Solving problems, Moon Festival and Ducklings

Last week we encountered a big problem in our class. We were wasting a lot of food during lunch time. We discussed possible solutions and some children suggested that we use our food scraps to make compost. Our compost bin will be up and running next week. We are in the process of doing a rotting experiment. At home, ask your child to tell you about it.

We are also thinking about ways to look after our planet. Here is what we’ve come up so far.

We had lots of fun celebrating Moon Festival on Thursday. Here is a short movie trailer. Enjoy!

As a provocation for our ‘Structures’ unit, we visited the Middle School science department on Wednesday to see the five ducklings that hatched a couple of weeks ago. Today we got to bring them back to our classroom, but we quickly realized that they needed more space. The children used their recess time to try and find a good spot to build a structure for the ducklings. K2B worked together to make a safe and comfortable space for the ducklings for the afternoon. Just look at the amazing structure they made. The ducklings were so happy!!

A big thank you to Sung Ah’s mom and Quang Tung’s mom for visiting our class this week. If you still want to sign up to do Family Show and Tell, please let me know!

Reminders:

  • Swimming starts next week. Information is on the PE blog. Here is the link.
  • Global Goals Week
    Next week is global goals week at UNIS.  During this week we put the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals front and centre in our thinking and our learning. As part of Global Goals week we will be having a Nude Food Day on Friday 28 September.  Put simply, nude food day means sending your child to school with a snack that contains no disposable packaging. For more information click here.
  • EAL Parent Coffee Morning: Thursday, 27 September at 8:30 in Turtle Tower.
  • K2 Math Coffee Morning: Friday, 28 September from 8:30-9:30 in the B9 Creativity Space.
  • Parent Teacher Conferences: Monday, Oct. 1st. More information to come soon.

International Dot Day and Math Games

International Dot Day is on Saturday, September 15. To celebrate, we paired up with our Grade 4 buddies to watch Peter H. Reynolds’ book, “The Dot”. We then created dot art together.

There are many ways to show numbers; ten frames, fingers, dots, pictures, and many more. This week, we have introduced some new games to practice showing numbers in different ways.

Thank you so much to all the families who came to visit our class this week! Just look at how many visitors we had!! We love learning about our families and cultures. We look forward to more visits next week. There are still a few families who have not signed up yet. Please sign up HERE.

Reminders:

  • Healthy Snack Sale – Monday, September 17 (Our class is contributing)
  • Moon Festival – Thursday, September 20. Please remember to have your child dressed in an Ao Dai on that day. An extra set of regular clothes can be sent to school if children want to change later in the day.

Our week in K2B

In Math, we have been learning to collect data asking yes/no questions.

Look at our beautiful picture wall. The children really enjoyed guessing who these gorgeous babies are.

Ms. Kris visited our class today. We talked about different feelings and the zones of regulation – how to calm ourselves to stay in the green zone (happy, calm and effective learning state).

Ms. Beth played a dot game with us and we talked about different ways to show the same number.

Thank you to the parents who came in to do Family Show and Tell. This week we had Simon’s mum, Freddy’s dad and Elena’s mum share about their families. We look forward to more visits next week. If you have not yet signed up, please do it HERE.

Building Reading Stamina and Special Visitors

We have been working on building our reading stamina when we read independently. We have learned that stamina is when you do something for a long time. We build stamina by finding a good space in the classroom where we can stay focussed and read quietly for as long as possible. The class has made a great start and is now able to independently read for 4 and a half minutes.

We have also had our first buddy session on Thursday. The Grade 4s came to visit our classroom and we had lots of fun showing them around and playing together.

Our ‘Who we are’ unit is well on it’s way. This week, I shared some artifacts that represent who I am. The children came up with a lot of great questions to find out why I chose these artifacts to share with them.

We have had our first ‘Family Show and Tell’. Suria’s family visited K2B today. Suria’s mum read us a story about Bibimbap (a popular Korean dish) and Suria’s dad taught us a few Korean phrases. We also had some delicious Korean treats. A big thank you to Suria’s family!

We look forward to more ‘Family Show and Tell’ next week! If you have not signed up yet, please sign up HERE.

Reminders:

  • Tuesday, September 4: After School Activities start.
  • Thursday, September 6: Back to School Night.

First Full Week in K2B

We have had a fun and busy first full week in K2B.

We have been exploring our classroom materials, learning about the different classroom routines and playing games to build classroom community.

We have also been thinking of ways to keep our classroom happy and safe for everyone.

We are inquirers and want to learn more about our families. Parents are invited (encouraged) to come to school for 10 minutes to show and tell ‘Who You Are’! What makes your family special?

We need you to help our young learners understand this Central Idea: Awareness of my identity and abilities helps connect and develop our international community.

Please sign up (HERE) for one time to visit K2B.

Reminders:

  • Monday, September 3: Celebration of Vietnam National Day. No school.
  • Thursday, September 6: Back to School Night.