Art Week

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ART WEEK 

This week has been chockablock full of art and craft experiences for the children both virtually and in person.  Here are the different experiences that the art department had organized for us to do!

Monday

On Monday the children were shown some different types of abstract art. We talked about the shapes and read the story Circle by Jon Klassen. The children then drew their own shapes in black marker ready for the next step.

Tuesday

On Tuesday we celebrated Benjamin’s birthday. Happy Birthday, Benjamin.!!! We also made a Discovery dragon and glued lots and lots of different shapes, eyes, and feathers onto the dragon’s body. Ms. Liz also did a zoom music session with us which we all enjoyed and got us to jump up and down to the beat!!

Wednesday

On Wednesday Ms. Emma asked us to color in our abstract shape drawings. The children were able to choose their own colors and I was very impressed with the way that they colored them in.

Thursday

On Thursday the children were involved in a virtual assembly. We learned about using different objects as musical instruments and created a STOMP session where we used their own instruments to make up a scene. Ms. Liz also read us a story where we were able to sing different parts of the story.  In the afternoon we said Good-Bye to the graduating students of 202 but cheering them on as they walked through the grounds saying goodbye.

Friday

On Friday we listened to some dragon stories and then went on a shape hunt around the school. The children also made some different road signs for the road that we have been working on in the classroom.

This week 

This week the children have been able to use our classroom environment differently. We have moved the tables and chairs to the side of the room and we have used the space for more physical games including using the parachute, musical chairs, duck duck goose, moon hopper races, and making our own road with street signs and cars. It is so good to see the children working together and developing their own games and interests. I love this time of year as it just shows how much the children have changed, matured  and developed. Here are the photos for the week.

Have a great weekend

Ms L

wellness week

WELLNESS WEEK

This week has been a wellness week. We have concentrated on taking care of our bodies and our minds through different experiences. The children have been involved in a group zoom session every morning where they have been invited to move to a variety of different experiences.

MONDAY

Here is Monday’s video of us involved in an action song to get us up and moving to the beat. Very energetic for a Monday morning!!

TUESDAY

On Tuesday the children explored yoga and had a very special visit from Felix the phoenix. Here is a small video clip. We also revisited the book I AM YOGA and showed off some of our favorite yoga moves to each other.

WEDNESDAY

On Wednesday we did some aerobics with Mr. Quan. Here is a short clip of our aerobic moves. Mr. Quan is very popular in Discovery and the children love seeing him as often as possible.

THURSDAY

On Thursday the children went on a hunt to find Phoneix with the PE team. Here they are involved in a story exercise. We also had an elementary assembly and participated in a Kalinga quiz where unfortunately we did not know many of the answers. It was a very tough quiz!

FRIDAY

On our last day of wellness week, the children participated in a dance called walking on sunshine. It was so nice to see some of our Discovery friends that we have not seen for a while. It was so good to see everyone boogying to the beat!! Here is a small clip of their moves!!

Some special interests…..

The children were very interested in using our new window markers on the windows. It has made our room so colorful and bright. We also made some very fashionable jewelry and explored making books and stories. The children focused on story and book characters, the settings, and the development of titles. They used paper and story stones to explore these concepts. Here are some photos of the action happening.

Have a great weekend and stay COOL!!!

Ms L :0

 

We are back

Dear Parents

And we are back….

It has been so good to see all the children’s smiling faces as they skipped back into the classroom. I was really surprised at how resilient they were especially when things were a little different in the classroom and at school. They have all grown up both physically and emotionally and you have all done a wonderful job with them over the last 3 months!!

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This week the children have been involved in creating their own curious creatures as this was our theme for book week. We first read the story Where the wild things are by Maurice Sendek and discussed the different characteristics that each of the monsters had. The children were then invited to draw their very own curious creatures. Here are some pictures of their drawings and their thoughts behind them.

Playdough Monsters

The children were then invited to recreate their monsters in playdough. This activity lasted quite a long time as the children discussed at each table what they were making with their friends and the different types of monsters that they were making. It was so good to see the collaboration between the children and the mature conversations that were taking place. Here are their playdough models.

PJ Day

Photos from the week

Here are some more snaps of the week. Have a great weekend and we will see you on Monday.

Ms L

 

 

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

January

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.

Cooking

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.

Potter

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!!!!

IMPORTANT:

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

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

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!!!