August 29th-K1C

Dear parents,

We have had another great week in K1C. The children have been brainstorming further about what our “K1C Community” should look like, sound like and feel like.

In order for a deeper connection throughout our Unit of Inquiry, could you please email the translation in your home language for two words we have been discussing:

Community & Friend(s)

Cooking has also been a big hit. Last week we made rice krispie treats and this week we will be cooking yogurt cake. Yum!

We celebrated our first birthday of the year with our friend Lily who turned 4!

Our Grade 3 Buddies visited us for the first time this morning. They shared books with each other and made group name cards to easily identify their buddy for next time. They will be joining us every two weeks. Please share these photos with your children as they really had a great time!

Buddy pictures

Thanks to all of you who have emailed pictures of your families to me. The pictures are posted on the wall as well as in our “K1C Family Book”. If you haven’t yet sent a photo in, please do so!

Here is a great group photo that we took today and will send home soon in a hard copy form to post at home.

More fun photos from the week!

Click here!

Reminders:

  • No school on Monday in observance of Vietnamese National Day
  • Back to School Night – Thursday Sept. 7th, Rm G21 (Session 1 6-6:30, Session 2 6:35-7:05)
  • Room parent position is still available! Please let me know if you would like to volunteer for this important position.
  • Extra clothes, extra clothes, extra clothes!

Have a lovely weekend!

Ms. Deborah & Ms. Thu

 

Building Friendships & Community

Dear parents,

It has been an absolute delight to teach and learn from your children this week. Ms. Thu and I are the teachers, but it is amazing what we learn from our students every single day. Compassion, empathy, cooperation, different ways to communicate and risk taking just to name a few. Wow!

Friendships have begun to develop which aids in deeper exploration of the classroom. The children are learning to work together and problem solve when needed. Cooperative games such as “The Ladybug Game” and “Obstgarten” have helped relationship processes.

Ms. Nitasha joined us as a guest reader this week. The children love engaging in whole class read alouds so it was perfect. We also attended our first ECC assembly of the year this morning.

In K1, we have beautiful flowers delivered every week thanks to the cleaners. After close observation, the children carefully painted the flowers using different shades of color in our atelier.

We began our first Unit of Inquiry this week which is very exciting!

Our Transdisciplinary Theme is: Who We Are

Our Central Idea is: Personal choices affect ourselves and our community.

As part of our pre-assessment, The children drew pictures of the people who are important to them (their community). The pictures will be displayed in the classroom, if you would like to take a peek.

Responsibility is a key concept we will continuously address throughout this unit. Responsibility so far in our classroom is closely connected with caring for our classroom resources and tidying up.

Our lunches this year are being served family style. This is an amazing process of creating independence in the children. They are learning to set the table, serve themselves, sit properly for the entire lunch (which includes eating and conversation with friends), and scraping/stacking their plates afterwards. They are encouraged to try everything. It would be wonderful if you could empower your child to clear their own plates at home after breakfast and dinner in order to support classroom life.

Please enjoy the photos from our week so far!

K1C photos

HOUSEKEEPING NOTES:

  • PLEASE send a hat to school with your child. We wear them rain or shine. If they don’t have hats, it restricts where they can play and leads to them being quite sad.
  • Label all bottles and snack containers
  • If you haven’t sent in a family photo yet please do so electronically.

Lastly, I am looking for a K1C room parent. The responsibilities are quite minimal and you will be getting more information from our SCO. Please send me an email if you are interested.

Have a lovely weekend!

Ms. Deborah & Ms. Thu