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.

MYSTERY READER

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.

BIKE WASH

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 CLASSROOM DAY 

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)

UPCOMING DATES

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
REMINDERS:
  • 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.

SHOUT OUT!!

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!!!