce it. 

The third experiment of the week was a raincloud experiment. You take a jar fill it with water then cover it with shaving foam then add a few drops of blue food colouring and then watch the rain fall. 

Then we did a Rainbow paper experiment and a dancing rice experiment. This was an amazing week full of magic and excitement doing all these different experiments. 

We also had a lot of fun free painting all sorts of interesting pictures it is so lovely to see how these little people’s art and paintings develop throughout the year. 

Another activity we concentrated on this week was our cutting skills. Please let your little Hopper practise lots of cutting at home.  

Yoga was a little different… we played TETRIS! 

This game engages several cognitive skills such as memory, matching and pattern recognition. It also promotes problem solving and thinking patterns. The aim of the game is to fit all the pieces in to fill up the board. It was a super fun activity, and everyone worked nicely together as a team. 

Please note there are still a number of clothing, shoes, blankets, bottles etc that are not labelled so please make an extra big effort to label ALL your child’s belongings.  

Next week’s theme is: Occupations and people who help us 

Have a wonderful weekend. See you all on Monday.  

 

 

 

Positive Vibes!

    

 Dates to Diarise:

11 April: Break Up Day

12 April: Holiday Club Starts

27 April: Public Holiday (Freedom Day)

1 May: Public Holiday (Workers Day)

3 May: Holiday Club Ends

6 May: Staff Set Up Day (Staff Only)

7 May: Term 2 Starts

9 May: Haircut Day

24 May: Eye Screening (Details to follow)

31 May: Tractor Ride day

 

 

 

Lots of love

Teacher C, Teacher Katy and the Happy Hoppers Assistants

We’ve had a blast!

Autumn, Migration, Birds, Easter

Autumn, Migration, Birds, Easter

THEME

Autumn, Birds, Migration & Easter

COLOUR

White

SHAPE

Cross & Oval

NUMBER

Recap

j

LETTER

Oo – Oval

Wow, just like that, Easter has arrived, where has the time gone??

We started off this week chatting about Easter. This is such a wonderful time of year, and the children got even more excited when we told them about the surprise that we had planned for today. We went on an Easter egg hunt! The Hoppers hopped into action and found so many Easter eggs. This was so much fun.  

To reinforce our shape of the week, the children were given an oval shape to colour in a patterned Easter egg that we made an Easter card from, this was a fun fine motor activity. Cooking was equally fun as the Hoppers made an Easter basket from rice Krispies and melted marshmallows and put them into cupcake holders and added some chocolate speckled eggs on top. 

To incorporate Autumn into this week we all went on a nature walk to have a look at all the trees and look for autumn colour leaves. We just love going on nature walks around our beautiful school.  

We made Easter Egg baskets; these came out so cute. We cut old cold drink bottles in half and pasted pieces of pastel colours of paper onto the basket. We then added some ears, whiskers, a nose, and a tail and lastly ribbon for a handle. We hope our Hoppers use these to collect their eggs from the Easter bunny! 

At FunFit Sports the Hoppers had a short obstacle course to follow. They had to climb the monkey bars and then climb a ladder, after that climb through the netting tunnel and then down the slide. They all had a turn to start Coach Trevor’s stopwatch before they started.   

Happy Easter to our Happy Hoppers families, have a safe a blessed weekend. 

Much love  

Are your alarm clocks set for the Easter Bunny on Sunday morning folks?

    

 Dates to Diarise:

29 March – 1 April: Easter Weekend

11 April: Break Up Day

12 April: Holiday Club Starts

 

Lots of love

Teacher Cecilia, Teacher Katy and the Happy Hoppers Assistants

Our Happy Hoppers!

My Home

My Home

THEME

My House

COLOUR

Green

SHAPE

Square

NUMBER

8

j

LETTER

Hh – House

It has been a jam-packed week with lots of fun activities and a lot of excitement after our Sports Day. Thank you for all the support, we really do appreciate it. 

This week we discussed houses, how each of our houses are different, and what kinds of rooms are found in our house. We also spoke about gardens and what kind of rooms could be found in the garden, such as a tool shed or garage. 

We practiced our letter of the week “h” and the sound it makes. We learnt that “h” stands for Harry Hatman in our letterland story book. We also looked for objects around the class that start with the letter “h”  

We carried on with our integrated theme art project, last week we coloured in our family members and painted triangles, this week we painted a square with a big paint brush. We painted a big A3 cardboard with some fun painting techniques, our Hoppers sponge painted the sky and used a fork to paint grass, after they were dry the Hoppers pasted our squares and triangles to make the house and then stuck the family members to the picture, we added a door and windows to the house and they even have a house number. These are looking amazing and will finish them with the final additions with next week’s theme “Pets.” 

On Thursday for cooking, we made a lovely, sweet treat of a house. We used a tennis biscuit for the square of the house, straight pretzels for the roof, a piece of KitKat for the door and some smarties for the windows.  

Happy Hoppers Yoga Day! We focused on our lateral muscles whilst singing and stretching along to the “Clap It” song. 

This week’s pose was the forward bend! 

Benefits of forward bending: 

*Improves digestion  

*Stretches and removes tension in the spine and neck 

*Increases blood flow  

 It has been a super busy week with lots of fun activities and excitement in the Happy Hopper classroom. 

Our theme next week is: My Pets 

If you would like to bring your pet to school next week, please send us a private message so that we can arrange a day and a time slot! 

Please label all belonging as we are still receiving many items that aren’t labelled.  

Have a safe and lovely weekend! 

 

Next week is all about PETS ...

    

 Dates to Diarise:

21 March: Public Holiday (Human Rights Day)

22 March: School Holiday

29 March – 1 April: Easter Weekend

11 April: Break Up Day

12 April: Holiday Club Starts

 

Lots of love

Teacher Katy, Teacher Cecilia and the Happy Hoppers Assistants

Our Happy Hoppers!

My Family

My Family

THEME

My Family

COLOUR

Purple

SHAPE

Triangle

NUMBER

7

j

LETTER

Gg – Granny

This was a jam packed and exciting week. 

This week we learnt all about families. We discussed our Families and who lives with us and who is in our family. We spoke about the importance of families and that we get different families, some families are big, and some are small but either way we love them all. We asked the Hoppers the names of their family members some knew them all and others not so sure. Please remind the Hoppers of all their families names.   

Over the next few weeks we will be working on our integrated theme art piece, this week our Hoppers painted a triangle with bubble wrap for our shape of the week and coloured in little pictures of their family members. We are so excited to save this 3-week masterpiece for our art show. For cooking this week, we learnt the skill of whisking and stirring. The Hoppers learnt how to whisk eggs. This is a great activity for their basic maths skills by counting eggs and to build language skills. It is also good to build their fine motor muscles. 

At FunFit sports we practised a full run through of our Sports Day which will be taking place this Saturday 9th of March. We hope to see you there. 

Concert practice is also well on the way, for our music lessons each week we will be learning and practicing concert songs. So much excitement! 

It has been a wonderful week. 

Our theme next week is: My House 

Sending love  

 

One sleep to go until Sports Day!

    

 Dates to Diarise:

9 March: Sports Day

14 March: Pet Demo

15 March: Haircut Day

21 March: Public Holiday (Human Rights Day)

22 March: School Holiday

29 March – 1 April: Easter Weekend

11 April: Break Up Day

12 April: Holiday Club Starts

 

 

Lots of love

Teacher Cecilia, Teacher Katy and the Happy Hoppers Assistants

Our Happy Hoppers Family!

Safety

Safety

THEME

Safety

COLOUR

Red

SHAPE

Hexagon

NUMBER

6

j

LETTER

Ss – Safety

Welcome back after our mid-term break. 

This week we learnt all about safety. We concentrated mostly on road Safety. 

Outside play is always a lot of fun, where the children get to explore and work on gross motor skills. We incorporated inside and outside play with road safety. We took the Hoppers outside to practice looking left and right before crossing our zebra crossing.  

The Hoppers learnt about how to put out a fire on their clothing in the unlikely event of an accident. STOP DROP and ROLL!!! 

We practiced our fire drill and the whole school responded so well.  

Happy Hoppers art this week they had to exercise their listening and visual skills by following instructions; we did a fun art marble rolling exercise, which symbolized a fire, and they created a fun fire engine that was made from shapes. We have decided to keep this for our art show.  

We did a dot-to-dot worksheet on how to draw a hexagon.  

We did a lot puzzle-building this week, moms and dads please encourage your little ones to build more puzzles at home. Puzzles are great for cognitive skills, problem-solving skills, fine motor skills, and hand-eye co-ordination. 

Yoga Friday  

Starting our session with stretches and our sun salutation sequence, we moved onto our yoga cards. Each card had a coloured shape on one side and a yoga pose on the other. After identifying the shape and colour on the card, we then had to demonstrate the pose. This is a lovely exercise to practice our colours and shapes aswell as visual interpretation of the pictures. Well, done our little Hoppers, you all did a fantastic job!! 

For cooking this week, our Hoppers made a traffic light waffer biscuit and the children used icing sugar to paste on yellow, green, and red smarties on them to look like a traffic light. The Hoppers loved this cooking activity, and they definitely know the meaning of a traffic light and what the colours represent. Great job!! 

This was a short week but so much fun and very eventful. 

Our theme next week is: My Family  

Have a wonderful weekend! 

 

 

Stop, drop and roll into the weekend!