December 14th – K1C

Dear parents,

It’s the end of semester one already! It has been such a joy to watch your children grow and learn this year. We will be celebrating the end of 2017 with a pajama party tomorrow. Please remember to send your child to school in pajamas and with a stuffed animal. We will be singing, dancing, playing and baking yummy cookies. We are going to have so much fun!

Tomorrow UNIS will also be having a practice fire drill. Please send your child in a warm jacket to wear as we will be standing outside for a bit.

Please enjoy our pictures of the week. They include Flynn and Andy celebrating turning five as well as Maker Day.

Have a wonderful and safe holiday with family and friends and we will see you in the new year!

Deborah & Thu

December 7th – K1C

Dear parents,

Welcome to December! The time seems to have flown by and it’s almost the holiday!

Thank you so much to all of you who attended ‘Open Classrooms’ last week. The children continue to talk about how special it was to share their learning with you. Pictures from Friday are included in the photo link.

We have had fun continuing to explore water in the sunlight. We have been looking closely at water reflections and designs the water makes on the ground when the sun shines through. The children are also using spray bottles outside when the sun shines realizing they can create rainbows.

We spent some time this week developing theories about where the water at our school comes from. The children took clipboards outside as they explored and drew their ideas. Some of their theories include:

  • the sky
  • a box
  • the pond
  • a bucket
  • rain
  • the ocean
  • pipes
  • clouds

The children were introduced to a new math game called ‘Treasure Hunt’. This game includes counting, recognizing dot patterns and colors. It’s also a game that facilitates rich math language.

This week the children participated in an interesting listening activity. I flew to Singapore with my family to participate in a special event. During the event, I caught something on video that sounded like rain, but was something VERY different. We listened to the video two times in class and then the children contributed their ideas about what they thought they heard. Then we watched the video for the big reveal. I was running in the Singapore marathon and caught the sound of running shoes hitting the pavement. It sounded like rain which connects to our unit! It was interesting talking about what it’s like when you are only relying on one sense for information. Here are the ideas they came up with. Please also take a look at the video in the google photo link.

‘Maker Day’: Tomorrow is Maker Day! Every day in K1 is Maker Day, but tomorrow the whole Elementary School is celebrating. We will be making boats that float, experimenting with magic floating ink and creating a collaborative piece of artwork with water and food dye.

Pictures and video of the week

Have a lovely weekend,

Deborah & Thu

 

 

November 30th – K1C

Dear parents,

We are so happy that some of you joined us today for ‘Open Classrooms’ and we are looking forward to more of you joining us tomorrow at 8:20! The children are absolutely thrilled to share our K1C classroom with you. There are never enough opportunities for this, so please know you are always welcome.

The children have gained the understanding that when water freezes, it turns to ice. And then when water warms up, it it melts back into water. Because of this, we surprised them with an enormous ice block and large cubes of ice to investigate. They were fascinated to watch the ice melt and at what speed. As the larger block lasted longer, they realized they could break it into smaller pieces and then even dared to use their sense of taste. This is the only sense we have not yet used in this unit, so it was exciting!

The children are also learning about how snowflakes are formed and are very busy cutting and decorating their own to decorate the classroom. This is a fantastic fine motor and math activity as they are carefully cutting and then comparing the shape of their snowflakes to others. No two snowflakes are the same!

We had buddies this morning as well, but were so short on time, that we brought our snack over to G3 and they read to the children while they ate. It worked out perfect.

We also were lucky enough to see the trailer for “How to Eat Like a Child” in the theatre. Hopefully you have bought your tickets for this weekend. It’s going to be a great show.

Pictures of our week

Have a lovely weekend!

Deborah & Thu

 

 

November 23rd – K1C

Dear parents,

Our friend Flynn has finally joined us! Flynn is a returning student from last year in Discovery. He has been in the UK welcoming his new sister into the world and we are so happy to have him back!

We continue to unpack our Central Idea: Water is a shared resource for living things that can be explored. We had a fantastic day last Friday with water, sunlight, spray bottles, paintbrushes and buckets and various containers for measuring. The children wrote, drew, painted, sprayed, cleaned and splashed with water. They noticed rainbows, compared capacity in the water table and measured who could fling water the farthest. More to be posted on individual blogs later, but please enjoy pictures of all the fun!

Some other exciting things you will see in the pictures from this week include:

  • a fine motor/math activity with popsicle sticks and clothespins. The children were free to create anything but many chose buildings and letters.
  • children choosing various types of seating for group time (stools, wicker chairs, bumpy seats, pillows and a step-stool)
  • Ms. Anissa visited again and shared a story along with her whistle collection

Pictures of the week

We are looking forward to you joining us for ‘Open Classrooms’ next week. Here is the schedule.

Thursday:

Music: 9:10-9:50

Homeroom (K1C): 10:10-10:50

Friday:

Homeroom (K1C): 8:20-9:00

Art: 12:30-1:10

Library: 1:15-1:55

Have a lovely weekend!

Deborah & Thu

November 16th – K1C

Dear parents,

It has been a short week for your children, but while they were away, teachers participated in four days of professional development. UNIS values lifelong learning, so high value is placed on professional growth and reflection. Last weekend, we attended a  workshop led by Fiona Zinn titled ‘Listening to Learning in the Early Years.’ This was followed up with a two day workshop led by Fran Prolman where we discussed how to effectively build up students’ agency, self advocacy and their ability to take responsibility for their own learning. So much information to process and ideas to implement!

REMINDERS:

  • Next week the PE department begins their athletics unit. Please send your child in athletic shoes on PE days as they will be outside.
  • Make sure your child has a hat EVERY DAY so they can utilize the entire outdoor playground.
  • Extra clothes! Extra clothes! Extra clothes!
  • Next Wednesday is the snack sale.

Have a lovely weekend!

Deborah & Thu

 

 

November 9th – K1C

Dear parents,

We kicked off the week by taking the children down to the pool to use our 5 senses to explore this natural resource. The children talked about what they noticed. We sorted all the comments into what they saw, felt, heard and smelled and they each drew a picture to explain their thinking.

We were finally able to take a walk in the rain! We have been waiting for this moment! The children demonstrated great thinking and questioning skills during the walk. More detailed documentation to be posted in their individual blogs soon.

Thanks to all of you who volunteered for the Blue Dragon Walk-A-Thon yesterday! It was a great success, was so much fun for the kids and a fantastic fundraiser.

Pictures

REMINDERS:

  • No school Monday and Tuesday of next week.
  • Please remember to carefully check your children’s hair for lice on a regular basis. It is important to use a special shampoo, available at Raffles medical, if live lice are seen. It’s also important to pick out all the nits regularly. Long hair should be worn up. Thank you for your help with this!
  • We are getting wet! Make sure your child has plenty of extra clothes at school.

Have a lovely weekend!

Deborah & Thu

November 2nd – K1C

Dear parents,

So many fun things happening this week! We have been talking a lot about what it means to be a UN school as we gear up for UN Day. The children were very excited to paint their country flag(s) and attach a fun picture to the back created through a special app installed on our teacher ipads.

Dr. Barder visited us to talk about UN Day and what makes our school special. He read a story, sang some songs and showed us a magic book. The students were very engaged and happy to see this important member of our community.

We also had two parents volunteer to read a story in their home language. Sebastian’s Mom Lumi read a story in Romanian and Julian’s Dad read us a story in German.  The children are gaining the understanding that even though we are from different countries of the world, we come together in our school and successfully develop relationships and community which leads to successful learning.

Mr. V, the middle school principal, invited us over for a talk about science and a Piggie & Gerald story. It was so much fun! The children had a lot to tell him about being scientists and their water exploration so far.

The children graphed their names this week. They counted the letters in their own names and their friends’ names and did some comparing using mathematical language such as short, long, shorter, longer, more, less and the same.

As the weather continues to amaze us, we have begun to explore water in our outdoor area behind our classroom. We moved our science and water tables outside for further exploration and the children painted with water. They are really having fun working as scientists and noticing how water behaves. Please read the important info below about Monday and our next steps with water. We are going to visit the swimming pool!

We also had the opportunity to visit our G3 buddies in their own classroom this week. They are really getting to know each other.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

TODAY: A Blue Dragon Walkathon form went home in your child’s backpack today. Please read.

FRIDAY: This is a very special day for you to experience with your child. We are so looking forward to your attendance at the UN assembly and then sharing in the lunch with your child. Please pick your child up from the classroom after the assembly rather than from the assembly. This ensures all students are accounted for.

MONDAY: Please send in swimming gear for your child on this day. This will include a swimsuit, goggles, towel and a swim cap for long hair. No flotation devices are necessary. We will have a safety lesson with Martin, our aquatics coordinator, and then inquire into the movement of our bodies in water. If you have any further questions, please email me and I am happy to answer them.

Please enjoy these pictures of the week!

Have a lovely weekend and I hope to see you all tomorrow!

Deborah & Thu

October 26th K1C

Dear parents,

We are learning to… be a scientist! This is our learning statement of the week. We reflect on a new picture every day showing the children exploring water using their senses. We are gaining the understanding that scientists observe things closely and record what they see, think and wonder.

This week the children did three observational drawings. White carnation flowers were placed in test tubes with plain water for the first day’s drawing. For the second day, food coloring was added to the water in the test tubes for children to draw/record what they saw and then they were asked what they think happened and what they wonder. On the third day, the white flowers changed to the same color as the colored water and on the fourth day, we recorded our experimental findings.

Next week for Show & Tell, please have your child bring in something to share that represents their home country/culture. This will help make connections to our UN celebration next Friday.

K1C is looking for volunteers! We would love for parents to come in to our classroom to share a story in their mother tongue. The children love visitors and stories, so it’s the perfect combination. Please email me if you are interested and we can set up a time. If you would like to join us more than once that is great too!

As you know, last week UNIS hosted the boys APAC volleyball tournament. K1 supported Brent International School of the Philippines. On Friday of last week, we attended a game to cheer the team on and asked if they would be interested in visiting our classrooms and playing with our kids. They said yes! The coaches brought the entire team down for the last period of the day. It was absolutely amazing how well the team did with our kids. They talked, they played, they laughed and had so much fun! It was yet another learning moment about what “community” truly means.

Lastly, Sebastian turned five this week! We shared a cake for his special day.

Please enjoy these pictures of our week.

Have a lovely weekend!

Ms. Deborah & Ms. Thu

October 19th – K1C

Dear parents,

We have begun our new unit of inquiry into the transdisciplinary theme how the world works with the central idea: Water is a natural resource that can be explored. The children tuned into the unit by exploring our new science lab, playing in the water table and by going on a “water walk”.

This week we started Show & Tell. We discussed what it means to be a good speaker. We speak clearly and try to project our voice so others can hear. We also talked about being good and respectful listeners and what our bodies look like while doing this. The students were a bit nervous and excited to stand in front of their classmates to share, but they did a fantastic job! I was so proud of them! We are putting all of the photos in a “Holiday Book” that they can look at on a regular basis.

Next week for Show and Tell, please send in a tool to explore water.  For example: Container, spoon, funnel, tube, dropper… Be creative 🙂 We will use descriptive language to talk about the ‘tool.’

This morning we welcomed schools from all over Asia at the D-12 APAC volleyball school assembly. K1 adopted Brent International School from Manila. The children decorated flags with the Brent logo to carry and headbands with their Lions mascot to wear. We cheered loud and made them feel welcome. We also had the opportunity to get a picture with our adopted team. Tomorrow we will be attending a volleyball game to show our support and school spirit. So exciting!

Please enjoy these pictures of the week!

UNIS Hanoi is using Easyblog! We are currently using Easyblog portfolio to capture and reflect on your child’s learning, and we would like you to be able to view your child’s work in real time. Please click this K1C subscription link and follow the instructions to subscribe if you are a new parent at UNIS Hanoi, or if you are a returning parent but have not yet subscribed to your child’s portfolio. Once you subscribe, you will receive an email notification when your child adds a blog post. This is new for K1 this year, so please be patient as we get it up and going. Thank you!
If you are a teacher parent at UNIS, please use your personal email to subscribe to your child’s Easyblog account.

Reminders:

  • FRIDAY (tomorrow): The children are asked to wear blue to support UNIS at the APAC volleyball tournament!!
  • Please ensure your child has extra changes of clothes at school and replace when needed.

Have a lovely weekend!

Deborah & Thu

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