- Step 1: Go to www.kidsa-z.com
- Step 2: Enter or choose the teacher’s username, cmatthewsp
- Step 3: Your child finds his or her username on the class chart
- Step 4: Your child enters his or her password (Look in your child’s folder)
Yes. It is December already! It is hard to believe, we have just one more week of school until the Winter Holiday ( or summer if you are from the southern hemisphere like me!)
You probably know I was in Hong Kong on Monday and Tuesday, collaborating with teachers from six international schools. (So this will be a short blog post!)
K2C engineers and mathematicians are becoming very confident and capable observers of shapes in the environment. This week they have done a lot of exploring, describing and sorting shapes and objects in the environment.
Ask your child to tell you about The Greedy Triangle story!
Today K2C engineers enjoyed the team time NO TAPE challenge of building a strong structure. ( Following on from the SDG week, we tried to reuse junk and not waste tape) Here’s a video of the process. Teams were encouraged to reflect on their ability to problem solve, work as a team and be responsible for cleaning their own mess!
Birthday celebrations. K2C wish Carmen ( Basti’s Mum) a very special Happy Birthday and say a big thank you too, for being such wonderful K2C class parent. This week we also celebrated Johanna and Brayden’s 6th birthday. ( A request- when sending in cakes, please consider the packaging and not send in any single-use plastic. We have reusable plates here at school.)
I am amazed at the amount of enthusiasm, focus and the many connections our young learners have made to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Ask your child to describe the characters: The Green Ninja, Michael Recycle and Litterbug Doug!
Click here to listen to each child explain why we need to make good choices about our waste. Also, you might like to your child to tell you about the tale they are creating on iPads with their Grade 4 Buddy.
I love to know when children are taking ACTION at home ! Thank you Hans and his family for sharing this message: “With regards to SDG we still have a loooong way to go to reduce our ecological footprint.We also believe small steps are better than no steps at all. Here are two modest routines that we started recently both to be even better than recycling: not making waste at all or making less waste. And they come out of being confronted about recycling and waste by Hans. You are doing a great job integrating the SDGs into the learning!
1) switching from liquid soap and shower gels to “traditional” soap in our bathrooms
Parents, when you look/listen to your child’s thinking on SeeSaw too, please take a moment to record a comment about any connection you make to the SDG’s. What did you notice? What do you wonder? How you feel about your child’s learning? We all love feedback!
I look forward to hearing more ways your family makes a difference and works together to achieve the SDG’s!
UN Day –
Dear K2C families,
I start this blogpost by saying a very big THANK YOU ! I felt the ‘love’ on teachers day. So many beautiful smiles, child made cards, kind words, flowers, and generous gifts ‘filled my bucket’! This week we talked about the concept of KINDNESS through a story about how our invisible buckets follow us everywhere. We are thinking about the many different ways of giving, sharing, and caring. (This guide to daily happiness, though, is not just for kids.) At home you might like to have a family conversation: What is the difference between bucket filling and bucket dipping? ” How have you filled a bucket today?“. We all need reminders of the benefits of positive thinking and positive behavior. K2C have also learned a news song. ‘A smile is something if you give it away…hold on tight and you wont get any (This is one I remember from my own childhood.) Can your child sing it to you? (You can substitute the word smile..with kindness, happiness, listening, etc.)
Do you know K2C has a class postbox? Your children are becoming keen letter writers and each day students choose to post their hand written letters/notes in the box. Over the next few weeks, I encourage parents to also write surprise handwritten notes/messages/compliments to your child, (hide them inside their folder and then Ms. Mi will put them in our postbox.) Imagine your child’s excitement when the K2C postman( or postperson) hand delivers that letter! Also, we will greatly appreciate donations of note paper, greeting cards, stamps, postcards, envelopes for our classroom writing centre.
Lots of great thinking like an engineer was had this week ! Ask your child to retell the story of Rosie Reveer and to describe some of the gadgets or gizmos we made in our classroom and in the makerspace. ( You’ve probably seen your own child’s ‘engineering work already on SeeSaw )
Last week we had some fun with The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Here’s another video link of K2C storytellers and bridges builders!
In Math, K2C are showing increased confidence to attempt to make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. It is pleasing to see/hear children showing a positive growth mindset .Next week ……SDG Week and UN Day
In the lead up to UN day K2 will be focusing on waste in our classroom. We will be GREEN NINJAs talking about school lunch and food packaging in snack boxes as well as teaching other classes in about repairing, rethinking, reducing and reusing before throwing things away. ( If you have any photos or examples of the action your family takes at home to support our SDG learning, please let me know.) How does my family reduce waste? What good choices does my family make that show we care about our environment? What is MY responsibility?
Nude Food K2 Picnic- 29 Nov
We continue to encourage students to bring snacks without wrapping to reduce waste at school but also to build the students’ understanding of waste in our society. We will be having a nude food snack time picnic on Thursday 29th with our K2 friends. Please could you help your child bring food without packaging to eat on that day. I am attaching again a parent information sheet about nude food.
Continuing on this SDG theme we will be talking to the students about not wasting food at the shared picnic and being mindful of waste. You should have already received the following message from Carmen,(our wonderful K2C class parent) for details and logistics of the shared lunch.
As you had been informed through the email from Nathalie Grun and the tin tuc article last week the sign up for UN Day Lunch is already open. Thank you very much to those who already signed up for our joint lunch after the UN Ceremony.
Come early on that day to save your seat and please drop off the food to K2A/K2B room before you go to the ceremony.
As part of our commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals, we will be hosting a free community screening of “A Plastic Ocean” on Tuesday 27th November at 5.00pm. The movie is in English, with Vietnamese subtitles.
Looking ahead : Next Friday Ms Nikki is inviting K2 parents to come try our Ninja warrior course next Friday. Parents are welcome to come check it out from 2:30-3:00pm.
Please click on this link to Ms Nikki’s invitation to see K2 Ninja Warriors in action . (Here’s a video of behind the scenes)
At home, your child might like to use this ‘recount’ framework to help retell stories after you read aloud.
Next week we will continue to learn more about ‘Who We Are” via ‘Family Skype’ show and tell . (Hoping technology is on our side)
Description:This SDG Week has two elements:
Dear K2C families,
Some Highlights from this week in K2C:Introducing Skype to connect with family members who cannot come into our classroom. Here’s the link if you want to sign up
What are Open Classrooms? Have you ever wondered what inquiry-based learning is like for your child? Here is your chance! Open Classrooms showcase learning in action. For two days, at selected times, our classrooms are open for you to observe lessons that put the philosophy and pedagogy of the Primary Years Programme into practice.
Purpose of Open Classrooms Open Classrooms is for parents to get an insider’s view of what life is like inside the classrooms at UNIS. By opening up our classroom doors we would like to give parents a glimpse of student-centered, constructivist teaching and learning in action. We aim to demonstrate our inquiry based teaching philosophy which is central to our identity as an IB school.
Dear K2C families,
It is a short week for students and a short blog post this week too! However, we the teachers, are very busy at school ( and I will be here all weekend learning more about ways to embed the Sustainable Development Goals into the curriculum, and attending a 3 days PYP workshop.)
Thanks again to our K2C parents for such wonderful support. Especially to the parents who have joined in with Math Minds Monday morning fun, who contributed to the ES Snack Sale and who came on our Ethnology Museum field trip. Click here to see the album of google photos
Do you know K2C created the beginning of this Five Global Ducks tale (the first five pages). I wonder if you can recognise any voices? This video was published just yesterday. Please share with your child to discover what happened to the whale that was caught in a net!
And this photo is for the families who celebrated Halloween and enjoyed dressing up on Wednesday. See you on Monday!
Thursday and Friday 15th/16th November – Open Classrooms: By invitation parents are invited to observe their child at work in classroom lessons. Come and find out about how inquiry based learning works in the PYP. Teachers will advise which lessons are open. A detailed schedule will be available soon.
Reflecting on our week in K2C.
This week K2C were architects, storytellers, singers, teachers of grown ups, problem solving mathematicians and curious inquirers.
A big thank you to the parents who joined us on ‘Math Minds Monday’ this week. (Every Monday 8:10-8:40 am, our doors are open for parents to come in, have fun and learn how to play math games with us.)
Do you know UNIS has a Maker-Space? All students in the Elementary school and ECC will use this space and Ms Nhan and Ms Michelle are asking all families to save and collect empty cardboard boxes and tubes. Lids from bottles are also very useful ! We aim for the maker space to be a way for students to also think about the Sustainable Development Goals ( SGD’s) by taking action to rethink, reduce, recycle and repurpose.
I am wondering how much your child talks about school at home? What did he/she enjoy most this week? Ask her/him to retell the story of Snuffles House. Can he she describe the shapes and materials? We are also enjoying the Three Little Pigs stories, to help us make connections to our Unit of Inquiry. I wonder if your child has increased their understanding of these big words: architect, design, environment, resources, purpose?
Our Snuffles house architect designs are displayed on our classroom window. Click on the links below to see /hear videos of K2C in action this week
Listening skills are a focus in K2 at the moment. K2C are able to generate rhyming words and have enjoyed their own version of ‘A Hunting We Will Go ‘.
It was very pleasing to see K2C settled very quickly into our routines again after a week off school.
Starting next week, parents who are interested in learning to play math games are welcome to drop in on any Monday Morning ( 8:10-:840 am) and have some fun growing their math minds! Your child will be your teacher!
Some of our English language/literacy learning intentions are :
Oh, a-hunting we will go,
A-hunting we will go;
We’ll catch a ___________and put him in a __________________,
And then we’ll let him go!
I wonder if your child can sing the song they created ( cat/hat, dog/ fog, snake/cake, goat/boat, pig/wig, bug/jug)
During our daily morning meeting time, K2C answer the questions and share their thinking “How many are we?” and “How many days have we been at school?” and do you know we have only been at school 42 days?
Please look in your child’s bag to find this Field Trip note. Please sign it and return to school. Due to limited seating on the bus, each class will only have enough spare seats for 2-3 parent volunteers. Please email me if you would like to join us on Tuesday morning 30th October.
Ms Mi has been absent all this week. Luckily Ms Binh was able to help us. We also had Ms Thanh ( who is one of 10 teachers visiting UNIS from local Vietnamese kindergartens)
K2C welcome a new student to our class. His name is Brayden and he will start on Monday 22nd October.
Reflecting on our week in K2C This week’s highlight was of course, our assembly performance of Make Way for Ducklings.( I sent this link to the video to families via email yesterday). Afterwards, some children chose to draw the stage, while others chose to build structures for ducklings
This week K2C also participated in Travelling Tales. Travelling Tales connects classrooms around the world so students can collaborate to create a tale about the SDG’s. ( Travelling Tales currently has over 100 classrooms working on #globaled digital stories. If you’re interested to know more look on this Website- http://bevansjoel.wixsite.com/travellingtales
K2C created the beginning of a tale. Title: Five Global DucksOur Global Ducks tale is now in America, then it will travel to Thailand and Switzerland, then back to Vietnam and will finally be published by a teacher in Panama.
K2C are also developing their Communication and Thinking skills through a game: Which One Doesn’t belong?
K2C Mathematicians learned a new game this week. It is called “Make 5”. Ask your child to explain how to play this dice game. After the break, K2C parents are welcome to join us on any Math Minds Mondays 8:10 am-8:40 am. Come into our classroom and join the fun of learning Mathematics through play!Unit of Inquiry: K2C’s cooperation skills are also growing. The children have lots of enthusiasm to work together on designing and building structures using Kapla blocks.
Enjoy your break ! I am going to Hong Kong to have a reunion with teachers I worked with at Hong Kong Academy 17 years ago !
A big thank you again to all parents for your positive feedback and support. I understand it has busy recently with coffee mornings, conferences and assembly. Stay safe, healthy and happy! See you again on Monday 15th October.