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!!!

4th of Oct

Dear parents,

Thank you all for attending our Learning Conversations this week. It was a great time to catch up with you, especially if your child is a bus student and I don’t see you often! We are still just at the beginning of the year, learning routines, developing community and relationships and a kindsafe and responsible place for learning.

At the end of your conversations on Monday, I gave you each a leaf to fill out describing the hopes and dreams you have for your child this year in Discovery. This week we talked about them in classand then hung them from our tree, which we call our hopes and dreams tree. Please see the photos.

As you know, we have been working on greetings. This includes saying ‘good morning’ to each other at the beginning of the day and ‘goodbye’ at the end of the day. Now, we are beginning to really focus on ‘please’ and ‘thank you’. For example, if someone holds the door for us, we say thank you. If we want food passed to us at the table we say please and then thank you. The children have also learned how to say ‘thank you’ in sign language and have been practicing this in a large group. Please ask you child to show you the sign!

Mr. Neil from our IT department has agreed to come to Discovery every two weeks with some tinkering materials for the children to experience. Yesterday was the first day and it was quite successful. We look forward to the different materials and skills he will be able to expose the children to as the year unfolds.

A holiday request! Please send in a picture of your holiday as an exciting talking point when we get back. Also, if you are traveling in Vietnam or even staying in Hanoi, please send in pictures of some sights and the environment and people. This will help us to connect the idea of the community outside of the walls of UNIS.

Lastly, If you have not logged onto Seesaw and commented on how to say hello and peace in your home language, please do so. We really would like to add this to documentation in our classroom showing contributions from every family. Thank you!

Also, thank you to Giulia’s mum for baking us some lovely pizza on Friday… the children loved it!!!!

Please enjoy these some more pictures of the week!

Have a great October Holiday full of rest, relaxation and fun!

Ms L

27th September

Swimming

This week our swimming unit began. The children loved the water! It was a great chance for them to practice our agreements of Be Kind, Be Safe and Be Responsible.

Learning Conversations

We are looking forward to seeing you all on Monday for Learning Conversations. This is a new process for us to have your child involved. Please know that there are no expectations for your child to participate. They have prepared something to share with you though.

Please enjoy these pictures of swimming this week!

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

13th and 20th September

13th September

Moon Festival

This week we celebrated the Moon Festival at UNIS. It was wonderful to see almost all the children in their beautiful Ao Dai’s. As part of the celebration, they painted masks, enjoyed a special snack and went to see the Moon Festival assembly. Thank you to Bom and Kai’s family for bringing in some lovely mooncakes for us all to share. Here are a few photos of the day.

Developing Relationships

As the children begin to feel increasingly confident in the Discovery space, they are learning to communicate and connect. During the school day, a child may experience a range of emotions and have interactions with others that both excite and challenge them. They are learning to control physical impulses and develop the vocabulary required to express their feelings to peers and teachers. It has been wonderful to see their connections grow. Developing these times important social and communication skills is a large part of our work in Discovery and they continue to impact their learning throughout their education and beyond.

Birthdays

This week we celebrated Tea’s birthday who turned four. Happy Birthday, Tea!!!!!

Classroom Parent

Thank you for the responses to being a classroom parent. The first parent who responded was Kai’s mother, she will be our new classroom parent. Thank you so much!!!

Snack Sale

Thanks so much for providing your child with money for the snack sale. It was a great success and the children really enjoyed learning about what is involved when buying something from a shop. The best part of all was we got to eat the snack as well. Here are some photos of the sale.

20th September

SWIMMING

This year our swimming curriculum has changed and the children will be involved in swimming lessons from the start of next week finishing on October the 25th.  Please look at the classroom schedule carefully. On days when we have swimming period 1, please send your child to school with their swimming suit already on underneath their clothes. The reason I ask this is that we do not have time to change and then get all the way to the pool once the bell rings. On the days when it is later please bring their swimsuit and towel in their bag and we will change them in the classroom beforehand. Thank you for understanding.

If you have any questions or concerns please email our aquatics director Mr. Martin. aquaticsmanager@unishanoi.org

Moon Cakes

To reflect on the moon festival, the children were invited to the Vietnamese classroom and had a chance to make mooncakes. Traditionally these cakes are made from red bean or lotus seed paste, but for Discovery we made them out of rice flour and water. The children enjoyed rolling the dough into traditional dough molds and choosing their own shape out of a circle, square, flower or fish mold. Here are some photos of the children at work.

Classroom Agreements

This week we have been exploring our classroom agreements. These are

*Be Kind

*Be Safe

*Be responsible

We are going to unpack these one at a time and are starting to brainstorm what these three words look like in our classroom.

Day of Peace

On Saturday it is the international day of peace, so on Friday we read the story the peace book by Todd Parr

Lots of discussions occurred around being peaceful and what peace looks like at school and at home. Here are some of our ideas……

Marble Painting

This week the children were involved in marble painting. This is a great activity for the children to develop their hand-eye coordination and they’re fine motor skills.  Here are some photos of the children’s work.

Visiting the classroom

Just a quick reminder if anyone would like to come and share a passion with the children they are more than welcome to drop by. It might be to read a story or do some baking or singing. You are more than welcome so please let me know if and when you can make it!

Have a great weekend

Posted in DB

Cooking in the classroom and back to school night

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT

Thanks for coming to back to school night. We really appreciate your participation and understanding last night. If you did not manage to come I have added the link here for you and please email me any questions/ comments or concerns at any time I am only an email message away.

Back to school night presentation here 

COOKING

This week the children were involved in our first cooking experience and we made shortbread. Cooking is a great way to begin to discuss a variety of different mathematical concepts. While involved in baking the children were involved in counting while adding ingredients, they were also involved in measurement while pouring ingredients into a measuring cup. We also talked about what comes first, second and third as well as perfecting our listening skills as we read the recipe together. The shortbread biscuits were a huge hit and we all enjoyed having two at the end of the day.

Here are some photos of us involved in cooking.

READ ALOUD

This week ms Nitasha came in to read us a story. At UNIS we strongly believe in the importance of books and reading and encourage parents and family members to come in and read to us. Ms. Nitasha read us a story about kindness which relates to our classroom discussions on being caring to others. the children were so well behaved and Ms. Nitasha even commented on how well we sat and listened. Here are some pictures of us sitting together and listening to the story.

IMPORTANT DATES 

11th September Snack Sale. On the 11th of Septemeber, the children will be involved in a snack sale. Please send with your child 20,000 dong so they can choose a healthy snack.

12th September  Moon Festival On the 12th of September the children will be celebrating the moon festival. This is a time where we all wear the Vietnamese form of dress called an Ao Dai. If you are unfamiliar with this type of costume, it looks like this.13th September There is no school this day due to professional development for the teachers on this day.

Thanks have a great weekend

Ms L

 

 

WHO WE ARE

This week we have been exploring who are are in the classroom. This relates to our early childhood curriculum Te Whariki and the strand Belonging where connecting links with the family and the wider world are affirmed and extended. It has been wonderful to observe the children involved in play interacting with and developing new relationships with others. We have been talking a lot about new friends and who our new friends are at school as well as discussing how we can have more than one best friend and how that friend can have others friends that they play with as well.

SELF PORTRAITS

This week the children were involved in making their own self-portraits we first made our own picture out of collage materials and then moved on to represent ourselves through drawing. These pictures will be on display in the classroom in the next couple of days so please feel free to come and have a look.  Here are the photos of our work.

BUDDIES

We were also introduced to our buddy groups this week  They are in Grade 3A. I was soooo proud of the discovery students as they showed their buddies around and tried really hard to stick to them when playing. It is great to have an older age group come to visit us and i look forward to watching the relationship between the two classes grow. Here are some photos.

INDEPENDENCE

At school, here are some of the many things your children are learning  to do:

  • feed themselves
  • peel their own fruit
  • open their own packets
  • put on shoes and socks
  • pack their snack and water bottle into their bag
  • wipe themselves after going to the toilet
  • refill their water bottle
  • change their clothes

The more they practice these skills, the more confident they will be in their abilities. Please support your child by being less helpful and be ok with watching them struggle – this is what learning looks like. This is counterintuitive, requires us to allow more time and to be patient, but it is worth it. When allow our children to do things for themselves, we are teaching them that we trust their abilities and have confidence in them.

DROP OFF TIME
As part of our inquiry into ‘Who we are,’ we are building a strong sense of community in the Early Childhood Centre (ECC).  As part of our learning, we will join the other K1 and Discovery classes in common outdoor playtime in the mornings, starting at 8:10.  This is instructional time and an important part of the day for strengthening relationships, helping students transition from home to school for the day, and learning through play. We ask your help to ensure that all students arrive by 8:10 in the morning.  Parents who drop off, please give your children a positive but definitive goodbye when the bell rings at 8:10.  Please explain to your children that the bell is a signal for you to say goodbye, and we will reinforce this idea with the children as well. Thank you so much for your support.
DATES
  • FAMILY PHOTO: If you have not emailed a photo to me yet, please do so as we want to put together our Family Book
  • BABY PHOTO: The children have shown an interest in babies so I would like a baby photo to be emailed to me as well, please. Thank you
  • NO SCHOOL: Sept. 2nd
  • BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT: Sept. 5th (more details to come)

Have a great long weekend and see you on Tuesday

Ms Laura

Week 2

Dear parents,

As the children continue to settle into the classroom, it’s been so interesting observing their likes, dislikes, personalities and joy. We have been learning to sit together as a large group and browse books, sing songs together and listen and respond to shared read alouds.

They participated in library and Vietnamese for the first time this week and also enjoyed their first PE, Art and Music lessons. Library books are to be enjoyed at home for the entire week and should be brought back on library day the following week. Please also note that as a parent, you can go to the library and check out books every week to add to your collection at home. There are books available in many languages for you to check out as well. Reading to your child and having books accessible for them to browse at all times is so important for pre-reading skills.

We also participated in our first ECC assembly of the year which takes place in the theater and includes Discovery, K1, K2 and Grade 1. This is a time for us to come together and celebrate learning, birthdays and each other. We sing together, dance together and laugh together. This occurs every two weeks.

We have also enjoyed engaging in outdoor play during our morning community time with all of Discovery and K1. This gives the children time to develop relationships outside of the classroom setting. So for now, when your child comes to school, they can unpack their bags, put on their hat and go play!

Outside play is wet and messy. This is what your child(ren) need and it helps to develop gross motor skills as well as social and emotional skills which early childhood is all about. So please make sure your child has changes of clothes in their backpack and that they are replaced when needed.

This week, and in the weeks to come, we have been focusing on greetings. The children are learning how to say good morning to the teacher and each other as well as goodbye at the end of the day. Please help your child with this routine at drop off and pick up.

Lastly, the children eat their home snack in the morning. Please make sure this is a HEALTHY snack. Do not send in any chocolate, sweet cookies, chocolate milk, candy or sweetened milk or yogurt. The afternoon fruit snack is provided by the school and the children are encouraged to at least try the fruit even if they don’t think they will like it. Thank you for your understanding. And please enjoy the photo links below with your child.

Pictures of the week

REMINDERS:

  • FAMILY PHOTO: If you have not emailed a photo to me yet, please do so as we want to put together our Family Book
  • PHOTO DAY: Friday Aug. 30th
  • EVACUATION DRILL: Aug. 29th (we will talk to the children before this happens and how we are doing this to keep us safe, so please do not worry)
  • NO SCHOOL: Sept. 2nd
  • BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT: Sept. 5th (more details to come)

Have a lovely weekend,

Laura

First week

Dear Parents,

We have had an excellent start to the week! The children are developing relationships, engaging in creative play, becoming familiar with classroom routines and how to tidy up the classroom. They have proved to be quick learners!

In preparation for starting specialists next week, we have had visits from some of the teachers. Ms. Emma, the Art teacher, came in to read stories and play with the children. Ms. Liz, the Music teacher came in with a bag full of shakers and sang songs with the children. And Ms. Kris, our guidance counselor joined us to talk about feelings. Please refer to the schedule sent home on orientation day so your child is prepared for PE and Library next week.

Please enjoy these photos of the first week

NEEDED: A family photo for our “Family Book”. Please email a copy as soon as possible to lmoore@unishanoi.org This will help us to connect and learn more about each other.

Lastly, because of our school’s commitment to the SDG’s (Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN) and a sustainable future, we will no longer provide plastic bags for soiled or wet clothing. Please pack reusable or recycled bags in your child’s backpack for these clothes to return home for cleaning. Thank you for your support!

Have a lovely weekend,

Ms L