September 2017 in Benjamin Preschools

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Preschool is a magical time for children. The world opens up for them, and brings them new experiences. Friendships are made and new skills are learned. Children need to learn how to accept others that are different from themselves, how to be polite, show respect to others, how to share and how to have empathy for others. These important factors are the keys to successful interactions between peers. Many new friends came to our preschool this year. We used the activity "Friendship tree" to show kids that in our preschool we are friends and "we are growing together on one tree". We wish that all the kids will find good friends and have a lot of fun in the preschool, because "sharing makes our life happy!"

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September in the Kindergarten class means back to preschool, our routines, teachers, and friends. The Kindergartners are very excited to be "the big kids" in the preschool now, and we are excited to have some new classmates in our preschool too.

One part of our learning in Kindergarten is practicing our writing. Each child had their own journal for the month of September and we already began to write! We had many new words that remind us of what happens in September and we had our first experience with writing them in our journals. We wrote in our journals every week in September and now have a nice keepsake for our first month in Kindergarten. Not only could we practice our writing, but we also learned some new words! We are looking forward to improving our writing in our future monthly journals!

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What is a Shadow?

I follow you around in the light, I say goodbye to you in the night? Who am I?

A Shadow!

Does everything have a shadow?

Take a look around and see what things form shadows. You will notice that swings, trees, cars, tables and almost everything else has a shadow. Any object – living or non-living that can block light can cast shadows.

How are shadows formed?

Sometimes objects can block light, which means that no light is able to pass through that object. An object from which no light can pass through is called an opaque object. The easiest example is our body. Stand in the way of a beam of a light from a small torch. Ask someone to stand behind you and spot the beam of light. The person behind you will see no light since your body did not allow it to pass through. Whenever light is not able to go through an object, it creates a dark area around the object. This patch where the light can not reach is called a shadow. Opaque objects create clear dark shadows.

Why do shadows keep changing size?

The size of the shadow depends on the angle at which the light is falling on the object. Your shadow keeps changing throughout the day. It is longest in the early morning and the late afternoon. At noon, when the sun is overhead, there is little or no shadow at all. Why? The position of the sun changes throughout the day, thus changing the angle at which the rays fall on the ground. A long time ago, people tracked the length of shadows throughout the day to keep track of time. The world’s earliest clock was a sun dial.

Why does our shadow chase us?

If the source of the light is moving, the direction of the light rays in which they fall on the object also changes. This movement of light from the source makes the shadow move. In the case when the object is moving, the shadow moves as it is formed where the moving object blocks light. It is that simple!

English Club

Even though we only had a couple of lessons in September, the students in English Club already began to work hard. The kids in Ms. Nicole's group were eager to get started reading their new books this year, and can't wait to find out what interesting stories will be inside. So far we read a great story with a lot of humor, tongue twisters, and a funny story line as well. We've already learned some new vocabulary words like acute, delicate, axis, simulate, flawed, and adjusted. We've also reviewed what sentences are, as well as fragments of a sentence, and also discussed simple subjects and simple predicates. And above all this, we also didn't forget to leave some time to have fun, play some games, and talk with all our friends again after the summer holiday. We are looking forward to finding out what future adventures await us inside our new books!