Happy New Year


This week the children have been very excited about the coming new year. The children made soring rolls last week and sticky rice this week to celebrate.  They have enjoyed exploring our tet blossom branch and have finished painting their own peach blossom branches. Yesterday they wore their ao dais and went to the ES Tet assembly performed by grade 1, 3 and 5. The biggest excitement was the dragon dance as well as seeing the giant rats that the children had created in art class. The children have also spent time learning about some Tet traditions in Vietnamese and made ‘li xi’ (lucky money envelopes) along with some of their very own lucky money.

We also celebrated Kareena’s birthday this week!! Happy Birthday!!!!!! Also a big thank you to Bom and his family for bringing cherry’s for us to eat together.

Here are some pictures of the week

Starting on the 10th of February we will begin the show and tell. This is a time where the children are able to bring something from home and can share it with their friends. I will send out more information after the holidays.

Have a wonderful TET holiday and see you in the new year!!!

Ms L


Dear parents

Welcome back and Happy New Year! I hope your holiday was restful and full of fun family time. My apologies for being away this start of the school year but I was involved in recruitment leave for my next school posting so this post is 2 weeks worth of information.

Apart from my absence, It has been an extremely smooth transition back into the classroom for the children. They easily remembered the daily routines and expectations and are excited to be together again.

Natural Materials

This week we have started using more natural materials in the classroom and the children have been invited to explore these materials through collage. The children have been involved in using their imaginations to create different pictures using materials that we find in the environment.


This week the children baked passion fruit cake. Cooking is an important part of our week and supports the development of math, language and social skills. Invite your child to help you cook or bake with you at home. They love talking about the ingredients, doing the measuring and then feeling proud of the final product.


As we have been exploring different materials in the classroom we invited a traditional potter to come into the classroom and explore clay with the discovery children. Each child was allowed to use the potter’s wheel and made a cup or a teapot. These objects are still drying so the children will be able to take them home when they have hardened.

Science Lab

Another way for the children to explore different materials in the classroom is the science lab that we have set up. The children have loved exploring different materials through mixing, researching, hypothesizing and inquiring in their play. This has lead to a lot of different discussions and ideas and some interest in scientists and scientific work.

Name Writing

The children have also begun to write their own names in the morning to show the group if they are here or not. it is important especially in the early years to celebrate any kind of mark making and too not be disappointed as an adult if a child’s name may not be recognizable. We want children to feel like writers, even if they are scribbling they will soon begin to develop letters and any mark is celebrated in Discovery!!!!


Thursday January 23rd we will celebrate Tet at UNIS. Please send your child in an ao dai on this day.

Parent Teacher Conferences are fast approaching on Wednesday January 22nd. Children are welcome to attend but this is optional for you. We will have an activity available for your child should you choose to bring them, but they won’t be part of the conversation. Also, you will be signing up for a 15-minute time slot, but we can keep the conversation as short as you wish.

Pictures from last week and this week

See you on Monday

Ms L

25th Nov- 6th Dec


We have planted an assortment of different seeds and we been eagerly watching our garden grow and the children are so fascinated by how quickly some of the vegetables are growing. (To be honest so am I).  Each morning the children are involved in helping to water the garden and care for the leaves that have fallen down. I am amazed by how interested the children are in watching the development of the garden and I hope that we can begin to harvest and eat some of these vegetables after Xmas. Please ask your child about our garden and what we are growing. Here are some pictures of us hard at work.

K1 Visit 

We were really lucky last week as Ms. Charla in K1 asked us to come over for a play date. The children had a great time playing with and alongside other children and it was wonderful to see the different relationships and friendships that have developed in our own class as they venture our of Discovery and into other classroom environments. The children were very respectful while in Ms. Charla’s class, asking her if they could play in different areas and different toys. I was very proud as all the children helped to pack away and said thank you to K1 C and Ms. Charla. Here are some photos of us in action!!

Goodbye Fred 

Last Friday was Fred’s last day until next year. We were very lucky to have Fred’s dad Levi come in and ice some cupcakes with us. The children helped to use an icing bag to ice the cupcakes and were given some fondant and sprinkle to decorate the cakes. Thanks so much, Levi and Fred for sharing your cupcake icing skills with us. Until we see you again in 2020. Here are some photos of the icing action!!

How the World Works

For our How the world works unit, we have been exploring different materials. We began by exploring some ice on a tray. The children really enjoyed exploring this and independently thought to use hammers to see how they could break the ice. When I asked the group about the ice the children became really excited about different animals that live in the ice, in particular, walruses, penguins, polar bears, and whales. So over the next couple of days, we inquired into these different animals and I showed them some of my own photos of ice, polar bears, whales, penguins and walruses that I have seen on my own travels to the north and south poles. We also discussed ice and looked at some video clips of icebergs and glaciers. We discussed how water turns into ice and I asked the children what other things we could freeze. These were some of their answers

Unicorn- Kareena and Eva


Colorful icecream- Max, Lydia and Bom

Koala- Miu

Pickles- Cooper


Milk and Orage Juice-Ms Laura

Picture of a dog-Kai




On Thursday we started testing our ideas and we froze some milk and orange juice first. Some of the children though it would melt, some children thought it would freeze and a few children thought it might blow up in the freezer. Here are some pictures of our experiment. We will continue to freeze the other items as well to see how our theories work out. Here are a few photos!!

Vietnamese hat painting

This week the children were also involved in creating their very own Vietnamese conical hat. They will be displayed in our classroom and then the children will be allowed to take them home. Here are some pictures of us painting. Here are the pictures

Mr. Neal

Mr. Neal continues to come into our class and teach us about different materials that are used int the maker space. This week he taught us about split pins which we used to connect different pieces of paper together. Here are some photos

Happy Birthday Prisha and Prayan 

We also celebrated Prisha and Prayan’s birthday this week. Happy Birthday and thanks for the cupcakes!! Here are a  few photos

Ms Kris

Ms. Kris has also been in to work on children knowing about and discussing their feelings. This week she brought in puppets and the children used these in small groups to talk about how they are feeling and how this relates to the zones of regulation framework that we use school-wide.  Enjoy some more photos.

One more week to go the countdown is on!!

Have a great weekend

Ms L

17th Nov-22nd Nov

Florists in the making

Ms. Tho brought in some floral decorations that she found after a wedding in Ciputra and the children have loved making their own floral arrangements. This has lead to a lot of imaginary play and has also been very good at helping to strengthen children’s fine motor skills and strength. As I observe the children in their play it has been wonderful to see that the boys, in particular, have really enjoyed using the flowers creatively and there have not been any negative gender discussions around this. Here are some photos of the children using the flowers.

Open Classrooms

Thank you to the parents who were able to visit and spend time with your children at school during open classrooms this week. It is so special for the children to share their learning environment with you and they were so excited to have you in our space. We appreciate your taking the time to learn more about our program and here are some photos of the event.

Starting the Garden

The children have been involved in helping to take out the plants and prepare the garden bed for planting. They have loved spending time involved in digging the dirt, searching for snails and pulling out the pants. Stay tuned as we begin to plant different vegetables and flowers and we watch them grow. Here we are in the garden.

Pizza Making

This week we had Giulias mum came to teach us how to make pizza. Each child got their own pizza dough and we got to knead it and push it just like real Italian pizza bakers. We also got to choose some toppings including ham, cheese, and olives and baked our pizza in the oven. They were ready for us to eat just before lunch and were so delicious.

Thank you, Giulia and your mummy for coming to teach us how to make pizza. Here are the photos.

Happy Birthday

On Friday we celebrated Cooper turning 4. Happy Birthday Cooper and thanks for the yummy muffins!!


Finally thank you so much for your appreciation on Teacher Appreciation day. I felt so spoilt and appreciated. It is a joy every day to teach your children so thank you very much!!

Have a great weekend

Ms Laura

Nov 10th to 15th

Well hasn’t the weather been terrible!!! The children have spent a lot of time indoors this week and to be perfectly honest I think they coped much better than I did. Because of this indoor play we spent a lot of time in other classrooms. Ms. Liz let us hang out in her music class, we spent some time at the library and we also spent more time in the gym.

A lot of interest has been developing around some new hot wheels cars that we have opened and the children are learning to negotiate, share and take turns with these new toys.

Letters and Sounds

We have been spending some time this week discussing the letters in our names. The children were very excited to see some new nature letters up in the classroom, which encouraged a lot of discussions. The children are putting together letter sounds and attaching them to new words like C for Cooper and Cape or B for Bom and Benjamen and Bubble and I am amazed at the connections that the children are making to the words that they hear in the classroom

Open Classrooms

What are Open Classrooms?
Open Classrooms showcase learning in action. On Tuesday, Nov the 19th, from 10.30 am to 12.00 our classrooms are open for you to observe lessons that put our philosophy 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.

What is my responsibility as a visitor to an active learning environment?
● Please try to be quiet when the class is gathered together. Put away all mobile devices.
● Please enter the classrooms quietly and be on time. We recommend you stay for at least 20 minutes to see the flow of the lesson.
● Please leave younger siblings at home with a caregiver, so that you may give you full
attention to your child’s class.
● All parents must wear their UNIS Parent ID badge.
● Photographing other students is not permitted

A big thanks to Fred for bringing in some black and white cupcakes for us to try on a Friday. They were greatly appreciated by all. Here are some photos of us enjoying these.

Here are some photos of the week

Have a great weekend

Ms L!!!


4th- 8th of Nov

It was a bit of an interesting week this week. I came down with a tummy bug for the first 2 days but it seems like it was not something contagious, as the class was very exuberant and energetic on my return.


On Monday we had our first mystery reader. Cooper’s sister Stella came in to read the story titled Polar Bear Polar Bear what did I see. She did such a great job! It was also nice to show the children connections between our classroom community and other members who live inside our UNIS community. Here are some lovely photos. If you would also like to come and be a mystery reader please drop me an email and we can organize a time for this to happen.


While I was away the children were also involved in making their own bike wash. Water painting has been an outside activity and the children decided to wash their own bikes and turned it into a service for other children to become involved with. This type of play is very important to young children’s learning where roles are being assigned, shared rules and understandings are being developed, turn-taking, sharing and conflict resolution skills are being practiced and lots and lots of rich language is being used. Here are a few pictures of the bike wash.


Outdoor play is an important part of our program in Discovery, and on Thursday we celebrated Global Outdoor Playday. We were very lucky that our Grade 3 buddies came down to play with us and all the really cool different experiences we had out which included bubbles, lego, water trays, water beads, chalk, bikes, hula hoops, and junk materials to name just a few.  Here are a few photos of the morning and learning in action.

“The importance of play for children’s healthy development is grounded in a strong body of research. As a natural and compelling activity, play promotes cognitive, physical, social, and emotional wellbeing, offering the necessary conditions for children to thrive and learn. Through play, the child can experiment, solve problems, think creatively, cooperate with others, etc., gaining a deeper knowledge about his/herself and the world. From an early age, the possibility to experience several opportunities for unstructured play, in which the child can decide what to do, with whom and how, promotes positive self-esteem, autonomy, and confidence.”    Gabriella Bento (full article)


No school NOV 11TH 

Open classrooms Nov 19th (More details to come)

Have a wonderful weekend and see you on Tuesday!!!

Here are some more photos of the week

Ms L

Ninja Course, Spirit Assembly, Flags and Diwali!!!

Dear Parents,

There is so much to talk about! But I will try to keep it short so you can get to the end. And please read to the end! 🙂

This week, we took a deeper dive into ‘Who We Are’ and where we are from. We talked about where we come from and looked at the map and discussed the different places that we come from and live in.  This gave them a visual and helped them to better connect to others that are from the same country. Then the children painted their home country flags onto the homemade paper they made during SDG week.

Yesterday was a big hit with dress-up day. It was so fun watching the kids so proudly walk around in their costumes and act out their parts. We had princesses, a cat, mouse, a dinosaur, a cat boy (yes, these are apparently all different), a dinosaur, a pirate, a skeleton, batgirl, and even a dinosaur. It was also spirit day, so we ventured once more down to the sports center for an introduction of teams from around Southeast Asia attending the MRISA basketball tournament at UNIS. We welcomed the teams with a cheer and grooved to some music and a drum presentation.

Today, the children participated in a very special Diwali presentation put on by both Prayan and Aanav’s mother’s. First, we watched a short video of a story and then listened to an explanation about the celebration. The children then participated in an activity using beautiful colored sand. All of Discovery were given a ‘Diya’ to bring home and then special sweets were passed around. Here are some pictures of the week!!!

Next Thursday November 7th, the Elementary School will participate in International Outdoor Classroom Day.  To help make this day successful, please make sure that your child:
-wears sunscreen to school
-is dressed appropriately for the weather
-has a hat
-has a full water bottle
  • The new PE unit is outdoors so please make sure your child wears proper PE clothes and sport shoes.
  • The weather has been a bit colder lately. Make sure your child has a warmer sweatshirt, jumper or long sleeved shirt to put over their t-shirt just in case.


Hi, everyone, there have been a few comments about the paint that we use in the classroom, I understand it is very hard to get out and our aprons are just not cutting it. If anyone has some old shirts that we can use for painting shirts we would love to use them. Old business shirts would be great!!!

UN day and more

 UN DAY This week started off with a bang. We celebrated UN day which was a wonderful way to continue our conversations about community and connection. I was so proud of Discovery B as they had to sit for such a long time through some pretty intense speeches and they did it so well. We also talked about the countries we come from, some of the languages we speak as well as the different types of traditional costumes that some of the children were wearing.  Here are a few photos of the day.


We are still looking at developing a strong sense of community in our classroom. This week we added our own photos to a community wheel where we will begin to add different people that are in our community to it as the weeks go on. We have been using words such as community, family, friendship and belonging to encourage discussions around the different communities. Here are some pictures of our community wheel.


Our last swimming lesson of the quarter took place this week. The children have gained more confidence in the water and have enjoyed playing games together. They will have one more session of swimming in the springtime. Here are some last pictures.


This week, cooking was an even bigger hit than usual. On the menu were fruit kababs. The children cut up pineapple, watermelon, apples, and grapes very carefully with their own knives and cutting boards. Don’t worry they only use butter knives when cutting. Then they patterned the pieces onto a skewer and Bon appetite! Even the children that aren’t too fond of fruit couldn’t resist a taste after their hard work. Enjoy the fruity pictures!!!


Our G3 buddies also came for a play on Friday. They were missing Discovery so much that they asked Ms. Chris to schedule this extra time. The weather was so beautiful outside so the children rode bikes together, played in the sandbox together and played with the big blocks


Dress up day is on Thursday, October the 31st. Please feel free to bring your child to school dressed up. We just ask that it is nothing too scary and weapons are left at home. Thanks

Have a great weekend

Ms Laura

October 14th-18th

Dear parents,

We have had a very busy week here in Discovery! The week kicked off with the children learning about the UN SDG’s (Sustainable Development Goals). Our focus this week and next is Goal #12 – Responsible Consumption and Production. And with a little help from “The Earth Book” by author Todd Parr, we have figured out some ways in which we can be responsible consumers helping to protect our planet earth.

So far the children have agreed to:

  • Draw on the entire piece of paper, when at the writing-table, adding lots of detail and then turn the paper over doing the same on the other side. This will help to conserve paper!
  • Make sure to put the caps back on the pens so they don’t dry out. This helps to conserve our pen resources!
  • During lunchtime, take only what you need and make sure to eat it all. This will help us to not waste food!
  • And turn off any lights you do not need. This will help us to conserve energy!

On Tuesday, we had Discovery/K1 Open Classrooms. There were provocations set up in all classrooms directly related to the SDG’s. We found out that shredded paper in Vietnam cannot be recycled and so, being that we are trying to conserve our paper, we decided to make our own out of the shredded paper collected around campus. The children had so much fun as the activity was very hands-on, sensory, fine motor and messy!

We look forward to having you all join us on Monday for UN Day. Please come directly to the classroom after the assembly to pick up your child so you can take them to the yummy lunch buffet that will be set up in the ECC gym. If you have any questions please let me know.

We also celebrated Willa’s belated birthday. Willa turned 4. Thanks for the cupcakes Willa they were delicious!!

Here are some pictures of the week.

Have a great weekend and see you on Monday!!!