February 8

Unit of Inquiry
This week we continued our unit of inquiry into the transdisciplinary theme how we express ourselves with the central idea: Storytelling allows us to share ideas, feelings and experiences. We continued to look at the line of inquiry: Storytelling in different ways and appreciating storytelling. This week we have discussed characters. The children have used green screen and their imagination to make stick puppets to use in our theatre. All children have completed their book using Book Creator and it has been posted to their individual blogs. 
We read the story called “A Squiggly Story.”  The story is about a boy who wants to write like his sister, but he doesn’t know how to write words. The story encourages children to use the letters they know, the things they can draw and their words to create amazing books. They are beginning to see themselves as authors and writing books. Some children have been sharing their books to the class. These students are real risk-takers. The books will be uploaded on their blogs using green screen….your child will narrate the story in the corner.
The Year of the Dog
I have always wanted a class pet…so here it is 🙂 We don’t have a name yet…but we will share the name once we decide.
Buddies
Today we made TET decorations with our buddies.
TET Assembly
Next Wednesday is the TET assembly. Children are encouraged to wear an Ao Dai to school on that day.

Here are some photos from the week.

Have a great weekend,
Kristi and Hang

February 1

Dear Parents,

Thank you for coming in today. It was lovely to chat with you about your child.

Due to conferences, there wont be a blog.

I will sent an email with an update in the next few days.

Have a nice weekend,
Kristi and Hang

January 25, 2018

Dear Parents,

This week we began our unit of inquiry into the transdisciplinary theme how we express ourselves with the central idea: Storytelling allows us to share ideas, feelings and experiences. This week we have been looking at the line of inquiry: Storytelling in different ways and appreciating storytelling. The children have been exploring with the water puppets and talking about how they feel and what they think of different stories. They are also giving a reason for their thought. For example: I liked the fire breathing dragons because…. I found the dragons scary because… The children will be making an easyblog post to share their thinking and reasons over the next few days.

We have been using the green screen to create pictures of the children in different places. The children each imagined a place that they wanted to be.

We continue to develop phonological and phonemic awareness while reading, playing and exploring the classroom. We ask questions like: “What do you hear at the beginning of (word)? Can you tell me something that begins with (sound)? Do these 2 things begin with the same sound? What letters do you see?” You can be asking these same questions at home to help facilitate this learning.

Welcome to Noah. He joined K1A this week. Noah, Maria (mom), Binh (dad) and Olivia (sister) have just moved from Hong Kong.

                                                           

The weather is warming up and we are seeing afternoons with sun. Please make sure your child has a hat and water bottle everyday.

Have a great weekend,
Kristi and Hang

 

 

January 18, 2018

Dear Parents,

This week we began our unit of inquiry into the transdisciplinary theme how we express ourselves with the central idea: Storytelling allows us to share ideas, feelings and experiences. This week we have been looking at the line of inquiry: Storytelling in different ways. The children have been exploring the classroom and talking about the different ways they can tell stories in the classroom.  They have been telling stories by drawing, acting, using animals, block and by doing puzzles.

In math, we have been looking at irregular dot patterns to 10. The children are learning to subitize a set of dots, instantly recognize, count and counting on.

On Wednesday, K1 will be going to see the water puppets in the Old Quarter. There will be a permission form in your child’s bag. Please make sure you sign it and return it ASAP.

Here are some photos from the week.

Have a great weekend,
Kristi

January 11

Welcome back! Happy New Year!

I hope you had a lovely holiday with friends and family.  It has been fun to hear about all of your adventures near and far.

The children are settling back to the routine of school and enjoying spending time together.

Today the children did a short performance in assembly. I have attached the video for you to see.

Here are the videos and a few photos.

Have a great weekend,
Kristi and Hang

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