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.

November 9

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 had a big week of exploring using our 5 senses- in the pool on Monday, and in the rain (finally) on Thursday.  The students shared their observations in sentences and in drawings.  Ask your child to share observations at home using the 5 senses.

Wednesday’s Blue Dragon Walk-a-thon was a huge success for the students!  Most of the students ran the whole time and the parent volunteers and observers were a huge help. Don’t forget to check your child’s bag for the pledge sheets and return them with the money as soon as possible.

I hope you enjoyed UN Day and the lunch on Friday.  It was lovely to see all of the families celebrating together and the ES children stole the show with their performance of The World is Ours.

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 on the morning of 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: Cancelled due to the short week

*No school for students Monday & Tuesday

*There have been quite a few cases of head lice in K1.  Please check your child very carefully.  Live lice and eggs both need to be removed very carefully over several days, even after treatment.

 

November 2

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 explored capacity by using containers of different sizes and shapes in the water table, and we compared shell sizes.

We visited our Grade 3 buddies in their room to help them learn about forces.  We made a trip to the middle school science area and Principal Mr. V. talked to us about being scientists and read us a book.

UN Week is a very special time at UNIS.  Thank you to the families who came in to help us learn more about the culture of the students in our class.  Rafael’s mom taught us about famous landmarks in France, and Basti’s mom helped us make delicious German pretzels.  Ms. Charla’s daughter helped us learn about how maple syrup is made, and we explored Canadian maple syrup using our 5 senses.  Dr. Barder visited all the K1 classes to help us better understand the UN and UNIS (and to sing a few songs just for fun).  We also painted flags and learned to say hello in German, Vietnamese, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, French and Hebrew.  We look forward to celebrating as a community at tomorrow’s UN Assembly and Community Lunch.

*Please pick up your children from the classroom after the assembly.  Please do not take your children home without first signing them out in the classroom.

*On Monday we will go in the swimming pool.   As part of our inquiry, all of K1 will visit the pool on Monday afternoon for a chance to explore the properties of water and how movement is different in water, as well as to better understand our responsibility to be safe around water.  This is not part of the swimming programme, but a special opportunity for this unit of inquiry.  Learning in the water will be run by our UNIS Aquatics Coordinator and his swimming instructors.  On Monday the children all need to bring a swimsuit, swimming cap, goggles and a small towel in a labelled plastic bag.  Thank you for your help!    

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

Please note:

*Show and Tell next week: Free choice.

*Wednesday is the UNIS Walk-a thon in support of the Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation. Please see your child’s bag for the pledge form and read the Tin Tuc for more details.

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

 

Oct 26

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. This week we focussed on being careful observers and drawing exactly what we see.  We observed white carnations and roses in coloured water and documented the ways in which they changed over the course of the week.  The students had many interesting theories about how the water moved from the test tubes to the flower petals.

In math we compared the length of our names using coloured cards and connecting cubes.  We explored how to best organize our names to easily understand the data we collected.  In small groups, the students described the data in the graphs that we made.  This activity also allowed us to practice correctly writing our names using uppercase and lowercase letters, which will continue to be a focus over the coming weeks.

Last Friday we were very excited to host Brent International School of Manila’s volleyball team in our K1 classes. The boys and their coaches were wonderful with the K1 students and everyone had a great time.

Next week we will celebrate UN Day/Week at UNIS!

  1. For Show & Tell next week please help your child choose something that represents your home country/culture.
  2. Don’t forget to review important information about the UN Assembly and community lunch on Friday in emails from the school and from our class parent, Carmen.  Please also check the Tin Tuc for important details.
  3. We will be making flags in class next week.  Please fill in the linked document to indicate the flag/s that your child would like to make to represent his/her background.  K1B UN WEEK INFO
  4. We would love to have parents in next week to share stories, songs, crafts, language lessons, or other activities to help us learn about all of our home countries and cultures.  Please sign up for one of the available slots if you would like to come in.  If none of the times work for you, please let me know and I will do my best to find a time that works. K1B UN WEEK INFO

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

Please note:

*Show and Tell next week: please help your child choose something that represents his/her home country/culture.

*If you haven’t had a chance to check out your child’s individual blog yet, I encourage you to do so.  It has been lovely reading comments from parents and even grandparents!

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

October 19

Dear Parents,

This week we began our new inquiry into the transdisciplinary theme how the world works with the central idea:  water is a natural resource that can be explored. In this unit we will use our scientist skills to explore how water behaves and changes, and to develop an understanding of our responsibility for water as a natural resource shared by living things.  We piqued the students’ interest by adding a science lab and water table in our classroom, exploring with water through painting and on the light table, and by going on a water hunt in the ECC outdoor environment.  The students naturally posed many science and math based wonderings and began a number of their own experiments and investigations.

This week we began show and tell.  The students are asked to use a descriptive language structure to share their show and tell items – a general introduction, a sentence describing colour, a sentence describing size, a sentence describing number, and a sentence describing an action.  You will see how we focus on this descriptive language structure in many ways throughout the K1 year.

On Thursday we cheered for a visiting team at the boys’ volleyball tournament that is being hosted at UNIS this week, and watched a bit of their first game.  Students are encouraged to wear blue to school tomorrow to show support for our own volleyball team.

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

Please note:

*Show and Tell next week: please help your child choose something that can be used to explore water.  Some ideas include containers, tubes, funnels, sponges, measuring cups…. It is up to your child!  If possible, we would love to keep these items in the classroom to use.

*Please see the additional post about your child’s personal blog and be sure to check it out!

 

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

K1B Student Blogs

Dear Parents,
UNIS Hanoi is using Easyblog! Our teachers are currently using Easyblog portfolio to capture and reflect on student learning, and we would like you to be able to view your child’s work in real time. Please click this K1B subscription link and follow the instructions to subscribe if you are a new parent at UNIS Hanoi, or if you are a returning parent but have not yet subscribed to your child’s portfolio. Once you subscribe, you will receive an email notification when your child adds a blog post.
If you are a teacher parent at UNIS, please use your personal email to subscribe to your child’s Easyblog account.
Regards,
Charla

October 5th

Dear Parents,

This week is the official conclusion of our inquiry into the transdisciplinary theme who we are with the central idea:  Personal choices affect ourselves and the community. Of course we will continue to learn more about our community and who we are throughout the K1 year!  This week the students showed how their understanding of community and responsibility changed since the start of the school year.  We continued to explore the concept of peace.  I hope you will enjoy the K1B movie “Peace is….” in this week’s media folder.  Don’t forget that you can easily download and save photos from the media folder.

This week we started a new class calendar that we use to reflect on our learning at at the end of each day.  The calendar incorporates many math and literacy skills in addition to helping focus our learning.  In math we focussed on subitising (being able to instantly recognize quantities).  In English we co-wrote descriptions of photos from our moon festival celebrations. We also drew pictures of and compared ourselves to our Grade 3 reading buddies.

It was wonderful to see everyone at Parent Teacher Conferences.  It is a pleasure working with your children every day.  Enjoy the holidays with your children and I look forward to seeing them again at school on Monday the 16th!

Please see below for important information about items needed for our new unit of inquiry, and the start of Show & Tell.

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

Please note:

*There is a new tab in the “Resources” tab found at the top of this page.  It contains recommended books for K1.

*Our new unit of inquiry will begin after the October Break.  We will be inquiring into the ways in which water is a resource for living things, and investigating the characteristics of water.  We will be doing a lot of experimenting and playing with water and weather in this new unit.  ***Please send to school an extra change of clothes, as well as any “water gear” you would like to include, such as ponchos and gumboots or even swimsuits.  Please put these in a plastic bag labelled with your child’s name and “Water Kit.” *** Thank you for your support!

*Show & Tell will begin for K1 after the October Break. Each week in the Thursday blog I will include a suggestion for items to bring in the following week on your child’s Show & Tell day (see below).  We will use Show & Tell to make connections to our unit of inquiry and also to practice the English skill of describing items and events.  More information about description will follow in the coming weeks.  For the first Show & Tell, please help your child bring in a photo or artifact that represents your child’s October Break.

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