February 8

Dear Parents,

This week we continued our inquiry into the transdisciplinary theme how we express ourselves with the central idea:  storytelling allows us to share ideas, feelings and experiences. We read several books by author/illustrator Graeme Base and the children really connected to the creativity of the stories and the hidden/deeper messages in both the text and illustrations. We made a variety of puppets, including fish puppets for Tet.  The students each chose a favourite story from the classroom and drew about it.  Some students are beginning to add print to their drawings, which is exciting to see.  Some students are copying words from their environment, some are writing random letters, and some are beginning to represent letter sounds.  All of these are beginning writing behaviours. Additionally, adding details to drawings is an important skill to encourage at this stage and the children have shown a lot of growth in this area. Please encourage any such behaviours that you see at home.

Wednesday’s Global Play Day was a big hit.  We had an opportunity to play with some grade 1 friends in our classroom and out on the playground. Ms. Nhung made springrolls for Tet with the class on Wednesday and we shared them with our Play Day buddies.  On Thursday our grade 3 buddies helped us with some Tet crafts and activities.  Don’t forget that there is an ECC Tet Assembly next Wednesday, and the students are encouraged to wear ao dai.

Please see this link for photos from this week:  K1B Photos

Please note:

*Show and Tell next week: cancelled as it is a short week

 

February 1

Dear Parents,

Thank you for coming in today – it was lovely to see all of you.  Due to Parent Teacher Conferences there will not be a blog post today. I will send an email update about our week instead.

Take care,

Charla

January 25

Dear Parents,

This week we continued our inquiry into the transdisciplinary theme how we express ourselves with the central idea:  storytelling allows us to share ideas, feelings and experiences. We continued reading Robert Munsch books as well as many other fabulous children’s stories.  We read a book called ‘Imagine a Place’ and discussed setting – where a story takes place.  Using the green screen, we took photos of the children without any background and each child drew an imaginative setting around him/herself. Our trip to the water puppet show on Wednesday was a wonderful experience.  We even had an opportunity to go backstage to see all of the puppets and costumes, and saw a demo of how some of the puppets are controlled.  The children have been playing with water puppets back in the classroom and are starting to create their own puppets.  Your child will post on his/her blog what s/he thought about the water puppet performance and support his/her opinion. Ms. Michelle, our EdTech Coach, is helping the children create electronic books using the app Book Creator.

In math we continued to work on subitising. The children are learning to very quickly recognize quantities to 10 – in regular dice dot patterns, irregular patterns (random dots), and in 5 frames (a row of 5 boxes with dots inside).

We’ve been lucky to enjoy some warmer weather and better air quality and have had extra outdoor play time!

Please see this link for photos from this week:  K1B Photos

Please note:

*Please ensure your child has a hat at school

*Show and Tell next week: Please help your child choose another favourite story to share with the class.

Show & Tell Schedule:

Mondays: Basti, Bella, Calliope, Duc Tam

Tuesdays: Hoang Linh, Hugo, Jenna, Jimmy

Wednesdays: Jonah, Katie, Lena, Rafael

Thursdays: Rahan, Sasha, Yaara, Yuji

January 18

Dear Parents,

This week we continued our new inquiry into the transdisciplinary theme how we express ourselves with the central idea:  storytelling allows us to share ideas, feelings and experiences. We began an author study of Robert Munsch and are enjoying his very funny stories.  We are working on developing ideas about what we can say to share our appreciation of stories – for example, ‘it was funny,’ ‘I like the pictures,’ ‘I thought it was surprising,’ ‘it wasn’t for me.’ We are also adding to our list of ways that people can share stories – books, puppet shows, oral storytelling, etc.

Next Wednesday we will go to see a Water Puppet performance in the old quarter.  Please check your child’s bag for the permission form and return it as soon as possible.

In English we are starting to focus more on recognizing and correctly forming both uppercase and lowercase letters.  Each morning the children carefully write their names and add them to our ‘name tree.’ Ms. Nhung and I support them to begin their name with an uppercase letter followed by lowercase letters, to form the letters correctly (starting at the top), and to use a correct pencil grip. We are continuing to work on rhyme and beginning letter sounds.

You may have noticed from your child’s blog that we are working on the ability to instantly recognize quantities. This is called ‘subitizing’ and is very different to counting. “Subitizing is the ability of looking at a group of objects and recognizing patterns that allow us to ‘guess’ the total number of objects, without having to count them.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eB71PqQ3yHk  This week we learned a number of subitizing card games and a subitizing song.

Here is some more information about subitizing:

Seeing the World in Numbers
Over time, number recognition develops into more sophisticated abilities, such as instantly seeing how many (an ability known as subitizing, from the Latin word meaning suddenly). Subitizing is the direct, immediate recognition of the number of a group. For example, if someone shows you four fingers for only an instant, you recognize how many they are holding up without counting. This kind of speedy recognition is important because later it will help children with adding. Many children add 4 + 3 by counting out four objects, then three objects, then counting all seven. The trouble with this is that their memory of the three and four is too far away from the total seven for the child to make a connection. But if a child is able to subitize the four, she is more likely to count on, starting with four, then five, six, and seven. Then she learns a more sophisticated counting strategy and start learning the “fact” that 4 + 3 = 7.     http://www.scholastic.com/parents/resources/article/thinking-skills-learning-styles/easy-1-2-3

Please see this link for photos from this week:  K1B Photos

Please note:

*Show and Tell next week: Please help your child choose a favourite story to share with the class.

Show & Tell Schedule:

Mondays: Basti, Bella, Calliope, Duc Tam

Tuesdays: Hoang Linh, Hugo, Jenna, Jimmy

Wednesdays: Jonah, Katie, Lena, Rafael

Thursdays: Rahan, Sasha, Yaara, Yuji

January 11

Dear Parents,

Happy new year!  It was lovely to see all of the children again this week. It looks like they grew up a lot over the break!  I hope you all had nice family time together.

The children were happy to see each other and settled back in nicely.  We changed the classroom a bit to prepare for a new unit of inquiry – stay tuned for more details about the new unit.  This morning all of the ECC told the story of The Nutcracker through song and dance. I have included a video of K1B’s “Jingle Bells” dance in the media file for this week. I hope you enjoy!

Please see this link for photos and videos from this week (and the last Friday before break): K1B Media

Take care,

Charla

December 14th

This has been a wonderful first semester in K1.  The children have grown and learned so much.  I look forward to celebrating the end of 2017 with the children tomorrow.  Please remember that the students can wear pyjamas to school tomorrow and bring one stuffed animal.

Please enjoy the holidays with your families and I look forward to seeing the children again in the new year.

Please see this link for photos from this week:  K1B Photos

Please note:

*pyjama day tomorrow

*school resumes Monday January 8th

December 7

This week we continued our inquiry into the transdisciplinary theme how the world works with the central idea:  water is a natural resource that can be explored. We continued to find out more about where our water comes from in the ECC.   We will inquire into how we get clean drinking water at UNIS and our water sources on Earth.  We learned a new math game called “Beep” and focussed on rhyming in English.  Tomorrow we will have an exciting morning of making.  It is Maker Day at UNIS and each grade level in the Elementary School will be presented with a design challenge and materials to use. I can’t wait to see the results.

The students in our class are talented artists. You will often find almost all of our class choosing to draw, copy words, and make their own books.  The children share ideas with each other and discover new techniques that they then teach to the group.  This interest in drawing and attention to detail greatly helps to develop early literacy skills.

Please see this link for photos from this week:  K1B Photos

I hope to see many of you at Winterfest tomorrow!

Please note:

*Show and tell next week:  cancelled

*If you are leaving early for the Winter Break, please let me know.

November 30

Dear Parents,

This week we continued our inquiry into the transdisciplinary theme how the world works with the central idea:  water is a natural resource that can be explored. We started off the week drawing our theories of where water comes from – how DOES rain get into the clouds?  How is rain water different and the same to the water we drink?  Where does our water come from?  These are questions we will continue to explore in the coming weeks.  We read a story about a snowflake that undergoes many transformations as it travels around the world over the course of a year – from snowflake, to ice in a pond, to fog, to part of a storm, to  irrigation water on a farm, to drinking water in a sink, and so on.  This story sparked many wonderings about how water can change and move.  We became very interested in snow and ice and spent a lot of the week inquiring into how snowflakes are formed and investigating water as ice.  Calliope’s dad joined us Thursday afternoon to help further our understanding of the water cycle and to share with us some of the work that he does.  Thank you to the parents who were able to join us at Open Classrooms earlier today. As you can see, the K1B students are very enthusiastic scientists! Symmetry and patterning were natural math connections that came up this week as we explored the formation of snowflakes, along with temperature and capacity.

On Tuesday we attended a “sneak peak trailer” of the Grade 1-3 musical, How to Eat Like a Child.  It was fantastic!  I hope to see many of you at one of the performances taking place this Friday and Saturday.

On Friday and Monday we created new self-portraits. It is remarkable to see the growth in the children’s drawings since we started K1.  The portraits will be posted on the students’ blogs.

Please see this link for photos from this week:  K1B Photos

Please note:

*K1 will host Open Classrooms again tomorrow.   Please join in your child’s learning at any of the following times:

Friday December 1st:

-Homeroom 8:20-9:00

-Library 12:30-1:10

-Music 1:15-1:55

*Show and tell next week:  Free choice

November 23

Dear Parents,

This week we continued our inquiry into the transdisciplinary theme how the world works with the central idea:  water is a natural resource that can be explored. We were excited to share some of our learning at the ECC assembly this morning. The students worked in small groups to express their observations of water in multiple ways – by creating collages and sculptures, by taking photos, by drawing, by recording sound clips and by using bodies and musical instruments to represent water sounds.  If you didn’t get a chance to attend the assembly, I have posted a video in this week’s media. Unfortunately the video did not take properly and is not great quality!  If you have better footage from today, please share it with me so that I can post it for everyone.  I will also share the slideshow of the students’ work with their voices on the children’s blogs.

Last Friday was a beautiful day and we spent most of it outdoors exploring water in a variety of ways.  At lunch the students learned to make their own burritos!

Please see this link for photos from this week:  K1B Photos

Please note:

*K1 will host Open Classrooms next Thursday and Friday.   Please join in your child’s learning at any of the following times:

Thursday November 30th:

– Homeroom 10:20-10:50

– PE 10:55-11:35

Friday December 1st:

-Homeroom 8:20-9:00

-Library 12:30-1:10

-Music 1:15-1:55

*Show and tell next week:  Free choice

November 16

Dear Parents,

It was lovely to see the students back after being hard at work for a few days without children at the school.  I enjoyed 4 days of professional development over the weekend and Monday, Tuesday, and look forward to bringing some new learning to the classroom experiences.

Please see this link for photos from this week:  K1B Photos

Please note:

*K1A & K1B will briefly share some of their learning at the ECC Assembly next Thursday November 23rd.  Parents are invited to attend the assembly, which begins at 8:25 in the ECC gym.  I will share a video of the assembly for anyone who can’t attend.

*Show and Tell next week: Please help your child draw or take a picture of water sources at your home, or anywhere outside of school, to share with the class.

*K1 will begin a new PE unit next week and Ms. Nikki has asked that students wear proper trainers/shoes for PE outside over the next few weeks.