Please read! October 5th – K1C

Dear parents,

I would like to thank all of you so much for attending Parent Teacher Conversations this week. It was wonderful to spend time talking with you and sharing in your child’s learning. K1C is a fantastic group of kids and I love coming to school greeted by smiling faces ready for the day.

This week, we repaired our K1C community web. The children noticed that if some individuals choose not to be responsible and care for our community, our web weakens. We need to work together to maintain a strong community. We revisited our classroom agreements and our community pictures they drew at the beginning of the Unit. The children have gained the understanding that our community is much larger than they originally thought, so we also added many more people.

Community Web

On Monday, we took a field trip to Ms. Anissa’s office. The children took turns visiting her calming bowl, special relaxing chair and office.

Ms. Anissa’s office

This week the children were introduced to descriptive language. We started by describing our leader of the day. We have a special picture chart which helps the children with the descriptors. We use color, number, size and doing sentences so far. When we described Elena, here is what they said:

“Elena has a blue, white and red shirt.

She has ten toes.

She has long hair.

Elena likes to play in the loft.”

Descriptive language

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: The week following the holiday, we will be starting Show & Tell. Below is the schedule so you know what day your child needs to bring something to share. We will also be sending home a hard copy in backpacks today. Also, for the first week of Show & Tell we would like the children to share some pictures from their holiday. Please email these to me along with a description of where you were. Do not worry if you are staying here in Hanoi. Just send in pictures of some fun things you did during the week with your child.

Show & Tell Schedule

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Our next Unit begins shortly after the holiday. It is a new Unit all about water. We will be getting wet and dirty! PLEASE send in several sets of clothes for changing. Also, pay special attention to wet/dirty clothes that come home and then need to be replaced. Let your caregivers know this as well, so they can help to replace.

A UNIS recommended booklist has been added to the blog.  Please find it under the resource tab.

Lastly, please enjoy pictures of other things that your children have been engaged in. Highlights include, writing first and last names, friends’ names, representing dice patterns with dobbers, building tall towers, cooking, playing with our new sand in the sand pit and joining our Grade 3 Buddies in outdoor play.

Pictures of the week

Have a lovely weekend,

Ms. Deborah & Ms. Thu

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! 🙂 K1C really needs one. Trust 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

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!

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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