September 28th – K1C

Dear parents,

This has been such an exciting week as we prepared for the moon festival. The children made lanterns and put together a fruit and mooncake tray. They have been role playing the moon festival with these materials while listening to traditional Vietnamese music.

The children also made some amazing dragons which incorporated math and fine motor skills. They made patterns with their loops, carefully counted their loops and compared the size of their dragons using mathematical language.

We enjoyed a special moon festival assembly in the theater followed by a special fruit and young sticky rice snack. Vietnamese mask painting was a highlight as well.

The children also participated in a fun group counting activity and then we moved on to graphing. They compared their ao dai’s and then lined up according to the color of their pants and then their tops. They practiced using the terms more, less and the same. Please enjoy the pictures of this very special day!

Moon Festival

We were visited earlier in the week by our counselor Ms. Anissa. She introduced herself and all of her stuffed animal friends to the children and talked about her role here in the ECC. The children love visitor’s so this was special.

As we continued to talk about peace, the children brainstormed some ideas about what peace means to them. Please take a peek at the list they came up with which I have included in the link below. The children also made the peace sign with their bodies on the ECC gym floor which was super fun. Enjoy!

K1C pictures

REMINDER: Next Tuesday, there is no school due to Parent Teacher Conversations. Please leave your child at home during this important event. Thank you!

Have a lovely weekend,

Deborah & Thu

 

 

 

September 21st – K1C

Dear parents,

This week we celebrated the 30th birthday of UNIS! The children enjoyed decorating crowns to wear to the big D-12 celebration in the Sports Center. Felix the Phoenix joined us and Dr. Barder played his guitar for the Happy Birthday Song. Then there was the whole school picture followed by cupcakes.

UNIS Birthday

In an effort to connect further with our Unit of Inquiry, we have had many discussions about friends, responsibility and our classroom agreements. We also had a discussion about what would happen if our community web broke. I will include student voice on this next week. The children also created themselves through an art piece and we made a circle around our agreements as we keep reflecting back to them.

We celebrated International Peace Day today. We read a book titled ‘The Peace Book’ and watched a video of children answering the question “What does peace mean to you?” We then started a collaborative “Peace Piece”, which we will continue for the next couple of school days. Some pictures will be included in this blog and more to come next week.

We have been doing lots of counting in our classroom. The children count the letters in their name and in their friends’ names. We represent numbers in different ways using our fingers. It’s quite fun and something you could try at home.

REMINDER: HATS, HATS, HATS!!!! Your child must wear a hat during outdoor play.

Other pictures of the week

Have a lovely weekend,

Deborah & Thu

 

September 14th – K1C

Dear parents,

Last Friday the children made some delicious spring rolls together in our kitchen. Lots of cutting and rolling and eating!

Cooking pictures

We celebrated another birthday this week! Happy 5th Birthday Anh Minh!

We have read a couple of versions of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, paying special attention to how tidy the bears house was before they went on a walk/bike ride, and then how messy the house was when they returned. This led very well into our first provocation of our unit.

The children did a very thorough tidy up before lunch yesterday. They made sure they put everything where it belonged and nothing was left out. Immediately following lunch was their PE lesson at which time Ms. Thu and I turned the classroom upside down again (made a big mess). When they returned from PE, they were quite stunned. Many children recognized there was a problem right away and began to tidy up. Others talked about the problem and who they thought may have caused it. We then quickly gathered on the carpet to unpack the problem and discuss ideas and solutions. They decided to continue cleaning up so that they could play in the classroom the next day. Ms. Thu and I gave no prompts. The children cooperated and guided each other when needed to get the job done. We were so impressed and proud of them!

Provocation pictures

Tomorrow is International Dot Day and we celebrated early with our Grade 3 Buddies this morning. This was inspired by a book titled “The Dot” written by Peter H. Reynolds. Ms. Emma, our art teacher, organized an art project in front of the Centre for the Arts for D-5 students. The children watched the story on Tumblebooks with their buddies and then joined the project.

Dot Day pictures

Enjoy these pictures of the week with your child. The children worked really hard on pencil grip and writing their names. The Go Fish math game was a big hit, as was a creative game of magical chairs the kids made up. Have your child count how many times they switched positions.

Pictures of the week

If you didn’t attend Back to School Night last week, here is the K1C presentation.

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Next Tuesday is a 30th birthday celebration for UNIS. We will have an all school assembly followed by an all-school picture. Please send your child in blue for the occasion.

Lastly, I AM STILL LOOKING FOR A ROOM PARENT! ­čÖé K1C really needs one.┬áTrust me, it is not very demanding or time consuming. It’s exciting and rewarding! Please email me to say yes.

Have a lovely weekend,

Deborah & Thu

 

 

Sept. 7th-K1C

Dear parents,

Welcome back from our first holiday! It’s always fun listening to the stories of all the fun that was had!

We celebrated Chun An’s birthday this week. He is our first friend to turn five this year.

The children have been introduced to a new math game called Ten Green Bottles which helps the children practice the skills of ordering numbers, recognizing regular dot patterns and one to one correspondence.

We continue to read and respond to stories about friendship. The children also each chose a friend to closely observe and then draw their features. This is helping to deeper connect us as a classroom community.

Yesterday you received a group photo of K1C. Please keep this posted on your fridge or in a common spot where you can discuss the day with your child and get to know their friends in their K1C community.

Today Dr. Barder attended our ECC assembly and played a couple of interactive songs on his guitar. Then we went to the big theater to watch the “Gumboot Dancers” visiting from South Africa.

I really am looking forward to seeing all of you tonight for Back to School Night. It’s a great way for us to connect and get to know each other.

It’s been a short week, so that’s all I have for now! Here are a few pictures to enjoy.

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Have a lovely weekend!

Ms. Deborah & Ms. Thu