The Magic Of Root Vegetables

October 18th, 2017

Dear Parents,

We did tummy drumming and practiced the Taiko rhythm we learnt yesterday. We just pretended that our tummy was the drum and our hands, the sticks, whereas the floor was the rim of the drum. We did dong dong on our tummy and then kha kha on the floor with our hands. We started slow, but then increased our speed. It was super fun and some of our friends who didn’t come yesterday were very excited to learn it. Pauline helped us to make a Thank you card for Moko sensei that looks like a Taiko drum. We hope that she likes it. We also did Birthday cards for our friends who are celebrating birthdays in November.


Sayaka helped us to make paper ghosts and we said, ‘boo boo’ as we made it. We pretended to be scared and our teachers think that Halloween must be our favorite festival ever. We love dressing up and pretend play. We also stamped circles on a giant cardboard box that we colored green yesterday. Pauline told us that we are creating a monster and we just said ‘oooooo’. We displayed the ghosts we made in our classroom and it looks cute and spooky at the same time.

We are quite independent when we play with trains and can join tracks to build a railway all by ourselves. This impressed our teachers very much and they think we might love to go to the Railway museum in case it rains on Friday. However, we do not want to miss out on the opportunity to go for potato digging because it’s such a unique experience. Although its forecasted to rain, we are hoping that something changes last minute and we can go.

To prepare for potato digging, we looked at the pictures in a book called ‘Vegetable Garden’ and learnt that sometimes we eat roots of a plant like carrot, ginger, potato, sweet potato and more. When the plant has grown, we dig the soil and pull out the vegetable. One of our friends remarked that the vegetable has dirt when we pull it from the soil and we need to ‘wash it’ before we eat.

 Then we read an amazing classic book called ‘The Enormous Turnip’. The story is about a farmer who wants to eat turnip for dinner but is unable to pull it out from the ground in his garden. He calls his wife to help him who in turns asks for help from a boy, a girl, a dog, a cat and a mouse. Finally, they all work together and pull it out from the ground. Then they eat it for dinner. We realised that it’s a big surprise when we finally dig the root vegetable out from the ground as we don’t know how big or small it would be. Some of us thought that we have magic eyes and can pull out the biggest sweet potato when we go digging, while some of us want to pull out small cute sweet potato. We all agreed on carrying our gloves and shovels when we go digging because the dirt can make our hands dirty and shovels can help us to dig out the potato easily.


Excited diggers-to-be in Petals Class

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