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.


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!


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


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.’


  • 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,


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: “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.


Have a great break,

Kristi and Hang

September 28

Our K1 counsellor came to introduce herself to us on Tuesday. Ms. Anissa shared her puppet friends and talked about our community and how she can help, if the children need someone to talk to.


Last week was International Peace Day. We read books, watched videos and talked about “What is peace?” The children made the connection to our line of inquiry, ‘what we do makes a difference.’


Today we celebrated the Moon Festival. We wore our Ao Dai. We painted masks. We had a special Moon Festival snack. We made dragon blowers. We watched an assembly.

We can discuss and interpret data through simple discussions. We sorted ourselves by the colour of our Ao Dai. We looked at our top colour and our bottom colour. Asking questions like: How many people have a blue ao dai? How many people have a pink ao dai? How many more people have a pink pants? How many have gold pants? etc…

We can count a set of objects to 5 and use the term more. The children made their own dragon. The dragon craft was used to teach number to 5 and to focus on fine motor. The children cut 5 body parts. While they were making the dragon we would ask : How many do you have? How many more do you need? Can you show me that number on your fingers? Can you show me another way to show me (number) with your fingers?  Similar questions would be asked about eyes, teeth and feathers.

REMINDER: There is no school for children on Tuesday. I kindly ask that you do not bring your child with you to the conference. Thank you!

Here are photos from the week.

Kristi and Hang

September 21

Dear Parents,

We celebrated UNIS’s 30th birthday on Tuesday. The children took part in a whole school assembly, a special photo shoot and a had a delicious cupcake.

We had 2 special community members come to read to us this week, Mr.Jeff (4th grade teacher) and Kristian (Flynn’s dad). If you would like to read or share a celebration, please send me an email or talk to me to arrange a time. I would love for the children to be able to explore and experience different cultural celebrations.


What does math look like in K1?

This week, the students were working with dot patterns to 6. The children were exposed to regular and irregular dot patterns.

We also set out loose parts for the children to create with. We asked the children: What did you create? How many do you have? Do you have more ____ or ____?  The children are learning to count objects and to give a value to a set.

We also set out a collection of unifix cubes with letters on them. The children have been grouping, sorting and arranging the unifix cubes. Some students have decided to spell their names. The children are counting the letters in their name and comparing their names with their friends. The children are sorting the cubes by the letters written on them. The children are sorting the letters by upper and lowercase. The possibilities are endless, but the questioning by the teacher to understand the thinking is most important! The simplest arrangement of resources can allow students to explore, understand, inquire and learn.



This week Bao Yen celebrated her 5th birthday. Happy 5th Birthday to Bao Yen!


Here is the link to some photos.

September 14th, 2017

Dear Parents,

The children have created a K1A web (light blue) and have understood the idea that we are all part of our K1A community. Yesterday, the children began to understand our UNIS community. The children added others to our web (purple). These people included: Mr. Jeff, brothers/sisters, fixers, cleaners, Dr, Barder, specialist teachers, the list goes on.  One of the students made a connection to last year and special readers going to their class. The children decided to make a list of readers they want to have come from our community to read. The children decided to call, write letters, visit and email to ask for them to come and read.

Today with our buddies we celebrated international dot day. The children created a collaborative piece of art on the construction fence.

Every week the children cook with Ms. Hang. Why do we cook? Cooking is full of math. Measuring. Weighing. Counting. Dividing. Multiplying. Cooking is a social experience. Taking turns. Cooperating towards a common goal. Eating together and valuing the time together.

Here is the link to some photos.


Friday September 15th: Wear dots to celebrate International Dot Day.

Tuesday September 19th: We will celebrate UNIS’s 30th birthday at school. We ask the children wear blue.


September 7th

We have been busy working with our hands this week and developing our fine motor skills. The children have engaged in a variety of different activities to develop the small muscles in their hands. We have begun working on pencil grips and learning to write our names using capital and lowercase letters.

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Yesterday, the children began to decorate the tree outside the classroom. They used beads and ribbon to add colour to the tree. Come and have a look. Each child has placed at least one ribbon and one string of beads.


Today, we got to watch gumboot dancers.

We continue to talk about our K1A community and to unpack what ‘community’ means. We will move towards the children understanding that they have a responsibility in our community.

Here is a link to our Back to School Night presentation.

Here are the photos from the last few days.

Have a great week,

Kristi and Hang

August 31st

Another week of K1 complete.

The children are developing our classroom essential agreements. This week we thought about what our classroom should “sound like, look like and feel like.” We will use our discussion to create our class agreements. I will share them when they are complete.

After assembly, last Thursday, I asked the children “What would you like to learn this year in K1?” I have posted their answers here. This question was asked by Ms. Nitasha at assembly and the children were keen to share. Enjoy! Their replies are in the link at the end.

Today the children got to meet their grade 3 buddy. Our buddies will be working with us on opposite weeks to assembly. The children were very excited to meet their new ‘big’ friends.


What is a community? We continue to learn about our community. The children have been talking about their family community and we are discussing our school community. The children will be asked to draw a picture of a classmate (Next week,  we will discuss how their friend helps our community- by referring to our K1A: See, Hear, Feel poster).

Together, we read the book ‘My Friend’ by Taro Gomi. We had a great discussion about how our friends can teach us new things. We also read ‘Lacey Walker the Non-stop Talker’  by Christine Jones. This linked to one of our K1A Community wishes ‘listen when others are talking.’


To support our unit: I need your help with translating ‘community’ and ‘friend’ into your home language. Could you please email me with a translation? I would like to use it in a lesson.

We have a lovely outdoor space in K1 and we have begun using the space. The children have danced, played instruments, played in water, built in the sand, had a picnic, listened to the rain with the doors open, found frogs…but, how could we make it better? As a group, we started to brainstorm ideas for our outdoor space. The children thought we needed flowers, shade, trees, toys and ‘more fun things.’ As a grade, the K1 students will begin to develop our outdoor space. This is a very exciting time and I can’t wait to see how the project will end.

Monday September 4th- NO SCHOOL

Thursday September 7th- Back to School Night. You are invited to come to the class to learn about our K1 program. I will be able to answer questions and share about our year. There will be a session from 6:00-6:30 and 6:35-7:05 in our class room (B11-G18). The specialists will be set up in the Center for the Arts foyer (B9)

Here is the link to our photos and videos.