December 7

Dear Parents,

Thank you for coming and sharing in your child’s learning. The children loved showing you what they are learning about and what they do at school.

The children have had fun exploring ice and how the sun can create designs on the ground when it goes through the water table or containers with water. We have been trying to figure out how water gets to the school. Our theories so far are: it comes in buckets, it is in the hose and it just comes from the tap. We will continue to inquire into how water gets into our school.

Here are some photos.

Have a great weekend,

Kristi and Hang

 

Reminder: Friday Winterfest begins at 5pm- 7pm.

November 30

Unit of Inquiry

We are continuing with our unit of inquiry into the transdisciplinary theme how the world works with the central idea: Water is a natural resource that can be explored. This week we have been looking at the line of inquiry:  how water behaves. The children have been exploring the different states of water. We are beginning to understand how water changes and how it moves. The children have shown an interest in how snow crystals form. Today we ordered LOADS of ice for the children to explore. They used their senses to explore the ice. The children noticed the temperature, how it melted faster outside, etc… It was really fun!! A big thank you to Chef Adam for sourcing big pieces of ice and 12 bags of ice cubes 🙂

How to Eat Like a Child

On Tuesday, we went to the theatre to watch a short preview of “How to Eat Like a Child.” The children LOVED it!! There are still tickets for purchase for the Saturday night show.

Self Portraits

We have re-drawn our self portraits. WOW!! The change in the children’s drawing, fine motor and image of themselves has changed so much since the beginning of the year. Please come into the classroom and have a look.

Fairy Door

Our fairy continue to amaze us. She has been writing us letters and today her fairy friends helped bring snow into our classroom. “It snowed in Fairy Land last night and the fairies carried snow into our class for us to play with.” Ask your child all about our fairy…she has the children drawing and writing letters!

Here are some photos from the week.

Have a great weekend, 

Kristi and Hang

November 23rd

We are continuing with our unit of inquiry into the transdisciplinary theme how the world works with the central idea: Water is a natural resource that can be explored. This week we have been reflecting on our learning. The children have been preparing to share at assembly. The children’s theories and wonderings will be explored in the weeks to come.

Last Friday, we spent the day playing with water. The weather was gorgeous and the children had so much fun. We even got the hose out…

                 

Fairy Door

Our fairy door arrived. At the beginning of the year Eimear told us about her fairy door at her house. We decided we wanted one for our class. The children are busy writing notes to our fairy.

Everyday I listen to the children and record their thinking, but it isn’t often that I am in the right place at the right time with my ipad. Today by the fairy door I recorded a great video that demonstrates many math concepts, vocabulary and understandings. Listen to the children unpacking the K1 curriculum through play. Such a great video! Click here. (Simon, Luna, Katie, Oscar, Johanna, Thomas).

Open Classrooms 

K1A classrooms will be open for you to share in your child’s learning. The classrooms will be open at the following times:

Thursday November 30th

Homeroom @ 10:10-10:50

Library @ 12:30-1:10

Friday December 1st

Homeroom @ 8:20-9

Music @ 12:30-1:10

Art@ 1:15-1:50

SHOW AND TELL

Every week your children have Show and Tell. Here is the schedule again.

Tuesday: Alden, Bao Yen, Ellie, Celine

Wednesday: Nikhil, Hanming, Thomas, Katie

Thursday: Eimear, Simon, Freddy, Inbar

Friday: Flynn, Johanna, Luna, Sophia

Here are some photos.

Have a great rest of your week,

Kristi

November 16th

Dear Parents,

I hope you enjoyed your long weekend. I spent 4 days learning and challenging my thinking around best practice and student agency. Fiona Zinn challenged my thinking of the image of the child and has helped me think about ways to improve my relationship with children to improve students learning. I have come out asking more questions.

Today we went to see our grade 3 buddies. We had a car challenge to see who’s car would go the furthest. We cheered and had a great time.

Thank you to Scientist Sujoy for coming in and doing water experiments with it. We had so much fun!

Reminders

Please make sure your children have appropriate shoes and clothing for PE next week. The children will be doing athletics outside on the field.

Blue Dragon Donations- Please return your donation sheet and money.

Assembly for K1A will be at November 23rd at 8:25.

Wednesday November 22nd is snack sale.

Have a great weekend,

Kristi and Hang

 

 

November 9

UN Day

Visiting the Pool and Sensing the Rain

We are continuing with our unit of inquiry into the transdisciplinary theme how the world works with the central idea: Water is a natural resource that can be explored. This week we have been focusing on the line of inquiry: using our skills as scientists to explore and how water behaves.The children are using their 5 senses to observe, listen, smell, touch and taste like scientists. We began the week using our senses in the pool on Monday and today we used our senses in the rain. The children are beginning to notice and wonder more about water and how it behaves.

Walk-a-thon

Thank you to Sujoy, Huyen, Saria, Hiromi and Mai for their support yesterday. The children looked amazing in their blue dragon hats and did an amazing job running. Please remember to return the sponsor form and money, as soon as possible.

Head Lice

We have had a few children in the class with head lice. Please make sure that you check your child. You can get the shampoo from Raffles to kill the live lice, but remember you need to pick the eggs out or the lice will return. I would recommend that children with long hair wear their hair up.

Up coming events:

November 13 and 14: No school on Monday and Tuesday!

November 23: K1A will be doing a short share at the ECC Assembly. You are welcome to come and watch. We will be video taping the assembly, if you cant come. It will begin at 8:25.

December 1 and 2: Elementary School musical. Tickets will be on sale soon!

Here are the photos from the week.

Have a great weekend,

Kristi and Hang

November 2

Dear Parents,

Visiting Readers

Thank you for Geralda, Jens, Jutta, Mr.V and Dr. Barder for taking the time to share a story from their home country.

Pancakes and Maple Syrup

Ms. Kristi shared about her home country, too! We read books and made pancakes. We got to try maple syrup from the sugar bush by her house in Canada.

Check us out!

Comparing

We started using comparative language to sort and group objects in our classroom.

I am learning to:

  • use direct comparison to order objects by size.
  • using comparative language (ie :small, smaller, big, bigger, biggest).
  • connect number names and quantities up to 5.

Swimming on MONDAY 

On Monday, K1 will be going to the pool to explore moving in the water.

Your child will need:

  • swimming suits (no 2 piece)
  • bathing cap for long hair
  • goggles
  • towel

Walk-a-thon

Wednesday will be the Walk-a-thon. We will be raising money for Blue Dragon. There is an information sheet in your child’s bag.

UN Day

UN Day is tomorrow. Please pick up your child after the assembly in the classroom. Please do not take your child from the sports hall. Busses leave school at 1pm.

Here are the photos from the week.

Have a great weekend,

Kristi and Hang

 

October 26

Show and Tell

We haven’t been successful with students remembering to bring in their show and tell. Your child has show and tell every week. We will let you know every Thursday about the following weeks show and tell item to bring in.

SHOW AND TELL FOCUS: Next week, please send in an object that represents your country or culture.

Tuesday: Alden, Bao Yen, Ellie, Celine

Wednesday: Nikhil, Hanming, Thomas, Katie

Thursday: Eimear, Simon, Freddy, Inbar

Friday: Flynn, Johanna, Luna, Sophia

Being a Scientist and using our senses

We are continuing with our unit of inquiry into the transdisciplinary theme how the world works with the central idea: Water is a natural resource that can be explored. This week we have been focusing on the line of inquiry: using our skills as scientists to explore. The children are using their 5 senses to observe, listen, smell, touch and taste like scientists.

UN Day

Next Friday is UN Day. I look forward to seeing you all at the community lunch following the UN Day Assembly. If you will not be attending UN Day lunch, please email me.

Reading in K1A

Leading up to UN Day, I would love for parents to come and read in their mother tongue or share something about their culture. 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!

Brent International School Playdate with K1!

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.

Here are the photos from the week.

Have a great weekend,
Kristi and Hang

 

 

October 19

Student Blogs

UNIS Hanoi is using Easyblog! We are currently using Easyblog portfolio to capture and reflect student learning, and we would like you to be able to view your child’s work in real time. Please click this K1A 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.
If you are a teacher parent at UNIS, please use your personal email to subscribe to your child’s Easyblog account.

New Unit

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, painting with water on the walls and by going on a water walk.

Cheer for APAC

Today we welcomed schools from all over Asia. K1 adopted Brent International School from Manila. The children cheered loud and made them feel welcome. We also supported our UNIS team!

Started show and tell

This week we started Show and Tell. The students were  excited to share with their friends. We are learning to be good listeners and be respectful when others are sharing.

Next week for Show and Tell, I ask that each student bring in a tool to explore water.  For example: Container, spoon, funnel, tube… Be creative 🙂 We will use descriptive language to talk about the ‘tool.’

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.

Here are the photos for the week.

Have a great weekend,
Kristi

 

October 5th- Important information.

Dear Parents,

Thank you for Tuesday. It is always a pleasure to share about your child’s progress.

Sand, Sand and MORE Sand

What do you do when new, white, soft sand appears in the sandbox??? HAVE FUN!!!

Co-constructing our Calendar

We are working together to create a calendar. Every morning, we reflect on one activity from the day before. We talk about what we see and what we are learning about. At the end of everyday, we sit together and think of an event or something special that happened and a child draws a picture to help build our calendar. Come and see. I am sure your child would LOVE to share!!

Descriptive language

This week we have been working on writing descriptions of our friends. The children used a colour sentence, a doing sentence, a number sentence and a size sentence to describe their friend.

Buddies

Buddies: “What did you learn from your buddy?” The link is a reflection from the children after todays buddy session. Enjoy the short movie!

Peace Day 

Here is a link to our Peace Day Video.

Show and Tell

After the break, we will begin Show and Tell. The schedule is below:

Tuesday: Alden, Bao Yen, Ellie, Celine

Wednesday: Nikhil, Hanming, Thomas, Katie

Thursday: Eimear, Simon, Freddy, Inbar

Friday: Flynn, Johanna, Luna, Sophia

The children will be asked to use descriptive language to explain their Show and Tell. We will be working on giving a colour sentence, doing sentence, number sentence and size sentence.

For week 1, I ask that you email me a photo, bring in a souvenir, or something special from your holiday for your child to talk about.

New Unit

After the break we will be starting a new unit. This unit will be messy and fun. If possible, I ask that you send in 2 extra sets of clothes and any other water gear (poncho, rubber boots and swim suit) in a plastic bag labeled with your child’s name.

LINK TO ALL PHOTOS AND VIDEOS 

Have a great break,

Kristi and Hang