This week we spent a lot of time getting to know each other. Every morning we start our day with a morning meeting. Our meetings consist of four parts: greeting, sharing, group activity, and morning message. We learned many ways to say hello without saying anything. Ask your child to show you some nonverbal greetings. Most students can name at least half of the members of our class. We review our names in many different ways. We have used a rhythmic game called “Categories” to help us remember each other’s names. The morning message is read aloud each day and then read together as a group. This message gives students an idea of what will be happening that day. Every morning we share something about ourselves in order to get to know each other. This week we shared our feelings about coming back to school, the languages we speak, our favorite food, and our likes and dislikes. During our group activity, each student tapped out a pattern with a bamboo stick for the rest of the class to repeat. We also created a hand gesture or action for others to copy. Ask your child about what they have learned about members of our class.
We went on a scavenger hunt to learn about different places on the UNIS campus. Students worked in small groups and had to take photos of the places they found.
Class Inventory: This week we counted everything! Student groups worked in small groups to “take inventory” of the loose parts we have in class. We counted dominoes, wooden blocks, buttons, Lego, wood chips, markers, and magnetic tiles. It was not an easy task but each group came up with their own solutions on how to group objects in order to make counting easier.
Math Games: We learned how to play three math games with partners. We played: Roll and Record, Five in a Row, and Garbage. We practice addition, counting, matching, rolling dice, flipping cards, ordering to ten, and taking turns.
Numbers About Me: We learned more about the members of our class by collecting the numbers in our lives. We recorded our height, number of family members, our birthdate, the floors in our house, and then we counted the number of things in our pencil boxes.
Exploring Tools Mathematicians Use: We discussed the tools that different people use. We made a list of what we thought mathematicians use. The list that students came up with included: pencils, each other, erasers, rulers, math racks, hundreds charts, unifix cubes, counters, and our hands. We took time to play and explore all the tools we have in our classroom.
Book Shopping: We spent time on Monday “shopping” for books. We browsed our classroom library for books we might like to read. Each student now has a collection of books in their book box to read.
Sharing with a partner: We practiced sharing our thoughts and feelings about books by using post-it notes and emojis. We will continue working on this process all semester.
Sharing our Stories: In order to get to know each other as a class community, we began sharing our stories in many ways. We used our backpacks to spark conversations about what our interests are. Some drew family portraits or shared family photos. Others drew maps of places they have traveled to. Many drew their homes or pets they have and labeled their pictures. We created a map of our heart to use as a source of inspiration for more stories we can share.
Read alouds this week:
Lola by Yayo: This book was written by my father about my cat Lola. Students learned how she drinks from the sink and plays hide and seek with my son.
Alma by Juana Martinez-Neal: This book is about a girl with a very long name: Alma Sofia Esperanza, Pura, Candela. She thinks her name is too long but after finding out where each name comes from, she thinks it fits her just right.
Everyone Counts by Kristin Roskifte: This book is filled with colorful illustrations. Each page challenges students to count in order to answer a question. We’re still reading this one.
Este es Lulú by Camilla Reid: This is a lift-the-flap book about a girl named Lulu. She introduces us to her family, house, friends and favorite things. It helped us think about how we would tell others about ourselves.
The OK Book by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld: This book explores many of the things we do and how it’s not always important to do those things well…yet. Ask your child which was their favorite book and why?
What’s Your Story?: Today we sent home a brown bag with a note. Your child should spend some time this weekend brainstorming what object they might bring to share or write about in class. Bring the object in the bag on Monday.
Healthy snack: Please remember that the snack your child eats at school affects their mood. Make sure the snack is healthy and nutritious.
Hat: Students should bring a hat to keep at school. Please write your child’s name on it so we can return it if lost.
Masks: Please praise your child for wearing their masks all day. This is not easy. In case masks are lost, please send in a few spares to keep in your child’s backpack.
PE shoes: Students have PE Tuesday and Friday on week A and Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday on week B. Please make sure your child wears sports shoes on these days so she/he can run and participate in all activities.
Family photo: Thank you for sharing your family photos. It has been fun learning about you this week. If you haven’t already sent one in or emailed one to me, please do so at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is our weekly schedule for our class.
Your role in our 1A community
We would love to hear from you if you are interested in being a ‘mystery reader’ for the class via Zoom, or if you would like to come in to share a celebration that is important to your home culture.
Thank you very much already for supporting the students through returning our parent questionnaire and in helping them remember to bring in an artifact to share.
SeeSaw – The student platform
This year students are using ‘Seesaw’ to share and communicate with families! Your child will post to Seesaw to share their learning. Seesaw is private; only people who are invited to view will see posts created by your child. It is also a great way for other members of your child’s extended family to share in what they are up to at school.
Please Sign Up Now
- Click on this link here
- Choose your child from the list
- Create your account
- Once I approve you, you can see content from your child
After you sign up, download the free Seesaw Family app and sign in. You can also access Seesaw from a computer at https://app.seesaw.me
If you used Seesaw last year or have more than one child using Seesaw, follow the link above, then click the ‘Sign in’ tab at the top of the screen. You do not need to create a new account.
Articulation and Language screenings
UNIS’ speech-language pathologist, Brian Walker, will begin the start of year speech and language screenings next week. This is a very quick look at your child’s ability to say sounds clearly, describe some things with short sentences and follow some simple directions. If you child has some challenges, Brian will reach out to you in a couple of weeks. If your child is in the distance learning or bridge program, Brian will screen your child when they return to campus. If Brian worked with your child last year in K2, he/she will also be screened with therapy resuming by the end of September.
Tin Tuc Weekly News
Our primary communication platform at UNIS Hanoi is the Tin Tuc weekly email. Every Friday afternoon, you will receive Tin Tuc in your inbox, which contains information that is curated especially for you. The Tin Tuc weekly news will contain links to news and blogs from the following:
- Your child’s homeroom and specialist blogs. If you have more than one child, you will receive ONE email, with news from each of your child’s teachers.
- Your child’s school division (Elementary, Middle or High school)
- Whole school news
If you do not receive Tin Tuc this week, please send an email directly to email@example.com
Save the Date:
Thursday 27th August: I look forward to meeting you, via Zoom, at our ‘Virtual Back-to-School Night’ on the evening of August 27th. You can also drop me an email at the following address firstname.lastname@example.org I do not answer emails while I’m teaching, so if it is important, please contact the ES office.