Water Puppet Mania in K1C!

Dear parents,

In order to further inquire into our central idea, storytelling allows us to share ideas, feelings and experiences, we took a field trip to the Water Puppet Theater. It was an amazing success, that may have already been described to you at home last night. ūüôā

All of K1 and Discovery piled onto buses and headed downtown. The bus ride itself was quite the excitement! The children had great conversations, sang many songs (including ‘The Wheels on the Bus’ of course) and described what they were seeing out the windows.

We had the entire theater to ourselves. The children were perched on the edge of their seats for the entirety of the performance often moving to the music and commenting on how the puppets worked. As a special treat, each class went one by one backstage where the staff showed us how the puppets actually worked and described how many people it takes to operate each puppet and what they wear in the water during the show.

As we we reflect on the performance over the next week, we will be focusing on the line of inquiry appreciating storytelling. The children will respond to questions such as such as: What did you think about the show? and What was your favorite part and why? They are also retelling the stories through role play using actual puppets purchased at the theater.

This week, we also celebrated another birthday. Elena turned five! Congratulations!

Please enjoy these photos of your child.

Important Reminders:

  • Please sign up for parent teacher conversations next Thursday. Sign up takes place on Veracross. I look forward to seeing you!
  • Our sunny weather has finally returned. Please remember that your child needs to wear a hat every day during outside play in order to participate in all activities.

Have a lovely weekend!

Deborah & Thu


January 18th – K1C

Dear parents,

This has been a very busy week! Katie celebrated her birthday on Monday and Ella celebrated her birthday on Tuesday. Congratulations on being five!

We love singing songs in K1 and are learning a new math song about subitizing (instant recognition). While singing, the children are subitizing dot and irregular dot patterns, connecting the sets to numerals and representing them on their fingers.

We finally had buddies today. The children were so excited to host their special friends in our room. They read stories, played games, made crafts, drew pictures and engaged in rich conversation.

We began our storytelling unit this week with our Central Idea: Storytelling allows us to share ideas, feelings and experiences. The pre-assessment task is to interview the children and ask three questions. What is a story? Why do we tell stories? How do we share stories?

In support of our new unit. We will be taking a field trip next Wednesday to the Water Puppet Theater next to Hoan Kiem Lake. A permission slip will be going home in your child’s backpack today. Please sign and return the permission slip tomorrow or by the latest on Monday.

Please enjoy some pictures from our week!

Have a lovely weekend,

Deborah & Thu

January 11th – K1C

Dear parents,

Happy New Year! We hope your holiday included lots of fun with family and friends and you have come back rested and ready for the new year. It was so nice to welcome back your children this week. They all slipped right back into our wonderful classroom routine and have reconnected well with friends and teachers.

We were very lucky to finally welcome our new friend Liam into our K1C community on Monday. He joins us from the United States and has settled in well.

This morning the children performed “The Nutcracker” along with Ms. Alexis and the rest of the ECC. Please enjoy this¬†video below and some pictures of the week.

Stay tuned for information regarding our new storytelling unit. I will be looking for parent readers as well as field trip volunteers.

Lastly, please make sure to dress you child in warm enough clothes for this colder weather. Also, even though the sun is not shining, children still need to wear hats for outside play, so please make sure to include one in your child’s backpack.

Have a lovely weekend!

Deborah & Thu